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Getting ready for an Adventure by Aaron Hodges
When it comes time to getting ready for an adventure, I think a lot of people, if not EVERYONE, will pack far too much than what is really necessary. And that’s fine when you’re off on holiday, with a suitcase you’ll be leaving in your room most days.
But if you’re off on the backpacking trip of a lifetime post-pandemic, you’re going to want to rethink everything you’ve come to learn about packing for a trip. Because if you’re backpacking through SE Asia or trekking through South America, or even seeing the sights of Europe, the last thing you want is to be lugging a heavy bag everywhere with you. Because the one thing in common most of these places have is that you’ll be moving around A LOT, probably on buses (maybe a few trains if you’re lucky!), and if you’re travelling on a budget, you probably won’t be getting taxis anywhere.
So what do you do to get that weight down, you ask?
Well, for starters, you don’t necessarily want something for EVERY eventuality that might occur as you’re tripping around—especially if its heavy. For instance, a sleeping bag is one common item many first time travellers will put in their bag before they go—and one of the first things they’ll send home or abandon! Most hostels in SE Asia and South America won’t actually let you use your own sleeping bag for fear of bed bugs being transferred from another hostel. So unless you plan on being reaaally into overnight hiking, this isn’t really necessary. If you’re just planning on doing the occasional camping, you’re much better off renting items such as this, rather than lugging them for months through the tropics!
Which brings me to warm clothing! If for instance you’re planning your first trip to a place like SE Asia or Central America (two favourites for first-time backpackers), you’re really not going to need too many warm clothes. I always have one set of thermals and a light-weight merino jersey, plus some light pants and a rain jacket, but never more than that. Not unless I’m heading skiing! Even if you’re planning to visit cooler locations later in your trip, you might not want to travel with your warm weather gear for four months before you actually need it. That stuff weighs a tonne! Instead, what I’ve done in the past is travel light through the tropics, then in the first cooler country I reach I’ll visit their markets or shops and get myself some warmer gear—often for much less than I might have purchased those items at home! Trust me, buying clothes in Peru or Nepal is definitely going to be cheaper, plus they make a good souvenir, AND you don’t have to lug it through the tropics for months on end.
That’s just a few of the packing tips you’ll find in my book, Solo, along with a whole lot of other handy tips for travelling the world. At the end of the day though, whatever you do, chances are you’re going to make mistakes. I know I read a whole lot before I left on my first trip, but I still managed to overpack and take all the wrong things. But you’ll learn. In fact, I’ll leave you with this image of me before each of my three year long trips around the world—and the evolution of my backpack between them!
The evolution of a solo traveller
Intrigued and would like to learn more – check out Aaron’s book,
Solo: A Down to Earth Guide for Travelling the World Alone
Feeling alone? Trapped? Lost?
Time for an adventure!
The bad times won’t last forever, and for more than five years, Aaron Hodges has journeyed the globe alone, visiting everywhere from Istanbul to Argentina. Honest and insightful, SOLO is packed with his personal travel tips and humorous stories. Learn about the ups and downs, the triumphs and the pitfalls of venturing off the beaten path. Follow his guidelines for exploring the world alone and be inspired to take the trip you’ve always dreamed of.
Discover the world of solo travel.
Author Bio –
Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job in 2014 and see the world. One year later, he published his first novel – Stormwielder – while in Guatemala. Since then, he has honed his skills while travelling through parts of SE Asia, India, North and South America, Turkey and Europe, and now has over a dozen works to his name. Today, his adventures continue…
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