Planning, Preparation and Packing

Organised Chaos

So to drop everything, give up our life, flat and possessions here and go off travelling takes a fair bit of planning.

There is so much to do to prepare, organise etc that needs tracked, so we have lots of spreadsheets..
  • Documentation
  • Itinerary Planning
  • Vacinations
  • Visa Information
  • Budget Planning
  • Accomodation
  • Transportation
  • What to Buy?
  • What to Sell?
  • Storage
  • Changing Address
  • Packing Lists
  • Etc
And we all love a spreadsheet!!

The list is never ending, and as the departure date looms closer and closer, the reality of it all starts to kick in... along with mild panic!

As we are in a rented flat, we don't have a lot of furniture, and managed to sell what we do have to the landlord, so its mostly just clothes and personal possessions we have to sort out.

We have both given a fair bit of clothes, books, DVD's etc to Oxfam, but some stuff you just can't give away. Thankfully good friends of ours have offered to store some stuff for us!

I started selling a few things this week that we are not storing or giving away to charity, and its when boxes start getting packed and empty spaces appear.. then the reality sets in!

Got the car sold last week and happy enough that I got pretty much the same for it as I bought it for back in June... so with everything sold I am going to, it's just on to the packing it up stage this week!

We had a trial run at packing our rucksacks this evening, we both have similar size ones with detachable day-bags. I have the Osprey Farpoint 55 and Sadie has the Eagle Creek Deviate Travel Pack 60L
We are both also using the eBags packing cube system as recommended by some friends, it certainly beats shoving everything in your rucksack and then worrying about finding that item later! 

1 week to go!


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