In May, Lynn and I visited the mecca of outdoor stores in Colorado – Denver & Boulder – to talk about luggage for this trip. Why go to Colorado to learn about gear? Have you met someone from Colorado who hasn’t gone hiking, camping and trekking … exactly … and they all seem to work at every outdoor shop in town! It was a whole new world that opened before my eyes (literally) and I was overwhelmed by the selection, all the gadgets, the fact that I bought a raincoat for my luggage.
When I first started showing people my bag for the trip I began to get a little nervous. This is the typical response, “that’s all you’re taking,” or “WOW, that’s compact!” I was so proud of my selection in the store and had grand illusions that EVERYTHING would fit. WARNING! Don’t always trust the know-it-alls in Colorado outdoor luggage departments they apparently can make pants out of leaves! It was a bit of a hard lesson, we had our first fight this week, (I have affectionately nicknamed my bag Millie) and she won.
Millie has made me a minimalist, I had to loose the hair curlers (I’m still a bit bitter). I also decided that too much underwear is not a good thing and that extra pair of sneakers will just not make this journey. Since June I have heard Lynn’s voice in my head, “every ounce counts” and I could not agree more. Millie is a bit heavy and I am sure that we will go through a few more “keep or toss” moments before we depart.
So if you see a picture with some crazy haired woman looking like she needs a new pair of underwear wondering around because she lost her shoes carrying Millie … you will know that it’s me. Don’t judge, packing your life for a year in a 45 liter bag is not as simple as it looks!19