Get my Backpack ready (and get a backpack!)
One week before take-off I decided it would be a good time to pre-pack my 60 liter backpack and see if everything would fit. I have to tell you, it was quite a challenge to A; get everything I needed and B; get it to fit in the backpack. It took me several hours online and trips to the city to get everything right.
When I first packed the bag I got quite frustrated; it wouldn’t fit the way I wanted it to fit in (off- course!) and I had to make a strict selection about what to bring. Going to colder places as well – it’s only 5 degrees in Mongolia!- I couldn’t leave too many things out. For a complete list of what I’ve packed check this page (coming soon). The second try things did fit, but only with a reasonable amount of force. This was a bummer. I couldn’t leave more stuff out, so it would be challenging to re-pack my bag every time again. And it wouldn’t leave me any space to carry around souvenirs, which is also disappointing.
Because my backpack didn’t feel comfortable on my back, my friend advised me to have it checked in an outdoor-store. It turned out that the backpack didn’t have any back support! It wasn’t suitable for a world trip at all! I tried different backpacks and chose the Low Alpine Duran 55-56 liter. These extra 5 liter give me just enough space to not stuff everything in my bag. Now it just fits 😀
Two days before take-off the backpack is also ready!
Set up my website
I’ve bought a great theme and my friend Suzanne helped me out setting up by blog for it to be ready to go! There was one big installation issue that caused delay. Suzanne created the website and taught me everything about it. Thank you so much Suzanne! You are amazing :D!
Collect all reservations and administration right
I’ve made reservations for my one night in Moscow and the first two nights in Mongolia and China. I’ve collected and printed all vouchers/ tickets/ booking confirmations. And made scans of important documents like my passport and medical passport. I’ve written down important telephone numbers, and emergency numbers and placed a selection of documents in a Dropbox account.
I’ve searched for information about finding the way in Moscow and got my daypack ready.
As you can see quite a bit of work in just a few weeks time! I am happy with all the kind and loving support of my family and friends. They really helped me getting ready. Thank you :D!
Do you recognize yourself in this story? What do your last weeks before take-off look like?