Thats it, I’m packing my bags! This can only mean one of two things and I am pleased to tell you this means a road trip! First one of the year and we’re headed for the Isle of Mull. The Dude and I haven’t done Christmas presents for a few years now, we prefer to spend time together and have adventures.
We have visited Bratislava, Budapest, Berlin and a few years ago we had just returned from Reykjavik.
Bloody hell it was cold! But some how this didn’t matter because it was so damned beautiful.
What do these little January jollies have in common? My favourite essential kit and must pack and take with me items:
My Salomon walking boots. Nearly ten years old and have never given me so much as a red mark on my feet let alone a blister! Even when in the mountains in Nepal. With the Ortholite cushioning making every step comfortable combined with great grip they are ideal for someone who is like Bambi on ice only not so dainty! Even just walking down the drive.
My Paramo Cascada jacket. I love it because it is longer and covers my bum, making sure that whenever I am climbing over something or lay down on the floor trying to photograph something I am not getting a freezing cold back! Plenty of pockets for camera batteries, lens caps and a hat. The multi-adjustable cuffs are perfect for keeping out the cold but also allow me roll the sleeves up too. I couldn’t be happier with this piece of kit and even though it is a few years old now, because we keep it well proofed with Nikwax I stay nice and dry even on the soggiest of days.
My super cheap fleece fingerless gloves (with mitten cover). These bad boys are perfect for several reasons. Firstly, they didn’t cost the earth so if I lose one it’s doesn’t matter. Secondly, I can keep my hands warm and still operate my camera without having to keep taking them off – Bonus! Thirdly, well I am not sure there is a third except that I get to keep my hands warm.
Any of my Osprey bags. My first one was the Talon 22 for which I used as a day pack whilst in Nepal. Eight or nine hours walking and starting with a full hydration bladder and it was still really comfortable – even for a rather well endowed lady like myself! Straps all sit well and are long enough. Lots of pockets too. For any flights I now use my Osprey roller bag. Perfect for hand luggage when flying I find that I can carry my camera and lenses safely along with clothing and any other non essential stuff I may be taking. It’s size is deceiving and I find that I can comfortably take everything I need for a few days away.
Number five some of you might find a bit odd but I always take a couple of carrier bags out with me because sadly some people think it’s okay to leave the remainder of their lunch on the floor or tucked in between rocks, wherever they my have been sat. I just think that if I can clear up a couple of bits then someone else won’t have to and they can enjoy the view instead. Sometimes the bag comes in handy to kneel on when I am taking photo’s too.
For the evening’s, once I’ve thawed out I like to write a travel diary. Notes about where we have been. People we met. If we saw any wildlife. What we had to eat. If I slipped over. You know the normal travel diary entries.
Since having BCC skin cancer removed a few years ago I cover up much more now and this includes protecting my face. A double whammy of SPF 50 sun cream and a Tilley hat does the trick. It’s important to do this even in winter too.
Rather an assortment of favourites but if I am warm and dry-ish then I am a happy girly. These things just help on my little adventures, even the carrier bags (which are, if possible re-used for picking up someone else’s rubbish!).
What is your favourite or must have on any trip?