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Packing Hell!

Choosing not to swear...

It's done but it sure wasn't fun. We thought we'd been fairly selective in the items we were taking, however Marc Williams-Windor was right (see comment on the last post) - we needed to lose some clothing. Begrudgingly I removed two dresses, three vests and a pair of leggings, and Andrew left behind a tshirt and a vest. Not much it seems, but every little helps when you have to carry what you need.

My backpack is 10.10kg in weight, Andrew's is 11.6kg plus he has a day bag full of 'gadge' (his word, not mine!) and everything we need for the first journey. I have added two little things to my bag - a beautiful guardian angel stud from Lucy Cav and a cute dog luggage tag from Jo Ramonell (dogs are better company than women anyway - Michael, The Undateables)!


Here's what the backpacks and day bag contain:
Passports, tickets, visas, vaccine certificates, money, cards
Toiletries - toothpaste, soap, 2in1 shampoo, face wash, moisturiser, razor, deodrant
Sun cream, repellent, wipes and hand sanitiser
Laundry leaves and washing line (Andrew's idea!)
Make up - mascara, eyeliner, concealer
2 towels
Mini hairdryer
Contact lens
Camera, iPad, iPhones, Kindles inc. chargers
Solar power charger
2 neck pillows
Foldable day bag
Tape, elastic bands and safety pins
Swiss army card
Phrase book
Overboard waterproof bag (Andrew again thinking he is Ray Mears)
Medical kit - (our first robbery! Manchester nurse at Nomad strung us a story about her friend breaking his leg and we took the bait. £40 lighter but full of dioralyte, anti-sickness tablets, bandages, syringes etc!) Plus our normals medication.

2 bikinis
White shirt
3 dresses
2 shorts
3 vest tops
2 tshirts
2 leggings (full length & 3/4)
Mac in a sac
2 thin jumpers
Long sleeve tshirt
2 flip flops (one everyday, one fancy)
Big necklace, pair of earrings

2 swimming shorts
3 shorts
2 trousers
2 shirts
4 tshirts
Vest top
2 thin jumpers
1 long sleeve tshirt
Mac in a sac
Flip flops

Hmmm...starting to think I still have too many clothes. Do we have time to re-pack?!

To end on a happy note, currently both our flights (Manchester to London and London to Rio) are operating tomorrow despite the snow here in the UK. Please keep everything crossed for us so we can start our journey as planned!

Posted by staceywaugh 12:32 Archived in United Kingdom

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Can't believe Andrew ditched a vest. Glad to see he's still got one in there though, can't wait for the photos of him showing off the beach body which he perfected as planned.

by Tom

Stacey!!!!!!!!!! You are going to have such an amazing time...please try and keep up the blog as it makes us feel part of your adventure and close to you...helps with the withdrawl symptoms - to be expected afte 5 yrs together i suppose...ps My dog mention made me feel v special - hope he looks after you both whilst you are away, love always xx

by Joanna Ramonell

I will try my best! I'm glad you like it :) I know, miss you! Haha how could I not mention my dog Michael?! Love lots xxx

by staceywaugh

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