How to Pretend You Are Packing Light
I was hell bent on not bringing more than 25 lbs on this Indian Journey. I failed.
We had some friends visiting us in Chiapas right before I left for India and so about a week prior I decided to get my things mostly in order so that I wouldn’t have to pack rushed the night before. I thought I had things under control and had a shot at my 25 lb goal, but once I added in my toiletries, eletronics and oh-so-annoying chargers/cords/batteries….I was way over. I packed and repacked a few times but still ended up with 35 lbs.
I hate lugging stuff around. I’m annoyed with myself that I wasn’t able to part ways with a big, clunky mass of electronics. I couldn’t decide if I really needed both my laptop and Nook, but I ended up bringing both. Add in my camera, 2nd lens, smartphone and all the cords and chargers that go with it and I never had a chance. Clothes I can get rid of along the way and toiletries will weigh less as they are used up….but electronics, I’m not sure what I’ll do.
When I’m far off in the Thar Desert, miles and miles from any kind of wifi, you can feel free to laugh at me with my laptop and nook and stuff…..I suspect I’ll be laughing at myself.
Moral of the story, I think of myself as a light packer – but sadly, I’m not.
What my 35 Lbs / 16 Kgs of crap looks like:
By the way, I know nearly no one gives a hoot what I pack on a trip, however I occasionally seek out other indie traveler packing lists for inspiration on how to do it better each time, so thought I’d post my gear, even if not listed out.