What’s in the shell?
What we’ve got is what we carry. Our snail shells (a.k.a. backpacks) are our homes, kitchens, rooms and almost best friends on the road. They are just packed with the following essentials:
**Note: this list is not exhaustive, and may be updated as we go**
Boris: 60+L and around 18 kg.
Marta: 50+ L, and around 15 kg. (Way too much to walk, so she is doing a “backpack diet” and tries to leave one thing behind each morning)
A tent for two. Coleman Cobra (2). (It’s light and big enough for 2 of us, but we are not very tall. And one cannot seat properly within the 70cm height of the inner layer. In case you are considering getting this tent, check if the size is good for you. Other than that is quite a good companion)
Sleeping bags (winter ones, as we often sleep under the stars) and sleeping sheets (good for heat and easier to wash on the way). Camping mattresses.
Mosquito net (never underestimate the power of mosquitos, we were unhappily surprised in Lapland!)
Head flash-lights + eco-light for emergencies
Money belt (passport, card, money and anything light but important)
Boris: thermal t-shirt and tights, polar, wind-and-water-proof jacket, hiking trousers and normal ones, hoodie, 1 shirt, 4 t-shirts, gloves, hat, Sleeping clothes for cleanliness and added comfort, thermal socks and underwear for five days.
Marta: thermal t-shirt and tights, polar, wind-and-water-proof jacket, 3 shirts and 3 t-shirts, a cardigan, hiking trousers, normal trousers and one skirt (for occasional city walks). Gloves, hat and a scarf that can become hat, cover, belt, towel, rope, bag, or anything you imagine, even scarf! Sleeping clothes, including a pair of woolen socks received from a host. Thermal socks and underwear for five days.
Both: hiking shoes and a pair of flip/flops. Wash-bag with basic toilet accessories (including dreadlocks fixing kit for Boris!)
Basic medicines:parecetamol and analgin, salin solution, ciprofloxacin, and malaria pills – just for shock treatment if needed
Mosquito repellent, suncream.
First aid items: steristrips, iodine, bandages, plaster, first aid tape. Compeed for blisters. First aid tape has proven a useful tool for fixing shoes, holding an improvised window in a forest shelter and several other “emergencies”.
In addition we carry a home-made oil remedy for muscle pain.
Multi fuel stove, MSR whisperlite (probably one of our best investments. Easy to refill, light and fast)
Light cooking gear (pot, pan, 2 plates and cups)
1.5 L Water bottle + 3 L Cammel bag.
2 Knives (a larger one and a swiss knive)
2 Food boxes as we cook on the road and a cloth bag to carry it all.
Matches, lighters and candles
Learning and leisure
– Maps (we get them on the way and love them, use them, almost destroy them)
– Books (and we now have a Kindle)
– Notebook, pens, scissors, glue…We have been keeping travel notebooks since we met (even when we were traveling only with our imagination).
– Black marker, good for making signs if needed – although we almost never use them.
– A small laptop, just for long-term travel
– Hard-disk and usb.
– Photo camera and a few SD cards.
– The world to explore.