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A bag for Southeast Asia – Osprey Farpoint 70

My prep continues for the trip to South East Asia, as the clock is ticking down – my gAdventures app now happily reminds me i’ve just got 70 days until departure!

Thankfully most of the gear I bought for my adventure to Peru is the same stuff i’ll need in South East Asia, but one thing I did need is a sensible travel bag.  As you probably know I do a lot of travel for work – but that’s always ‘easy’ travel – a suitcase, into a taxi, into a hotel.  Whilst this trip is fairly comfortable, it’s much more suited to a backpack style packing than a suitcase, so it’s time for me to invest.

For Peru I borrowed my friends bag, a Haglöfs backpack, but since i’m no longer living in Sweden, that’s not a convenient option.  On top of that, i’m planning to more of these style trips, so it makes sense to invest in my own.

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Osprey Farpoint 70

Today, I decided, was shopping day – and I headed into an area of London where there are a bunch of outdoors shops.  I’d already done a bit of research online so I knew roughly what price point I was looking at, and who stocked which brands.  In the end my decision was fairly easy – hanging right by the entrance to Cotswold Outdoor was the beautiful Farpoint 70 from Osprey.  It’s a brilliant idea – a 70 litre backpack which combines a holdall style packing with the carrying convenience of a backpack.  The whole thing zips up so you can hide the backpack straps and turn it into checked luggage, or you can quickly unzip it and stick it on your back at the other end.  On top of that, there’s a front section which doubles as a day-pack, but zips to the main bag when you’re ready to carry them together.

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Two bags in one!

What a brilliant idea!

Essentially it’s two packs in one, but they can be carried as a single pack – one of my big fears about having my own pack was having to do that silly front/back carry which you see travellers doing all the time.

A 70 litre pack should be enough for 18 days, plus some space for souvenirs.  The really neat thing about this pack is that rather than packing top-down as most backpacks do, it unzips open like a hold-all.  This makes it much easier to get in and out of it when you’re travelling quickly between different hotels – rather than having to delve deep into the bag to find that one illusive item.

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Front-loading packing system

I’m really happy with my purchase, and looking forward to getting to the stage where I can pack it!

Video review here

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Still to buy…

mspowerhoudi_darkdenimI’m on a mission today! I’ve still got a few things to get on my shopping list for Peru… Hoping to tick almost all of them off this weekend. Continue reading

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Shopping list spreadsheets

Gadventures are great…. they have provided piles and piles of advice on the trip including lists of ‘what to bring‘, which look really useful.  Except for one thing – they provided it in the form of three lists.  Initially I took this at face value – one list for ‘general’, one list for the inca trail, and one for the time in the amazon.  But the problem is, there’s a huge amount of cross-over on the three lists.

How do you easily determine what to pack into the one bag i’m planning to take when consulting three separate lists?? Well, you make a spreadsheet… if you’re me, anyway!  Colour coded, naturally.  With macros, and sorted alphabetically by item type and purchase status, so I know what else I need to buy!

Yes, it’s over the top, but it’s my way of working… As you can see, I have quite a lot still to buy!!

Packing List / Page1 Packing List / Page 2

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Spend, Spend, Spend

One of the things I hadn’t considered when I booked the trip was just how much extra gear I would need to buy in order to actually make the trip possible.  I decided to try and spread the purchasing out across the summer, so that it’s not such a shock when October comes and the trip is just days away.

I’ll not bore you with the details of exactly every purchase I make, but I thought i’d post some of the highlights.

Osprey Talon 18My day pack is an Osprey Talon 18, which i’m really really pleased with.   Continue reading

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