Hi, I'm going on my first-ever overseas trip with my girlfriend. We're both in our early 40's and have done shorter trips, but nothing like this. We're going to London, SW Ireland, Belgium, and Amsterdam. Temperature looks like high 40's to low 60's, fahrenheit. 18 days, early part of May.
I got a tri-star and love that the whole thing can fit inside of my old carry-on. It looks like it fits the carry-on measurements for Ryan Air just barely, and Aer Lingus no problem.
Basic idea is, fly to London, use the tubes while there, fly to SW Ireland, rent an automatic car and freak out, use it to drive to Dingle and Galway and turn it in. Train to Dublin for a day, fly to Belgium, train to Bruge for four days, train to Amsterdam for two days, fly home. So, mostly on foot. We're mostly staying in B&B's.
Hopefully y'all can let me know if I'm missing anything or have too much of anything. I've already packed once and it looks like I'm nowhere near close to overstuffing the tri-star. I have no idea how heavy it is, maybe someone can estimate from eyeballing the list. But I'm pretty sure it's comfortably under 22 pounds.
- 1st set of earbuds (wired into jacket)
- iPhone with Mophie
- whatever else is necessary to offload from Tri-Star.
- I'm not sure about comfort, I might get some gel soles or something.
One set of travel clothes
Belt or pouch for money/passport.
- Book, boarding pass, non-essential travel docs
- Roll-up flexible plastic water bottle (having trouble trusting this, might leave it behind)
Outer third of the tri-star:
Small packing cube:
- Goretex sneakers
Medium packing cube (small + medium fill up 1/3 of the tri-star)
- Two pair black cotton gold-toe crew socks (I might leave these behind)
- Two pair cotton FOTL boxer briefs (I might leave these behind)
- Two pair REI coolmax multisport quarter socks (I think these dry faster than the cotton)
- Two pair REI coolmax multisport crew socks (I wanted both sizes)
- Three pair exofficio underwear (they apparently rinse/dry quickly)
- Probably the dry toiletry bag in this too:
Dry toiletry bag:
- extra pair of glasses
- ibuprofin, maybe multi-vitamins
- airborne dissolving tablets
- some bandaids
Super-absorbant thin towel, I think gf is carrying this though
Back-facing third of the tri-star:
Large "backpack" packing cube:
- Second pair of jeans (wearing first pair)
- One pair Nylon running/hiking pants that zip into shorts
- Two cotton long-sleeve shirts (I might reduce to one)
- Two short-sleeve polyester t-shirts, maybe three (probably wearing one)
- One long-sleeve polyester t-shirt, maybe two
- Maybe a fleece pullover but I hate the bulk
- One long-sleeve scott-e-vest dry-wick pullover (probably wearing this or the fleece)
Inner third of tri-star:
Wet toiletry bag (just a ziploc):
- small pack of handiwipes
- small pack of antibiotic ointment
- deodorant/anti-perspirant rock crystal (small)
- 2nd set of earbuds (the other one is wired into the jacket)
- mophie charging cord, extra iPhone/iPad charging cord
- iPad charging adapter, uk travel adapter, eu travel adapter
- iphone bumper
- small four-outlet travel power strip
- Joby gorillapod
- Apple Camera Connection adaptor (small - to put pics from phone on iPad)
- monster headphone splitter (small, so gf and I can watch a movie together)
- olliclip iphone camera lenses (small)
iPad neoprene sleeve:
- iPad with smart cover
- apple bluetooth keyboard
An Irish cap I like
So that's it... actually seems like a lot typed out. I'm considering dumping all the cotton, and maybe leaving behind the gorilla pod if it's too bulky. Probably not bringing the absolute shoulder-strap, and will stick with handles or backpack form.
Still have to figure out a wallet solution if I don't bring my normal one.
I'm also considering dumping the Keens and just wearing the goretex sneakers the whole time. We're not going crazy with the hiking.
Thanks for any advice