Sorry, I had to…I’m brainwashed by my baby niece’s choice in television. Now, back to business! For this trip I have decided to do it with nothing more but a backpack (hence my little friend to the left). If people can backpack throughout Europe, why can’t I do it across Canada? I am travelling by train afterall, which seems to go hand-in-hand with the backpacking experience.
One reason why I’m convinced this needs to be a backpacking trip is because I’m doing it to support my work. The program I manage is for students so I need to travel like a student, not a Heys-lugging-almost-thirty-year-old. Plus, it’s more convenient to travel with a pack then to haul around a suitcase (although I do love my fuscia hardcase Heys very dearly).
The only other time I’ve travelled by backpack was on a trip I took throughout Italy and France with my ex (it was our honeymoon, no point in sugar-coating it). Although that trip also involved train travel, it was shorter in time and distance and had less varying climates to deal with. So, I do have some experience in backpacking, but not to the degree I should probably have for my upcoming journey.
I need to figure out how the hell I’m going to fit everything I need into my much abused, second-hand MEC 60L pack. I’ll be gone for a total of seventeen days in a season that can see the weather change from mild to cold quite quickly. Plus, I’ll be in landscapes varying from coastal Vancouver to mountainous Jasper. I’m shaking my head right now at the number of sweaters I’ll have to pack…
I’ve been doing some research online about how to be efficient when packing for a backpacking trip and I’ve stumbled across a few problems:
- A lot of the suggested packing lists seem to be geared towards more tropical climates.
- Long-haul backpacking lists seem a bit too hardcore.
- Do I really want to travel with only one of everything?!
I do have some knowledge on the subject from extensive reading I’ve done over the years on hiking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, so I’m not absolutely clueless. I just know me and I know I have the bad habit of overpacking. So it seems I’ve created a challenge for myself. I think the best bet would be to gather the best suggestions from each site and make my own list tailored specifically to my trip.
This is the packing list I’ve started to compile:
- A waterproof/windproof jacket
- 3 pairs of jeans (I refuse to bring those zip-off pants)
- 3 t-shirts
- 3 long sleeved shirts
- 2 fleece shirts
- warm socks
- toiletries (small bottles Ashley, don’t bring any full-size bottles like you always do!)
- hiking boots
- casual shoes
That’s about all I have so far. I also have to figure out how to bring a Hallowe’en costume seeing how I’ll be in Calgary for the holiday. It’s going to be the end of my trip, so I figured some good ol’ partying and dressing up would be a wicked way to celebrate.
This list is undeniably basic and liquid. It will change, most likely even up to the day before I leave. We’ll see how this goes…