After I spent a night hand-scrubbing my red MEC 75L pack, I realized it doesn’t fit into the size requirements that VIA has for their carry-on baggage. ARGH. Thankfully we had a second pack — a 60L version of the one I was originally planning on bringing. This one had also been through Europe but wasn’t abused in Nicaragua, so it didn’t need a scrub. Figures.
I gathered all my clothes and used the rolling method to condense them. I based my choices on the list that I had previously put together, but tweaked it a little due to the smaller size of pack I now have to use. I’ll be able to do laundry at the hostel in Vancouver as well as at my friend Ana’s apartment in Calgary, so I figure I only need a week of clean clothes at a time. Here’s what I pulled:
- 1 hoodie
- 3 long-sleeved shirts (funny thing — they’re all plaid…teehee)
- 1 long-sleeved t-shirt
- 1 t-shirt
- 1 tank top
- 3 pairs of jeans
- 2 pairs of pajamas
- a week’s worth of underwear
- a week’s worth of socks
- 1 pair of hiking boots
- 1 pair of sneakers
- 1 pair of flip-flops (hostel showers…need I say more?)
After laying it all out beside my pack I had my doubts. It honestly didn’t look like it would all fit. However, other than my much smaller duffel bag, this pack was my only other option so I was still determined to squish it all in. I must do this trip sans suitcase!
I’m not going to lie — at this point I was doubting whether or not I’d be able to get the damned thing zipped up. But again, I’m stubborn…
*BIG SIGH OF RELIEF* I somehow managed to get it all to fit. However, as I’m writing this I realized I forgot to pack a towel. I’ll shove it in somewhere…
VIA allows two pieces of carry-on baggage so I’m going to take full advantage of the bag allowance. I have a second smaller backpack that will only carry my work laptop, my new sexy camera (yes, cameras can be sexy), my books, my wallet and snacks for the train — i.e. the stuff I need to keep a constant eye on.
So, I’m now packed and ready to go. Only two more sleeps!