The Packing List

For the first leg of my trip, I carried only a 35 litre backpack, which weighed between 4 and 5 kilos. On travel days, I complained it was too heavy. However, I enjoyed being comfortable in temperatures between 7 and 33 degrees celsius, so I’ll probably carry much the same on my legs with my friend Marie on the Trans Mongolian Railway, with my sister-in-law in North and Central America, and solo in South America.

For my own reference when travelling in the future, I’ve listed the clothes I’ll pack.

2 oufits: 2 long sleeved shirts, 2 bottoms (1 skirt, 1 pants), 2 socks (1 thick, 1 hose for skirt days), 2 shoes (1 covered, 1 water sandals), 2 undies, 2 bras (1 a bikini top)

warm layers: 1 leggings, 1 tee, 1 puffy jacket

swimming: shorts

rain gear: $2 poncho (never used on the last leg)





Pamukkale, Turkey

We caught a ferry from Rhodes to Turkey, then travelled to Pamukale. Here, the locals drive their tractors to the village shops, and there are fields blooming with poppies and other wild flowers. Walking up the hill, we saw Roman ruins,

waded through limestone travertine pools,

and swam amongst fallen Roman pillars of carved marble in an ancient geothermal pool.