Tuesday, August 14, 2012
I realized that after Peace Corps, I managed to travel for three months and diametrically opposed climates with only a large backpack. Not even a giant hiking backpack - no, this was maybe 18" x 24", if that big.
I left Liberia, West Africa, and spent a week in Bamako, Mali - well, travelling around Mali a bit. I flew to Moscow, USSR (it was 1984) and spent 3 weeks there - in JANUARY! Then I took the trans-Siberian railroad, stopped in a few place, travelled across the entire Soviet Union. With one pair of long underwear, one pair of wool pants, one pair of little boots, two sweaters, two long sleeved shirts, and one LLBean rain parka. Yes, there were days in Siberia when I wore both sweaters under the rain jacket.
Then, when I went to Japan for three weeks, I still had the same winter clothes - daily showers and frequent laundering of the undies kept everything fresh and clean. But once I left Japan and went south to Okinawa, and eventually Hong Kong and China, I threw away those wool pants and the sweaters - by then it was March, things were warming up.
So - I can do this. I can figure out a variety of winter to summer clothes that will all fit in the small rolling duffel. I can manage with fewer toiletries. I have done this before, I can do this again.