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Clothes and luggage, part 2

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.
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    I love your travel stories!
    2075 days ago
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    WOW!!!!! emoticon I am very impressed,,,,,,,, you are an adventurer!!! Which is what I would love to be when I "grow up" LOL Phebess,,,, I have a feeling that with your experience traveling,,, you will figure it out.......... and yes,,, those darn electronic things are "must haves" and make life enjoyable,,,, but still take room up with the rechargers and cords! Somehow,, as I am sitting here at my boring desk,,, I don't feel too sorry for you! LOL I do think that you are pretty amazing emoticon Have a wonderful time,,,, and I am sure that you will look cute!
    2077 days ago
    That's the spirit... emoticon
    2077 days ago
    Part of the problem is that I used fewer toiletries as a younger woman - and also my asthma wasn't as bad, so I carried fewer meds. Plus it was 1984, I didn't think about a kindle or laptop or anything. On the other hand, I still managed to look cute, if I do say so myself!
    2078 days ago
    You'll rock this! How about visiting thrift stores in the various countries and buying what's necessary "right now", then pitching it when you move on?? I LOVE thrift stores and would really enjoy visiting them for really local stuff while travelling!!
    2078 days ago
    I find myself often saying "oh to be twentysomething". If you can get back there- my hat is off to you (but I'm not giving it to you because there won't be enough room in your bag for it)
    Good luck Phebe!
    2078 days ago
    It sounds like you are on it! Usually toiletries are available anywhere you go. You can pick up what you need as you go.
    2079 days ago
    You are amazing! You'll figure it out!
    2079 days ago
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