The shoe conundrum
20.01.2005 - 20.01.2007 29 °C
I've packed before for trips. My ususal method is to pack for every possible type of weather. I'm one of those annoying people who packs three or four days before they go away and makes it look like i'm really orgainised. In reality I just want to get the packing over and done with so I pack everything possible then leave it in the corner and forget what's in the bag. This is great but it means when I get to my destination it's a surprise, I bit like opening presents on christmas day I can never quite remember what clothes i've packed. In Nepal this method resulted in a poor struggling muscian trugging up and down various mountains with a rucksac full of who knows what just incase I felt the need to have three changes of jumpers whilst up a mountain. I blame my mother she could pack for every contingency, floods, nuclear attack, raining birds and still think of extra things to take.
So here I am two days before I go with what appears to be the entire contents of my wardrobe on the bed in my parents spare room. This is actually the prelimary packing, what I want to take if my rucksac should turn out to be like mary poppin's travel bag! In reality what I have is 60l rucksac. In one of my more sensible moments I bought this thinking I would actually have to carry it around australia, there will be no gurka carrying it for me this time (though volunteers would be welcome).
The shoes are the hardest part, sorry guys but any woman I tells you should wants to go away for a year with less than 6 pairs of shoes is lying. The worst part is I need them all, but they just take up too much room! What to do? I need trainers to keep up my running, normal shoes for being a tourist in, flip flops and sandels because its hot, a pair of going out shoes and a pair of dance shoes (they may not have primark in the outback!). How can I possibly leave any behind?
After much wrestling with my consience I chucked out a skirt (and added a pair of trousers), 2 tops, a works tunic, a nepalise style wooly hat, an umbrella (they don't get rain in oz do they?), a book and 2 (not just one) pairs of shoes. As it still pains me to think about it I shall now have to go and look around the shops in the airport, wish me luck I've just spotted an Accessorize.