Accommodation tends to be one of the more expensive components of anyone’s travel budget, so to save money on this trip, we are taking a tent.
While there are numerous options for lightweight, two-person tents, I decided to take the One Planet Goondi 2.
What I like most about this tent is that it comes in a variety of different inner tent/fly configurations. I ended up choosing a tent with a mesh inner for the best ventilation on warm nights and a 30D fly for the best protection from the sun, wind and rain. The inner tent and fly are separate, with each packed in its own stuff sack. This makes it easy to divide the load if two people are travelling together and wish to share the tent. The inner tent must be erected first and the fly attached to the poles that support it.
Other noteworthy features include an ultra fine mesh on the inner tent that provide good ventilation whilst keeping out even the smallest insects. The tent also has an entrance on each side, each with its own vestibule for gear storage.
The decision to take a sleeping bag on this trip was not an easy one as most nights will be quite warm. As our trip extends into the autumn months the weather will very likely become cooler. Considering a range of possible temperatures, the sleeping bag I’m taking is a down-filled One Planet Camp Lite.
I’ve had this bag for a while now. What I like about it is that the down can be shaken to the bottom of the bag when the weather is warm and shaken to the top when it cools down. It’s rated to 0° C if necessary although if the temperature gets that low, the bag is going to be barely warm enough for a good night’s sleep.
For those warm to hot nights when a sleeping bag is not necessary I have a Sea to Summit Coolmax Travel Liner, made of 100% polyester. It’s designed like a bag, in the sense that you get inside it, however its very comfortable to sleep in and comes with a large pocket near the head end for securing a pillow.
I’m taking a very small and lightweight stove called the MSR Pocket Rocket. It attaches to the top of a gas canister. I’ll use it with lightweight aluminium cooking pot, also made by MSR. A mug, spork, lighter and quick-drying towel can all be stored inside the cooking pot.
Devices and Power Adapters
- 9.7 inch iPad Pro with a keyboard
- Apple iPhone 5S
- Lumix DMC LX-10 portable digital camera
- Special power adapter with interchangeable adapter plugs and two USB ports for charging the iPad, iPhone and camera.
- Nalgene water bottle (1 litre)
- Head torch
- Portable clothes line
- Small first aid kit
- Small sewing kit
- Plastic trowel (for making a toilet if wild camping)
- Plastic hammer for tent pegs
- Passport pouch and wallet (with RFID security)
- Insect repellent
- Water purification tablets
- Wash bag and toiletries
- Sleeping mask and earplugs (for the flights)
- Beach towel and swimming trunks
- Diving mask and snorkel
- Toilet paper and hand sanitizer in a sealable plastic bag
- Watercolour pencils and a small sketchbook
- Reading book
- Two small padlocks (to lock luggage)