Travel Gear: Backpack and Sandals Purchased!
You may have noticed that it’s been a long time since I’ve taken a real, decent trip.
That’s going to change.
I have a trip in the works. Several of you already know what it is. I can’t reveal anything about it here yet, but believe me, in time, you’ll find out. And it’s going to be glorious.
This trip requires a lot more gear than what I already own. I’ve been accumulating that gear slowly.
The biggest purchases I need to make are a backpack, day pack, netbook computer (and case), travel sandals, hiking sneakers, PacSafe and moneybelt.
I found two of those items today!
For my backpack, I chose the REI Venturi 40 Pack.
Isn’t that a beautiful color?
A 40-liter backpack is a small size, even for women, but I chose this for a few reasons: it’s small enough to count as carry-on luggage, it will keep me down to the essentials, and it will probably be better for my back. (My back has had on-and-off issues since my waitressing days in college.)
I got the idea to buy a 40-liter backpack after reading Sofia’s post on As We Travel on how to travel the world without checking luggage. Check it out; her tips are great!
Next, I chose the Teva Tirra for my travel sandals.
I knew shoes would be a difficult search — a year and a half ago, I developed tendinitis in my right ankle, and then my right arch fell sharply; finding comfortable shoes has been a battle ever since. (I miss wearing heels like you wouldn’t believe.)
I started my travel sandals search with Chacos, which are the female backpacker favorite and earn raves for their style as well as their comfort. Unfortunately, Chacos just don’t fit me well. I found the straps to be too long around the ankle.
Then I found these Tevas — and they felt AMAZING. They may not be acceptable for the club, but they have splashes of purple. And I LOVE anything purple.
I have to give credit to my mom, who brought a month-old ad to the store that announced a 20-30% off sale, though it wasn’t a coupon. Well, she showed the girl at the register, who wasn’t sure what to do with it — so she gave us 25% off! YES! (I originally told my mom not to bring the coupon…I’m NEVER doing that again!)
Coming up next: the netbook, which I may purchase this week! I’m leaning toward a Toshiba. Any suggestions?