- Can I actually walk that much over 9 days?
- Will everything fit in my luggage?
- Am I taking too much or am I not taking enough?
- What if I get hurt while on the walk (I do have travel insurance)
- What if I get COVID???
- What if the weird variant floating around Europe causes another lockdown?
Today I tackled packing of the suit case. A week or so ago, I laid out all the clothing I will need and/or want for the trip. If you want to know what that is read all my posts regarding the various kits.
I need a small suitcase/duffel to hold my clothing for the nights on the walk (this is being shuttled each day) and so I figured I would use this case as my carry on bag. this bag would have during the flight(s) to and fro my electronics, a change of clothing, travel papers, a home Covid test to verify I did not pick anything up during the trip as well as a mask with a N95 filter; some water and snacks.
Then I need a suitcase for all the clothing and gear AND other present I am taking across the pond for Elisa and Mike. I can't just shove everything into the backpack and check that as there is much historical data on packs getting destroyed due to straps getting caught in belts and/or the bag getting ripped due to mishandling. Oh, I can't use the pack as my carry on as it exceeds those dimensions.
I have a large suitcase that I have used for my trips to Scotland, in the past so I was hoping that if I tightened all the straps and lessened the back panel, the pack could fit into the suitcase and maybe even have some smaller items in it.
IT WORKED - on the right hand side of the case is the pack, my walking stick, some clothing, and other small items that fit around the pack as well as the Covid tests (CDC approved) which I have to take before I return. On the left hand side I was able to fit all the other clothing and hiking boots. What's nice is the suitcase closes easily so any last minute items will easily fit inside.
The bonus round is that my carry on bag is also not stuffed to the brim.