So, Louise and I are now a month away from leaving New Zealand to go on an OE to Canada. We’ll be there for a year, and then, if we have any money left, we’ll be traipsing about the States for as long as customs will let us..
Naturally, we’ll be documenting this adventure. Expect photos of pretty scenery, animals we manage to get close to, ourselves, and signs/things which our kiwi perspectives find strange or amusing… badly (or non-) edited videos of the same, and drunken and/or half asleep text posts.
Our wavering itinerary is currently thus;
-5 months working in housekeeping at Panorama Mountain Village just to the west of the Rockies
-While learning from scratch how to snowboard (hilarious videos to come!)
-Probably some snow shoeing, ice skating and attempts to find wildlife
-buying a car which will allow us to sleep inside of it when necessary
-ROADTRIP interspersed with WWOOFing, festivals and sightseeing.
-Up the western coast to Alaska, up the Dempster Highway into the arctic circle, back down again, then gradually east towards the coast.
From here it gets murky, but there’ll be some NYC and hopefully wwoofing at a horse ranch or corn farm, then some touristy stuff in California - national parks, San Fran etc..
It’ll take around 18 months.. and it’s gonna be reeeeeally exciting!
So, I had my first trial pack a few weeks ago now.. and my bag has been sitting packed and ready to go for around two weeks. Every now and then I’ll change my mind and put something in or take something out. I think, given all the stories I’ve heard about overpacking, that this is for the best.
So, after perusing onebag.com, I decided I needed something lightweight, which could be versatile, comfortable to wear hiking if necessary, small enough to be carry on luggage, but big enough to fit what I’d need for spring/summer/autumn. I selected this bag:
Which handily turns in to a shoulder bag:
and a carry bag:
I’m hoping this will do the job for everything I’ll need on the road. My NZ friends are skeptical, but my couchsurfing friends think I’m wise.. we’ll see I guess!
Of course, since we’ll be living in Invermere, in the Rockies, through five months of winter, we’ll require some extra padding and warmth that a bag this size doesn’t allow.. So, I’ve got a snowboard bag, with snowboard, bindings, boots, helmet, pants, jacket, goggles and gloves in it. Plus there’s a bit of bonus room in there to shove an extra hoody or two.
So now I’m a little unwieldy until we get to Invermere, but gear-wise I’m ready to go.
Once the winter is over and we go on our ROADTRIP, the plan is to sell/ditch the snowboard gear (all secondhand stuff I bought cheap to learn with cuz I’m a n00b), and post a box of winter clothing home. Leaving me free and comparatively unencumbered!
I’ll also add to the equation a little backpack that I’ll use for cruising city streets, going to work, or going on short hikes. Just big enough to fit a jacket, drink, camera, money, important docs etc, and snacks.
So, once we’re on the road, hopefully I’ll get away happily with these two bags!
Louise is having her first trial pack tonight, so updates soon on how that’s going!
3x Quick dry pants, 5x t-shirts, 8x underwear, 7x socks, 2x nice shirts, 4x merino thermal tops, 3x long-sleeved quick dry tops, 2x warm hoodies, 1x down jacket, woollie hat, togs, gloves, chucks & jandals.
Hopefully everything I’ll need for the spring/summer/autumn!