We wanted to travel light, but we wanted to make sure that we had the proper gear to record our journey, both for making this site and for our long-term memories.
It took quite a while for us to get used to the idea of just living out of a back pack during our 5 months away. We started to search for other blogs to check what other people doing similar trips had taken. From these blogs we were able to put together a list for ourselves, taking into account what other people had said. Please see below what we decided would be the best equipment possible for our budget.
Canon Powershot G9
Known as a compact digital SLR, Canon G9 has the following specifics:
- 12.1 Megapixels (1/1.7” sensor) with RAW mode for maximum image control
- 6x optical zoom lens with optical Image Stabilizer and SR coating
- DIGIC III and iSAPS for lightning fast response, superb image quality and advanced Noise Reduction
- Face Detection AF/AE/FE and Red-Eye Correction in playback
- 3.0” high-resolution, PureColor LCD II with extra wide viewing angle
- ISO 1600 and Auto ISO Shift
- 25 shooting modes including full manual control and 2 custom settings
- Extra telephoto reach with Digital Tele-Converter and Safety Zoom
With this we will also take an extra battery (for when we are away from power for a period of time), 16GB memory card ( for capturing as many pictues as we want without worrying about running out of memory), and a memory card reader!
There were a few areas that we looked at when deciding what camera to buy. the first was size and weight as we had to carry it around, the second was image quality (for the best pictures possible), the third was to find a camera that was not too flashy or expensive looking so it does not become a target for criminals. with all of these ideas in mind, the G9 was without question the best camera available in our price range as well as ticking all the boxes that we asked of it.
Our 80GB IPods are going with us and the charger as well to make us company through the long bus journeys!
We will both with different phone numbers (due to our contract) and our phones will be unblocked in order to input SIM cards in other destinations. This will also add the charger of the respective phones!
Our beautiful tent Jack Wolfskin Lighthouse RT 1 that only weights 2.6kg is going with us. After a lot of research of prices, we found it in a Costwold store for half price!!! It is huge inside and has a nice porch so we can put our backpacks outside, our boots or even sit for a nice meal! We will also take a ground sheet.
This tent was chosen due to its size, weight, water resistance and porch area. This therefore allows us the best possible comfort, space and is lightweight and small enough to carry. As well as this it was also the most cost effective tent we found for our budget.
Our mats were very expensive, but they were very light and still very confortable. We hope we made the right decision buying the Therma-rest Pro Lite 3 small, costing £55.3. each
We decided to buy the smallest ones on the market as these mats were another bulky item that we both would have to carry with us.
After spending a lot of money on mats we decided to save up on sleeping bags buying two for £34 each. Although sleeping bags are important, they are very expensive. Therefore the decision was made to buy less expensive bags and buy silk inner bags that are small and lightweight, which can be used on their own in hot weather or inside the bags in cold weather, to create another layer of insulation that would cost a couple of hundred to have in a more expensive bag.
After careful research and advice, we went for Osprey backpacks know for being the lightest and more comfortable. Jonathan got the Osprey Aether 70Litres and Adriana got the Osprey Ariel 65 Litres. As well as being lightweight, we felt that these bags were perfect for us. They both have a special harness system that feels very comfortable, they have the added bonus of a day bag option which will be handy for when we leave our large bags at the hostels and on top of this, the bags have no outside pockets, so are very difficult to pickpocket.
The next list is all the smaller things that we found were needed after researching other travel blogs.
With us we will take little gadgets that can make a big difference:
- Passport bag
- Pack of cards
- Head lamp (2)
- Laundry line
- Bag Locks (2)
- Travel books (2)
- Shoe bag
- Duct tape
- Permanent marker
- SOS Kit (Primary care leaflet, Small low-adherent dressing, Woven bandage & vinyl gloves, Small crepe bandage, Fabric & blister plasters, Medium dressing & burn gel, Triangular bandage, Paracetamol & antiseptic wipes, Scissors & tweezers, Safety pins, Micropore tape, Gauze swabs, thermomether, diarrhoea pills)
- Hidden money pouch
- fold dry bag
- Pack it (eagle Creek)
- Gorilla Pod (to hold the camera so we can take couple pics!)
- South America map
- South America guide
- Knifes and forks x 2
- Swiss Knife
- Water bottle
- Shoe bags (2)
- Guide made by A.Lucas
- Power adapters
Hanging toiletry bag which will take:
- Landry paper
- Rubber drain-plus
- Toothbrush Toothpaste
- Dental floss
- Bacteria killer
- Shampoo leaves
- Mosquito repellent
- Face towel
- Fabric wash
- Small shampoo
- Body wash
We really had to cut down on clothes due to weight, therefore if worse comes to worse we can always buy something when we are there.
long-sleeve polypropylene shirt
6 x boxers
6 x socks (thick and thin)
Long-sleeve polypropylene shirt
6 x Panties
6 x socks ( 2 thick and 4 thin)