Getting ready for the trip of my life: Kit list

It’s no secret I have been planning to go travelling for a very long time. In fact, me coming to England was the first step towards my mam_t-advanced_gtx_women_largebiggest goal in life – to see as much of this world as I can. Well, the plan is not going as I expected. I haven’t won the lottery, I haven’t married a Richie rich and surprisingly, me being Romanian hasn’t helped much with stealing the bank. What’s this all about? I thought it’s in the blood.

Anyway..I have been putting together a list with stuff I might need to purchase in order to make my trip around the world rather enjoyable and worry free. I don’t need a 5 star hotel, but who am I kidding, I do like to be comfortable wherever I go. And I’m a girl – no sexism here, but we ARE stressed when it comes to where we wash, ‘have I taken the make up remover?’, ‘these shoes don’t match my fancy top’ or ‘baby, can I put some of my things in your bag? *puppy eyes’

There will be couch-surfing and hitch-hiking when possible and very little money (working part-time on minimum wage while studying + living on your own doesn’t help that much, but hey, being independent is for cool people, right? RIGHT?)

I am in the process of checking reviews and trying many things in order to come up with the best options especially when it comes to rucksacks, sleeping bags, etc.. I have little to no travelling experience (working as an au pair for a crazy lady in Italy doesn’t count) so I’m hoping any of you who will read this will also give me useful advice. I’m sure I will remove and add many items along the way, but for the moment there you go – my basic kit list for when I go wandering around the world. I haven’t categorized them in anyway. Yet.

  1. Rucksack : stuff sack/dry bag
  2. Rambling shoes
  3. Sleeping bag
  4. Self-inflating sleeping mat
  5. Inflatable neck cushion (sleeping on the bus/train doesn’t need to be uncomfortable)
  6. First aid kit
  7. More medicine ( diarrhoea can be a party-pooper)
  8. Mosquito repellent
  9. Water bottle
  10. Water purifying tablets
  11. Day sack/ bag for the money, plane tickets, passport etc..
  12. Ear plugs/ eye mask
  13. Waterproof jacket
  14. Torch
  15. Lighter
  16. Wash bag with all your bits. (if you’re one of the people who only washes once a week, then you’re a lucky one, my friend)
  17. Travel towel
  18. Travel washing line (just a normal thicker string will do, I suppose)
  19. Multi-purpose travel wash
  20. Knife
  21. Map/Compass
  22. Adaptors/chargers/solar chargers
  23. Clothes/Shoes – fara numar = Romanian slang for as many as you can, sort of.
  24. Cards/chess or anything you can play that won’t take lots of space in your bag.

In the photo, there’s my favourite pair of shoes so far. Mammut T-advanced GTX : comfortable, lightweight and just amazing.

That’s all, folks. Do good and be happy!




In the mood for love.

Cheesy, lame, pathetic, naive. I’ve been called this and many more when talking about romance/love/etc. Truth is I probably am all this. Do I have any regrets? Not even one. I love being in-love. I love romantic scenes, holding hands and just spending a quiet night in, watching a good film with the person that makes me smile without even doing anything special. True love or not, every story has its own magic and you keep all the good memories from the first look to the first kiss, from the first ‘I love you!’ to ‘Take care, M!’

And there are many who think showing people what you feel, love, affection, true friendship, compassion are all silly things and are not worth the hassle as sooner or later you get disappointed. You might do, but boy, does it feel amazing when you feel you’re loved!



Weird happy phase

Yes, I’m going through a weird, happy phase. There’s more than 20 post drafts to work on, university work, my Go Outdoors job, food shopping lists, recipes, business plans, travel lists, travel piggy-bank, calendars (x2), diary, rent and bills to pay, more lists, more, more, more….. It’s all manic, but it’s all happening. I’m becoming an adult and I freakin’ love it.

I moved in with Larisa and life in this shared 6 bedroom house we live in could fill many other blog posts. We have waited for this almost 2 years in which we have never changed our mind or lost our hope. It’s all great so far, though I’m still working on making her wear bloody pyjamas during the night. 2 months since we’ve been living here and people still think we’re a couple. Great success and amazing fun!

There’s many projects I’m working on, blog posts about them and some other things I have been interested in lately. I’m planning to finally start writing more often and hoping this phase will last forever.

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