The Dilemma of Packing

For me packing has always been somewhat of a challenge. My tactic is to usually leave it until the last minute, which results in what Ally has branded ‘Panic Packing’. Panic packing is the act of jamming as much in a bag as possible for any given situation that may occur over the time you are away. My hobbies also require plenty of equipment, such as surfing and photography, which doesn’t help my cause. What results is a heavy and over packed amount of luggage.

However with our fast approaching longterm trip I have had to adopt somewhat of a different approach – ‘packing light’. One of my first dilemmas was what to do about my photography equipment, as it would be one of the heavy and bulkier items I would take. I usually shot with a Canon DSLR and have an array of lens. I had always thought that I would take this with me. However then I thought about the weight and worry involved with leaving equipment lying around in hostels, so I bravely stepped out my comfort zone and purchased a compact camera.

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My choice was the Fujifilm X70, which is a fraction of the size and weight of my other kit. I’ve had the camera a few months, and so far it’s been fantastic. All my recent Instagram shots are taken with it – www.instagram.com/eddcope  It does however have it’s quirks, such as a fixed lens with no zoom, but I relish the thought of experimenting with it while away.

The other big eye opener in the packing challenge has been the approach of packing light itself. For me this isn’t easy, but I’ve had to be strict with myself. The last thing I want is to be burdened by a heavy bag. Although time will tell if three tshirts, two pairs of shorts and one shirt will be enough…

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Preparing for our Travels

It feels like we have been planning this trip for years. It’s something we have talked and dreamed about since we first met. But now, finally the time is upon us to pack our bags!

We have read blog after blog of what to pack and where to visit, and written many a list of all the things we need to buy and sort before leaving the UK.


The time for research is now over. A rough itinerary and route is set, but we anticipate this will change as we travel. Our plan is to tick off items from the bucket list but also see where the wind takes us – although I will be leaving the bungee jumping to Edd.

It feels like Edd will never actually pack his bag as he always finds something to add to the list each time. Plus those of you who know him will know that he is not one for being ready early and is a bit of a last minute Larry!

We hope to keep you updated when we can along the way throughout our journey on this blog. We will also be posting photos of us jumping and floating on our instagram page – www.instagram.com/jumpandfloat , plus Edd loves a good sunset so I am sure there will be plenty of photos of those.

Next stop Melbourne, Australia – the place we have talked about visiting together for so long, we can’t quite believe it’s happening – see you there!

Ally & Edd x