Test Driving the Backpacks

We are in Friday Harbor right now at my dad and Peggy’s place. We’ve got the laptops fired up and are making some final arrangements and decisions about our route and places to stay. It’s quickly becoming apparent that our first stop – Copenhagen – is going to be one of our most expensive hotel stays. We waited a bit too long and basically have a choice between a 12-bed room in a party hostel or a very nice, but expensive, hotel room. We are leaning toward starting the trip with style at the swanky place.

We decided to use this trip up to Friday Harbor as an opportunity to test drive our backpacks, so we loaded them up with a bit more than what is needed for a two-night stay and gave it a go. The ferry from Anacortes was really crowded with a group of kids going to camp and other summer sojourners, so it was a good test case. It was pretty easy to navigate through the crowded waiting room and off of the ferry. Then we walked from the ferry landing to dad’s place and the pack was really quite comfortable. I even used the packing cubes and they seem pretty useful. (These things are highly recommended on all of the travel blogs we ran across while researching this trip.)

It’s hard to believe that we leave one week from today. We still have a lot to do, but are slowly checking things off of our various spreadsheets and lists. All of the essentials have been taken care of (tickets, shots, etc.), so now we’re focused on the fun details (safari in South Africa, where to stay in Bali, etc.). We will definitely be winging it on some legs of this trip, but that’s part of the fun. I have decided not to let myself get stressed out by the various blogs out there with stories of people planning things months in advance that we are just now discussing one week from our departure.

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6 thoughts on “Test Driving the Backpacks

  1. One tip on the backpacks – it may seem light now but you will not want to lug it around very long. One thing my husband and I did when we backpacked through Europe last year was to put our bags in storage at the train station if we had checked out/not checked in yet to our place. Look for the nifty storage machines that cost a couple euros for the day and you can fit as many bags as you want into the ‘cube’ then it gives you a ticket. When you come back you retrieve your bags like a vending machine by inputting your ticket and then magically your bags will come out the front. so cool!p.s. i used the packing cubes too – very handy!

  2. dan! join couchsurfing.com … stay at people’s places for free!!! this is one of those revolutionary things that once you start it completely changes your perspective on traveling. Like, how did people live without cell phones…im sure you will be able to find a great host in Copenhagen. let me know if you join, i will be the first to write you a review! bartek

  3. couchsurfing sounds interesting – I’ve used a similar site – warmshowers.org when bike touring. Great way to see other cultures a up little closer as well.

  4. I like the updated look!Some wisdom from the Lonely Planet’s guide to Africa:- hello in Namibia: hallo- hello in South Africa: howzitHave a safe flight guys.

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