Packing right

Always taking picturesI always think that I don’t pack right. I forget things, I take too many things or stuff I don’t use (this time I did use the gorilla pod!) … so here are a couple of lists of mispacked things:

Here’s my Top 5 “Forgotten Things”

  1. Lonely Planet Guide. We only had a single small “outdoor” guide for the ring road. It was okay but we missed the wealth of information provided by the Lonely Planet guides.
  2. Music. Of course we brought mp3 players but the car radio only took CDs. We got pretty sick of listening over and over to “Best of Björk” which I had bought at the beginning of the vacation. Radio wasn’t so good either. We had long stretches of road with lots of noise and Island radio seemed to have a lot of talking – in Islandic! – and little music. Strangely it got better when we got closer to Reykjavik again.
  3. Hiking Boots. Actually I don’t even own any. For most hikes it wasn’t that relevant but on our hike to Glymur I would have felt much better (and safer) wearing other shoes …
  4. Thermos Flask. It is not quite so warm over here, temperature was often around 4°C, and I should have brought more warm clothing (again), maybe some Whisky and of course most importantly a way to keep hot drinks with us.
  5. Knife or peeler. How dumb is it to not even have a knife with us?

Honorable Mention:  Car charger for the N810. Since we use the Nokia to create GPS tracks from our driving and it sucks the battery empty in no time it would have been a good idea to have the car charger with us. Maybe a card game would have been nice as well we usually bring at least one small 2 player game.

And the Top 5 “Things that could have stayed at home

  1. Skirt. I really did not need it. 90% of the time the temperature was too low and the rest of the time I still did not need it.
  2. The second, third and fourth T-Shirt. See #1.
  3. The 50mm lense. I only used it once I think and that wasn’t necessary
  4. Makeup. *oops* so yeah that was simply in the bag with the shampoo etc. Still …
  5. Additional SD and Compact Flash cards for the cameras, I downloaded all the pictures to the laptop every night anyway

I am getting better at not packing too much. And I really needed all 3 pairs of shoes that I had with me.