Pack It Up, Pack It In: The Tanzania Chronicles #4

All the gear that Casey and Sarah are taking on their Kilimanjaro trek
After 3 or 4 trips to Mountain Equipment Co-op and one of the biggest holes ever seen in their wallets, Casey and Sarah have everything they could likely ever need to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro…

As you can see, I wasn’t kidding when I said that the amount of gear we’d gotten for this trip is utterly ridiculous.

But it’s like I was telling a friend while enjoying a walk in the sunshine on Tuesday — you can’t put a price on safety or survival. Being a mountain climbing novice, if an expert tells me that I need something, I am not about to argue!

But part of packing for a trip like this is finding balance. Having a few weeks off from one’s regular life is an opportunity to do things they’ve always wanted to do — relax; write stories; catch up on some reading… you’ll have more free time than you might be used to!

But you’ll also only have so much of your stuff! Especially on a trip like this, I need to make more room for essentials and keep the luxuries to a minimum. (However, please believe that Sakshi and Trevor are going to get their butt handed to them in board games if I have anything to say about it!) It’s good that they already supplied us with packing lists; otherwise I wouldn’t know what the heck I was doing and you’d hear stories of me on the top of Kilimanjaro suffering from hypothermia or something! Usually I pack like this:

…but this time there’s been no time for fun cartoons or lengthy lists. No… this time, it’s all about seeing how much I can fit in that bag (making sure that it ends up being under 15 kg) and learning to live with less (one could also learn a thing or two from the process that my friends Trevor and Sakshi used to pack for a six-month trip.

I’m sure there’s a life lesson in here somewhere….

–case p.

Author: Casey E. Palmer

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey‘s spent the last few decades in pursuit of creating killer content. From novels as a kid, comics as a teen, to blogs and photos once he could grow a beard, he’ll use whatever’s around him to create amazing stuff. When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him. Because a boring life’s not a life worth living!

2 thoughts on “Pack It Up, Pack It In: The Tanzania Chronicles #4”

  1. I need to do a trip like this (just the necessities) eventually. My sis went to Costa Rica last summer for 3 weeks (a Raw food cleanse vacation, thingy) and loved it.

    1. I don’t even know what kind of trip I’d want to go on next, to be honest — I kind of feel that after a trip like this, going to resorts/cruises and the like won’t feel the same anymore.

      I think my wife is turning me into an outdoorsy type :S I didn’t see it coming!

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