As we prepared for our trip, one of our favorite ways to spend the evening was searching out the blogs of fellow travelers and using their trips as inspiration and guidance for our own. We hope that along with being entertaining and informative to family and friends, this blog might also provide some great inspiration and guidance to future travelers.
One of our goals was to have everything we need fit into our packs, which are smaller than a traditional backpack but larger than a day pack. While we can't call ourselves real ultra-light trekkers, we keep our gear to a minimum in order to be compact as we utilize public transportation (planes, trains, and automobiles, especially local collectivos, often have so little space and/or security that you hold your bag on your lap). The gear that Blake and I use tends to be the ultra-lite stuff, but we can't imagine throwing away the little luxuries that add an extra 10 lbs when we consider a trip of this length.
We also will bring a fanny pack and a day pack, to use while visiting cities and to store items like street clothing while we head off into the wilderness. We hope to go to fancy-schmancy restaurants in Lima and to be able to spend up to a week hiking in the Andes. We'll experience temperatures ranging from below freezing to sweltering in the jungle, and our gear needed to be diverse enough to accommodate. Given the range of the places we hope to visit we're pretty proud of our lightweight packs.