02/02/2008 - 02/02/2008
Last week Joanna borrowed Michelle's Eagle Creek travel backpack. Michelle's so awesome - she's gonna let us use her pack for our trip! That means we won't have to spend the $$ to buy an expensive travel pack. Thanks Michelle!!
In the meantime, I've been researching backpacks to death. There are a handful of really great packs out there that I want to buy for our trip. But in the end I'm gonna stick with what I already have...an old no-frills Kelty Redwing pack that I used when I traveled around Spain a few years ago. It's nothing fancy, but it's pretty burly (and heavy), so it'll do just fine if it gets beat up along the way. And it's only about 2900 cubic inches, which is on the smaller side for a trip like ours. That means I'll have to be really conservative with how much stuff I take with me. I think I'll be fine - I used a pack maybe 2/3 the size when I was in Costa Rica a couple years ago, so I'll sure it'll work out.
Also, today I picked up our own guidebooks to consult and tear up as we see fit. I bought the Moon Peru guide and the Lonely Planet Ecuador and Galapagos Islands guide. Up 'til now we've been using books borrowed from the library, which in a few cases were a bit out of date.