Travelling, no matter with which means of transport, undeniably involves difficult choices when it comes to clothes. You must find the right balance between what you want versus what you need versus what can be brought! Whether you’re on a backpack trip to Europe, a Machu Picchu expedition or a 6-month motorcycle trip, I have learned over the years that with good choices, it is possible to travel several weeks with a limited amount of garments. For this trip, I have planned for 4 types of clothing: Casual Sports (walking or jogging) Dressed (for the exits at the restaurant) Cool or rainy weather My firsts criteria for a piece of equipment are always quality, efficiency and durability. Nothing is more unpleasant than relying on something that lets you down along the way. Second, it must be versatile. Take for example the Arenite jacket from Arc’teryx. Arc’teryx Arenite jacket It is useful for trekking, for a cool evening in town and even for more formal occasions like an evening at a restaurant or something a bit more chic. It’s a highly technical item that provides a more formal look if necessary. The final criteria is, wherever possible, items that do not wrinkle, or at least, very little. For example, the polyester knit tees by The North Face. I recently went for a 2 week trip to England with only 3 of these. Easy to wash by hand, strong fabric and no wrinkles! They are versatile, can be worn comfortably while visiting a city and also for a serious day trekking on a mountain. The North Face t-shirt A major challenge for me is shoes! I’m worse than a girl when it come to footwear! As mentioned in a previous articles, I decided to ride the motorcycle with a pair of hiking boots. This eliminates the need to pack an additional pair and a major saving in packing space and weight. Reluctantly, I’m going to bring a pair of running shoes as I hope and need to find time to do some running in order to keep fit. I’ll also have a pair of casual leather shoes that can be used while going for dinner on a cool evening. Those shoes from Frye are very durable and can be worn with jeans or shorts. Sports shoes from Frye Obviously, I’ll need sandals. I’ll wear a pair of Reef’s for the beach and evenings. Reef sandals For rainy days and cool evenings, or while hiking and camping, I will carry my shell jackets and trousers and an insulated jacket that packs very compact. The North face shell Zeta LT pants from Arc’teryx Arenite vest by The North Face Here is my list: Clothing Comments Price Arenite Jacket Arc’teryx 200,00 Down insulated jacket North Face 200,00 Shell jacket North Face 600,00 Shell pants Arc’teryx 600,00 Shorts - The Noth Face 100,00 Shorts – Bathing suit 75,00 Shorts – Jogging Arc’teryx 75,00 Convertible pants The North Face 100,00 Jeans Levis 100,00 Long sleeves sweaters – Dressed North face 100,00 Long sleeves sweaters – Sport North Face 100,00 T-shirts – Sport 3X North face 150,00 T-shirts – Sport 2X Icebraker 160,00 Shirt – Dressed 1X 150,00 Sox – Small – Shoes and running shoes 2X 20,00 Sox – thin – for moto (liners) 2X 25,00 Boxers Arc’teryx 2X 75,00 Sun glasses MEC 30,00 Cap for hiking OR 45,00 Jogging pants (will serve as long johns when riding in cold conditions) 100,00 Shoes – Dressed (Sport) Fry 125,00 Running Shoes Asic’s 160,00 Sandals Reef – Fanning 70,00 Total: 2800,00 The next post will cover electronics.