Trying to condense ten-months’ worth of your life into a 60-litre rucksack isn’t the easiest task in the world so I’ve had to rely on some cunning packing.
It’s so small it slides into any pocket and has done a brilliant job keeping me cool on hot nights and providing extra insulation on cold ones. It’s £20 and you can buy one directly from the owner, Alan Calder-McNicoll, whose profits help fund an orphanage in Zimbabwe. Click here.
An iPhone is great for telling the time, but don’t rely on it for adjusting to time zones. It’s regularly told me the wrong one which is particularly dangerous when catching trains. And if the battery dies overnight you’re stuck. I went old-school and bought a Swatch for £38 which is plain enough to not draw attention to myself, is water-resistant, and best of all it glows in the dark so I can see the time when everyone else is still asleep, and jump off the train in the small hours without bothering fellow passengers by turning on bright lights.
For shoes: in addition to a pair of flip-flops and some Merrell walking shoes, I needed a smart pair for the evening and those rare moments when I might get invited somewhere fancy. I was hunting around for travel shoes and came across these ingenious foldable ballet pumps from Cocorose London.
… which fold up like this…
Now I just need to wait for my invitation to the ambassador’s ball.