It hardly seems real, but my flight for Australia leaves in 28 days. I'll have about 2 weeks there to tour around the Melbourne area (Philip Island, Wilson's Prom, etc.) with Rowan.
In the next 28 days, I need to find shoes and a bag. I think that's all I'm missing from my collection of touring gear. The rest of the stuff is pretty much still packed. I don't seem to ever completely unpack from my tours.
I know I had lots of suggestions to look at Crocs for shoes, and I did, but they are just too bulky. I've got to keep everything small. So then I had a look at those water shoes which are starting to appear in stores now. Have any of you used them? The ones I have my eye on have mesh on the tops and sides to help keep the feet cooler. They seemed very comfortable, and they squished flat.
As for bags, I'd like a very inexpensive, light duffle bag or backpack into which I can put all my stuff. I'd like to put Machak and my panniers into a bicycle box, and then put my sleeping stuff, clothing, toiletries, tools, etc. into the duffle bag or backpack. When I get there, everything will go in the panniers, including the duffle bag or backpack, which is why it has to be light and be able to fold down into nothing.
I was using a canvas laundry bag with a shoulder strap. That worked OK, but was bulky and awkward to carry around the airport. I need something a little more managable.
Oh ... have any of you taken textbooks with you on a tour??? No, I'm not actually planning to bring an entire text with me, but I am toying with the idea of photocopying a chapters or two of a few of them to bring along so I don't get too far behind with my studies. As it is, I have to submit one notebook/journal entry by email from the road! It's required for marks, and I told my professor that I would not be there on that day, so she asked if I could submit it by email. I said, "Sure"! We're supposed to relate our personal life experiences with what we have been reading in the text in those journal entries. The course is about languages and cultures (different countries, travel, different cultures, etc., etc.) ... I figure I'll relate a little bit of this Australian trip to whatever the textbook reading of that week is. Why not!?!