T-minus 1 day: Stage 2 packing
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Ok it's 20 minutes before "T-minus 1 day" but I'll start this entry anyway.
I'm getting nervous about refining my inventory, completing my 100+ item to-do list, and spending final time with friends.
We'll see what I can tackle on my last full day in town.
I appreciate some of the feedback I've gotten on my inventory at Stage 1. Amazingly, the comments have been "Wow, you're bringing too much". Ok, I will scale back. I mean, shoot, I could wear a single t-shirt for a month straight, I suppose. I may not make many friends, but what the hell, I like the friends I have already. :-)
Update from later in Day:
After a glass of wine to loosen up, I went through my inventory and removed my poncho, 3 shirts, and my swim suit.
I decided my gore-tex shell and backpack cover would be enough to shield me in a rainstorm - the poncho could be used as make-shift emergency shelter in the unlikely event I got lost in Patagonia - but after watching countless episodes of Survivorman and Man Vs. Wild, I know how to make a shelter out of branches, leaves, vines, rocks, etc. (Thanks Les and Bear!).
I decided my swim suit is really only needed for the last few weeks of my trip, and I could either swim in my workout shorts or in my zip off pants - or I just buy a cheapo Brazilian suit. Hope it's not speedo's only down there though. They must sell board shorts, too.
And the shirts - I removed 2 t-shirts and my "going out" shirt. The latter again would be used only at the tail end of my trip - not worth carrying for the first month. I'll just buy something later in Buenos Aires or Rio.
Although small adjustments, these changes offered up some space in my pack. I feel better about it.
I estimate, too, that about 25% of my gear is completely disposable - I can ditch certain items mid-route to free up more space as needed. Throw out the t-shirts and my shower thongs (hell, a little fungus never hurt anyone), give my emergency repair kit to the next backpacker I befriend, burn my guide book, sell my climbing rope, etc.