Following on from my toiletries post, my clothing and other possessions for the last seven and a bit months. So what have I kept in my big green backpack all of this time!!? Everyone has seen the pictures of me with my big blue waterproof jacket, which has served me well all of this time and will hopefully be a part of my pictures for a while longer. And what about those shoes, which have been with me since my old boots made my feet bleed in Munich (ouch)!
My possessions have evolved a little over the time, though I have kept most of the original stuff and only bought a few things, like shorts for summer, and discarded a pair of jeans which ripped in the crutch at the end of winter.
Tom Cridland Sweaters x 2: Guaranteed for 30 years. I love these sweaters so far and will be testing
them out over the next few months (and years). I hope that they will appear in my photo’s for years to come.
Dublin Jacket: This waterproof jacket came from the horse riding store after the jackets of the same quality were a few hundred dollars more expensive. It has four zipped pockets on the outside and one pocket on the inside. It is super sturdy, waterproof and has a removable hood. I have come to love the colour, as I feel like it is kind of like my trademark now, though when this one eventually wears out I may go for something a little more subtle.
Long sleeve shirts x 5: I have a variety of shirts, all which are not particularly amazing but have done a good job of keeping me warm and are fairly small to fold up in my bag. One Guess one which I never wore at home has been great for when I needed to be super warm in the snow. Two lightweight three quarter sleeve shirts have been good for when I go trekking. One thermo which is super comfortable, though it is not that warm so has been great for warmer winter days in the city. It sucks for trekking though as it does trap body heat. One long sleeve cotton shirt which is the best thing ever and just seems to work no matter what the weather.
Singlet: My one tourist thing I have bought, which has a cool design of the Galata tower in Istanbul. I bought it from a sustainable store there and it is my one summer shirt so it will be getting tried out more soon! For now it has been a workout shirt and hot day shirt.
Bras!: Two traditional bras. One sports bra. No-one needs to know more than that!
Woollen sweater: The one and only of this designer in the world. My grandma knitted it for me for my 21st birthday after I told people that I only wanted gifts if they had made them. My beautiful grandma was the only person who followed through with the request, and it is the best sweater in the world (maybe I am bias!).
Jeans – Levi High Rise Skinny: The toughest jeans I have ever owned. They have not worn down at all in the three years I have owned them. They are comfortable and the more I wear them the more I love them.
Levi Jean Legging: I wear these in the city usually as they look the nicest out of my jeans. The material is thinner than my others, though they are still very tough and should last for a while. The colour (black) hasn’t really faded at all, and I used to wear them to work every single day when I was at home.
Adidas dryfit shorts: I needed shorts when I arrived in Hong Kong as I only had jeans. Sustainable and local shopping is pretty hard to find here so I ended up going with Adidas as they have an okay record for a big company. The shorts are worn every day while I work. I treat them pretty bad and they are still like new so hopefully they last for a while.
Li Ning Trackpants: These are basically only worn when I need to wash everything in my bag. They are pretty useless, though came in handy for a few days of work. The quality is good though.
Underwear: a few cute pairs along with alot of low quality underwear that really needs replacing with something nicer and longer lasting.
Dress: From Cotton On. I don’t usually shop there, though I searched boutiques and local designers in Hong Kong and couldn’t find anything that could double as a party dress and casual dress. This one doesn’t exactly as it’s more designed for partying, however I was desperate after searching for two weeks and then needing one on the way to a night out. I like it and I made a compromise with Cotton On (sub par ethical standard) as it is Australian owned. Hopefully next time I will be somewhere with local designs more to my taste or at least multinationals with better records.
RipCurl Bikinis: From when I forgot my bikinis on a trip to South East Asia and had to buy some in Kuala Lumpur. They have lasted pretty well though I don’t love the style.
Epilator: The greatest invention, although I never bought a power transformer with me so have only been able to use it when I can borrow one. It is great for using on my legs.
Yoga mat: I am dreaming of a Manduna Eco travel yoga mat, however in the meantime I am using a cheap one I took from a friend before I left Australia. It’s super thin which is great, though it is slowly decaying and leaving little bits of blue rubber everywhere I go. I don’t think I could travel without it as I use it almost everyday. It has allowed me to keep exercising this whole trip.
Sunglasses: Burberry, left over from a time when I valued expensive gifts. I love them as they are one of the only designs in the world that I have found look acceptable on me.
Scarf: Bought in Hong Kong when I was 12 years old! My friends in Turkey tell me it is a Turkish design, though I really thought it was a Chinese design until then. Anyway, it comes in handy for everything. Scarf, skirt, shirt, dress, towel or a headscarf when I want to look in a mosque.
The brown shoes are now gone after I wore the sole through and started to slip on everything because of the flat sole. Here is what I have replaced them with.
Nike running/street shoes: I’m not really sure why I bought these except they were cheap and I wanted black shoes. They hurt my feet for a while but now they’re ‘broken in’ and I wear them daily. I like them because I can wear them everywhere. To work, with a dress (hello street style) and with jeans. It is super useful now that I’m not only hanging out with backpackers who understand mismatching outfits, rather with colleagues and occasionally the startup crowd.
Thongs/Flipflops: I lost my Havianas 🙁 Luckily my friend gave me some promo Croatian thongs which I’ve been using since. They’re pretty ugly but at least I have some and they were free, so I am happy!