Prep Prep Prep

I can’t believe I’m sharing this but—hey!

A few months before I left, boredom struck. I was at home with a friend discussing my upcoming plans, and decided I might as well start packing.

Whether that was a good idea or not, you decide.

We packed my clothes, shoes, toiletries and other bits and bobs. As a traveller I had a luggage scale—an analogue one may I add.


We weighed my rucksack.


My jaw dropped knowing I still had other things to pack, and plans to buy trinkets on my journey. I accepted that my rucksack was too heavy and proceeded to check my booked flights for their weight allowance, and to purchase excess luggage where needed. Never pay for excess baggage at the airport— you might as well throw your money down the drain. I bought excess baggage where required, and this came to £45.

Now that I knew I could pack a bit more, I purchased a few more items.

Weighed luggage:


I almost fainted. I thought I needed to repack to accommodate all the items I still needed. Yes, more items. An idea hit me: place my clothes—which were in packing cubes—in my hand luggage: 29kg.

Throughout this process, I thought there must be something wrong with my luggage scale and ordered a digital one from Amazon.


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It came.

I weighed my rucksack:


I thought, “This can’t be right.” I went back to my analogue one and weighed my rucksack.

It dawned on me at that moment.

I was reading lbs and not kg.

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