Overboard Bags are a British company who’s products I never go travelling without. Starting off small, Overboard have become a leading brand in waterproof bags. Whether I am going for a stroll in the Suffolk countryside or a mountain hike in the Lake District, my rucksack will always be packed with colourful Overboard dry bags.
I prefer using dry bags than just relying on the waterproof backpack cover because the rain will always find a way to get in, especially in the Lakes, and also it is a more organised way of packing. I know that my phone and purse are in the yellow one, that my spare clothes are in the blue one and my lunch is in the red one. So no matter what the weather is doing I can get into the right one quick and easily.
So after using the dry bags for a few years I thought I’d try out their 90 litre Adventure Duffel bag for my upcoming trip to Nepal.
I was going on a multi day hike through the Annapurna Mountain range near Pokhara. This would really put the bag to the test. When on the multi-day hike I had my day bag, with all relevant dry bags full of sweeties and such, then a wonderful, stealthy porter will carry your overnight bag, so ideally this needs to be as light and squidgy as possible. He will then tie said bag to another bag, of equal weight, put a rope around his head and off he goes, bouncing up the path in flip flops. The same path you are about to take, but in your expensive walking boots and poles. I don’t think a Nepali has ever used walking poles!
The duffel bag faired very well, it was picked up and put down on rough stone surfaces, also known as chautaras (resting spots) for 5 days straight, it was brand new before the trip and by the end it looked used (which in all honesty is how we like our outdoor gear to look isn’t it!) After walking we went on a 4 day rafting trip where the bags proved themselves yet again!
I would recommend Overboard gear for all sorts of adventures no matter what country!
Travelling has always been important, not just going to the places and the food, but meeting new people too. Croatia has been on my bucket list for a while now and finally I managed to bag a trip, albeit a short one. Watch the video of the trip here.
My partner and I hired a car and explored the Krka National Park, the waterfalls and surrounding canyons were beautiful. We could have stayed for much longer, however we had a ferry to catch to Hvar.
Hvar was spectacular. It was a short drive to our Airbnb cottage, the heavens opened as we turned up but that didn’t matter as the view from our room made up for that. We spent the rest of our time exploring the islands around Hvar, and all I can say is that it was tranquil, I can imagine in the height of summer it is a different story…
Travelling back to Chalet Martin in the winter is well worth it, as it is beautiful in the summer but the winter holds a different sort of beauty. My arrival was welcomed with a variety of colours in the trees that cover the mountain sides and also the Chalet is now home to little, baby Willow.
After the journey up the hill the tram enters the old wooden station, where the Restaurant du Gare provides a warm refreshment on this occasion, but does a decent cold one too. At the end of October the temperature was around 16 degrees Celsius with the odd very hot, summers day. It provided great motivation to get some gardening done around the Chalet. The leaves had covered the pathways and the flowers were starting to die so a little spruce up was in order. After a full day out door the garden looked healthy and was waiting for the guests to enjoy it.
Tonight’s dinner will of course be a cheese fondue. The set can be hired from the Chalet and all you have to do is collect the cheese and variety of meat, bread and veg, as well as anything else you can think of.
There are a variety of dorm rooms provided at Chalet Martin, they can hold from 5 to 10 backpackers and in the attic there are lots of coves that provide a little more privacy. There are of course the private double rooms but tonight I will find myself alone in a 10 bed dorm.