It only took 2 days to realize I made a few packing mistakes when coming to an archaeological dig. Sure, if I were just traveling to some city, I’d have more than enough stuff to wear and be ready physically. When coming to a dig, I was rather unprepared.
Shoes & Socks– I only brought two pairs of socks because I figured I could just wear my rugged Chacos sandals most of the time and my keens when it is nasty or cold out. However, using a pick-axe and wearing sandals, even though they are sturdy, is probably not a good idea. I have to wear my Keens every day – and thus resorted to buying 2 more pairs of socks from the store.
Labor– When I think of archaeological digging, I usually picture people with brushes lightly removing dust around bones, etc. From the point above, you might notice I am using a pick-axe daily. The dig is a lot more laborious than I imagined – but I do enjoy feeling completely worn out afterwards. With that in mind, another outfit to add to the rotation of dirt and grime covered clothes would have been nice.
Dirt – So, I quickly realized that (axe) picking dry dirt is very tough. We end up watering down our trench in order to dig easier, meaning we are completely muddy by the end of the day. Again, another outfit in the rotation would have been nice.
Clothes – I’m definitely wearing the same two clean shirts on a rotating schedule. I feel a little silly when meeting my well-dressed compadres out for drinks. I’m looking around for some cheap shirts to mix it all up – yes, still looking. If you saw the style on this island, you’d be at a loss, too! (Aladdin pants = muy hippy)
Weather – I really thought it would be cooler weather in October, so my other clean shirt is long-sleeved. Unfortunately, (or fortunately – yay never ending summer!), the weather has been hot on most days, except for when it rains. Even then, it clears up and gets hot again in the afternoon. The rain has been more than normal here as well. Mallorca, the neighboring island, has been having huge flooding issues.
So, traveling carry-on was great for my mental sanity – I do hear that SpanAir is NOTORIOUS for losing your luggage – but it was not so great when trying to pack for this sort of activity. If I could have managed one more nicer top for non-dig days and one more outfit for dig days, I think I would be feeling much better about my pack job.
That said, I’m not dying and there are clothes available at the shops if I truly need them.
I definitely had NO IDEA of what to expect, but you live, you learn, right?!
Perhaps an Osprey Ariel backpack would have been a better pick for this type of activity instead of my smaller carry on bag?