WITH EVERY JOURNEY, you learn. Gear-wise, there are a few upgrades on my radar:
1. A MORE COMFORTABLE SLEEPING MAT. My current model (picture) is a 3 mm iso mat with aluminium foil on one side. For summer, this works. For winter, it was the wrong choice. I could feel the cold of the ground through my sleeping bag, which made for some very uncomfortable nights. Plus, with a sleeping mat this thin you always have to find soft ground (meadow), which was not always available. On the other hand, you will not find a lighter and cheaper solution than this: 70g, 4,99€.
2. PORTABLE KEYBOARD. I really enjoyed writing the blog, but I barely found any computers on the way. The ideal solution for mobile journalism would be: an iPhone bluetooth-linked to a portable keyboard. Combined with an SD adapter for the (newer) iPhone and of course an internet SIM card, this would make for a great on-the-go setup.
3. SUN SCREEN. For obvious reasons.
Apart from that:
INSULATING SHOE INLETS. To avoid cold feet. Got this idea from velorosio.
SPARE BATTERIES. One for each device. Special kinds like those darned button batteries are available in few countries only.
MONEY BELT. For extra safety, although I did not have any bad experiences.
SEPARATE SOAPS. I bought this fancy biodegradable outdoor all round soap, but I forgot it in Ljubljana on day two. Therefore: Separate soap for body and dishes.