BLOG – How to get the things on your holiday ‘Trip Notes’ without spending a cent

This May I’m trekking the Kimberley’s for The Girls and Boys Brigade. We start in Kununurra in far north Western Australia and finish in Broome on the Western Australia coastline. It’s going to be a brilliant holiday. It’s also a charity fundraising expedition to raise money for some of Sydney’s most vulnerable young people.

There are some things on the ‘Trip Notes’ that I need, that I don’t have.

I’m not, out of principle, spending money buying new. The trek is only 7 days.

Besides, the whole point of me going on this trip is to donate my money, not to go on a pre-trip shopping expedition.

So here’s what I’m doing.

1. I’m buying what I can’t borrow, but without spending. 
There are some things that you can’t borrow. For me, it’s walking socks and a drinking water hydration bladder.

Let’s be honest no one wants someone else’s feet in their walking socks. And I don’t want to drink out of a water bladder that someone else has more than likely dribbled or spat into!

So I’ve traded some of my Qantas Frequent Flyer points for a Westfield Gift Card and I’ll get what I need without spending money.

2. I’m borrowing what I don’t need to buy.
The Trip Notes state ‘No suitcases. Soft bags, duffel style or backpacks are best”.

I use an Antler four wheeled hard suitcase. I’ve had it for about 10 years. It’s got a lifetime guarantee. I don’t envisage changing from being a suitcase traveller to a soft bag traveller anytime soon.

So, I’m borrowing a weatherproof duffel bag from a friend. He’s only used the bag once and is glad the bag is actually going to get some use.

3. I’m re-purposing what I already have.
It would be easy, with such an exciting holiday and a very extensive set of Trip Notes to go and buy a whole range of new clothes and accessories.

Not ‘buying for the sake of buying’ and not ‘shopping for the sake of shopping’ means doing things differently. I’ll re-purpose what I’ve already got.

I might not look like I’ve stepped out of the latest Fat Face, White Stuff or Country Road catalogue; all co-ordinated and curated. But, to be honest, we’re going to be camping in the middle of the wilderness so who even cares?!

It’s simple and this is what works for me.

What would you do? Let me know.
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I’m Rachel Smith and I’m Underspent. I didn’t buy anything new or 2nd hand in 2014 and saved $52,680 (38% of my salary). I quit impulse shopping and saved my money. I changed my spending and transformed my savings. It started as a lifestyle experiment, but it changed my life, so I kept on going. I’m the Author of Underspent and I’m teaching people how to break the habit of impulse shopping in 7 steps through my Underspent book, free monthly challenges and my weekly blog.

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