The picture below shows the bag (we both have the same type of bags) and contenders for Hans, excluding washbag and things that would get into the backpack.
The clothes on the floor to the left of the bag are for the plane.
Hmmm... It still feels and looks like a lot.
4 pairs of shoes, including sneakers for the plane, but also hiking boots, dress shoes for going out and thongs for youth hostels etc. but no sandals. I'm not sure that shoes can be minimised...
The plastic container contains all the electrical stuff one needs on the road these days, including power plugs for the various countries where we are heading.
We are, of course, bringing a decent sized Australian flag and some souvenirs to give away while we are on the road (small stuffed kangaroos and koalas).
Di's packing includes a briefcase full of prescription tablets to last 12 months - and now ready to have the fun conversation about being a "sicko" (and not a drug smuggler) to LAX customs.
Are we ready to go? Shit yeah!