It goes against my nature not taking all that I think I need but heck, I will be in Spain, they have pharmacies and supermarkets. When you carry everything on your back tough decisions must be made. I halved the shampoo, conditioner and vitamin count, took out the 4th pair of socks, one top, the extra pair of sunglasses (in case I lose the pair I wear), two packets of Fishermens Friends and one of gum and a few other little things ..... now the pack weighs 8.4 kilos, much better.
On my way in two hours ..... it is a long journey as the Madrid flights starts in Houston but stops in Newark. Since I think the plane is the same for both flights my new stick should be in Madrid waiting for me.