Packing List

by Dave on November 27, 2007 · 73 comments

I created a really cool interactive packing list using Flickr notes. Please check it out here (opens new window). Below is the photo without the cool mouse-over feature.

My itemized packing list below looks like a lot, however as you can see in the photo, it’s not much!

Packing List

Packing List

Packing List (all pictured unless otherwise noted, including the clothing I’ll wear)

** Items marked “new” were bought in 2007 for this RTW trip. Items from previous adventures are noted as such.

Clothes and Packs

  • Gregory Chaos backpack (2,800 cubic inches, from Summer ’98 Europe)
  • Patagonia daypack (new, not pictured, replaces green Jansport canvas bag)
  • Merrell hiking boots (I might regret taking these, from Spring ’05 Costa Rica)
  • Saucony running sneakers w/custom molded orthotics
  • Brazilian flip flops (from Spring ’05 Costa Rica)
  • North Face windbreaker (from Spring ’05 Costa Rica)
  • North Face khaki cargo pants (from Summer ’98 Europe)
  • North Face khaki cargo shorts (from Summer ’98 Europe)
  • Bathing suit
  • 2 T-shirts
  • 3 pairs of socks (2 new crew Smart Wool, and 1 Ingenius liner hybrid)
  • 3 boxers
  • 2 bandannas (from Spring ’05 Costa Rica and ’06 Belize)
  • Baseball cap – DC Nationals camo (new, not a fan of the team – just like the design)
  • Eagle Creek money belt (from Summer ’98 Europe)
  • Oakley sunglasses
  • Prescription glasses w/case (new, though I have 20/20 vision)

Toiletries and First Aid

  • Small paktowel (from Spring ’05 Costa Rica)
  • First Aid Kit – homemade w/Tupperware. Includes assorted band aids, gauze, Q-tips, digital thermometer, Sudafed, Imodium, Gas-x, Benadryl, moleskin, healthy travel and first aid booklets.
  • Toiletry bag – toothbrush, dental floss, nail clippers, Motrin, Aleve, Gold Bond powder, Centrum vitamins, 2 safety razors, 1 roll toilet paper.
  • 1 quart Ziploc bag with <3oz/bottle – Campsuds, suntan lotion, Neosporin, Cortizone, shaving cream, toothpaste, eye drops, bug spray, skin lotion, Prep-H

Electronic Gear (I think I crossed into official flashpacker territory)

  • Canon PowerShot Digital Elph SD700IS camera w/soft case (new)
  • 2 camera batteries and 2 memory cards (new, 2gb each)
  • Canon battery charger (new)
  • Petzl Zipka LED headlamp w/2 AAA batteries (new)
  • Casio Pathfinder digital watch (new, love it!)
  • Creative Zen V Plus 8gb MP3 player w/headphones, cloth pouch (new)
  • Universal Adapter/Power Converter (new)
  • Universal Charger by Creative (new, specific to mp3 player)
  • Card reader (new)
  • E*Trade digital security token (new)
  • SanDisk Cruzer Micro 1gb Flash Stick (new, loaded w/Skype and Firefox + my personal bookmarks)
  • Cheap headset/mic for Skype (new)

Documents and Money (all items to be scanned and e-mailed to self, copies left at home too)

  • Passport w/Chinese Visa
  • Photocopy of passport info page
  • Printout of Australian electronic Visa
  • 9 extra photos (for Visas)
  • Driver’s License
  • Anthem health insurance card
  • WHO Immunization card
  • 4 flight e-ticket receipts, NYC bus reservation
  • Lonely Planet Tahiti, Rough Guides New Zealand
  • E*Trade Visa debit card
  • Suntrust Visa debit card (back-up, expires 9/08)
  • Capital One Visa credit card
  • 3 paper E*Trade checks
  • $150 in travelers checks
  • $300 cash (USD)


  • Notebook and pen
  • Camera and watch manuals
  • ~ 70 Moo/Flickr mini cards w/blog and e-mail address
  • Sewing kit (from Summer ’98 Europe – yet to be used!)
  • Gum

Things I might have done differently:

  • Picked 1 debit or credit card to be MasterCard instead of all Visa
  • Bought Merrell crossover-type trail runners instead of full-fledged boots (thus not needing to bring a separate pair of sneakers)

Am I forgetting anything????


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