Packing List

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)

Miscellaneous

  • 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????

 

Comments

  1. Skip says

    I’m sure your forgetting something… and taking some other stuff that you will eventually decide that you don’t need :roll: (isn’t this always the case?) But you seem amazingly organized!!!

    • says

      Good points Skip – the cell phone and flash drive were truly last minute ideas. My pack feels fairly light, and compact, though I know that’ll start to change immediately. I’m going to weigh it this morning.

  2. Skip says

    I’m sure your forgetting something… and taking some other stuff that you will eventually decide that you don’t need :roll: (isn’t this always the case?) But you seem amazingly organized!!!

    • says

      Good points Skip – the cell phone and flash drive were truly last minute ideas. My pack feels fairly light, and compact, though I know that’ll start to change immediately. I’m going to weigh it this morning.

  3. says

    Id ditch the flipflops for a pair of crocs or walmart waldie knockoffs. and ditch one pair of shoes. keep the trailrunners and let the others go.

    ditch the daypack. you can use a belt like as sling and hitch it to the backpack lid thats removable :) or turn the lid into a bumbag.

    ditch the cargo pants and shorts and get some zipoff ones (north face make some nice zipoff hiking trousers).

    liner socks are a mmm choice. some people love liners some dont. unless your gonna REALLY were every day some bigass hiking boots liner socks are futile.

    I hope all your electronics your taking dont distract you from the travelling + view etc ;) imo too much electronics but its a personal thing eh.

    only thing I would add is a couple of travellers cheques as some emergency money.

    • says

      Yea – I realize the utility of sport sandals, and already have an Ocean Pacific pair I got in Costa Rica I could bring, however I find flip flops to be more comfortable and a tad more stylish (though I’m all for function over form!). Maybe I’ll bring them instead and pick up cheap flip flops on the road.

      Gotta keep the daypack – carrying water bottles, journal, camera are all part of my modus operandi, which has suited me well so far!

      I considered the zip off pants/shorts, however I figured I could save the money and just use the pants/shorts I’ve already got (plus I know how they perform, and they’re already worn/dirtied).

      The “liner socks” aren’t real liners, however they’re thinner that normal socks so I referred to them as such.

      I definitely think I’ve stuffed a bit too much electronic gear, though I will leave myself open to shipping or dropping some along the way (Yea, I know every backpacker says that!!)

      Traveler’s checks and money – getting that from the bank today!!! :)

  4. says

    Id ditch the flipflops for a pair of crocs or walmart waldie knockoffs. and ditch one pair of shoes. keep the trailrunners and let the others go.

    ditch the daypack. you can use a belt like as sling and hitch it to the backpack lid thats removable :) or turn the lid into a bumbag.

    ditch the cargo pants and shorts and get some zipoff ones (north face make some nice zipoff hiking trousers).

    liner socks are a mmm choice. some people love liners some dont. unless your gonna REALLY were every day some bigass hiking boots liner socks are futile.

    I hope all your electronics your taking dont distract you from the travelling + view etc ;) imo too much electronics but its a personal thing eh.

    only thing I would add is a couple of travellers cheques as some emergency money.

    • says

      Yea – I realize the utility of sport sandals, and already have an Ocean Pacific pair I got in Costa Rica I could bring, however I find flip flops to be more comfortable and a tad more stylish (though I’m all for function over form!). Maybe I’ll bring them instead and pick up cheap flip flops on the road.

      Gotta keep the daypack – carrying water bottles, journal, camera are all part of my modus operandi, which has suited me well so far!

      I considered the zip off pants/shorts, however I figured I could save the money and just use the pants/shorts I’ve already got (plus I know how they perform, and they’re already worn/dirtied).

      The “liner socks” aren’t real liners, however they’re thinner that normal socks so I referred to them as such.

      I definitely think I’ve stuffed a bit too much electronic gear, though I will leave myself open to shipping or dropping some along the way (Yea, I know every backpacker says that!!)

      Traveler’s checks and money – getting that from the bank today!!! :)

    • says

      Yep – I packed Motrin (also a suggestion by my mom)!

      I’ve gone back and forth on the lock thing. I mean people can easily slice the pack or strap and take your bag anyways, so I normally forego it. It can also make people more curious about what you’ve got in the pack. I do have a little combo lock on the top pouch so I have some small sense of security when I want to put away my camera or mp3 player.

        • Alan says

          oh and I remember actually I originally bought the lock not for thieves in the countries, but for people from the air companies!!!

          It happened that I was in a plane where many people’s bags were not put in time during a connection. The air company told me I would receive my bag the following day at home. Indeed, I got it by a special delivery, and when I opened it, I found out I was missing stuffs!!!!

    • says

      Yep – I packed Motrin (also a suggestion by my mom)!

      I’ve gone back and forth on the lock thing. I mean people can easily slice the pack or strap and take your bag anyways, so I normally forego it. It can also make people more curious about what you’ve got in the pack. I do have a little combo lock on the top pouch so I have some small sense of security when I want to put away my camera or mp3 player.

        • Alan says

          oh and I remember actually I originally bought the lock not for thieves in the countries, but for people from the air companies!!!

          It happened that I was in a plane where many people’s bags were not put in time during a connection. The air company told me I would receive my bag the following day at home. Indeed, I got it by a special delivery, and when I opened it, I found out I was missing stuffs!!!!

  5. Jonathan says

    Dave, you boot. Any Marine worth his salt would recognize a Junk on Bunk inspection. Next time I better see Grunt Rolls made out of your socks and underwear or there’ll be hell to pay. Oh, we’ll play games.

    Is that the same backpack I took with me? That’s bonkos! How old is that thing?

    • says

      Jon – I have no clue as to what you just said (your Marine speak bewilders me). Are you suggesting I remove something from the list?

      Yes, it’s the same pack you took to Europe – I like it that way – plenty of history and dirt gathered upon it. Just goes to show if you make a good investment from the start, travel equipment (and clothes in the case of my North Face pants/shorts) can last decades!

  6. Jonathan says

    Dave, you boot. Any Marine worth his salt would recognize a Junk on Bunk inspection. Next time I better see Grunt Rolls made out of your socks and underwear or there’ll be hell to pay. Oh, we’ll play games.

    Is that the same backpack I took with me? That’s bonkos! How old is that thing?

    • says

      Jon – I have no clue as to what you just said (your Marine speak bewilders me). Are you suggesting I remove something from the list?

      Yes, it’s the same pack you took to Europe – I like it that way – plenty of history and dirt gathered upon it. Just goes to show if you make a good investment from the start, travel equipment (and clothes in the case of my North Face pants/shorts) can last decades!

  7. says

    Dave, you should send this over to Justin Glow at Gadling for their “What’s in Your Pack?” feature. I think he’s still looking for submissions.

  8. says

    Dave, you should send this over to Justin Glow at Gadling for their “What’s in Your Pack?” feature. I think he’s still looking for submissions.

  9. says

    You’re not missing anything I wish I’d brought. Since you’re going to modern countries early on your trip, you can get anything else you might need there. But clean underwear and a debit card can get you a long way.

  10. says

    You’re not missing anything I wish I’d brought. Since you’re going to modern countries early on your trip, you can get anything else you might need there. But clean underwear and a debit card can get you a long way.

  11. says

    Glad I double-checked with Sprint – turns out my whole conversation last night was about international rates when calling from the USA, not what I could pay if I used my phone in those other countries! And my model phone is not GSM-compatible. So, that’s one thing I’m actually dropping from my packing list (I edited my entry above).

  12. says

    Glad I double-checked with Sprint – turns out my whole conversation last night was about international rates when calling from the USA, not what I could pay if I used my phone in those other countries! And my model phone is not GSM-compatible. So, that’s one thing I’m actually dropping from my packing list (I edited my entry above).

  13. Karl says

    Dave – it’s Karl again from Dewey Beach! Your blog is so detailed, I feel like I’m heading around the world with you!!!!! :grin: Keep up the awesome work on the blog, and have a blast out there! Take care……

  14. Karl says

    Dave – it’s Karl again from Dewey Beach! Your blog is so detailed, I feel like I’m heading around the world with you!!!!! :grin: Keep up the awesome work on the blog, and have a blast out there! Take care……

  15. says

    Looks good to me, as for the electronic stuff most of it is small and packs well the weight is minimal music and pictures a must.. Have a Safe Trip Dave, Enjoy the Experience!!!!!

  16. says

    Looks good to me, as for the electronic stuff most of it is small and packs well the weight is minimal music and pictures a must.. Have a Safe Trip Dave, Enjoy the Experience!!!!!

  17. Ames says

    Looks great…. just wish I was going with ya!! Your preparation is amazing. I’m very excited to read about your upcoming adventures!!! Please keep us posted!!

  18. Ames says

    Looks great…. just wish I was going with ya!! Your preparation is amazing. I’m very excited to read about your upcoming adventures!!! Please keep us posted!!

  19. Shane says

    Dave I noticed that you packed smartwool socks that are great for wicking moisture. Did you also pack something like ex officio synthetic boxers, or just some cotton ones? I am getting ready for a backpacking trip to Thailand this summer and have hear suggestions for synthetic boxers as well mainly for the quick drying. What do you suggest?

    • says

      Shane –

      I just brought 3 pairs of my normal cotton boxers which have been just fine. In tropical weather like northern Australia and Indonesia, it was more comfortable to wear board shorts without underwear at all. Much more comfortable. I’m guessing I’ll be doing the same in Thailand at the beaches and islands as well. Plus, it’s harder to have your pocket picked from a boardshort pocket as they’re usually small and oddly placed on the legs.

  20. Shane says

    Dave I noticed that you packed smartwool socks that are great for wicking moisture. Did you also pack something like ex officio synthetic boxers, or just some cotton ones? I am getting ready for a backpacking trip to Thailand this summer and have hear suggestions for synthetic boxers as well mainly for the quick drying. What do you suggest?

    • says

      Shane –

      I just brought 3 pairs of my normal cotton boxers which have been just fine. In tropical weather like northern Australia and Indonesia, it was more comfortable to wear board shorts without underwear at all. Much more comfortable. I’m guessing I’ll be doing the same in Thailand at the beaches and islands as well. Plus, it’s harder to have your pocket picked from a boardshort pocket as they’re usually small and oddly placed on the legs.

  21. gina says

    I am going to costa rica for 2 weeks with my nephew 21 . He has me set up to go in hostels Well I am 41 and really want to find out if I am going to end up being a dorm mother. Dont get me wrong I like to have a good time. Just wanted to know will there be anyone my age?

    • says

      In Costa Rica, probably not. I did find in South Africa there were some older folks using the same hostels, which were some of the nicest I’ve seen in all my travels. Don’t worry though, you’d only become a dorm mother if you let things get to you – messy people, people returning late drunk, etc. Usually, people (or you) pass on in a day or two so it’s never too unbearable.

  22. gina says

    I am going to costa rica for 2 weeks with my nephew 21 . He has me set up to go in hostels Well I am 41 and really want to find out if I am going to end up being a dorm mother. Dont get me wrong I like to have a good time. Just wanted to know will there be anyone my age?

    • says

      In Costa Rica, probably not. I did find in South Africa there were some older folks using the same hostels, which were some of the nicest I’ve seen in all my travels. Don’t worry though, you’d only become a dorm mother if you let things get to you – messy people, people returning late drunk, etc. Usually, people (or you) pass on in a day or two so it’s never too unbearable.

  23. Niru says

    Hello Dave,

    I always admired the way you meticulously update your blog with details of your wonderful trip. In particular, all the posts related to planning et al are very useful.

    Since you are more than a year into your trip, what do you think of your packing list now? What are the items you barely touched and those that you needed, but failed to bring? It would be really great if you would consider writing a retrospective post about your packing list.

    Thanks so much & happy travels.

    • says

      Thanks Niru! I will be answering your question in the next week or two, as I switch from reporting on my travels to summing them up. The contents of my backpack have changed quite a bit over the last 15 months. :)

  24. Niru says

    Hello Dave,

    I always admired the way you meticulously update your blog with details of your wonderful trip. In particular, all the posts related to planning et al are very useful.

    Since you are more than a year into your trip, what do you think of your packing list now? What are the items you barely touched and those that you needed, but failed to bring? It would be really great if you would consider writing a retrospective post about your packing list.

    Thanks so much & happy travels.

    • says

      Thanks Niru! I will be answering your question in the next week or two, as I switch from reporting on my travels to summing them up. The contents of my backpack have changed quite a bit over the last 15 months. :)

  25. says

    Hi Deb – yes, I brought my trusty lightweight, quick-drying North Face khaki cargo pants! Not the most form-fitting, fashionable attire for globetrotting, but they’re comfortable and damn durable (have them 11 years now)!!

  26. says

    Hi Deb – yes, I brought my trusty lightweight, quick-drying North Face khaki cargo pants! Not the most form-fitting, fashionable attire for globetrotting, but they’re comfortable and damn durable (have them 11 years now)!!

  27. Healthy says

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  28. Jason Rucker says

    Hey, discovered your site by accident performing a investigation on Google but I?ll certainly be coming again. ? How can I feel in God when only last week I got my tongue caught inside the roller of an electric typewriter?

  29. Din says

    This is so great! Something I’ve very much been wanting to do someday. Is there anyway I could talk to you elsewhere? Via email maybe? I’ve got a long list of questions :)

  30. Himalayan Mountain Treks says

    I started using a wind shirt or wind jacket and it is amazing while hiking how cold it can go for only 4 oz

  31. Himalayan Mountain Treks says

    I started using a wind shirt or wind jacket and it is amazing while hiking how cold it can go for only 4 oz

  32. Frank says

    This is my packing list for a 4 months RTW trip across 4 continents including multi-days hikes in the wild from sub-zero to 30+ degrees celcius starting in 2 weeks. I already bought items that are as light as possible. However, total weight still is 21kg. Feel free to comment on any unnecessary items in order to slim down weight (however, photo equipment required). Thanks a lot!

    Rucksack (2,600)

    Clothing:
    Down jacket (760)
    Rain jacket (680)
    Warm hiking pant (NF Apex) (590)
    Light insect repellant pant (330)
    Light insect repellant pant (330)
    Insect repellant shirt (300)
    Insect repellant shirt (300)
    Thermo Underwear (300)
    Fleece pullover (245)
    Socks (50)
    Socks (50)
    Socks (50)
    Rain overpant (205)
    Towels (200)
    Gloves (200)
    Swim shorts (200)
    Running shoes (200)
    Fleece hat (40)
    Purse (150)
    Subtotal (5,180)

    Independent sleeping:
    Matrace (410)
    Sleeping bag 0’C (850)
    Tent (1,100)
    Subtotal (2,360)

    Equipment
    Mosquito net (400)
    Knife (150)
    First aid (100)
    3x dry bags (150)
    Shoe wax (250)
    Airporter bag (300)
    Toiletries + Medicine (500)
    Head Torch (81)
    Subtotal (1,931)

    Total Core (12,071)

    Daypack / Valuables / Electronics :
    Daypack (1,300)
    Netbook (1,300)
    Nikon D5100 (560)
    Standard Lens (270)
    Tele Lens 200mm (1,430)
    Teleconverter 2x (240)
    Tripod (1,480)
    Extra Batteries (100)
    Water bottle 1L (150)
    UV Water Purifier (103)
    MSR Water Filter (456)
    Phone (150)
    DeLorme InReach (230)
    Adapters (422)
    Documents, cables etc (500)
    Subtotal (8,691)

    Total (20,762)

    + Hiking shoes which I am wearing most of the time so I don’t include them in the bag weight.

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