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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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Tuesday 20th of March 2012

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.

Himalayan Mountain Treks

Saturday 30th of July 2011

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

Himalayan Mountain Treks

Saturday 30th of July 2011

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

Live Lean Today

Saturday 30th of July 2011

I wonder sometimes if I like thinking about and talking about my gear more than some of the trips I go on


Wednesday 18th of May 2011

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 :)


Wednesday 18th of May 2011

Hi Din, you can write me via the contact page -

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