Packing List

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 14 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

Per Charlie’s request, here is my finalized packing list, an update of this list:


  • Three cotton t-shirts
  • Three synthetic fiber t-shirts
  • One “nice” shirt, a polo
  • Two pairs of cotton shorts
  • Three pairs of synthetic underwear
  • Four pair of sythetic socks
  • One lightweight jacket, rainproof
  • One fleece pull-over
  • One longsleeve thermal top
  • One pair of synthetic khaki pants with zippoff legs
  • Swim trunks
  • One baseball cap
  • One hat
  • One pair of walking shoes
  • One pair of sandals
  • One eqyptian cotton sleeping sack (not bag)
  • One memory foam pillow (cut in half from normal size)
  • One set of PJ’s: White cotton undershirt and plad cotton bottoms
  • Nikon D70 with one battery
  • Battery charging station
  • Cleaing cloth/grey card
  • Cleaning stick
  • Three memory cards: 2x 4GB and 1x 1GB
  • 18-70mm
  • 70-300mm
  • 50mm
  • Gorillapod Tripod
  • GPS Unit
  • One USB cable to connect camera/GPS to computer
  • Moleskine notebook
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Lowepro Camera Bag
  • Netbook computer
  • Two North American to European unearthed prong adapters. Note: These just change the physical pin connections and does not convert the electricity in any manner. Almost all electronic devices now accept 100v-250v 50-60Hz, which covers the entire world-wide range of electrical power.
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Pocket translator
  • Headlamp1
  • iPod Nano, 8GB with USB connector cord
  • Earbuds
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Night mouth guard
  • Melatonin tablets
  • Travel soap bar
  • Travel shampoo
  • Aleve
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Anti-fungal
  • Razor, with four blades
  • Shaving cream
  • Super absorbant small towel
  • Super absorbant face cloth
  • Deoderant
  • First Aid Kit
  • Contacts, solution, case
  • Glasses with case
  • Sun glasses
  • Two lip balms
  • Ear plugs
  • Nail clippers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Immune boosters
  • Nalgene
  • Backpack, Osprey Waypoint 80
  • Daypack backpack
  • Moneybelt
  • A couple of combination locks
  • One bag lock (to lock bags to something immovable)
  • Swiss army knife
  • Wrist watch
  • Laundary soap
  • Laundary line
  • Bible
  • Moose

I packed everything into sets of mesh bags, roughly organized by like items. The mesh bags then pack nicely into my backpack. The Osprey backpack does have it’s own built-in day pack, however I made a last minutes change (literally on the way to the airport) to also bring a The North Face day pack and I’m very happy I did. I’m also happy I brought my iPod, as I use that almost every day when I fall asleep at night and on train and bus rides.

Things acquired after leaving home:

  • Eyemask for sleeping

I’m also having sent over with Charlie some addition supplies including a tube for putting poster I buy in, a couple of flat piece of cardboard to pack a matted picture, maybe a heavier duty rain jacket, and maybe a small set of camping dinner ware.

  1. I bought an Energizer 3 LED with red night-time light for less than $15 at Target