Packing List

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

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  • 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 

Things to Do, Things to Pack

Plans are well under way now! I just booked my flight to Europe. I’ll be leaving on June 2nd at 7:30am and flying Seattle to Dulles (UA916/767-300) to Moscow (UA964/767-300), arriving at 10:45am on June 3rd, business class. I’ll be spending just over 60 days in Europe before I fly back on August 3rd, flying at 8:25am from Frankfurt to Chicago (UA945/777) to Seattle (UA929/757-200) and arriving at 2:24pm the same day, also business class. Fortunately, I’m using miles. Otherwise it looks like it would cost about $9,539.76 out of pocket.

Here’s the seat I’ll be getting to enjoy for the 15 hours it takes to get the Moscow:
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Unfortunately, United hasn’t started to upgrade the seats on the 777, so my ride won’t be as comfortable on the way back. However, I do get First Class for the Chicago to Seattle flight.

I also booked a hostel for my stay in Moscow, I’ll be at the Olimpia Hostel. Should be good.

With all that done, I figure I better turn my attention to what I’m going to bring (and not bring). Like my itinerary, this list will definitely be updated as I think of more things and people suggest things to bring or not to bring.

To Do

  • Check on current level of travel insurance (health and theft)
  • Get travel visa for Russia
  • Buy Europe on a Shoestring1
  • Convince Quinn to come
  • Convince Charlie to come
  • Get ISIC (International Student Identity Card). Should only be $22?
  • Check into touring Chernobyl and get dosimeter badge

To Pack

  • Backback: The side loading green one2 or top loading grey/blue one
  • Clothes:
    • Orange REI jacket or Blue The North Face running jacket
    • Four t-shirts
    • One better shirt
    • Four pairs of socks
    • Four pairs of boxer-briefs3, they really are quite comfortable
    • One pair of nylon khaki pants with zipoff legs
    • One pair of4 shorts
    • Swim trunks
    • Sleepwear
    • Hat
    • The North Face green fleece/The North Face black polypro
    • One set of shoes5
    • One pair of sandals6
  • Camera/Electronics
    • One camera bag with slot for netbook and will double as day pack
    • One Nikon D90
    • One 50mm f/1.8 Prime lens
    • One 18-70mm lens
    • Headphones
    • One Netbook
    • Laptop lock
    • US/Europe/Russia electricity converter
  • Toiletries
    • Deoderant
    • Hand soap/Shampoo
    • Washcloth
    • Toothbrush/toothpaste
    • Floss
    • Mouth guard
    • Ibuprofen
    • Melatonin
    • Flagyl7
    • Moleskin8
    • Antibiotics
    • Bandaids
    • Medical tape
    • Charcoal pills
    • Penicillin
    • My meds
    • Nail clipper
    • Tweezers
    • Sunscreen
    • Lip balm
    • Contacts/contact solution/contact case
    • Glasses/case
    • Ear plugs
  • Miscellaneous
    • Nalgene
    • Money belt9
    • Padlock
    • Flashlight w/extra batteries
    • Laundry soap
    • Small towel
    • Sleeping bag
    • Pillow
    • Sunglasses (el cheapo’s)
    • Swiss Army Knife
    • Casio Waveceptor waterproof watch

Many items taken from: Packing Checklist for Asia and Rick’s Packing List.


  1. and finally return the library their copy 

  2. my parents took on their trip to 

  3. ExOfficio Men’s Give-N-Go® Boxer Brief 

  4. http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=636528 

  5. New Balance 991 

  6. Keen’s 

  7. in case of dysentary 

  8. in case of blisters 

  9. Rick Steves Essential Silk Moneybelt