Latin America, here I come!

Trip Start Sep 26, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

I'm finally packed and ready to go! Here I laid out all my necessities, most of them luxuries by non-American standards. Starting from the top and going left to right...


- Buenos dias! I need my tea to start my day out fresh, and in these tins we have a little silver needle white tea, cocomint green, jasmine blossom green, and my current favorite: Barry's Irish black, the most popular tea in Ireland.

- Then we have my new Dell Axim pocket PC, which has my address book, holds all my MP3's, plenty of eBooks (including a spanish-english dictionary, The Art of War, The Alchemist, Don Quixote, Siddhartha, some Spanish short stories and poetry, a text on translating Mayan hieroglyphs...), some important webpages I downloaded (US Embassy phone numbers worldwide, the manual for my digital camera, etc.), an astronomy program that displays moon phases and a star map based on time and location, and pocket Microsoft Word to keep my digital travel journal in.

- Money belt to hold my Passport and documents.


- Extra batteries

- A folding keyboard for my Axim (this folds down to 5.8" x 3.8" x .6")

- A set of pictures from home (where the heart is), including a postcard of the beautiful Ukiah valley.

- Some water purification tablets to prevent Montezuma's revenge.

- Tea strainer

- Pens, chapstick, a biodegradable fork from Whole Foods made of cornstarch.

- Software CD's for my Axim and camera

- Cords

- A First Aid kit right in the belly, with lots of Pepto for when Montezuma inevitably and vengefully attacks.

- Toiletry bag

- Camera bag

- Headlamp flashlight

- A leatherman multi-tool, which has everything from a cerveza opener to a tomahawk.


- A camp stove and butane canister to keep the fire a-burnin'.


- My AAA Mexico Map and Guide Book to get me where I'm going.

- And finally, my brand new cross-training/hiking/kick-ass-travel shoes.

As you can see in the picture, all of the above was laid out on the brand new carpet of my bedroom. Either my parents are still struggling with the weaning process, or they picked the perfect time to put in a carpet that will actually stay clean.

After getting all my clothes, towel, tent, and sleeping bag in my backpack, I was surprised that I was able to curl it with one arm, weighing only 30 lbs., with plenty of room in the middle compartment and hardly anything in the top easy-access compartment. Plenty of room for mucha tequila!
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raymbeau on

Following Along
Hey, Fellow TravelPodder -
Greetings from Humboldt.
I noticed that you're starting in Ukiah, nearby.
In November, I'll start SOUTH (Baja) myself.
I very-much enjoyed your layout-of-things photo,
and description. Nice choices, on the 'stuff'.
Congrat's on your resolve (to travel).
I'll check my bookmark periodically for your entries-
Steve R

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