Gear, Gadgets and McGyver Kit

Trip Start Jan 15, 2010
Trip End Nov 09, 2010

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Bedias Country House

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

I have gotten various initial reactions when telling people what we're doing. Some examples: "WHAT? (this is accompanied by a jaw drop and wide eyes)" ; "Are you crazy?"(I guess we are); "You are Lucky!" (well, we are fortunate but it also took alot of planning and saving and a BIG DREAM that we were willing to act on); "You are dropping out!" (this one I find interesting, as I guess it depends on your perspective. I consider "dropping out" to be more like hiding or running away from something, where as we are embracing life and breathing in as much as we can!).

And then, once they get over what we are doing, the next question is, "what will you pack?" So, for those who are really interested, I am providing a couple of pictures and the list of stuff that is currently slated to go into my backpack and day pack (I only packed and re-packed 3 times so far :) )

-sleeping bag
-sleeping mat
-cocoon sleepsack
-tent ground cover
-poncho large enough to cover backpack while wearing it
-water filter system
-Medical kit (have probably gone overboard but peace of mind is worth something)
- several types of antibiotics (it seems in different parts of the world you need different types of drugs to kill the same bacteria due to resistence having been built up)
- OTC stuff - immodium, Pepto, dramamine, benadryl, theraflu, homeopathic remedies for stomach and rash/bug bites, tiger balm for sore muscles, tums, zyrtec, advil, antibacterial cream, anti-itch spray
- ace bandage and tape
-Laundry supplies (clothes line, Dr. Brommer's soap [doubles as body and hair soap], stain remover, drain plug)
-deck of playing cards
-travel sizes of toiletries
-6 packets of Starbucks Via instant coffee for EMERGENCIES!!! (this was pared down from the 30 packets I was originally planning- stay tuned later for what didn't make the cut)
-drink koozie
- stainless coffee mug
- quick dry towel & washcloth
-sunglasses & extra pair of prescription glasses
-emergency Charmin :)
-"She-wee" (this is great, gals for camping!!)
-ear plugs
-30% DEET mosquito spray, and Permithren (last for 6 weeks when you spray on clothes to keep the mosquitoes away)
-clothes - okay here is where the girls will be impressed and the guys will think I have wayyyy too much stuff! [2 pair zip off pants, 1 pair capris, 1 skirt, silk base layer, 1 short sleeve shirt, 3 tank tops, 2 long sleeve shirts, rain gear, sun hat, beanie hat, smartwool gloves, fleece jacket, Keen sandals, mary jane shoes, flip flops, hiking boots, 4 pair undies, 4 pair wool socks (2 heavy weight and 2 light weight), gardening gloves, swimsuit, pjs.]

-FlareSafe portable smoke detector
-Solio H1000 solar powered USB charger
-HP mini netbook
-international cell phone
-iPhone (for music, contact information, games, etc)
-universal charger

McGyver kit:
- Duct tape and fishing string wrapped around an old credit card
- utility pocket knife (Rod Sees, I won this at the 2008 Critical Facilities conference!)
- clip on head lamp
- eyeglass screwdriver
- backpack patch for repairs
- super glue
- compass (not yet purchased)
- doorstop
- mini sharpie
- sewing kit

Phew! I have actually put it all in and walked around with it--it is stuffed full so I'm still trying to figure out what can be left. So far, the "abandon" pile includes: remaining sbux vias, power bars, several items of clothing, hammock (this one is the toughest so far and I'm trying to figure out how to get it in there!), make-up, dice

Other "news" regarding our trip- we have purchased Eurail passes (you can only buy these from the US, they have to be sent to a US address and are paper documents).  We have written to two WWOOF farms in Argentina but do not have confirmation of being accepted to work on the farms yet.  We have purchased International medical insurance which cost us a pretty penny- but we got extensive coverage since we currently do not have any US based medical insurance and this one is good for a year so we are covered until Jan 2011.

Back to packing!
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Linda on


And no camera other than iPhone? Or is that Jeff's department?

Sounds good! What fun!

P.S. You are not dropping out. You are jumping in!!!

bakpaknbizclass on

Yes, the doorstop was a recommended safety feature i read about in some blog--to use as a deterrent in a sketchy hotel - use it to make the door harder to open--or at least give some notice to us! Jeff has the camera!! and the tent!

Rick p on

Awesome, keep the info coming!

Maggie on

Koozie? Just curious, why? Do you have chap stick and sunscreen? Sounds like you're getting close....have fun!!!

Liz on

Mc Guyver YES - and that is only the stuff you are carrying - love to see what Jeff has AND see you two standing upright and ready to go!

Don Mendel on

I still think the walkie Talkie is a good investment.. to take along.

Hey good luck!!!

K Byers on

T: You are my gadget goddess! A real girl scout mentor! Or was that Boy Scout. I am curious to hear how your Solio works. Want one my self. You crazy Kids have fun, be safe and take lots of pictures for us schmucks back home!


K Byers on

Where's the Duct Tape!!!!????

Sasha on

I know this is quite an old post, but you're new to *me* :^)

Thx for mentioning the drain plug. I've been smart enough to bring laundry supplies & to recycle my clothes by hand washing, *but* I've been stumped without being able to plug a sink drain :^b more than a few times.

Also, they make door stoppers with alarms. Cool stuff.

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