Trip Day! And I Overpacked....Shocking!

Trip Start Aug 23, 2006
Trip End Dec 23, 2006

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Today I start my trip....and after a late night of cramming 30 pounds of shit into a 10 pound bag, I think I'm ready. It's time I was finally honest with myself...I pack like a princess on the Titanic. Paris Hilton packs less for a year long trip than I do for a 3 month trip. No offense to princesses or Paris, but I'm quite sure they don't try to do a trip like this with 2 pair of shoes and a pair of sandals. So, what pray tell am I bringing with me on the adventure...below is a fairly comprehensive list. My main pack weighs about 30lbs...and my carry on is 9lbs. I think by the time I work through the 10 pounds of beauty aids, I'll be down to 20lbs on the main pack. :)

Main Pack:
Pants (4) - REI Convertibles, casual pants from AF and 2 pair of jeans
Shorts (1)
Belt (1)
Long Sleeved Collared Shirts (2)
Short Sleeved Collared Shirt (1)
SS Tshirts (6)
LS Tshirts (4)
Light Jacket from Northface
Light Fleece
Light Weight Collapsable Down Jacket
Ex Officio Boxer Briefs (6)
Socs (6)
Hat (2)
Shoes (2) - Black Laceups and Low rise hikers
Sandals (1) - Covertibles from Merrill
Sarong - Doubles as a blanket, beach towel, etc.
Sleep Sheet
Voltage Convertor
Tolietries (lot's of little travel size things)
Small Travel Towel and wash cloth
Bug Spray
Small First Aid Kit
Laundry Kit and Clothesline
Phone Charger
Locks - Padlocks and Cable Locks
Knife/Multi Purpose Tool
Guide Books for Bolivia and Argentina
Two blank CD's
Spanish Language Tapes (there are 10 of these and I'll give these away in Quito)

Day Pack:
Big Camera (includes memory cards, extra battery, battery charger, etc.)
Small Camera (ditto)
Memory Thumbdrives
GSM Mobile Phone
Plane Kit (ear buds, eye mask, inflatable pillow, ambien)
Book to read on plane
Guide book to Ecuador
Copies of important docs
Travel Journal
Playing Cards
MP3 Player

Money Belt:
Airline Tickets
Credit Cards
ATM Card
Travelers Checks

I've found some similar overpackers on the web when I was searching for guidance on the optimal amount of gear to take on trip like this...and they've given me some great advice. For instance...this gem: "Excess gear means excess weight which translates into extra work. If backpacking builds character and is fun, the adding to backpacking with extra weight must increase the amount of character built and the level of fun. And it makes you buff. Yea. Weight good...feel the burn!". And this one too: "It's not heavy enough until you can feel every muscle in your leg protest as you step".

For the last time...I'm not an overpacker...I need all this stuff!!
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