Our Packing List

Trip Start Jun 25, 2006
Trip End Aug 01, 2007

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

We Said:

Well we are home! Instead of boring you will all our tales of woe unpacking our apartment and going back to work we tried to create a few postings dedicated to packing, our lists of favorites, and our final conclusions.

This entry is an exhaustive list of exactly what we brought along. If you are traveling soon it will hopefully be of some use to you. If you are not hitting the road and were curious about what we carried around to sustain ourselves for our year away, here it is...

Packing for a trip of this scale.

Every person has different "essentials" matching their personal style and tolerance for carrying a heavy pack. We considered ourselves to be middle of the road but saw plenty of fellow travelers with significantly more or less gear than us. A big consideration in packing is the type of journey you are taking and the climate you will be traveling through. Our trip was through predominantly dry and warm climates, with no serious hiking and included very few occasions requiring nice attire. The fact that we did no unsupported camping requiring us having our own cooking equipment, tent, etc significantly reduced the size of our packs as well.

If you are traveling in mostly warm areas, try having a small enough pack so you can carry it on when flying thereby avoiding checking luggage altogether. Although it may constrain the amount of clothes you can bring and limit the size of souvenirs you acquire, it will save you innumerable hours of waiting at baggage claim, worrying "did my bag make it?" as well as make carrying your gear a far less arduous experience.

By far the most useful item we brought was our laptop computer. The ability to keep organized records, store and organize photos, write without paying by-the-minute for computer use at an internet café, and download travel info, music, and TV shows made our computer a luxurious travel tool. WiFi internet is becoming standard in hotels, airports, and many restaurants all over the globe. If we not had our own computer, we would have never been able to take advantage of the literally hundreds of free hotspots we encountered.

What we brought:

Electronic Gear
Apple 12" iBook G4 personal computer with set of Apple world adapter plugs.
iPod Mini (one each) with USB sync/charging cable.
Unlocked Nokia GSM cellular phone with USB charging cable.
256MB portable USB Jump/Flash drive on a lanyard.
Canon PowerShot A85 camera with 1GB CompactFlash memory card and cable.
Ethernet cable
Cable laptop lock
USB Headphones with microphone
Unlocked Nokia GSM cell phone with USB charging cable
CD-R discs for data backup
Eagle Creek storage pouches and camera case

Packing gear/Containers

North Face, small/medium sized frameless backpack
REI expandable daypack
Eagle Creek 12" Pack-it cube
Eagle Creek toiletry kit
Eagle Creek 12" zippered pouch
Waist security wallet

Eagle Creek World Journey backpack
O'gio "Sector Z" daypack with built in laptop pocket
Padded removable computer sleeve
Eagle Creek 12" Pack-it cube
Eagle Creek 4" zippered pouch
Kelty ticket and document folder
Concealed passport/cash security wallet
Nylon wallet

Clothing (This varied by country, season, wearing-out/replacement but these items remained consistent throughout most of our trip)

2 bathing suits
4 short sleeve t-shirts
1 long sleeve t-shirt
1 pair Addidas running shoes (seldom worn)
1 outfit for running (jogbra, shorts, socks)
10 pairs of cotton underwear
2 tank tops
1 pair cargo pocket capri pants
1 pair of jeans
2 pairs of knee length shorts
1 black drawstring calf-length skirt
1 pair Havianas flip-flops
1 pair Chaco river sandals
1 black nylon belt
1 zippered ExOfficio hoodie impregnated with "Bug Off" repellent
1 nylon rain jacket/windbreaker
1 large cotton sarong
1 wide brim Colombia hat
1 Casio G-Shock digital watch

4 Cotton black and white T-shirts (white t's are the coolest to wear in hot climates. black t's can be worn when "dressy" clothing is needed and does not readily show dirt or sweat)
1 Pair of dark cotton pants. Worn in cold weather or when circumstances dictate
1 Pair of Colombia convertible Capri-length pants/shorts
2 Pairs of knee length cargo pocket shorts in dark colors
4 Pairs of cotton boxer briefs
1 Pair Black Quicksilver flip-flops
1 Board shorts swimsuit
1 Pair of North Face river sandals (seldom worn)
1 Colombia nylon web belt
1 Kelty rain jacket/windbreaker
1 Zippered hoodie jacket/sweatshirt
1 Wide brim cotton ranger hat

Most personal care items can be purchased around the world. Bringing large containers of shampoo, lotions, etc is unnecessary and will make your luggage really heavy! Besides the obvious (toothbrush, etc) the following are some personal care items we brought along and found useful

Nail clipper and file
High SPF sunscreen
Lip balm with SPF
High DEET insect repellent (3M Ultrathon)
Q-tips in a plastic container
"Shower poof" scrubber
Schick Intuition razor and refill blades (Katie)
Olay Daily Facials wipes (Both Wet and Dry versions)
Palmolive brushless shave cream in a tube (Todd)

"Must brings" that can occasionally be difficult to acquire en route
Contact lenses and cleaning solution
Good quality deodorant/anti-perspirant
Ibuprofen (acetaminophen though is very easy to find)
Quality facial moisturizers with SPF
First aid supplies (See below)

Contents of our First Aid Kit (packed into a JanSport First Aid Cube)
Various sizes of Band-aid bandages
Compeed medium-sized hydrocolloid bandages
Gauze roll sealed in sterile packaging
Emergency dental putty
Antibiotic ointment and antibiotic cleansing wipes
Small eyeglasses screwdriver and extra screws
Waterproof first aid cloth tape
Digital thermometer
Small and medium sized safety pins
Potable Aqua water purification tablets
Small plastic zip-ties
Prescription medications - 800mg ibuprofen, Ciprofloxin (general antibiotic), Fluconazole (for yeast infection), Phenazopyridine (for bladder infection), Lariam (anti-malarial), Ambien (sleep aid)
Over the Counter medications - Advil, Tylenol PM, Dramamine, Imodium, Benadryl Allergy

Other items we brought along
Laundry kit (universal sink plug, braided elastic clothes line, small nylon brush, hand wash detergent)
Bath-sized pack towel (one each)
Silk sleep sheet (one each)
Eye mask for sleeping
Ballpoint pens
Small scissors
Scotch tape
Door wedge (cheap and easy backup security system)
Business cards preprinted with our website and email address
Combination cable lock
Combination padlock
4 Small combination luggage locks
Large and small Ziplock bags
2 Small carabiners
5' length of duct tape wrapped around a pencil
Deck of playing cards
Dental floss (used as emergency fastener)
Compact blank notebook/journal
Chinese fan
Compact flashlight
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