The Day of departure is fast approaching. And unlike lots of people I know, I haven’t waited until the last day to pack. For me, packing for a big trip around the world is great fun. I love figuring out exactly what I will need to travel and survive.
I usually start this packing process about a week in advance and it is the perfect amount of time for me to reduce the clutter. And to figure out the best combination of clothing and gear so that I am both as light and comfortable as I can possibly be. I pack, then empty my bag, sort through it, and pack again. I do this sometimes as many as 4 or 5 times.
Here’s what I narrowed it down to.
Clothes: 6 boxers, 7 socks, 2 t-shirts, 1 polo shirt, 1 thin white dress shirt, 2 shorts, I pair of long johns, a beanie, I wind breaker, I sweater, 1 pair of sneakers, 1 pair of sandals, and one jacket.
Survival Gear: 2 Packets of ginseng, 6 packs of ginger tea, 10 packs of vitamin C powder called Emergen-C, multi-vitamins, a razor, travel deodorant and shampoo, tooth brush and paste, a head torch, 2 harmonicas, 2 heat packs, 1 glow stick, a Swiss army knife, a compass, sleeping bag 30F 0C, thermo-rest sleeping mat, 4lbs Kelty Grand Mesa tent, airplane pillow, thin rope, a carabineer, and a water bottle.
Electronics: Ipad for blogging (not sure how well it’s going to work out), Ipod, and a Sony Cyber shot camera.
Paperwork: Copy of my passport, world nomads insurance,(For info on travel insurance, check out this guide, “Run Away With Travel Insurance?“) birth certificate, social security card, drivers license, old drivers license, international drivers permit, credit card, 20 passport size photos and vaccinations. All of these copies will come in handy in case I lose them. Some of these things will also be needed in order to obtain visa’s at borders like Sudan.
The Backpack: A big thanks to my good friend Nick for lending me is Black Diamond Backpack. Not sure of the size or exact model since it is an older pack, but I am guessing it is a 50 liter. For help choosing your own backpack, check out, “How To Pick Your Pack.”
Total Weight: Around 45 lbs.
Though it is a bit heavier than I would like, I really can’t go any lighter without sacrificing a significant level of comfort. In order to get used the 45lbs I have been taking daily walks with the pack. I have also tested my tent and sleeping bag for a night of camping in the backyard.
Now, the only thing that’s left to prepare is my head. Even though I am leaving this Friday, I am still somewhat in denial. I don’t think it will truly sink in until I am somewhere over the Atlantic between New York and London. In any case, my soul is beginning to tingle.
If there is anything else you think I should bring, let me know!