What I’ll bring

Packing is by far the least exciting part of any trip preparation.  A wise man once said, “lay out everything you think you’ll need, bring half the clothes and twice the money!”

I tried to keep it light.  Luckily, people in other countries wear clothes too.  If it’s cold, they’ll sell sweaters.  If it’s warm, they won’t.

The Pack

Clothing

  • 2 LS shirts – warm, light, synthetic
  • Under Armour
  • 2 pair shorts
  • 2 pair pants
  • 3 T-shirts
  • 4 pair boxers (light, quick dry, and hopefully not smelly)
  • 4 pair socks (2 long, 2 short)
  • Long underwear
  • belt  (super useful, can replace a small daypack when used with carabiners)
  • Beanie
  • Rain jacket
  • Thin gloves
  • Lightweight hiking boots
  • Gore-tex shoes
  • Gaiters
  • Sandals

Random

  • Passport & copies
  • Copies of vaccinations
  • Important contacts
  • Travel locks
  • Travel towel
  • Buck knife (makes me feel tough)
  • Pocket knife
  • Spoon
  • Sunglasses
  • Money belt
  • Camera & accessories
  • Extra zip-loc bags
  • Toilet paper & hand sanitizer
  • Toiletries
  • Bandanna
  • Stuff sack
  • Chico Bag
  • Sleeping bag & liner (I’ll be camping)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Camelbak & water bottle
  • Whistle/compass/thermometer
  • Headlamp
  • Music
  • Hair bands (more durable than rubber bands)
  • Postcards (great give-a-ways)
  • Maps
  • Guidebook
  • Reading book
  • Journal

First Aid

  • Band-Aids
  • Liquid bandage
  • Emergency water treatment
  • Sewing kit
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Rolled gauze
  • Antiseptic
  • Syringe
  • Pain killers

Personal essentials

  • Mate, yerba & thermos
  • Kenmore flag – For good luck and obnoxious demonstrations of hometown pride
  • Clif bars
  • Photos of family/friends (great for showing people you meet)
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