Update 6/19/2013: The Marmot rain jacket, which I had for about 2 years and whose rain protection I had updated with a spray-on treatment just before the trip, failed me in the first Boston thunderstorm. I found an REI and sprung for an Arcteryx Beta AR Gore-Tex jacket, minutes before the second storm hit.
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Once I considered the basics of packing for the round-the-world (RTW) trip, it was time to decide what to pack and what to leave behind. Here’s the full list of items I’m packing for the RTW trip. I’ve owned some of the gear for a while, other items I bought just for the trip (you can tell where I do my travel gear shopping). The total weight of all this: 31 pounds, or 14 kilograms.
- Kelty Redwing 2650: a 2,650-cubic-inch/44-liter backpack that fits the dimensions for carry-on luggage.
- 1 Timberland shoulder bag
- 1 REI Duck’s backpack cover
The necessities for my contract work, writing, and blogging here at Where Is Your Toothbrush?
- 1 Apple Macbook Air 11in + charger
- 1 Apple Magic Mouse
- 1 Level 8 laptop sleeve
- 1 Imak computer glove
- 1 iPhone 4s + charger
- 1 Sony earbud headphones with case
- 1 Lexar 16GB USB flash drive
- 1 Canon PowerShot SX260 HS camera (not pictured) + cord + charger
- 1 travel plug adapter
Shoes and clothes
- 1 pair Keen Boston II shoes: I had a pair that served me well in Portland’s weather for years, with zero break-in time, extreme comfort for my wide feet, all-weather proof-ness, and a touch of style. Keen is discontinuing this model, so I’m glad I got them in time for the trip.
- 1 pair Keen Kanyon sandals
- 1 pair hiking boots + 2 pairs hiking socks: For trekking in the High Tatras. I will leave these behind at my parent’s place.
- 1 Marmot rain jacket
- 1 pair REI Adventures pants
- 1 pair REI Sahara convertible (zipoff) pants
- 1 REI leather belt
- 1 merino-wool/acrylic blend sweater: Light and warm!
- 1 Mountain Hardware Canyon long-sleeve convertible shirt
- 1 Columbia Silver Ridge long-sleeve convertible shirt
- 1 Mountain Hardware Justo Trek long sleeve t-shirt
- 3 T-shirts (2 REI brand, 1 cotton)
- 3 pairs low-cut socks
- 3 pairs Ex Officio boxers
- 1 REI travel towel
- 1 military-style fitted cap
- 1 REI Outrigger bucket hat
- 3 stuffing sacks (different sizes) to keep it all organized
- 1 Timberland toiletry bag: I bought this bag on my trip to the U.S. in 2000.
- 1 travel toothbrush + 1 ‘local’ toothbrush (I plan on buying a domestic-made toothbrush in every country we visit.)
- 1 travel toothpaste
- 1 floss
- 1 bottle Listerine mouthwash
- 3 plastic travel bottles (body lotion, sunscreen, hand cream)
- 2 small hand cream tubes
- 1 bar of soap + case
- 1 backpacking mirror
- 1 pair earplugs
- 1 deodorant (the other one in the picture is almost empty)
- 2 head wipes: Lindsay got me these as a fun item—she loves my bald head.
- 1 Braun 320S-4 shaver + cord
Some of the following came as part of an International Travel Kit product, others through prescriptions via my former employer’s insurance.
- Anti-diarrheal medications: 1 package Loperamide Hydrochloride, 1 prescription Azithromycin/Zithromax, 7 packets Diamode, 8 packets Diotame
- Anti-malarial medications: 1 prescription Atovaquone/Proguanil/Malarone
- Altitude sickness medications: 1 prescription Acetazolamide
- Pain/fever medications, all but the last one acetaminophen-based: 4 packets CCP, 6 packets Decorel, 4 packets APAP, 3 packets I-Prin
- Antacid: 4 packets Alcalak
- 6 packets antiseptic wipes
- 2 packets insect bite/sting relief towelettes
- 2 packets hydrocortisone anti-itch cream
- 2 packets triple antibiotic ointment cream
- 10 packs oral rehydration salts
- 1 bottle eyewash
- Band aids (various sizes)
- 1 small compression gauze
- 1 small gauze
- 2 gauze pads
- 1 package
- 1 pair sunglasses with case
- 1 backup glasses with case
- 1 Moleskine ruled notebook (large)
- 3 pens wrapped with duct tape
- 400 Where Is Your Toothbrush? business cards
- 1 Sawyer Squeeze water filter with pouch containers
- 1 shoulder bag
- 1 day wallet
- 1 head lamp
- 6 safety pins
- 1 Platypus soft water bottle
- 1 passport + paper copies
- 2 passport photos
- 1 money belt + some cash (dollars and euros)
…and one carabiner (snap link) with a key ring for the keys to our homes over the next year.
What would you drop from this list? What would you add?