(Old) Travel Gear List

*** The list below is what I used to carry. I don’t carry nearly that much these days (2015). It’s here for entertainment purposes, so I can look at it and say “WTF WAS I THINKING????” ***

 

Ever wonder what I carry with me while I travel? Well this is a snapshot of everything I had on me when I wrote this – Thursday, July 1, 2010. The list has changed a lot since I started almost one year ago, but I’m down to a pretty consistent list at this point. I’ve gotten rid of lot’s of things that I didn’t need along the way, and I’ve added things that come in handy on the road. I’m sure many people would scoff at this list and say it’s WAY WAY WAY too much stuff to be carrying around, but I’ve found that most of my stuff I use often, and a lot of it — like the stuff in the first aid kit — is there for emergency.

Bags, containers:

packs

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  • Main Pack – Eagle Creek Explorer LT Travel Pack
  • Secondary pack – North Face Borealis
  • Eagle Creek Pack-it cubes (3)
    • wires & cords for electronics
    • chargers, and other electronics accessories
    • first aid kit
  • 13″ Leather padded envelope for MacBook from Civilian Labs
  • 15 Liter dry bag from WXtex – for MacBook and Kindle – I could drop my pack in the ocean, and the MacBook & Kindle will be just fine, though I hope to never put it to the test
  • 20 Liter dry bag from FeelFree – for Cameras, external hard drive, and anything else that can’t get wet – same as above
  • Seal Line waterproof container for iPod – waterproof to 3 meters
  • Case Logic hard case for external hard drive
  • Lowpro camera bag for PowerShot
  • Lowpro camera bag for T1i
  • Cullmann soft lens bag
  • plastic hard case for 77mm lens filters
  • leather hard case for 52mm lens filters
  • Heavy duty ziplock passport container from Seattle Sports – I needed something substantial for my passport, this seems like a top notch waterproof container
  • Eagle Creek Pack-it Compression Set (2) – actually only using one at this point, but takes up no space, and is good to have if I were to get stuck in a downpour for an extended period
    • Large bag – holds rain jacket, and misc clothing
    • Medium bag – empty now
  • Eagle Creek Clothing folder – contains shirts, shorts, and pants
  • Sunglasses case from Civilian Labs
  • Plastic zip top bags from Eagle Creek for toiletries – 3
  • small bag for toilet paper

Electronics:

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  • iPod – 2nd Gen – 8GB
    • charger & cables
    • battery chargers – one wall, and one battery backup
    • headphones
  • 13″ MacBook Pro – 160GB HD
    • charger cable
  • LaCie Rugged Hard Disk – 500GB – firewire/usb 2
  • Kindle 2
  • Thumb drive – 8GB
  • USB SD card reader (never used)
  • LG phone & charger
  • headphones for phone (never used)
  • firewire cable for external hard drive
  • USB to micro usb cable for Kindle
  • Ethernet cable (used at my hotel on the first two nights in Shanghai, but never since)
  • 1/4 inch headphone jack to RCA connector for connecting iPod to stereo (never used)
  • All in one wall adapter from REI (got when I was in the US, but have not needed in Thailand – would have been great when I was in China)
  • North American & Asian plug connectors for Apple power supplies
  • North American to Asian plug adapter (was essential in Nepal)
  • 1 to 3 outlet converter (fantastic)
  • 3 outlet extension cord (totally over sized and over weight, but I use it constantly)

Camera equipment:

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  • Canon PowerShot SD950 IS
  • Canon Rebel T1i
  • 18 – 55mm Kit lens w/ filters & hood
  • 50mm Fixed lens w/ filters & hood
  • 10 – 22mm Ultra wide angle w/ filters & hood – now my lens of choice
  • 3 8GB SD cards
  • 2 512 MB SD cards (never used – but keep for backup)
  • battery charger for T1i
  • spare battery for T1i
  • battery charger for PowerShot
  • spare battery for PowerShot
  • Timer control – wired
  • Shutter release – wireless (used once – probably no longer needed now that I have the timer control
  • tripod
  • Swivel head attachment for tripod from Cullmann
  • Professional Lens cleaning kit from Adorama (have not used yet)
  • Nikon Lens cleaner (very useful)
  • pacsafe anti-slash shoulder strap
  • hand strap for T1i
  • spare shoulder strap for camera

Clothing:

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  • Underwear – 3 pairs of ExOfficio Boxer Briefs – perhaps the best underwear ever made
  • Socks – 3 pair of Smart Wool Socks
  • Shirts – 3
    • 2 Pair IceBreaker 150 weight wool shirts – amazing T-Shirts, dry much faster than cotton, and do not stink like synthetic material
    • 1 Cotton T-Shirt – only wear when stationary since cotton takes forever to dry
  • Long sleeve shirt – 1 IceBreaker mid-weight
  • Pants – 2
    • North Face – fantastic pants and are still going (mostly) strong
    • REI – don’t like them too much, but they’re much better than the ExOfficio pants that I had before
  • Shorts – 1 Pair Quicksilver board shorts
  • Boots – Asolo Fugitive GTX Hiking Boots – (They seem to run 1 size small, so I had to go up to 13s). I can’t begin to say how happy I am with these boots. The reviews I read said that the soles wear out quickly, but I’ve been wearing them over a year, and have put well over 300 mile on them at this point, and the soles are fine – worn, but still good. The water-proofing is great too – I’ve only gotten wet feet once, and that was from walking through rivers on the Annapurna Circuit. These boots kick ass!
  • Flip-flops – some knock-offs I bought on the street in Chiang Mai. Flip-flops are essential for showers in “less than clean” hotels & hostels!
  • Hat – Volcom knock-off I bought for a few bucks on Phi Phi
  • Sunglasses – 2 Pair
  • Wallet from Civilian Labs – Hands down the best wallet I’ve ever owned. It has a retractable cable that I attach to my belt. I’ve found my wallet dangling more than a few times after getting out of taxis, or getting up from a table at a restaurant. This wallet has saved my butt many many times.
  • Fleece jacket – essential when I was in Nepal, and Vietnam, but not really needed now. I keep it because it makes great padding for my pack, and who knows when I may need it
  • Rain jacket – haven’t used nearly as much as I thought I would. I did use it quite a bit in China, but haven’t been using it lately. I enjoy getting soaked now.
  • Toque – Essential in Nepal, haven’t used it since
  • Belt
  • Spare laces for boots
  • (jewelry) 0 gauge plugs for ears – 3 pair
  • Money Belt – Don’t really use anymore, but I probably should
  • Leg Stash (see above)

First Aid Kit:

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  • Water purification tablets & neutralizing tablets
  • Oral rehydration salts – 3 packs
  • Azithromycin tablets
  • Ciprofloxacn
  • Malarone tablets
  • Pepto Bismol tablets
  • Antacid tablets
  • Gas-X tablets
  • Antibiotic Ointment packets
  • Hydrocortisone packets
  • Tweezers – Rarely need, but would not want to be without
  • Scissors – There’s a trick to sneaking them through airport security
  • Tick removal tool – Thankfully I have not needed yet
  • Small magnifying glass
  • Needle
  • Misc bandages
  • Moleskin – Very good for blisters

Toiletries:

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  • 3 oz plastic bottles for shampoo, etc. 4
  • Ultrathon Insect Repellent – 35% DEET
  • Insect Repellent – 20% DEET
  • Insect Repellent – 15% DEET
  • 30+ SPF sunscreen
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Deodorant stick
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Leave in conditioner
  • Pomade
  • Liquid soap
  • Listerine
  • Toothpaste – Colgate Salt flavor – Mmmmm salty….
  • Floss
  • Razor & blades
  • Battery powered beard trimmer
  • Dental picks – 2
  • Condoms
  • Comb
  • Gum
  • Mints
  • 1 roll toilet paper

Misc:

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  • Passport
  • Photocopies of passport & other documents
  • Headlamp – Black Diamond
  • Cocoon silk travel sheet – Very good for skanky hotel beds!
  • Mosquito net from Sea to Summit – Fits single bed – Was essential in India!
  • Blank DVD-Rs
  • Star Trek flask
  • Granite Gear packable shopping bag (L) – Why create more trash? And can be used as a quick water resistant cover for gear if needed
  • Sea to Summit packable shopping bag (M) – See above
  • Umbrella – I love my cheap Chinese umbrella – I use it for downpours, and sometimes for the sun
  • REI quick dry travel towel – Never leave home without your towel…
  • Gear retractors from Civilian Labs – 3 – These are AWESOME
    • wallet
    • keys & bottle opener
    • a spare
  • Large padlock for hotel doors – Essential
  • Small padlocks for bags – 2 – Essential
  • Cable lock – For locking bags to something secure in the hotel room, such as a bed frame, or the sink pipes – Essential
  • 2 monologue journals
  • REI travel pillow
  • D-clips – 3
  • Bottle opener
  • Compass/thermometer
  • Titanium spork – Used it a few times. I just like having my own spork
  • 2 ballpoint pens
  • Mechanical pencil & spare lead
  • Eraser
  • Super glue
  • Ear plugs – 3 pair – Great for noisy hotels
  • Spare buckles for packs – 1 large, 1 medium, 1 small
  • AA & AAA batteries
  • Misc souvenirs