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What to pack?

Since the last travel post, I upgraded (exchanged) from a 50L pack to a 65L model. With the Osprey Atmos 65, I was able to fit in everything I need, at a weight (so far) of 28 pounds. I expect that’ll go up about 2 or 3 pounds before I leave. Here it is so far:

Pack contents

Packed into the backback (including the “small” 30L day-pack):

Atmos 65 packed up

Dave wearing the Atmos 65

Am I missing anything vital?

On the list so far:

  • Osprey Atmos 65 backpack
  • Osprey pack cover for the time it spends on a plane
  • Deuter 30L daypack
  • REI 45 degree down sleeping bag
  • Camelbak water bladder
  • 1L Sigg bottle (not sure yet)
  • D-SLR camera with mini tripod
  • 70-300mm lens for the D-SLR
  • 13″ laptop with power adapter & plug adapters
  • 2 pairs of long pants (one convertible to shorts)
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 3-4 short-sleeve shirts: one Smartwool, one normal high-tech fabric, 1-2 quick-dry button up
  • 2 long-sleeve shirts: one Smartwool, one quick-dry button up
  • 1 Smartwool lightweight sweater
  • 1 Windstopper vest
  • 1 waterproof/breathable shell
  • 1 Microfiber towel
  • 1 mesh sack to hold clothes
  • 1 stuff sack for dirty stuff
  • 3 pairs Ex Officio quick-drying underwear
  • 2 pairs REI light wool hiking socks, 2 pairs light quick-dry socks
  • Swimsuit
  • Teva sandals
  • Suntan lotion
  • Mini pocket camera
  • iPod Touch
  • 50′ rope (clothesline, extra shoelaces, etc)
  • Swiss army knife, chosen over a Leatherman due to size, price, and having a corkscrew
  • Zipka headlamp
  • Earplugs and eye covers
  • Mobile phone
  • Bag o’ chargers
  • Sunglasses (2 kinds, one for use with contacts)
  • Toiletries kit (contacts, razor, toothbrush, soap, ibuprofen, antacid, etc)
  • Sewing repair kit
  • Cap with brim
  • Thin liner hat
  • Travel money belt
  • Lightweight walking shoes with mesh for quick drying
  • 1-3 hangars to dry button-up shirts on (?)
  • Zip ties
  • Luggage lock for hostels (standard, or cable lock?)
  • 18-200mm lens to replace 18-55mm + 70-300mm?
  • Another short-sleeved Smartwool or Icebreaker?
  • Mini umbrella?
  • Belt
  • Safety pins
  • Plastic bags
  • Woolite
  • Insect repellant?

I can’t believe that all this weighs in at just about 30 pounds!


Posted in Around the World 12 years, 8 months ago at 11:00 am.


5 Replies

  1. Hi Dave,

    So I gather you’re not one of the guys whose wifes/girl friends pack their stuff for them :)
    .-= Yagiz [Between Two Books]´s last blog ..Review: City of Ruin by Mark Charan Newton =-.

  2. Haha… nope, no one packs for me. Although I think I left out “scotch whiskey” on the list!

  3. Haha! The first thing I was going to say, was ‘where’s the scotch whiskey??’

    But seriously, only 28 pounds! Good lord, that’s unbelievable. Or are you in possession of a Tardis :)
    .-= Wendy´s last blog ..Another Belated Thank You. Kreativ Blogger Award. =-.

  4. I think it’ll be more like 32 pounds now, after realizing a bunch of small items I forgot to include when I weighed in.

    NZ might be possible… just waiting on confirmation whether my itinerary is OK’d before I double check the dates with people I know around the globe!

  5. That’s a great list.

    I was looking around for something to compare with mine.

    Are you going to provide a video as to how you actually pack the back pack? Be interested in how you do it not only for getting everything in, but for ease of access when you’re traveling.
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