Packing List

I'm sure you're wondering what I'll be packing for a 14-month trip, and more importantly, how I'm going to fit it into one backpack and a daypack! I've spent countless hours researching travel forums online for advice, visiting outdoor stores all over central Florida, and placing orders online for things I couldn't find in stores. After a hectic 5 weeks of planning, preparing, buying, and trying to get Wal-Mart to actually do my malaria medication prescription correctly, this is what I've finally decided to pack:

 Travel Gear

Travel Gear

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How I was able to actually fit all that in my pack I have no idea. But hopefully I'll remember on the trip, because I'll have to unpack and repack that bag hundreds of times! One of the big problems I ran into was the fact that I'm camping in remote parts of Africa, which necessitated gear (sleeping bag, self-inflating mattress, extra first aid stuff) that I wouldn't normally bring if I was just going through Europe or Southeast Asia. I'm sure I'll send a bunch of gear home from Johannesburg at the end of May - that should significantly lighten my load for the rest of the trip. Another problem was the fact that my photography equipment takes up half of my pack and probably more than half of the total weight. But, since that's the main purpose of this trip, I suppose I'll just have to suffer! If you're wondering, the total weight of my main pack is 31 pounds, and my day pack weighs 14 pounds, for a grand total of 45 pounds. I would have loved to go lighter, but I guess it's not too bad for a 14-month photography-intensive trip. Here's the complete gear list:


  Osprey Waypoint 60 travel pack (63 L) w/ detachable daypack (10 L)

  Pacsafe WrapSafe adjustable cable lock

  combination locks (x3)

  carabiners (x4)

  assorted Ziploc bags

  assorted trash bags

  silica gel desiccant packets (moisture protection for cameras & electronics)

  luggage tag


  The North Face Apex Bionic jacket

  Eddie Bauer rain jacket

  Gap long-sleeved polo shirt

  short-sleeved polo shirts (x2)

  t-shirts (x3)


  Levi's jeans

  Gap khaki pants

  Columbia Titanium Power Vertical II quick-dry pants

  The North Face Paramount quick-dry cargo shorts

  ExOfficio quick-dry underwear (x3)

  Wigwam Rebel Fusion crew socks (x3)

  black socks (x2)

  Merrell Pivot J73577 multi-sport shoes


Toiletries & Personal Items

  hand sanitizer (x6)

  toothbrush w/ cover




  retainers w/ case

  deodorant (x2)

  lip balm (x2)

  fingernail clippers

  electric shaver w/ case and charger

  flushable wipes

  toilet paper

  MSR PackTowl Personal large microfiber towel

  Sea to Summit Trek & Travel body wash (x2)

  Sea to Summit Trek & Travel shampoo (x2)

  Sea to Summit Trek & Travel laundry wash (x2)

  ball (universal drain stopper)

  Rick Steves clothesline

  sewing kit


  duct tape

  ear plugs (x8 pairs)

  case for glasses

  spare glasses w case

  sunglasses w/ case

  glasses strap

  eyeglass cleaning cloth

  SteriPEN Adventurer handheld water purifier w/ solar charging case

  Nalgene Tritan 32oz wide mouth bottle


  Leatherman w/ scissors

  Aurora head flashlight

Camping Gear

  Field & Stream Mountain Trail Lite 40 degree mummy sleeping bag

  Sea to Summit Adaptor CoolMax sleeping bag liner

  Therm-a-Rest ProLite self-inflating mattress w/ nylon repair tape


Sun & Insect Protection

  free-standing mosquito net (Long Road Travel Supplies Travel Tent II)

  insect repellent w/ 100% DEET (x2)

  insect bite/sting relief (ammonia)

  Benadryl itch relief stick


  Field & Stream Bonito hat


  malaria medication - doxycycline (x270)

  antibiotics - Z-Paks (x2)

  anti-nausea medication - Pepto-Bismol (x40)

  anti-diarrheal medication (x72)

  anti-motion sickness medication - meclizine (x32)

  pain reliever - ibuprofen (x20)

  allergy medication - Zyrtec (x45)

First Aid


  alcohol wipes

  gauze pads

  assorted Band-Aids

  self-adhesive elastic bandage

  moleskin padding (blister protection)



  passport w/ copies

  yellow fever vaccination certificate

  extra passport photos for visas

  information on flights, tours, travel insurance, etc.

  small journal

  pens (x2)


Photography Equipment & Electronics


    Nikon D300

    Canon PowerShot D10 waterproof digital camera


    AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens

    Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D lens w/ Nikon HR-2 rubber hood


    HOYA 52mm PRO1 Digital UV filter

    HOYA 72mm PRO1 Digital UV filter

    HOYA 52mm PRO1 Digital Circular PL filter

    HOYA 72mm PRO1 Digital Circular PL filter


    Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 carbon fiber tripod w/ Manfrotto 486RC2 compact ball head

    Nikon EN-EL3e rechargeable Li-ion batteries (x3)

    lens cleaning pens - LensPens (x3)

    rubber air blower

  Digital Media

    Apple iPod touch w/ earbuds

    Toshiba mini NB205-N325BL 10.1” netbook w/ soft sleeve

    Western Digital My Passport Essential portable hard drives (x2)

    SanDisk 8GB CompactFlash cards (x8)

    PNY 8GB SDHC card

  Chargers & Cables

    battery charger/power cable for Nikon D300

    battery charger for Canon PowerShot D10

    AC adaptor/power cable for Toshiba netbook

    USB cable for cameras

    USB cable for portable hard drives

    USB cable for iPod touch

    set of 3 foreign plug adaptors

    3-outlet plug adaptor