Bought almost everything.  Packed it up.  Unpacked.  Took picture:

Missing from Above: Flip Flops (Old Navy, $5), Sunglasses (still need to purchase), Sink Stopper (still need to purchase), Passport (sitting on my desk), Beanie (it’s knit and multi-colored, out of frame somewhere), Book (Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, on my dresser), Bose QuietComfort 2 Headphones


– EMS 60L (this is a guess)

– Clik Elite Compact Sport Camera Pack


– Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket

– North Face Fleece

– Levi’s Jeans

– REI Sahara Convertible Pants

– Dry-Fit Nike Shorts

– T-shirt from Patagonia that dries very quickly and doesn’t get smelly

– T-shirt from REI that dries very quickly and doesn’t get smelly

– T-shirt from Columbia that dries very quickly and doesn’t get smelly

– American Rag flannel shirt

– 5 pairs Under Armour Boxerjock

– 1 pair Smartwool Hiking Crew Socks

– 1 pair REI Coolmax Ecomade Multisport Crew Socks

– 1 pair REI Coolmax Ecomade Multisport Quarter Socks


– Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra

– Old Navy Flip Flops


– Canon 60D

– Canon 15-85mm Lens

– Canon 55-250mm Lens

– Canon LP-E6 Battery Charger

– Extra LP-E6 Battery

– 3 Lexar 16GB SDHC Memory Cards

– 72mm Circular Polarizer

– 72mm ND8 Neutral Density Filter

– 58mm to 72mm Step Up Ring

– Bulb Blower

– UltraPod II Tabletop Tripod

– 11″ MacBook Air

– 45W MacBook Air Charger

– 32GB iPhone 4

– iPhone USB Cord

– Bose QuietComfort 2 Headphones


– Waterproof First Aid Kit

– Medicine Bag

– Toiletries Bag

– SPF 40 Sunscreen

– 30% Deet Bug Spray

– 100% Deet Bug Spray

– Febreeze


– 3L CamelBack Hydration Pack

– Extra Bite Clip for Hydration Pack

– Spot 90 Lumen LED Headlamp

– Quick-Dry Towel

– Rain fly for backpack

– Sea to Summit Silk Sleeping Bag Liner

– ChicoBag Reusable Grocery Bag

– 30L Laundry Sack

– Earplugs

– 2 Tide-to-Go Sticks

– Plastic Spork

– Utility Tape

– Black Bandana

In total, this all weights roughly ~30 pounds, or ~13.5 kilos.  I’ll also be wearing one outfit at all times (right?), so it’ll be a bit lighter.  The big backpack, without my daypack (which holds all camera/computer gear), weighs just under 18 pounds, and truly looks to be overhead-compartment-storable.  This would be awesome.  My first flight has 2 connections and is heading to Africa; let’s be honest, it’d get lost if checked.

From experience, I do think I did an excellent job.  Without the daypack tucked inside, my big pack has tons of room for extra food, clothes, and souvenirs.  I’m sure I’ll dump those jeans at some point too.

Lastly, I ask the reader: did I leave out anything?  Anything I’m bringing that I shouldn’t be?  Leave your opinion in comments!

38 days,