PACKING FOR FIVE MONTHS

 

 

BACKPACK:
I use a Tortuga backpack. It fits me well, has a good waist strap, good zippers, and a cover for the straps when I check it. For a typical 5 month trip it weighs 7 kg fully loaded. I have to carry it, so I have strived for efficiency to travel with minimum weight.

I try not to have anything loose in my pack. I use packing cubes for clothes and mesh pencil cases in various sizes for meds, odds and sods, kitchen supplies etc. I get the mesh bags at a dollar store.
The only things loose are flip-flops, cup, bowl, plate, and a foldable bag.
When I take something out, I leave out the case it goes in. I then know that something has to go back in it before it goes back into my pack. I do not meet many people who have had things stolen, but many people have lost or forgotten things.

One outside pocket has a rain poncho

OUTSIDE ZIP COMPARTMENT:
3-4 plastic bags, various sizes
Traditional road map
Small thin world atlas
School sized notebook

SHOWER BAG:

 

 

10” X 7” Plastic with three waterproof compartments
small baby shampoo (washes me, my hair, and my clothes)
Black plastic soap holder. Inside is a bar of soap in a bag, and under it is a bank debit card in a RFDI protector sleeve.
Matching black plastic toothbrush holder. Inside is $200 emergency funds in cash
comb, deodorant, nail clippers, tweezers, flat sink plug, small sun screen, razor, facecloth

I only carry small sizes and once I get somewhere I will stay for a while, I buy larger sizes

ELECTRONICS BAG:

Plug and cord for computer
Plug and cord for IPad
Cord for phone
External hard drive and cord
Powerbank and cord
Camera battery charger and cord
2 USB storage sticks
Memory card reader
Nano USB drive to transfer photos from android phone to Mac computer
2 Electrical plugs for USBs
Digital voice recorder
2 adaptor plugs

MEDICATION BAG:

Polysporin
Bandaids
Rehydration salts
Pepto Bismol Pills
Tylenol
Anacin
Imodium
3 pkgs Neo Citran
Gravol
Tums
Tiger Balm (also use as insect repellant)

I take all of the pills out of the containers and put them in little zip bags. Each bag has a little piece of paper with the name typed on.

BEDSIDE BAG:

Flashlight
Blood pressure meds
Restless leg meds
Chapstick
Toothbrush and paste

KITCHEN BAG:
Good quality camping plastic knife, spoon, and fork
Steripen (to purify water)
can opener/corkscrew
teabags
Splenda sugar minis
3 in 1 coffee tubes
Immersion heater
Paring knife ( do not take if you are taking your pack as a carry on)

PANTS CUBE:
2 pair lightweight cotton drawstring waist capris
1 pair long leggings
1 pair below the knee leggings
1 pair long athletic shorts
1 sarong (can be used as a dress-up skirt)

TOPS CUBE:
3 short sleeved Merino wool t-shirts
1 long loosed sleeveless top
1 short sleeve knee-length cotton dress

UNDERWEAR CUBE:
sleep shirt
3 pair panties – Tilley brand, quick dry
1 bra
1 sports bra
1 swimsuit

ODDS & SODS CASE:
AA & AAA batteries
spare luggage lock
zap straps
safety pins
paper clips
elastic bands
markers
highlighters
small craft zip bags
1 large, 1 small carabiners
1 pair spare glasses
space blanket
PADI dive card
copy of passport
copy of IAMATA card
business cards
passport photos
copy of my prescriptions
International immunization book

SLING BAG:

 

 

Instead of a day pack, I carry a sling bag. It is hands-free and sits on the front of my body.

My sling bag has a padded shoulder strap with an inside zip compartment where I store $200 emergency cash.

When I travel it contains all the important things:
my computer
my camera
my wallet (with just the money for the day) copy of my passport, contact info
a clear zip case with my passport, airline ticket, accommodation reservation
chapstick
kleenex
steri-wipes
earbuds
gum

WHEN I TRAVEL I WEAR:
I wear a homemade money belt when I travel, it does not have a zipper
long sleeved merino wool t-shirt ( I am usually cold on a plane or bus)
short sleeved merino wool t-shirt
long yoga pants
socks
hoodie
sketches shoes

Once I arrive my computer is locked in the outside compartment of my pack, also my money belt and passport get locked in there too. My pack is small so I lock it to a chair or the bed with a metal coil and lock (like many bicycle locks)

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