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What to pack when visiting Planet Earth

This was hard for me. Deciding what to pack. I love stuff, and I had a lot of it before I sold/donated it all, so I deferred to those greater than I and stole a little bit from several of the people in my blogroll and maybe a few others I have forgotten.

This is what I packed.

My bag:

An Osprey 65L (red, yuck) I picked up from REI a few years back for another trip. I figured out most of the quirks with the bag and it is still pretty comfortable and nearly the same as most other peoples bags who I have researched. It’s a top and bottom loader, but has size access zippers so I can get at things from the middle. I’ve matched this with an Osprey Airporter LZ for checking the bag on flights and a small Nike daypack.

My First Proper Pack

My Clothes:

Most of the clothes I have take a while to dry if you can even dry them at all. I was tempted to pack a pair of blue jeans, but decided against it as they would be bulky and slow to dry.

  • 1 pair Tru-Spec khakis
  • 2 pairs aeropostale cargo shorts (tan and brown)
  • 1 set top & bottom Under Armour Cold Gear
  • 4 pairs of boxers
  • 1 pair havaiana sandlas
  • 1 pair zinetics slippers
  • 1 pair Merrell Moab shoes
  • 2 pair short PHD smartwool socks
  • 2 pair long Nike dri-fit socks
  • 2 pair normal short cotton socks
  • 1 blue cotton t-shirt
  • 2 adidas running shirts
  • 1 EVS Tactical undershirt
  • 3 bandanas
  • 1 long sleeve Fox jersey
  • 1 Quicksilver rash guard
  • 1 pair ONeil board shorts
  • MSR XL Pack Towel
  • Kelty rain jacket


I went overkill on my tool bag, I think. Some of these ideas came from training I took to prepare for the trip. Some came from experience, some came from other travelers.

  • Leatherman
  • Tape (duct, scotch, electrical)
  • Zip Ties
  • Ziploc BigBag
  • Mini socket/allen/wrench set
  • Camerabag strap
  • 3 ten meter lengths of 550 paracord
  • 12 clothespins
  • draw string backpack
  • army surplus can opener
  • mosquito net
  • 30% DEET spray
  • Lemon Eucalyptus bug repellent
  • army suprlus spoon/knife/fork/corkscrew
  • all purpose rubber drain plug
  • key ring light
  • key ring compass
  • PrincetonTec Quad headlamp
  • LED Pocket flashlight
  • 2 spare pairs of eyeglasses
  • Pocket Umbrella
  • immersion heater
  • cable lock
  • 3 TSA approved luggage locks
  • 4 assorted key locks


This was a little difficult to decide on. I’ve seen some people have success with a Digital SLR and others caution against it. I’m planning on taking my DSLR with me and accompanying it with a waterproof point and shoot that I have as well as my HD Flip for video with it’s waterproof housing.

  • Canon Rebel XT w/ extra memory card and battery
  • HD Flip with waterproof case
  • Sealife Reefmaster Mini dive camera
  • Blackberry (unlocked for global use)
  • extension cord
  • port multiplier
  • light socket voltage tap
  • autosensing transformer
  • 2 sets of global outlet adapters
  • 2 USB/AC adapters
  • USB cables (extension, standard, mini)
  • rechargeable AA and AAA batteries with charger
  • Cat5 cable
  • several SD memory cards
  • 4 gig USB stick
  • Logitech USB Skype headset
  • iPod Classic
  • Etymotic ER-6i headphones

Health and Medical:

I went with Malaria pills on a daily basis and a number of other items that may or may not have been necessary, but I would hate to be caught without them.

  • Doxycyclene
  • Steripen Journey
  • 2 quickclot bangades
  • suture and wound closure kit
  • 2 courses of penicilin
  • self adhesive 4″ leg wrap
  • gauze pads
  • Ciproflaxin
  • Azithromycin
  • Tamiflu
  • compact hand mirror
  • 70 spf
  • 1 roll TP with cardboard tube removed


4 comments to “What to pack when visiting Planet Earth”

  1. Jo Says:

    ok… first off, I think it is HILARIOUS and a bit disturbing that you’ve packed more socks than underwear. 😉 You are traveling with tonnes of gadgets! Great list tho. It’s interesting to see what you’ve brought along.

  2. Dave Says:

    So, the list changed a tiny bit after I left. When I get done with S.A. I’ll be doing a review of this list and highlighting what I used, what I loved, and what I got rid of, then adding another list reflecting what I think would have been closer to optimum.

  3. Jo Says:

    Like more underwear? hehe..

  4. Jim Wood Says:

    Dave, I just ran across this. I’m once again impressed.
    Thank you for this and for letting us travel along with you..

    Jim Wood

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