Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Packing list 101

So one of our most frequently asked questions is to share our packing list for a backpacking trip. This is the exact list we used for our big trip. It was geared towards Asia in the summertime. We should also note that this list does not include gear for camping or hiking in the mountains. Those were things that we picked up locally.

Major items:
pack/ large bag
daypack/ small bag
hiking shoes
sandals (teva/chaco/source, that can get wet and dry quickly)
towel - quick dry is best
sheet - (for anything from dirty hostels, to trains, to the beach)

Clothes:
(in Asia modest is better, t-shirts not sleeveless, longer shorts/skirts)
2 pants
1 shorts/skirt
3 shirts
5 socks
5-7 underwear
(Women- 3 bras)
pajamas (that can serve as extra t-shirt/shorts)
raincoat
bathing suit
1 sweatshirt

Personal items:
Glasses/Contacts
(Women- tampons- difficult to find in Asia)
tooth brush
small toiletries to start (carry on size)
anti-bacterial!
sunscreen

Medical:
Water purifying tablets!
Benadril
Neosporin
Pepto bismol
Immodium!!!
Tylenol
Advil
Electrolytes
Bandaids
Prescription medication
(Malaria tablets)

Documents/Papers:
student i.d.
passport
health insurance printout
passport pics
photocopies of documents
Phrasebook
guidebook/maps and notes (tiyulon tips printout)
journal
small gifts to give away depending on where you're going (pencils, postcards)
namecards/business cards for Chinese (everybody has one and will want yours)
pens/pencils

Electronics:
camera + sd card + charger
usb card reader
camcorder + tripod + charger
ipod + mic + charger
Cellphone + charger

Other important items:
lock with chain for bag on train/ for lockers
sun glasses
money belt
Head lamp/flashlight!
Toilet Paper! (depending on the country)

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