The (Packing) List

This packing list is nearly a year in the making. Reading other blogs, researching minute details on clothes and gear, and finding bags and stuff stacks to fit everything near perfectly. Other similar lists may be posted in categories of clothes or electronics or toiletries and medicine. But we’re going to lay this out on how everything fits into the bag. How nail clippers fit into a toiletry bag and how that toiletry bag fits into the main pack. How cables fit into an electronics organizer and how that organizer fits into a day pack. Because we’ve got 6 months of our lives packed into bags that we can wear on a our back. And it’s all gotta come together somehow.

I’ll start:

Nick’s Main Pack (Osprey Atmos 50)

Flight 001 Spacepak Clothes – this thing is awesome. There is a side for clean clothes and a side for laundry. So at any given point in time the packing cube is always the same size. Here’s what’s going in it:

Pants / Shorts
2 Pairs of Shorts: Gramicci Cresent League Organic Short and J. Crew 9″ Navy Short
Jeans: Express Rocco Cold Rinse Straight Leg Jean
Board Shorts: Hurley Phantom 30 Solid Boardshort
Gym Shorts

Mid/Outer Layer – J. Crew Heathered Hoodie

3 Long Sleeve Shirts: Gramicci Burnham Organic Performance Long Sleeve Crew, ExOfficio Exo Dri Long Sleeve Tee, and J. Crew Summer Plaid Long Sleeve
5 T-Shirts: Icebreaker Men’s Tech T Lite Short Sleeve, Patagonia Gamut T-Shirt, Under Armour Heatgear T-Shirt, Burgundy American Apparel 50/50, Light Blue BDG T-Shirt

7 Pairs ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer Briefs – these are hands down the best underwear I have ever owned. Blows Under Armour out of the water. They are breathable, fight odor and bacteria, and can be hand washed and dried within hours. Perfect for travel.
2 Pairs of SmartWool Socks

Leather Belt
Beanie and Bandana

Outside Pockets of Main Pack

Petzl Tikka Plus 2 Head Lamp
Pacsafe Retractasafe 250 Cable Lock
Keds Sneakers / Chaco Flip Vibe Flip-Flop
Travel Towel

Inside Compartment of Main Pack

8-Liter Stuff Sack – Sea to Summit Lite Line Clothesline, Rubber Sink Stopper, Sea to Summit Traveller Silk Sleep Sack, Pack Rain Cover, Travel Laundry Detergent, Camera Charger, and Extra Allergy Pills

Hiking Sandles
Marmot Aegis Rain Jacket

Toiletries – Shower (REI Micro Shower Kit)
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Shaving Oil and Razor
Shampoo & Body Wash Contained in GoToobs

Toiletries – Other
Hair Trimmer – I started shaving my head in college when I was weighing the cost of getting a haircut vs. buying a case of beer (… sorry Mom). Since then, I’ve never found a good time to go through the awkward phase of growing it out. So I found a small trimmer that operates on AA batteries to take along with me.
Malaria Pills
Allergy Pills, Nasal Spray and Eye Drops – I went to an allergy doctor a few weeks ago and it turns out that I’m allergic to nearly every possible tree, weed, or bush you could find. Except for pine trees. I’m pretty okay with pine trees.
Chap Stick
Nail Clippers
First Aid Kit

Victorinox Travel Organizer – Passport, Passport Photos, Yellow Fever Certificate, Itinerary Printouts

Nick’s Daybag (Timbuk2 Showdown Backpack)

AmazonBasics Universal Travel Case for Small Electronics – Anker Portable Charger (and USB Cable), Spare Batteries (Camera / Action Cam + AA’s), GorillaPod Magnetic, Pocket XShot Camera Extender, Laptop Charger, Camera USB Cable, and iPhone Charger

Outside Pockets of Daybag

Klean Kanteen Water Bottle
Kleenex and Hand Sanitizer
Point It: Traveler’s Language Kit Book
Sony Action Cam
iPhone 5
Business Cards
In Ear Headphones (with microphone) and Case
Sunglasses & Retainer Strap
Pepcid AC – my mother has blessed me with the Asian flush so I gotta med up before I drink anything.

Inside Pockets of Daybag

11-inch Macbook Air
Light My Fire Spork
Extra Pair of Socks
Ear Plugs (Hearos)
Bug Spray

2.5-Liter Stuff Sack – Daybag Raincover, Monster Surge Protector, Action Cam Head Strap (because I look really cool wearing this thing), and a Universal Power Adapter

Kris’ Main Pack (Gregory Jade 60)

Double-Sided Packing Cube

Tops – Striped ¾ Tee, Heart Sleeveless, Camo Shirt, and Pink Gramicci Racerback
Bottoms – Lucy Leggings, Gap Shorts, and Green Rag & Bones
Dresses – Pink Dress and Gray Dress
Outer – Free People Hoodie

Smaller Red Packing Cube

Bras: Gap, Tan, and Sports
Buff – this is going to be a great versatile piece for my hair, keeping my neck and ears warm.
3 Pairs of Smartwool Socks
Ex Officio Underwear – like Nick said, these are awesome.
Green Army & Orange Nike 2″ Rival Shorts – these are great because I can use them for sleeping, working out, or everyday use; the colors and fabric are versatile and match everything else in my wardrobe.
Black Gramicci Tee
Bathing Suit

Outside Pockets of Main Pack

Side Pockets – Headlamp, Headphones, Earplugs, Sleep Sack, Eye Mask, Plug Adapter, and Travel Towel
Front Pocket – Restasis, Q-Tips, Tampons, Light My Fire Sporks, Off Wipes, Kleenex, Sewing Kit, and Plastic Bags/Garbage Bags
Top Pocket – Books

Inside Compartment of Main Pack

Blue Stuff Sack – Contacts

Toiletries – Shower (REI Micro Shower Kit)
Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Soap
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Razor and Shaving Oil
Mascara and Cover Up

Toiletries – Other (Eagle Creek Pack-It Compartment Sac)

Big Back Pocket
Meds – Anxiety Meds, Dramamine, Traveler’s Diarrhea Meds, Malaria Pills, Ibuprofen
Body Lotion

Front Compartments – Jewelry, Perfume, Venus Razor Head Replacements (2), Cuticle Trimmer, Bobby Pins, Hairbands, Sunscreen, Nail File, Extra Shampoo, Dry Shampoo, Floss, Mirror, Shaving Oil, and Tweezers

Frye Slip-On Sneakers
Xero Sandals


Kris’ Daybag

iPad Mini
Waterbottle (with carabineer)
Extra Batteries
Sea to Summit Travelling Light Travel Wallet (size Medium) – this is a great little wallet that fits my passport, int’l driver’s license, immunization card, etc. Perfect size.
Regular Wallet
Frog&Toad Travel Biz Cards
Apple Earphones
Glasses Case – flip shades, glasses, sunglasses, glasses retainer, cleaning cloth.
Eye Drops
China Oel – this is a tiny little bottle of peppermint extract; great replacement for gum and helps with sore throat and stuffy nose as well.
Lip Gloss

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