After throwing out a few things that were simply not salvageable (socks and a couple shirts) after the Wanderbird trip, and buying a new pack of socks from Walgreens, I weeded down what I had to as little as I thought I could comfortably get away with.  And, from now on, this will still be my guidepost in packing up for a backpacking trip.

BLUE MEDIUM STUFF SACK

  • 4 cotton t-shirts (2 black, 1 gray, 1 blue)
  • 1 button up t-shirt

GREEN MEDIUM STUFF SACK

  • 2 button up long-sleeve shirts
  • 1 fleece pullover
  • 1 black thermal hoodie

MESH MEDIUM STUFF SACK

  • 1 gray zip up hoodie
  • 1 down vest

At first sight, it may not seem like this would provide the best warmth in cold temperatures.  However, many comfortably layer together providing much better warmth than carrying a heavy coat ever would.

MESH MEDIUM STUFF SACK

  • 5 boxers
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 1 bathing suit

OPEN MAIN POCKET

  • 1 blue jeans
  • 1 khakis
  • 1 13’’ MacBook in neoprene sleeve
  • 1 black belt

LOWER POCKET

  • 1 large packtowel
  • 1 synthetic-filled sleeping bag  (Lightweight and dries much quicker than a down bag does)
  • 1 reversible travel pillow (smooth on one side, wool on the other)
  • 1 pair flip flops (Handy for beaches and imperative for some bathrooms)

SIDE POCKETS

  • 1 baseball hat
  • 1 sunglasses
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 fleece jacket (strapped on or under cap)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • 1 MacBook power cable
  • 1 500 GB external hard drive
  • 1 12mp digital camera
  • 1 camera battery charger
  • 1 iPhone 3GS
  • 1 iPhone charger
  • 2 earbuds
  • 1 USB memory card adapter
  • 1 iPod Nano
  • 1 large Swiss Army Knife
  • 1 mini Maglite
  • 3 novels
  • 1 Lonely Planet guide
  • 1 commonplace book/notebook
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 can Axe
  • 1 travel shampoo
  • 2 bars of soap
  • 1 toothbrush
  • 1 full size toothpaste
  • 1 travel shaving cream
  • 3 disposable razors
  • 1 chapstick
  • 1 nail clipper
  • 1 electric trimmer & charger
  • 1 small comb
  • 1 medpak
  • 1 emergency drinking water tablets
  • 1 “unbreakable” plastic spoon/fork/knife
Benjamin

Benjamin

Hi all, my name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in archaeology and writing, pursuing a career in the latter. However, I never quite lost that fascination for archaeological theory. For the past 9 years, I’ve been living and travelling in Asia, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting them into practical archaeological travel information at PathsUnwritten.com.

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