If I've learned anything from asking other travelers for advice on what to bring while traveling, it's that everyone has a best way of doing it, and nobody's "best way" is the same as anyone else. I've spent the last two months piecing together my collection of gear through my own experience and advice given to me by friends, guidebooks, travel forums and advertisements. Here's what it looks like, unpacked:
|An explosion of gear. See detailed list at the end of the entry.|
I haven't yet weighed my pack, but it's heavy enough that my mother refuses to lift it and light enough that I wouldn't mind walking with it for a long while. I expect that over the next several weeks I will lose some weight here and there (clif bars, books, underwear), and probably gain some elsewhere (street food, local clothing, pets). I plan to take a similar photo and inventory near the end of my trip, as well as at least once along the way to see how my gear evolves over time.
Some of these things may seem ridiculous or superfluous (Two sleeping bag liners? Down booties? Passport?), but I have my own reason for bringing each item. I am running on the assumption that I have at least everything I need, and that some of this will be dropped or gifted along the way. I am also trying to remember a philosophy I have for this trip: In the end, all decisions in the next several months are up to me. Some I will make well, some I will make poorly. Either way, I will enjoy the consequences.
So that's it for the US. I have a few more hours this side of the date line, then it's off to Beijing! I'll keep you posted.
- rain jacket (1)
- rain pants (1)