The best advice I got on packing was, “Don’t take that. Don’t take that either.” Wanting to be prepared for every situation, I promptly ignored this advice. When I got to the airport my bag and carry on weighed 37 pounds. So I stuffed a few more things in Chris’ bag and tossed some other things out. This leaves me with:

Packing List
1 pair of chacos
1 pair of running shoes
1 swim suit
2 sleeveless shirts
2 t-shirts
2 long sleeved shirts
1 pair of running shoes
2 sports bras
1 pair of hiking shorts (with lots of pockets)
1 skort (yes, I know they´re from the 80´s, get over it)
1 pair of below the knee pants
1 fleece jacket
10 pairs of underwear (you really can´t be over prepared in this area)
4 pairs of socks
1 pair of long underwear
1 fleece shirt
1 sleep sack
1 pillow (superfluous, yet light)
1rain gear (pants and jacket)
1 med kit (packed by Ellen K. Payne, for every situation we hope not to have)
1 book to read, and 1 journal
bug spray (100% deet)
1 pac safe (a mesh wiring to lock your bag)
1 pack cover
1 Gerber pocket knife
Camera, battery charger, IPOD, and charger

I have a Gregory Jade 50 for my pack. I am a huge fan of Gregory packs. I have found them to be extremely reliable (I now own three Gregory packs). I like packs with lots of pockets, so the Jade 50 is a great size and fits what I need.

Chris has a smaller pack the Osprey, Atmos 35. He likes the ventilation system and the fact that he can unzip the whole bag.


So we have been immunized for everything known to man. I felt like a pin cushion for the 3 months prior to leaving. Our meds include:

Hep A (3 shots), Hep B (3 shots), MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), DPT (diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus), a polio booster, tetnus, yellow fever (one very large shot), typhoid (a week long series of pills), and rabies (laugh all you want, but when we´re in the middle of Africa it could come in handy).

Our travel med kit includes: Cloroquine (for malaria in Central America), Doxycycline (for malaria in the rest of the world), Cipro (a general antibiotic), Diamox (for altitude sickness), and of course a range of over the counter meds.

NOTE: I am not a doctor, but this is my recommendation. If you are traveling to a malaria infested region, I highly recommend buying your meds in that country. You generally have to fly into a large city first (malaria in large cities is rare). Malaria meds cost about one tenth of the price that US drug companies charge for them. For example, I spent $90 on cloroquine for 15 weeks. Had I waited and bought it in Mexico City, I would have saved myself $85.


One response

8 01 2008

Hey, you forgot the “K” in my name, I guess I won’t hold it against you. Let me know if you need anything (tape, bandaides, etc), I’ll mail you anything anywhere.

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