pack rat

3 weeks

I love travelling as a civilian, which is to say, not having to hump
around a giant backpack full of camping and climbing gear.

The stuff in the photo above is all I plan on taking. The only things
missing from that shot are my laptop, my SLR, a pair of noise-cancelling
headphones, and the bum shoes I plan on wearing onto the plane.

I’m actually a bit on the heavy side. I always bring too many shirts,
and I’m pretty sure that I don’t need all that I’m bringing, but it’s
really hard to beat the “just one more” syndrome.

All the clothes go into two Eagle Creek compression bags, which kinda
form these soft-yet-firm bricks that are easily stacked and packed. Any

bulky clothes, like long pants, jacket, shoes, get worn on the plane so
they don’t take up precious luggage space.

I’m really looking forward to field testing that Northface Doubletrack
2100 bag. I’ve been looking for the perfect round-the-world travel bag
for a while now, and this bag is a serious contender.

It’s easy to cut down on electronics if you’re smart at purchase time,
and standardize on things that can be charged via USB. That way, you
don’t have to bring a charger for electronic doodad in your bag.

By the way, if you click through to the photo, you can see little notes
that I inserted. Yes, I have no life, thank you.

Ok, I need to wrap up my taxes instead of more pointless blogging.