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The 2009 Nomad Packing List

Our most popular Life Nomadic article last year was our complete packing list. Since then we've learned a lot, made a lot of changes, and managed to pack a lot more into the same tiny amount of space.

There are a few areas where slight improvement could be made, which you'll hear me talk about in the video, but overall this collection of stuff represents everything a traveler needs to travel through just about anywhere on the planet, live comfortably, and keep connected.

I've consolidated most of the stuff I pack into an Amazon store, which you can access here: Life Nomadic Store. If you use that link, or the Amazon links below, I get a commission. Other good places to buy this sort of gear are ebay and outdoor shops like REI and MEC, although neither store carries most of the gear.

Halloween: The Day of Too Much Effort

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[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] English: A freh pumpkin ready for carving for Halloween or celebrating Thanksgiving. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption]

Happy Spooks-day everyone! That is as close to celebrating Halloween as I get. Every year I fail to grasp the popularity of this holiday. It baffles my brain on so many levels, and the worst part is that my friends consider me to be some form of social Scrooge for not wanting to partake in the ridiculousness of the festivities.

I love the episode of Modern Family where Claire freaks out because everyone is screwing up her haunted house idea, but when it comes to Halloween I am the anti-Claire.

Pumpkins. The only time of year I see pumpkins in the supermarket is Halloween. I do not like pumpkin, the taste or texture, and everyone I know seems to agree. I would love to know what person decided to show their hatred of the humble pumpkin by carving a scary face into it, placing a candle inside it and making an example of it by placing it on their front porch. Abandon hope, all pumpkins who enter here.

Dressing up. Just fuck off. I am not spending thirty or forty of your human pounds on a costume that a) I don't want, b) I don't look good in and c) I'm only going to wear once. People put such effort into looking good for one night, and it seems to be the only night of the year where dressing like a hooker is actually a good thing. Just adding 'sexy' to the start of your costume does not permit you to take your skirt up five inches and get your pumpkins out on show. Self-respect gets murdered on Halloween, like the cute blonde with vocal chords of steel in any 80's slasher movie.

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