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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.


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My background is very simple. I started at the bottom literally, sweeping the floors in a cardboard box factory. Through a family friend I was lucky enough to get an apprenticeship and after that (4 years). I decided to go for broke and did a degree (BSc, Engineering Management) after a miserable time as an Estimator for an Electrical company, I knew I had to try something different, take a risk.

I worked my way through a series of sales jobs, became a sales manager, then moved into management of sales and marketing teams and then into general management.

I most enjoyed the role of training and mentoring younger sales and marketing people and eventually decided to set up my own business. Providing training in sales, marketing and management we also provided recruitment services.

Then the downturn came (2008). And my family and I decided instead of fighting it to have some fun. Too much time at work had certainly brought us material wealth. I was not rich, but compared to many I was very comfortable. I had no mortgage, a beautiful house, three cars and more TV's and computers than was necessary. My Children were all at private schools and life was fine.

So our next move was a big one. We bought some round the world tickets and set off for a year of adventure.

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