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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.

Dirt and Skin

On like an apple

Do you like to walk barefoot? I spent much of my childhood running barefoot around our farm. Not because I didn't have shoes,but because I preferred not to wear them. Also, we never wore shoes in the house. I guess because of the manure on our shoes.

I still don't wear shoes indoors, unless I have to. But I usually wear them outside. My feet have gotten less used to walking directly on the earth.

But when I do go barefoot, I swear, I feel a sort of charge in my feet. The textures and temperatures and curves and edges. Grass is the most wonderful, but even the roughness of concrete, the dust of dry dirt.

It feels great. I always find myself thinking that our feet were made to touch the earth we walk. Our skin yearns for sensation, and our feet are no exception.

I was thinking about this tonight as my youngest son, playing with toys he got for his birthday, got involved in moving muddy water from a deep puddle to a shallow one. In time he was stepping barefoot straight into the puddles. Watching him I could remember that cool, slick, gritty bottom of the puddles I loved to play in the same way in summer.

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