Okay okay okay okay okay. I'll make a packing video!
This year I unpacked my bag instead of packing it, so that you don't have to watch me place every single thing in the correct place.
You'll probably notice that I have less things than I did in the past. Off the top of my head, I don't have the waterproof boots or waterproof pants anymore. I have room for them, as you'll see in the video, but I generally only wear those in snow, and it's not snowing anywhere I'm going in the next few months.
I think the video says everything that needs to be said, so let's get on with it:
For a detailed breakdown of all the stuff, check out the 2011 Packing Guide.
Unfortunately the 2011 gear post doesn't seem to exist anymore. Could you please get it working again or post an updated 2012 list?
Yeah, it's sort of a complicated issue. Working on it, though.
I was wondering though, why don't you use the O rings in your pack with Tom bihns pouches? It'd help organize your electronics pockets in a big way.
Hi Tynan, you should look into one of these adapters for your Sony Nex / Voigtlander.
I just got mine after originally reading about it in this thread:
Two great things about this adapter: it reduces the minimum focus distance way down to 8-10" from the ~3' where it was. And on the other end it lets you throw the focus out and it land right on infinity - not sure what adapter you're using but my Voigtlander adapter landed past infinity.
Do you put your Sony Vaio Z in the pocket that the Synapse has in its main compartment?
Do you ever worry that the laptop might be bent or damaged due to the lack of protection/padding?
Whoa.. the Kindle fits in that water bottle pocket. Crap: all this time, I've just been using that pocket for a water bottle.
I don't bother with a USB charger.. I always charge off my laptop.
Guess my problem is that I don't like to squeeze stuff too tight; I worry that something'll break, though I don't think that has ever happened. Also, I want to bring a sleeping bag.
How do you roll up/fold/pack your jackets? For me, that pocket feels about stuffed with just 1 rain jacket and my packtowl. BTW, my rain jacket is starting to delaminate a bit too.
Loved your vid.
BTW: how about tripod? I want to take amazing pics of sunset/sunrise. I travel with 30 l bag so i have some space.
You know any good minimalistic tripods for Sony Nex 5?
I actually went to buy some of those SmartWool Secret Sleuth socks you have but SmartWool doesn't sell them on their site anymore, and REI only has the women's version available online (which I may try - they're even smaller).
For the USB charger, I just use the little USB>AC adapter that came with the Kindle. Only one port but I have no need to charge two things at once, and it's super tiny.
Great video, I'm glad to finally see it! I loved some of your light-weight solutions, like the shortened cables and the universal adapter (very cool!). I am envious of your ultra light-weight bag, but my current RTW trip demands more specialized gear such as an outdoors sleeping bag, a camping stove and sil poncho (which can be converted into a tent).
FYI the APC Inpa may also be similar/obtainable a Road Warrior Go!ConW2. Just ordered one, hopefully it's worth it over the $5 dealextreme version linked above.
Now if I just had a lead on a Moon Moenegallet..
What toiletry bag is that? does it have compartments or is everything just thrown in there? thanks :)
They could improve the kindle by adding a slide out light like they have with their leather lighted case into the kindle itself. The leather case is the same weight as the kindle, and other lights don't see to stay on so well or use flat & expensive coin batteries.
I also like the design of the new nook e-ink reader. So kindle style world wide 3G access, a built in light and the nook design would be the best combo.
I travel with the REI Urban Traveller pack. It's about the same proportions, but it's easy to access everything (no gypsy camps), and I have lots of space for groceries and what not when I need it.
People keep asking for it and I keep meaning to do it, but then we always seem to be in a rush before leaving a country and we don't have time to video me packing my bag.
Japan was a little different, so we finally got it done. Unfortunately Todd's real video camera is broken now and this was taken on his point and shoot, which cuts off at about 10 minutes.
That means that you'll miss the glory of me repacking that one last thing in there. Actually, after packing I realized that I had forgotten my sandals so I repacked the whole thing anyway.
I'm moving out of my room that I've been in for eight years. Moving means packing, and packing means going through all of the stuff that I have and deciding what I want to keep, and what I want to get rid of. As I'm going through this stuff, I'm wondering why I've kept some of it for so long.
I'm a sentimental person, but traveling has made me realize how little I really need to survive. After all, the things that truly matter - love, happiness, music, travel, people, adventure, memories - aren't materialistic.
So (excuse my language) why the hell do I have all of this shit? Why do I have ten pairs of socks I haven't worn in years when someone else could be making good use out of them? Why do I have a watch that I got when I was six years old, a baseball I found during band practice (I don't even play baseball!), and a beanie I used to love but haven't worn in three years? Why on earth did I keep a report I wrote in high school that I'm never going to read again, a cheap plastic yo-yo, and six decks of cards?
I'm finding that I've held on to things I don't need or use or even think about anymore. So as I got through my stuff I'm trying to keep only the things I know I'll use or enjoy on a regular basis. So far all I'm keeping are clothes, photos (the ones that mean something), a few books, a music stand, some dvds, my notebooks, my travel maps, and a few posters for my dorm room. Everything else is going.
My new goal is to get rid of these things on a regular basis, so that I'm never keeping more than I need. The most important things are not things at all.