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 decided not to ride to the coast yesterday. Weather.com showed stormy weather all day, which it kind of did in the latter part of the day. I did decide to leave first thing this morning.
It was a strange feeling to finally see the ocean after spending the past week and a half biking here. I could smell and feel the ocean before I ever saw it – humid, salty, sticky. I knew I had made it, and a surge of accomplishment began to rush through me. Before I knew it I was hollering as loud as I could, riding down the beach. It was a happy moment. But what happened next was the strange part. I missed my family, a lot. I'll even admit that I started to cry a little. Here I was living out the dream I had anxiously waited for all summer, and I was missing my family... I guess I just want them to be here with me in this happy place and moment. Nothing is quite as good when you're alone.
My moral is a better now though. I got some Wendy's in me, and I'm sitting here using their wi-fi to write this post. The hard thing is that I don't know what to do after this. My friend, Paco, is busy, and I don't think his parent's would let me crash there anyways. So I guess I'm just gonna sit here and write until something comes up or they kick me out. That brings up the other hard thing - that I'm not sure where I'll be sleeping tonight... I'm slightly screwed but not entirely. It's raining, and it's supposed to get worse as night comes closer, but I have a hammock, a rain coat, some waterproof tin-foil looking material, and my bike. Unless somebody comes to my rescue, I'll be trying to find a place to hobo for the night, a place with covering where nobody can see me... Lightening just struck, so I really really really hope a place comes up.