In just a few short months this is everything in the world I will own. None of it has been purchased yet, so it will be interesting to compare what is currently on the list vs. what will be in my bag when I leave. Better yet, what will be in there when I return!?!?!
My current goal is to carry a 30L or smaller pack that is under 20 pounds fully loaded. It seems this load is uncommonly light for the typical backpacker/traveler, but I feel that cutting into the travel budget a tad for a little higher end gear is worth the extra cost in the long run. The better gear is typically lighter weight and packs down much smaller.
The plan is to read as much as possible about each item needed, try it out if it is available at local outdoor stores, and purchase it. I will then use each item as much as I can before leaving to see if its going to work for me or if something better can be found.
Everything that does not have a link yet is still undecided.
Minus 33, Icebreaker and Smartwool are all good brands for all of your merino wool outerwear.
Socks (wool) x 3-5 Depends on the shoes I get.
Gloves (probably wool- unsure)
Hat. Though I like the idea of picking up a new inexpensive hat in every region I visit.
Rain Gear (unsure, might pack a lightweight umbrella instead. However the additional layer will really help keep warmth in in extremely cold climates)
Wet Wipes (Doubt these are available outside of developed countries)
Still unsure what is needed so list will most likely change or at least be added to.
Motion Sickness medication/ Anti-nausea
Sleeping Aid (for overnight trains, planes and automobiles where I most likely will have issues sleeping)
Antibiotics (for bad illnesses) Cypro?
Imodium or something stronger?
?Malaria pills? (unsure)
Lip Balm. Probably Burts Bees
Razor (will need to be purchased locally due to TSA)
Electronics and Gadgets
Universal plug adapter. Not currently available.
Battery Charger (for headlamp and camera batteries, should charge both AA and AAA and possibly charge off of USB)
Ipod/cell phone/ Calculator (may jailbreak my Iphone to use)
Other Odds and Ends
Light My Fire Spork
International Drivers License (easily obtained through AAA)
Fake Student ID ( I have read that you can buy these in a few different places and are well worth it for the discounts)
Credit Cards/ Bank Cards
Some type of handkerchief or small rag
Pen and Paper (note writing, Pictionary and communication across language barriers)
Duct Tape (a million uses)
This sounds like a lot of stuff and not easily packable in a small bag, but I hope that it is not only packable but that I have a bit of extra room in my pack for adding additional items on the go and for easily getting to things without dumping the whole bag. I intend for the bag to be one of the last things purchased after seeing how small I can pack everything else.