Packing List

The following is my typical packing list. Items “*” are optional. This list was extracted from my Packing & Traveling Light post. For a more complete description of these items see my yearly gear for life list. This list also exists as a google sheet which automatically selects number of items based on expected conditions. The complexity of the spreadsheet suggests there is room to trim more.


  • tom bihn synik 30
  • matador freerain24 or gossamer gear daypack* – if doing day long back country hikes


  • flowfold minimalist wallet w/ cards, cash
  • iphone 12 mini verizon (north america) / pixel 2 on google fi (international)
  • Swiss-Tech util-key (fly) / Victorinox Rambler (otherwise)
  • uniball vision elite pen
  • garmin 935 gps watch
  • tickets* – if not on my phone
  • passport, vaccination certificate* – if traveling out of country

Daily Life

  • zojirushi travel mug
  • apple airpod pro
  • edc pouch: usb cables, sharge charger, usc-c battery charger
  • nitecore nu25 – if doing back country activities

Core Clothing (Wear & Carry)

  • western rise evolution pants
  • outlier slim dungarees or new way shorts (1-2 depending on expected weather)
  • tri-shorts – for high intensity activities: swimming, running, cycling, gym, backpacking, etc
  • xenith polartec delta shirt – for high sweat activities
  • icebreaker anatomica merino tee-shirts (2)
  • macpac alpha direct hoody
  • darn tough socks (3)
  • icebreaker anatomica briefs (2)
  • altra superior trail running shoes [or keens sandals if hot/wet]
  • gorewear h7 trail running jacket
  • tilley ltm6 hat [ or Panama Hat]

Dressy Required?

  • outlier amb merino wool button-up shirt
  • vivobarefoot gobi II*
  • blazer* [or cashmere sweater]


  • mountain hardware grub gloves
  • montbell plasma 1000 down vest [and/or patagonia micro puff hoody jacket]

Beach? – Items to be added if a lot of time will be spent on beach

  • sun glasses
  • board shorts
  • rashguard long sleeve shirt
  • matador pocket blanket
  • neoprene socks (protect heels wearing fins)
  • swim mask (vision correcting)
  • “Hawaiian” shirt [or Montbell Dry Touch Button Up]


  • rei micro toiletry bag
  • toothbrush
  • floss
  • razor
  • folding brush
  • nail clipper
  • mini first aid kit
  • toothpaste
  • 100sense body bar in matador flatpak soap

Liquids (in snack size ziplock)

  • sun screen*
  • aloe*
  • insect repellent*


  • sleep mask
  • heart rate monitor
  • 6ft long usb-c cable
  • macbook pro* – if working
  • apple ipad air* – if working to provide second screen
  • sony rx100 m6* – photo oriented trip
  • ultralight packtowel*
  • immersion water heater*
  • sink stopper*
  • international power adapter*
  • gifts (handmade is nice)*

If a trip includes camping as well as travel in cities, I switch to a Gossamer Gear Gorilla pack which is great in the back country and passable for travel. I merge my backpacking list with some of the items listed above. When flying I check my trekking pole, stakes, and knife through using a cardboard poster tube and acquire fuel at my destination.

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