Packing List

The following is my 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.


  • tom bihn synik 30 and/or
  • gossamer gear daypack* – if doing day long back country hikes, or if on extended “digital nomad” trips where I am living somewhere and want a “shopping bag” for groceries


  • flowfold minimalist wallet w/ cards, cash
  • iphone 12 mini verizon / airalo (international)
  • Swiss-Tech util-key (fly) / Victorinox Rambler (otherwise)
  • uniball vision elite .5mm pen
  • garmin 935 gps watch
  • n95 mask
  • tickets* – if not on my phone
  • passport, vaccination certificate* – if traveling out of country

Daily Life

  • zojirushi travel mug
  • apple airpod pro
  • edc electronics pouch: 3 usb-c cables, sharge charger, portable USB charger, adaptors, superglue
  • nitecore nu25 headlamp

Core Clothing (Wear & Carry)

  • western rise evolution pants
  • outlier slim dungarees and/or new way shorts (1-2 total depending on expected weather)
  • tri-shorts – for high intensity activities: swimming, running, cycling, gym, backpacking, etc
  • xenith polartec delta shirt* – if doing high sweat activities
  • icebreaker anatomica merino tee-shirts (2)
  • macpac alpha direct hoody
  • darn tough socks: 1 no shows: summer +1 no show, winter +2 crew
  • icebreaker anatomica briefs (2)
  • vivobarefoot gobi II
  • luna sandals if hot/wet*
  • gorewear h7 trail running jacket
  • zPacks rain pants* – planning extended outdoors in cool & wet locations
  • montbell umbrero hat


  • rei micro toiletry bag
  • toothbrush
  • floss
  • razor
  • folding brush
  • nail clipper
  • mini first aid kit
  • toothpaste (dawn mist .6oz perfect size for shorter trips)
  • 100sense body bar in matador flatpak soap

Dressy Required?

  • outlier amb merino wool button-up shirt and/or
  • boss suit


  • 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 at beach

  • “hawaiian” short sleeve button up
  • sun glasses
  • board shorts
  • rashguard long sleeve shirt
  • matador pocket blanket
  • ultralight packtowel
  • sun screen*
  • aloe*
  • neoprene socks* (protect heels wearing fins) if snorkeling
  • swim mask* (vision correcting) if snorkeling


  • sleep mask
  • heart rate monitor
  • 6ft long usb-c cable
  • international power adapter*
  • macbook pro* – if working
  • usb-c to hdmi cable* – if working at a destination the provides an external monitor
  • portable 14″ 4k screen* – if working and destination doesn’t provider external monitor
  • bluetooth transceiver* – extended flights
  • westone 5es iem* – extended flight for noise blocking
  • immersion water heater* – if staying place without microwave, coffee maker, or stove
  • insect repellent*
  • 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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