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 daypack* – if doing all day backcountry day hikes
  • entchin fanny pack* – if doing half day hikes in backcountry and don’t have freerain


  • 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 airpods
  • edc pouch: usb cables, sharge charger, usc-c battery charger
  • nitecore nu25
  • westtone 5es iem* – if flying or train
  • EarStudio ES100* – if flying or train

Core Clothing (Wear & Carry)

  • western rise evolution pants
  • outlier slim dungarees or new way shorts (2)
  • icebreaker merino tee-shirts (2-3)
  • cashmere sweater
  • darn tough socks (3)
  • icebreaker underwear (3)
  • altra superior trail running shoes
  • keens* – if hot / wet
  • arcteryx squarish jacket
  • gorewear h7* (if expecting rain)
  • tilley ltm6 hat
  • polarbuff
  • tri-shorts
  • xenith polartec delta shirt

Dressy Required?

  • vivobarefoot gobi II
  • blazer* – if needed, often sweater is enough
  • wool button-down shirt* – if not wearing tee with blazer, drop a tee-shirt


  • patagonia thermal weight capilene hoody
  • patagonia micro puff hoody jacket
  • mountain hardware grub gloves
  • macpac nitro hoodie*

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

  • board shorts – drop 1 pair shorts
  • “hawaiian” shirt – drop 1 tee shirt
  • rashguard long sleeve shirt
  • matador pocket blanket
  • swim mask (vision correcting)
  • sun glasses (prescriptions)


  • 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*


  • bucky 40 wink sleep mask
  • heart rate monitor
  • running power sensors
  • extra long usb cable
  • macbook pro*
  • apple ipad air* (as second monitor)
  • kindle*
  • ultralight packtowel*
  • water heater*
  • sink stopper*
  • international power adapter*
  • gifts (handmade is nice)*

If a trip includes camping as well as travel in cities, my packing list will be based on my backpacking list which might be supplements by some of the items listed above.

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