Packing List

The following is my packing list I use for for trips than range from a few days to several months. 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. Updated October 2022.


  • tom bihn synik 30 if bring multiple “options” below
  • gossamer gear packable vagabond* – [replaces synik when taking minimal options]


  • flowfold minimalist wallet w/ cards, cash
  • iphone 12 mini verizon / airalo if international
  • victorinox rambler / swiss-tech util-key if flying
  • uniball vision elite .5mm pen – doesn’t leak!
  • garmin 955 gps watch
  • n95 masks
  • tickets* – if not on my phone
  • passport*, vaccination certificate* – if needed

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 or Carry)

  • luna sandals
  • xoskin anklet toe socks (2), darn tough crew (0-2)
  • icebreaker anatomica briefs (3)
  • western rise evolution pants and
    • outlier slim dungarees* – if days <70f
    • new way shorts* (2) – if most of day >75f
  • icebreaker anatomica merino tee-shirts (1-2)
  • western rise limitless button down shirt
  • macpac alpha direct hoody – if temps <55F
  • gorewear r7 shakedry shell
  • montbell umbrero hat – sun & rain
  • zpacks rain pants* – extended time outdoors in cool & wet


  • rei micro toiletry bag
  • toothbrush
  • reach 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

High Energy Exercise?

  • heart rate strap
  • tri-shorts
  • xenith polartec delta shirt
  • visor*

Sun? – Multiple hours in uv index >8

  • sun glasses
  • solbari weekend button-down shirt
  • upf 50 arm/leg sun sleeves* – if doing multi-hour exercise outdoors

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

  • board shorts replace one pair normal shorts
  • rashguard long sleeve shirt replaces one tee shirt
  • matador pocket blanket
  • snorkling?
    • neoprene socks*
    • vision correcting swim mask*

Dressy Required?

  • vivobarefoot gobi II ankle boots
  • bluffworks hopscotch sport jacket*

Cold? – Items to be added if spending extended time outdoors temps below freezing

  • vivobarefoot gobi II ankle boots
  • mountain hardware grub gloves
  • montbell plasma 1000 down vest
  • patagonia micro puff hoody jacket* – cold&suit or extra cold


  • sleep mask & ear plugs
  • 4ft extension cord
  • macbook pro 14”*
  • bluetooth transceiver* – extended flights
  • westone 5es iem* – extended flights
  • platypus water bottle* – if longer hikes without water
  • water purifier* – if hiking where water is available but of questionable drinkability
  • immersion water heater* – if staying place without microwave, coffee maker, or stove
  • ultralight packtowel* – water sports or staying in hostel
  • international power adapter*
  • gifts (handmade is nice)*

Aquire Locally

  • sun screen
  • aloe
  • insect repellent
  • snacks
  • eating utensils

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 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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