Packing List

Updated December 2023

My packing list 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 gear for life. Packing list from 2023 Camino.


  • gossamer gear vagabond
  • osprey 20l drybag*


  • hanchor wallet w/ cards, cash
  • iphone 12 mini t-mobile for international roaming
  • 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* – if needed

Daily Life

  • zojirushi travel mug
  • apple airpod pro
  • edc electronics pouch: 3 usb-c cables, anker 523 usb charger, nitecore 10k battery, usb adaptors
  • nitecore nu20 headlamp with strap replaced with shock cords
  • 6ft tape measure
  • sleep mask

Core Clothing (Wear or Carry)

  • luna sandals – preferred when sandals acceptable
  • inov-8 ultrafly270* – rough terrain or close shoes required
  • xoskin anklet toe socks (2)
  • tommy john travel briefs (1), icebreaker anatomica briefs (1)
  • western rise evolution pants and
    • outlier slim dungarees – if many days <72f
    • new way shorts – if many day >=72f
  • icebreaker anatomica merino tee-shirts
  • arcteryx cormac hoodie
  • western rise limitless button down shirt
  • macpac alpha direct hoody – if temps <55F
  • montbell dry peak shakedry shell
  • montbell umbrero hat – for 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 with superglue
  • toothpaste (dawn mist .6oz perfect size for shorter trips)
  • 100sense body bar in matador flatpak soap bag
  • extra n95 masks

High Intensity Exercise?

  • heart rate strap
  • xoskin compression shorts
  • xenith polartec delta shirt*
  • visor*

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

  • board shorts
  • rashguard long sleeve shirt (UPF 50 when wet)
  • matador pocket blanket
  • snorkling?
    • neoprene socks* – avoid heel blisters
    • vision correcting swim mask*

Blazer Required? (these days black trailrunners, slacks, and button shirt get men into most places, so only needed for special occasions)

  • vivobarefoot gobi II ankle boots
  • bluffworks hopsack sport jacket

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

  • montbell plasma 1000 down vest
  • polar buff
  • fleece gloves and/or rain mittens*
  • swap cormac hoody for minus33 turtleneck*
  • darn tough light cushion crew socks* (2)
  • patagonia micro puff hoody jacket*


  • macbook 12”*
  • macbook pro 14”* – when traveling by car
  • etymotic hf3* – extended flight noise reduction
  • 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
  • folding foon*
  • ultralight body size packtowel*
  • mld sleep sack + alpha direct 120gsm “blanket”* – staying in minimalist hostels
  • clothing line*
  • international power adapter*
  • binoculars*
  • gifts (handmade is nice)*

Aquire Locally

  • sun screen
  • aloe
  • insect repellent
  • snacks

lighterpack version

If a trip includes camping as well as travel in cities, I switch from the Vagabond to a Hanchor Tufa pack + Vagabond packable for EDC. The Tufa is good in the back country and passable for travel. I merge my backpacking list with the items listed above which can been seen in my lighterpack template. When flying I check my trekking pole, stakes, and knife through using a cardboard poster tube and acquire fuel and food at my destination.

Recent load including worn and carried clothing for a four month international trip that ranged from 25-80F with frequent rain, some nights in a budget hostel requiring bring a sleep system, and regularly exercising. Note: there was still room in the pack for some gifts I brought / took back home. Miss from picture that I was carrying most of the time include a an oral-b 6000 toothbrush and charger which my wife also used.