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Road Trip Packing List!

June 3rd, 2009

I put together a preliminary packing list a few weeks ago. It’s time to revisit it, I think, but for the sake of adding some visual flair to the site, here’s this:

My hand, posing with my handwritten packing list.

My hand, posing with my handwritten packing list.

Y’know, since creating this list, it’s occurred to me that it’d be real romantic and cool-like to bring as little as possible. I’m not sure what’s going to win out. I got a few weeks still. Maybe also note that I’m mostly camping on this trip, and hiking. Here’s what the above says (with cross-outs where I’ve altered plan).

  • Tent & Footprint
  • Happy Sleeping Bag (as opposed to the unhappy one, also known as…)
  • Nylon Sleeping Bag (aka, the expensive, lightweight one that I hate)
  • Inflatobed/Cot (or both)
  • Stove (+ Backpacking Stove?)
  • Fry Pan
  • Sauce Pan
  • Lantern
  • Water Jug
  • Cooler
  • Utensils
  • Flashlight
  • Hatchet
  • Mallet
  • Day Pack
  • Overnighter Pack
  • Rope
  • Headlamp
  • Knife
  • Camera (Point & Shoot)
  • DSLR
  • Power Inverter
  • Laptop
  • Kindle (yes, the reading device)
  • iPod (yes, the hipsterism-compliance device)
  • Headphones
  • Earplugs
  • Trekking Poles
  • Legal Pad
  • 2x Pen
  • Pencil
  • Hike Boots
  • Hike Shoes
  • Water Shoes
  • Flip Flops
  • Dress Shoes (I’m going to be having some important meetings at a couple points, hopefully)
  • Runnin’ Shoes (I’ll get plenty of exercise without ’em)
  • 2x Quick-Dry Shorts
  • 2x Normal Shorts
  • 1x 2x QD Pants (b/c I may hike on consecutive wet days in tick-infested locations)
  • 1x Rain Pants
  • 1x Camp Pants
  • 1x Jeans
  • 1x Business Suit
  • 2x Ties
  • 2x Belts (one nice, one indestructible)
  • Nice Watch
  • Parka (this trip isn’t ending till mid-November…)
  • Rain Coat
  • Tritium Watch
  • 7x Hiking Socks
  • 7x QD Socks
  • 3x Dress Socks
  • Long Underwear Top
  • Long Underwear Bottom
  • 10x QD Underwear
  • 4x Normal Underwear
  • 4x QD T-Shirts
  • 6x 3x Normal T-Shirts (if I need more, they sell these in stores nationwide I hear)
  • 4 Long-Sleeve Warm Shirts
  • 2x Short-Sleeve QD Shirts
  • 2x Short-Sleeve Shirts
  • 2x Long-Sleeve Dress Shirts
  • 1x Golf Shirt
  • Stocking Cap
  • Boonie Cap
  • Baseball Cap
  • Thin Gloves
  • Thick Gloves
  • Beach Towel
  • Normal Towel
  • Camp Towel
  • Blanket
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hiking First Aid Kit
  • Kayak (Inflatable)
  • Paddle
  • PFD
  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Bike Shoes
  • Bike Shorts
  • Bike Shirt
  • Water Bottles (Bike)
  • Fishing Rod
  • Reel
  • Bike Gloves
  • Road Atlas


  • Gas Generator
  • Blackout Window Coverings
  • Fishing Tackle & Box
  • XBox & Screen (?)

That’s way too much possibly about right. We’ll work on it.


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  1. June 4th, 2009 at 09:23 | #1

    Can’t you combine the hatchet & Mallet?
    Can’t the daypack and overnight pack be the same? Isn’t the fanny pack an integral part of the main backpack?
    Rope or parachute cord? What will you be hauling?
    Utensils? Bring a titanium spork and use the knife. What more do you need?
    If your hike boots are adequate, you don’t need hike shoes. The boots must be comfortable, obviating the need for flip flops, too. (Isn’t the preferred adjective “hiking?”) I’ll let you decide whether the hiking boots can double as dress shoes – functionality should win out over “dress” conventions. (When I’m emperor …)
    Reduce the 7x sox to 4x sox. Why would you need so many? Rinse and hang!
    Cut shirts and underwear by 25%.
    Reduce caps by 1/3.
    Reduce towels by 1/3.

    What kind of knife? Just one? Kbar (large fixed blade) plus a multi-tool, at least (in my book).

    Your left hand looks exactly like mine. It’s uncanny.

  2. bice710
    June 9th, 2009 at 15:12 | #2

    Flip flops for the shower. Flip flops are essential. Plus, they don’t take up much space.

  3. June 9th, 2009 at 20:19 | #3

    710: Are you considering “flip flops for the shower” as different than just plain “flip flops”?

    Telk: The last couple times I went camping I forgot to bring any usual silverware and ate dinner using just a spatula and pocket knife. Don’t need no spork. But I’m hoping to bring a fork and spoon regardless. I mean, I’m *car camping*.

  4. June 10th, 2009 at 12:38 | #4

    As long as you have at least one fire using a buffalo patty, I will concede a fork and spoon. I had a pocketknife from Yellowstone that contained both a spoon and fork. I miss that knife. I presumed the girly footwear would be used “in shower,” but there are plenty of rivers and going European on vacation would be interesing.
    Car camping? Are you not driving a truck?

  5. Miquela Faure
    June 19th, 2009 at 23:44 | #5

    Yikes, your list is sooooooo long compared to what I hope ours will be. Ours *has* to be much shorter because our style of traveling will be different, but oy.

  6. June 20th, 2009 at 00:55 | #6

    LOL. I think it’d be cool to do the exact opposite, i.e., only take what’ll fit in one good-sized backpack. Oh well. I got the truck, may as well make use of the truck I figure.

  7. chad
    June 25th, 2009 at 17:00 | #7

    what about a gps of some sort? i know its not the most adventurous thing and youre taking a road atlas, but they do have gps devices that have hiking trails in them that are relatively cheap. this could be a nice feature to notice if you go right, theres a creek.

  8. June 25th, 2009 at 21:32 | #8

    I have a *sort of* GPS, but it was relatively cheap three years ago, so it’s ultimately not much fun. I haven’t figured out what I’d actually do with a GPS if I had one — I’m guessing I’ll be able to recognize creeks on sight, for instance ;). OTOH, I figure that if I realize at Yosemite that I wished I had one, I can pick one up in Reno-Tahoe before heading up to Lassen.

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