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Old 02-16-2005, 06:47 PM   #1
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I've always been surprised by how much some experienced (non-camping) backpackers carry around with them. 75+ Liter bags seem to be quite common. So when I realized that all my stuff - minus what I'll be wearing - only fills about 3/4 of my 50 Liter pack and weighs about 12lbs, I was quite pleased that it was so small and light... but also a little worried that I might not be packing enough.

This will be my first "long" backpacking trip (3 1/2 months) but i plan on taking pretty much the same stuff I used on much shorter trips (figuring that I can buy replacements over there).

My 50 Liter backpack is to get from hostel to hostel, but it's too bulky for sightseeing so I also packed a canvas day bag (to carry my camera, notebook, bottle of water, sweater, etc) that can be slung over one shoulder.

The following list only includes items which will take up a significant amount of space...

1 pair of khakis
2 pairs of shorts (one doubles as swin trunks)
1 pair of walking shoes
1 pair of sandals/flip flops (like they mated and gave birth to a hybrid... so they're good for walking AND showering)
1 long sleeve shirt
1 short sleeve shirt
1 dress shirt + tie (required for a job I got over there)
1 thin sweater
1 small spring jacket
2 t-shirts
4 pairs of ankle socks
2 pairs of underwear
1 sleep sheet
1 travel towel
1 hygiene kit
1 small notebook/journal
1 camera
+ various odds and ends like hometown souvenirs to give away as gifts, deck of cards, mini alarm clock, paperback, etc.

This seems like enough to me. I'm even thinking of leaving behind either the long sleeved shirt or sweater because I'll only be there in late spring to the end of summer so it won't be all that cold.
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Old 02-16-2005, 10:53 PM   #2
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Sounds fine to me, and if you are happy with it then you are good to go!
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well done!
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Hey corporal it seems all good. Most things are available on your travels. Packing is one of the things that stress people out the most pre-travels but really its nothing to worry about. If you overpack you can ditch stuff and if you under pack you can always buy along the way!
Just one point - be weary of the one shoulder bag as it can be bad for posture. Make sure you alternate between shoulders evenly to prevent repetitive strain injury.

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Run it CC sounds good, the only thing I would think of is another pair of pants but ahh fack it your going during summer
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For me peronally, I like to have a few more pairs of underwear and perhaps a few more T-shirts...but hey...its up to you on the level of grunginess you are comfortable with or how often you want to wash things in the sink. As far as breadth of coverage....it looks pretty good.
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If I were you I'd take a set of 3...uh.....well in America we call them wife beaters or muscle shirts. They're the really thin tank top type shirts. Anyway, you'll be sweating and these'll save you some laundry if you wear yer outer shirts once with these and once without before washing.

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I would personally bring a lot more socks and undies, so you won't be forced to do laundry every few days...
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Yep, socks & drawers don't take up a whole lot of room. On the other hand you can always buy more while you're over there. I too think that only one pair of pants might be pushing it, but again, you could buy a pair while you're over there! H&M is great for that sort of thing.
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