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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Gear shopping

Does blue suit me?

What do you bring when you're traveling for one year?

Aside from a week's worth of clothing and the usual things in our toiletry bag for shorter travel, here are some additional items on the list:
  • camera - check! the above picture was taken with the Nikon Coolpix P7000
  • back-up drive for our laptop
  • binoculars
  • backpack (65-85L and daypack)
  • universal adapter for chargers
  • rain gear
  • long underwear
  • wool socks
  • mosquito nets
  • permethrin (to ward off malaria infected insects)
  • DEET - 30% bug spray
  • sleep sacks for dirty hotel beds
  • batteries
  • first aid kit
  • rope
  • packing tape
We made a slushy trip after the big snow storm to Paragon to cross off some of the items on our list.

Joseph, a very helpful salesman seemed nonplussed when we described our upcoming world travels with an almost 3 year old and shared his desire to trek through Patagonia. He assisted us through the myriad of wool socks, water bottles, back packs, daypacks, silky sleep sacks and an amazing water purifier! Using UV light, you swirl this little blue wand into the water and in 90 seconds, MAGIC - cholera and E.Coli free water!

Two hours later, and my head spinning from deciding between a 65L or 85L, top-loading or conversion travel pack, GOR-TEX pac-lite or water resistant, silk or synthetic, we finally made a few choices but we're still without a main backpack.

Off to Tents and Trails, of course! More choices, better? More choices = more confusion.

Did I forget anything? Anyone have any other gear suggestions?

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