I left in July for a four month long trip around the globe. I in rainy seasons, sunny tropics, humid jungles, frigid nights, and breezy bungalows. I was in cities, towns, villages, mountains, beaches, river lands, farms, high plateaus, and deserts. This is what I brought to handle all of this. I used everything at one point or another except the shower flip flops. I lost those pretty much immediately and never bothered to buy more.
REALLY GLAD I HAD: Light fleece blanket - Made long, tight bus rides bearable. Who doesn't like to snuggle?
REALLY WISH I HAD: A travel towel - If you're going to be showering with cold water from a bucket and scoop, do yourself a favor and at least have a decent towel to warm yourself. Those bandannas just made me sad sometimes.
This is the pack I took with me on the Appalachian Trail. It is still in good shape, and I hope it treats me well again. There may be better backpacks for independent traveling and hosteling around the world, but I plan to do some good trekking on my journey so I think it is worth having my old hiking partner with me. I think it will do just fine, but I do have a couple of concerns. I think it is too big to be a carry on. I plan on taking 6-7 flights, and they are all non-stop. Secondly, I am unsure how easy it will be to lock up. When my pack (and all my possessions in the world) are not in my direct sight, I will carry a small daypack with all my important things and an extra pair of underwear.
Outcome: Worked great. Necessary for the hiking I did. Doesn't lock up too well, but never had a problem with theft. Always carry the most important things with you anyway. Never got lost during flights, but make sure to pack everything inside. Lost flip flops, a watch, and carabiners when pack came back to baggage reclaim. If somebody took it off the pack, I'm sure they needed it more than me.
I went back and forth about whether I should bring a sleeping bag or not. In the end I chose to go light. I will not be sleeping outdoors every night. Most nights I will be in a hostel or in transit and the pad, liner, and fleece should keep me warm and comfortable enough. It's not worth carrying the weight and volume of a 20 degree down bag for five months for the 10-15 nights I will spend camping. I will need some kind of protection from the cold and the elements when I am out there though......
Outcome: I was warm ENOUGH and comfortable ENOUGH. Granted I wore everything I owned a few of those nights. Worth not carrying the extra weight though. I guess everyone says that after the fact.
This will be what I hunker down in when I am out on the mountain. It is waterproof and reflects your body heat. I think it should keep me warm enough all conditions. I am a little nervous about the rain. It is not fully enclosed and does not have room for gear. This is where I will use the emergency blankets as a kind of tarp if necessary. Really I'm just hoping it doesn't rain. Solid plan, I know.
Outcome: I never camped in the rain. I knew it was a solid plan.
The Technest is the same dimensions, but lighter than the standard Doublenest. The Helios straps are much lighter and take up much less space than the SlapStraps. They also have a different design that makes set up a little easier. When I can I will try to use the hammock as my shelter and rig the bivvy as my rain fly if necessary. It will also be great for lounging around a beautiful beach, park, or campsite.
Outcome: One of the best pieces of equipment I brought with me. I spent lots of time hanging out in my hammock, and it was my home for several nights too.
Sea to Summit eVent compression dry sack - for bivvy, liner, and blanket
Mixture of Sea to Summit and Osprey ultralight dry bags - for clothing, food, electronics
A bunch of Ziploc bags - for miscellaneous
Sea to Summit Pack Cover
Sea to Summit Dry Day Pack
Sea to Summit Head Net
Sea to Summit Spork
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
Lighter with Duct Tape wrapped around it
Bug Spray - 100% deet
Spare headlamp batteries
Lewis N Clark Retractable Cable Lock
3 Exoficcio Boxer Briefs
1 pair of Fits Socks
2 pair of Darntough Socks
Prana Stretch Zion pants
Prana Brion Shorts
Speedo Swim Trunks
Patagonia Baggies Naturals Shorts
Champion Long Underwear
Prana Crew T-Shirt
Prana Ganaway T-Shirt
Prana Orion T-Shirt
Icebreaker Oasis Long Sleeve Baselayer
Icebreaker Cool-Lite Sphere Short Sleeve Henley
Mountain Hardwear Hoodless Monkey Man Grid Jacket
Marmot PreCip Rain Jacket
Prana long sleeve button down shirt
Keen Durand Low WP Hiking boots
Dr. Bronners Soap
Shower flip flops
Journal and pen
iPhone 6s and Lifeproof Case