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February 16th 2008
Published: February 18th 2008
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The boots, jeans, and fleece are for Japan only!
You may be wondering what it's like to try and pack for a year long trip. Both Hannah and I are dedicated to packing as lightly as possible in an effort to be as mobile as possible. After all, who wants to carry the kitchen sink on their shoulders for a year! Also, with the exception of Japan and a few other countries, the majority of the trip will be in warm climates. For this reason, we are packing a few extra clothes specifically for Japan, that we will donate once we leave. The rest we'll wing it!

So, here's a glimpse of what went into our backpacks for the year:

N=Nico H=Hannah B=Both

CLOTHES
Underwear: 4 B
Lightweight Socks: 2 B
T-shirt: 3 N , 1 H
Short sleeve shirt: 2 B
Long Sleeve shirt: 1 B
Shorts: 1N , Capri 1 H
Convertible Pants: 1 N
Boardshorts: 2 N
Sweater: 1 N
Rain / Windbreaker: 1 B
Teva sandals: 1 B
Flip flops: 1 N, 2 H
Hat: 1 B

Japan Only (we'll donate these once we leave)
Medium socks: 3 B
Jeans 1 B
Sweater: 1 H
Fleece 1 N
Boots 1 N
Down Jacket 1 H
Gloves 1 H
Small rolling backpack to check in: 1


TOILETRIES
Toothbrush
Toothpaste (2)
Deoderant
Dental Floss
Burts Bees Lip Chap SPF
Razor
Sunscreen
Tissue packs
Small toilet paper roll
Shaving cream
Body wash soap
Shampoo
Hair cream

MEDICAL / FIRST AID
Immodium
Pepto Bismol Chewables
Cipro antibiotic
Advil
Gold Bond powder
Mefloquine (anti-malaria)
Decongestant
Deet / bug repellent
Neosporine
Birthcontrol: 2 H
Band-aids
Wipes
Anti-fungal cream: 1 N
Claritin: 1 N
Nose spray: 1 N

ALL AROUND USE
Campsuds soap: 1 N
Sink Stopper: 1 N
Flashlight (small) with new batteries): 1 B
Bath travel towel: 1 B
Small pocket mirror: 1 N
Duct tape: 1 B
Bag lock: 1 N
Water bottle (empty): 1 B
Snacks: B
Nail clippers (CHECK IN ONLY)
SCUBA Mask: 1 B
Collapsable snorkel: 1 B
Ear plugs: B
Eye cover for sleeping: 1 H
Gorilla pod: 1 N
Book light: 1 B
Key ring compass and LED: 1 N
Waterproof camera bag: 1 N
Dry bag stuff sack: 1 N
Foldable bag for check in: 1 H
Backpack and day pack (Eagle Creek Explorer LT): 1 N
Backpack (Osprey 65): 1 H

BOOKS
Japan, Lonely
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The blue bag is for Japan only.
Planet: 1 N
SouthEast Asia on a Shoestring, Lonely Planet: 1 N
India on a Shoestring Lonely Planet: 1 H
Introduction to Zen: 1 H
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: 1 N
National Geographic magazine: 1 N
Journal: 1 H

ELECTRONICS
Laptop, ASUS EEEPC, (Little Baby Asus): 1 N
Laptop power supply: 1 N
Camera and battery charger: 1 N
World phone and charger: 1 N
SD Card Reader: 1 N
Thumb drive: 1 N
Ipod: 1 H
Headphones: 1 B
Small headset for Skype: 1 N
Wrist watch: 1 B
Travel alarm/translator/calculator (all in one): 1 B

DO NOT FORGET!!! (Both)
Passport
Credit Cards
ATM cards
US Cash
Student ID card
Spare checks
Prepaid phone card
3x5 card w/ Important phone #'s and addresses
Drivers Licence
Any tickets, rail passes, hostel pass, etc
Passport photos (12)

COPIES OF (Both)
Passport, ID's
Tickets
Itinerary
Confimations/vouchers
Insurance Policy
Immunization certs


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18th February 2008

Stuff the stuff!
You guys are AMAZING packers! I should take some lessons from you. I'm going to Honduras Thursday for 2 weeks and I'm taking WAY more stuff than you! I vow to lighten my load. Hope you got rested on the plane and are ready to tackle the Orient. Write more soon!

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