No more bottle or draft, walking to my car at 2AM with $250 in my pocket (in 1s and 5s), bad pick up lines or even friendly faces---I've just worked my last shift at the bar. At least, until I need to save for my summer 2009 trip, but for now, let's get through 2008.
I've officially bought every item I'll need to take with me and this week is all about meeting up with friends to enjoy my last few days before the journey begins. A common question that people are asking is, "What are you bringing with you?” I've dedicated this blog entry to answer that precise question, taking you through my entire backpack, item by item.
Kelty Backpack- 2650 cubic inches. I tried to get a slightly larger version, but when the REI man sized me he said it was too big for my frame. I divided my backpack to three sections: bottom for clothes, middle for supplies, and top empty for things I'll be collecting along the way.
3 tank tops
1 t shirt (made by the one and only Marcus)
1 long sleeved pullover- it will be very hot, but it is recommended when in the jungle
2 pants with zipper off shorts
1 bathing suit
1 pair of Ahnu water/walking/hiking shoes
2 pairs of socks- jungle trekking
Rope- hang clothes, save a life, not really sure, but I was told to bring it
Duct tape- read above
Oral rehydration salts
Net with sheet- to ensure NO bugs attack while I’m asleep
Hooks- to hang net
2 Ultrathon insect repellents- serious toxic stuff, with more warnings than most, but doctor recommended
Fanny pack- I know, I know, what would Stacy and Clinton say?
Flashlight- I was advised to buy a head lamp but come on, I bought a fanny pack, I couldn’t do both
First aid kit
Towel- special REI towel that wrings completely dry and is slightly larger than my camera
Books (Southeast Asia on a Shoestring, Dictionary and/or Thesaurus, A New Earth
Prescriptions- Malaria and Thai Belly
Brush (tons of hair clips and elastics)
Toiletries- travel size (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste)
In addition to my passport and some Thai money (baht), that covers everything. I am pretty certain that once I experience the heat and humidity most of these items will be chucked aside.
Thanks for all your comments. This blog will be the only way to reach me once I leave on Friday, so PLEASE keep in touch!
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