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whereisliz

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Posted: 2003-11-06 20:55:00   

As I'm working on getting together my pack for my next long-term trip, I thought I'd ask for your expertise. What are some of your essential items, things that you've found work the best and you wouldn't want to live without on the road?



Specify brand names if that's relevant -- for instance, I've used four different travel towels, but Micronet towels http://www.mcnett.com/ are by far the best I've used... softer and less bulky than PackTowl, still soaks up loads of water and dries quickly (stays smelling nice longer, too).



Any other tips out there?

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bryan.


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Posted: 2003-11-09 02:31:00   

pack what you think you need then dump half of it for starters.


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marianne

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Posted: 2003-11-09 11:52:00   

Hi Liz,

I don't take towels, not even the light weight ones. I take my multi purpose sarang whicjh I bought in Indonesia but any cotton piece of cloth will do. It serves me as:

towel

sheet

beach mat

dress

It my most treasured travel item.

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ta-shy


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Posted: 2003-11-27 20:49:00   

hey Liz! Good health and high spirits!

As a professional backpacker some essential items to bring are travel pack "wet ones" perfect for bus rides, dusty trips or just an all around refresher if you can't get to a shower. Also a major thing to me is Dental Floss. I lost mine one time and kicked myself in the ass for it cause I couldn't find any for the whole 2months I was in Africa. I did master the stick cleaning thing though :O) also of major importance are hair bands, sunglasses, lemon scented lotions or Avon skin so soft "original spray" only and original sent Avon soaps (for mosquitoes). Depending on where your going a fleece blanket(small)

My back pack contains this:

toothbrush/toothpaste

small bottle shampoo

dental floss

wetones

tampons (very hard to find if you run out most countries have bulky kotex)

(if you run out of hygiene products you can typically buy them for cheap overseas)

non-smear makeup no facial products(humidity is terrible on it you sweat too much)

hair bands/clips

sunglasses

sarong

fleece blanket (5'x5') for cold desert nights

one heavy sweater

one pants

2 socks

5 underwear

3-4 t-shirts

2 shorts

all clothes can be washed by hand or bought on your trip.

1 pr.sandals

1pr runners.

one very small first aid kit (bandaids, needle, thread, antibiotics, alchol pads, ozonal, polysporin, immodium and a very powerful Antibiotic like Cephral(sp) only to use when absolutely necessary. travel tabs or gravel, larium, ibuprophen) if you ever run out it's cheaper to get overseas.

I keep copies of my passport, insurance etc in the pack and the originals on my person.

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ta-shy


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Posted: 2003-11-28 05:05:00   

i forgot q-tips, a hankerchief for your head and one for your face.

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whereisliz

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Posted: 2003-11-29 02:37:00   

Tashi, thanks so much for the detailed packing list! I have been looking for ways to lighten my pack, and what you have listed looks like a great framework! I finally finshed updating my own packing list (not nearly so succinct as yours!) and the items I found most useful are detailed here:



http://www.whereisliz.com/packing/packing8.html



Happy trails and lighter loads,



Liz

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ta-shy


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Posted: 2003-12-01 07:10:00   

where are you going for your next trip? I usually go to 3rd world countries where the less you bring the better.



p.s. where the hell did you find that menstral cup? that is the weirdest thing I ever saw.. how do you keep yourself clean? how do you wash it if your on the road?



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whereisliz

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Posted: 2003-12-01 07:19:00   

Yes, it is different, and I wasn't sure how well it would do on the road, but I found in Europe it worked great. I can find them in some, but not all, drugstores here in California, marketed under the brand name "Instead".



Washing is easy, just pour clean water over it (wash your hands, first!)



With a little practice it can actually be quite clean, but I do recommend strongly that you practice at home first and get used to them. As for how they will work in 3rd world situations, I guess I'm going to find out one day!



Liz

[ This Message was edited by: whereisliz on 2003-12-01 07:20 ]

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Posted: 2003-12-02 14:13:00   

I'm with Marriane on this one. The most useful item i take travelling is a sarong.

So far i have used it is a top, a dress, a skirt, a beach towel, a curtain, aid for privacy, a blanket, a sleeping bag liner, a bag for my dirty laundry, a bag for shopping, an emergency mosquito net, a scarf, a hammock, a pillow (stuffed with clothes), a floor covering (for those dirty shared bathrooms) and sun shade... to mention but a few! 2 of those in your rucksack and you don't need much else to get you by.

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bryan.


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Posted: 2003-12-02 18:55:00   

I'm not a sarong type.

One extra pair of jeans, one change underwear and socks, and a couple of t-shirts.Everything can be cleaned on route, anything else need is extra bagage and most likely available cheaper where i'm going than where i'm coming from.

All hostelries of any type and class plus traveling stop offs, ie highway services, railway stations, airports in many destinations have soap and towels in the restroom, otherwise do as the locals do and they dont take their bathroom around with them in a huge bag.



Only extra is if camping then tent and sleeping back.

And the camera for the pics!! plus note book for the record.


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