Susan C. Anthony

Us with our stuff the day we got homeList of Essential Gear

This is what remained with us at the end of the trip, after months of paring down everything unessential to lighten our load.

  • Backpacks (no external frame)
  • Daypacks
  • Camping Gaz stove
  • Lighter or matches
  • Teapot
  • Pot
  • Frying pan
  • Metal plate (doubled as a lid)
  • Metal cups (could heat water in them atop the lantern)
  • Bowls
  • Spoons and forks
  • Swiss army knife (can opener, bottle opener, corkscrew)
  • Salt and pepper shakers with screw-on lids
  • Sugar
  • Tea bags
  • Mixed herbs
  • Canteen
  • Water purification
  • Green scrubber for cleaning dishes
  • Clothing (worn in layers)
  • Swimsuits
  • Underwear
  • Halter top (Susan), T-shirt (Dennis)
  • Light cotton shirt
  • Knit or flannel shirt
  • Sweater
  • Light jacket
  • Skirt (Sue), nylon running pants (Dennis)
  • Jeans and belt
  • Raingear
  • Flip-flops or sandals
  • Socks
  • Tennis shoes
  • Handkerchief
  • Gloves
  • Wool neckscarf and wool hat
  • Down jacket
  • Laundry bag
  • Clothespins and a length of clothesline
  • Detergent
  • Sewing kit (needles, thread, safety pins)
  • Freestanding, two-person tent
  • Roll mat / air mattress
  • Sheet sleeping bags
  • Sleeping bags
  • Flashlight
  • Small pouch for personal things
  • Small towel and washrag
  • Razors
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Hairbrush and comb
  • Scissors for cutting hair
  • Toothbrush, dental floss, toothpaste
  • Tweezers and fingernail clippers
  • Hair clip
  • First aid kit (band-aids, antibiotic cream, aspirin)
  • Toilet paper
  • Handiwipes (saved from airplane flights)
  • Chapstick
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Money pouch
  • Passports
  • Small photos or us (for visa applications)
  • Immunization certificates
  • Driver's license
  • International driver's license
  • Youth Hostel cards
  • Student cards (we used these only in Egypt)
  • Charge cards (Visa, American Express Gold)
  • Traveler's checks
  • Checkbook
  • Small notebook for recording expenditures
  • Solar calculator
  • Wallet for local currency
  • Address book, pens, paper and envelopes
  • Log book / journal
  • Pictures of family
  • Maps and travel books
  • Language phrase books
  • Paperback fiction
  • Camera and camera case
  • Film
  • Notebook for notes on photos taken

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