A picture of everything we are bringing!
Some items were upgraded since the photo was taken.
I underestimated how many new purchases we would need to make for this upcoming trip. Owen and I joked that we seem to have a lot of trouble spending money on things that last e.g. a high quality bag vs. a one time use plane ticket or Michelin star restaurant.
Our new gear costed $2988.90 USD – $400.96 USD in store credits/gift cards/not real cash – $997.25 for a new Macbook I would have bought anyway – $518.78 for a gifted drone and SD card = ~$1071.69 that we paid for ourselves.
New Purchases in USD, Store Credits, Wish Cash, Parental Generosity, etc
Ivy’s Backpacking Backpack: REI Traverse 65L – $249 USD
Got this baby as an upgrade from my usual backpack for traveling (Osprey 40L). I’ve had this bag since I trekked around Europe during my study abroad in 2014 and used for countless trips since. Since I am planning to do multi-day backpacking trips (I mean outback in the wilderness, carrying my own shelter and food), I knew I needed a bigger, more structured bag meant for days of hiking.
The Ospreys have very tight hip belts that poked at my hip bones. I almost went for the Gregory but I was between sizes. The XS rode up a bit on my hips while the S left gaps around my shoulders. The Deuter sat too straight and changed my center of gravity.
The REI Traverse 65L has a bottom opening (great to not take out everything out from the top when trying to get something out from the bottom), a rain cover and a day pack included, and amazing compression straps at the bottom to compress the backpack so that it’s easier to carry.
The best decision here was going to an REI store to get measured. If I’m going to be carrying around this backpack for year, it better fit right!
Ivy’s Sleeping Bag: Mountain Warehouse Extreme Down Sleeping Bag – $102.83 USD
New Shoes and Socks:
Ivy’s Sandals: Teva Women’s Original Universal Sandal $54.15 USD [Paid in Wish Cash]
2 Hiking Boots:
Oboz Women’s Sawtooth Mid BDRY Hiking Boot $110 USD [On Sale at REI]
Oboz Men’s Sawtooth Mid BDRY Hiking Boot $110 USD [On Sale at REI]
4 REI Hiking Socks: ~$45 USD
Digital Nomad Gear/Electronics
Ivy’s new work computer: Macbook Air 13.3/1.8GHZ/8GB/128GB – $997.25 USD
2 Magic Keyboards – $200 USD [Paid for using an Apple Gift Card from buying a Macbook on Cyber Monday]
Ivy’s Logitech M570 Mouse – $24.14 USD
Owen’s Logitech M720 Mouse – $33.62 USD
2 Nextstand Laptop Stands – $44.94 USD ($22.47 each)
Ivy’s 46cm Gel Wrist Support – $12 USD [Paid with Wish Cash]
Ivy’s new Refurbished Kindle – $59.99
For Documenting our Trip
Eocean Tripod – $25.99 USD
Because we might make mistakes:
Coleman Waterproof First Aid Kit – $26 USD [Paid with Shop Your Way Points]
2 Tile Trackers – $34.4 USD or $17.2 each
The Rest of our Packing List
Backpacks + Daypack
65L REI Backpack purchased at a REI garage sale years ago + an attached 20L day pack.
Eddie Bauer Unisex-Adult Stowaway Packable 20L Daypack that I purchased in Ottawa and has been my go to laptop bag. However, I’m now upgrading to a 30L Marmot Calistoga so that I can carry more things and have a few more pockets for organization. A Stowaway backpack also has no padding – hoping to not bruise my personal laptop.
3 Pairs of Shoes – Running, Hiking, Sandals/Flipflops (Guess I’m not going anywhere fancy):
Running Shoes: Saucony Omni 16 that were once my marathon running shoes
Hiking Shoes: Oboz Women’s Sawtooth Mid BDRY Hiking Boot
Running Shoes: New Balance Men’s 1080
Hike Shoes: Oboz Men’s Sawtooth Mid BDRY Hiking Boot (Yes the male version of mine)
Flip Flops: Teva Men’s Flip Flops
Jackets – Down, Rain, Fleece:
Down Jacket: US Polo Women’s Puffer Jacket
Rain Jacket: Eddie Bauer Women’s Rainfoil Portable Jacket
Fleece: An REI fleece jacket
Down Jacket: The North Face Men’s Aconcagua
Rain Jacket: Something off Amazon
Fleece: Marmot Fleece
|Long sleeves/Sweaters/Dress shirts||4||3|
|Total Articles of Clothing||27||15|
|2 quick-dry towels|
|DJI Spark Drone + Fly More Combo|
|2 head lamps + 1 handheld Lamp|
|Underwear and Socks|
|2 TSA Approved Luggage Locks|
|2 battery packs|
|1 small camping cooking pot/bowl – HIGHLY RECOMMEND|
|Coleman Waterproof First Aid Kit|
|2 International Travel Adapters|
|KT tape pack|
1 set of Knee Compressions – best purchase that supported my marathon runs + hikes
|2 Water bottles|
|3 Diarrhea Pills – prescribed by my doctor|
Bluetooth Speaker – as small as possible
|2 Baseball hats|
|Personal Hygiene Bags and products (Face wash, toothbrushes etc)|
AND IT ALL FITS!…
Mostly thanks to our travel compression bags
Not included in picture: Our daypacks with all our electronics, drone + accessories, and tripod since we will have them as carry on.