The recorded ramblings of an unschooled writer, aspiring biologist, amateur equestrian, ardent bookworm, avid music appreciator, increasingly addicted runner and college student spending the summer in Ely, MN.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

And I say keep it light enough to travel...

And I say
Keep it light enough to travel
Don't let it all unravel
Keep it light enough to travel
- "Light Enough To Travel", The Be Good Tanyas

So, what does one pack when going to spend 4 months in East Africa? I am planning on trying to pack the majority of it in a backpacking pack, which will then go into a larger duffel with stuff packed around it and then my very beat up old laptop that has really been retired for a few years now (dubbed Fitzgerald as a result of high school english classes) and my tiny video camera (named Delilah by the Sweet Briar Girls) and my little still camera (called Sampson by the Talisman Chums) will travel with me as a carry on along with a few yet to be decided upon books. Normally my preferred plane reading is trashy science fiction from the 60s/70s, all of which seems to prominently feature gorgeous blonde women, green aliens and cranky robots as well as entirely predictable, yet still enjoyable plots, but as we are going to be sharing our books among the group as a sort of traveling library, I'm not sure I want to inflict my questionable choices in outdated sci fi upon the rest of the group. Any suggestions of great books are very welcome!

Here is the list as it currently stands. With the items I already have listed in bold! Wow! There is still so much left for me to acquire somehow before I leave.

  • baseball hat
  • hat w/ wide brim for safari
  • sandals (teevas/chaccos)
  • walking/hiking boots
  • running shoes
  • flip flops
  • fleece jacket
  • rain jacket
  • long sleeved t-shirts
  • long dress skirt
  • sweater to wear with dress
  • work pants/convertibles
  • 3/4 t- shirts
  • 3/4 tank tops
  • 1 pair work shorts
  • 1 pair running shorts
  • underwear (I want to get the kind that Kelly took to Iraq that she was raving about!)
  • sports bras
  • long underwear
  • swimsuit
  • sweat pants
  • 4/5 bandanas

  • doxycycline (4 months supply)
  • levoxyl (4 months)
  • iodine
  • insect repllent (w/ DEET)
  • sun block (water proof, at least 12 oz)
  • band aids (BIG box)
  • oral rehydration salts
  • athletic tape
  • vet wrap
  • immodium
  • cipro
  • yeast infection treatment
  • vitamins
  • tylenol/advil/alleve
  • backpack
  • day pack/smaller bag
  • huge duffel that backpack can fit inside of
  • sleeping bag (rated for 20 degrees or under)
  • headlamp + extra batteries and bulbs
  • waterproof flashlight
  • 2 pairs sunglasses w/ polarized lenses
  • binoculars
  • camera
  • extra lithium AA batteries
  • iPod for photo storage
  • iPod charger
  • watch w/ alarm clock
  • swiss army/multi tool knife
  • water purifcation --> iodine tabs
  • 2 metal water bottles
  • rope (75 feet) + clothespins
  • ziploc bags
  • rechargeable batteries and charger
  • snorkel mask + fins
  • lycra top for snorkeling
  • gear bag for snorkeling equipment
  • underwater writing slate
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • hair brush
  • hair rubber bands
  • a couple of headbands
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • tampons (4 months worth!)
  • pads
  • soap (liquid)
  • acne stuff
  • deodorant
  • hand sanitizer
  • baby wipes
  • safety pins
  • sewing kit
  • biodegradable soap
  • towel (small + light/easy to dry)
  • wash cloth
  • journals
  • pens
  • books (2/3)
  • lonely planet guides
  • photos of family, pets + friends
  • extra small bag
  • adapter for electrical stuff
  • video camera
  • charger adapter
  • extra tapes
  • laptop
  • laptop case
  • charger for laptop
  • my little pony fruit snacks (for kids!)
  • book of oregon postcards
  • 3 portland/oregon T-shirts size large or extra large
  • oregon coffee mugs (supposed to be very popular gifts b/c of the large amounts of chai consumed daily by the average kenyan!)
  • tea? hazelnuts? jam? moonstruck chocolates? (something else oregon-y and edible)
  • something nice for my host family in Nairobi who I will be living with for a whole month?



  1. this is exactly how my list looks too. majority, unpossessed.

  2. Fortunately, after an epic shopping trip by my mother and I as well as an even more epic rummage through my room/closet/life performed by me solo, I now have pretty much everything except for the weird REI specific stuff.