Keith’s RTW Packing List

Over the years as I’ve traveled the world and backpacked the Rocky Mountains, I’ve slowly been improving the quality and decreasing the weight of the things I carry with me. Many before me have spent a lot of time sharing their own experiences. In a minor effort to give back, I’ve detailed the gear that I am taking on my trip and have created a checklist for the aspiring Round the World traveler.  This will also serve as my own reference for future trips. IMG_0014This is a living list, and will change as I go. Obviously starting my trip in the summer in Japan and Southeast Asia has allowed me to pack lighter than I would if I was traveling to Europe in the winter. I’ve also decided to leave the majority of camping gear at home such as a sleeping bag, tarp and stove. My hope is that I will be able to rent or purchase them when I’m in a region where I really expect to be sleeping outside. The grand total of my pack falls between 20-25 pounds based on what I’m wearing and how much food/water/books I am carrying.

I’d appreciate any suggestions or feedback from your own experience!

Clothing (Wearing):

Wicking T-shirt Sugoi Basic T 4.9
Polo Shirt REI Mojave Polo 7.9
Trekking Pants North Face Autumn Trekker 11.4
Boxers EXOfficio 2.6
Socks Backcountry Cocona 1.2
Trekking Shoes North Face Vindicator + Superfeet 34
Hat North Face Hat 2.1
Watch Timex Expedition .9
Total: 65.0 ounces

In the Pack:


Long Sleeve Shirt REI Mojave Tech 8.8
Quick Dry Shorts Sherpa Adventure 11.4
Jeans Guess 20.6
Cotton T Gap 6.0
Quick Dry T Champion C9 4.1
Boxers (2) EXOfficio 5.2
Wool Socks Smartwool PhD 3.0
Wicking Socks Backcountry Cocona 1.2
Swimsuit Nike 4.7
Rain Jacket Marmot Precip 11.7
Wind / Fleece Jacket Marmot DriClime 9.6
Flip Flops North Face Base Camp 15.2
Bandana .8
Total: 102.3 ounces

Packs and Cases:

Travel Pack Osprey Stratos 40 50
Pack Cover Equinox Ultralite 2.5
Security PacSafe 85 18.7
Draw-String Day Pack Adidas 2.8
Waterproof Stuff sacks (4) AlokSak 1.8
Zip-Locks/Garbage bags/Stuff Sacks 3
Camera case LowePro Ridge 10 2.7
Laptop Case Neoprene Sleeve 3.1
Total: 84.6 ounces


Laptop Samsung NC10 58.5
MP3 Player iPod Touch 4.4
GPS Geko 301 3.3
Camera Canon SD780is 4.4
USB Thumb Drive 1
USB Wires/Chargers 9.2
Total: 80.8 ounces

Travel Gear:

Sunglasses Rudy Project Zyon 1.4
Sunglass Case 2.7
Headlamp Petzel Tikka Plus 2.7
Water Bladder Platypus Big Zip 2L 5.7
Binoculars Burton Scope 2.3
Quick-Dry Towel Sea to Summit DryLite 5.6
Silk Sleep Sheet Sea to Summit Liner 5.7
Master Lock 2
First Aid / Repair 6.3
Toiletries/Rx’s 23
Snacks Cliffbars/EmergenC 13
Travel Documents 5.4
Total 75.8 ounces


Marc’s RTW Packing List

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Air Canada Flight # 1

It’s official.  I’m leaving the country on June 1st.  Air Canada will take me from D.C. to Toronto to Tokyo. A lot happened today: My plan for the last 6 months or so was to make use of the United Airline miles that I’ve accumulated over the years slaving away at IBM. 200k miles provided a Round-the-World ticket (RTW) which translates to 6 flights or 35,000 miles.  My grand scheme was D.C. –> Tokyo –> Bangkok –> Istanbul –> Cape Town –> Buenos Aires –> D.C.   I quite happily spent an hour on the phone with an agent working through the details, and as I was literally about to give her my credit card information to ticket the itinerary, she casually mentioned that once I depart from D.C., I will be unable to modify the reservation at all – not even a date change!  This was completely contrary to everything I had heard in the past while spending countless hours on the phone with United ticket agents….

To do a little math:

Unchangeable ticket + Pilgrimage to Nowhere == NO GOOD.

The good news is that airfares are at there lowest levels in years. PLUS I get to be completely free from any constraints or schedules. I booked a one-way ticket to Tokyo for $490.  In the end I’m guessing my RTW trip will cost an additional $3000 for the transcontinental flights I’ll need.  But the freedom of not being tied to cities, dates, etc, is worth every penny.

Let the real blogging begin.  Peace.