Live the Journey

Packing List*

[So we're travelling light....]

Camping GearCompass

Clothing (all synthetic, no cotton)

  • Raingear A sturdy pair of boots
    • Arc'terx Gore-tex XCR jacket, EMS Gore-tex jacket
  • Warmth
    • Mid-weight fleeces - EMS 100
    • 1 pair long underwear - Terramar EC2
    • 2 hats - 1 warm (North Face Windstopper or crocheted beanie!(sent home: Bolivia)) and 1 for sun protection (Baseball cap found along Israel National Trail)
  • Regular Use
    • Zip-off pants - nylon
    • Dressy shirt - Columbia travel shirt, Campmor shirt
    • 2-3 t-shirts - Duofold Coolmax Alta or Hydrovent
    • 1 pair shorts/swimsuit
    • 2-4 pairs underwear
  • Footwear


  • Personal Items (some shared): Swiss Army Knife
    • Compass, whistle, wrist-watch (Dave's: broken in Honduras, not replaced)
    • Toilet Paper
    • Glasses (Eric) & Sunglasses, sunscreen
    • Victorinox Swiss Army knife - Climber (Stolen: Argentina, replaced in Israel with Basic)
    • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, baby powder, comb
    • Small Packtowel
    • 2 bandanas per person
    • Travel Documents in waist pouch (in zip-lock bag)
      • Passport & Visas, ID, Credit/ATM Cards, maps, etc.
    • Notebook, pens for journalling, personal books (Bible, various books that come and go...)
  • Electronics & Photography
    • Digital Cameras: Olympus Camedia 3040Z (Stolen: Argentina, replaced with Olympus Camedia WZ5060 in Israel), Canon Powershot S30
      • USB Digital Card reader supporting compactflash and smartmedia (Stolen: Argentina, replaced in Israel with smaller compact flash reader from Linford Stuzman)
      • Extra memory cards (384MB total Smartmedia (Stolen: Argentina, replaced with 768MB compact flash for new camera), 512+MB Compact Flash )
      • Carrying Case, mini-tripod (Stolen: Argentina, replaced: Israel)
      • 4 sets of AA rechargable NiMH batteries (Stolen: Argentina, replaced as new batteries for new camera)
      • Battery Charger (for AA and AAA) (Stolen: Argentina, replaced as new battery charger for new camera and battery types)
      • Electrical Currency and Plug Adaptors (some stolen: Argentina, replaced Israel)
    • PDA: Handspring Visor
      • 4 sets AAA batteries
      • 64MB and 32MB compact flash cards - containing backed up versions of website info
      • Docking Station
    • CD-ROM backups of website, travel documents, web-design programs, useful information, maps, installation software etc...
    • Blank CDs for backing up photos/journals and sending home

Bike Touring Gear (coming soon)

* This is a working list, so it will change as we access priorities. We want to find the optimal packing combination of versatile functionality and low total pack weight.

As you could probably guess from this list, we are planning to adapt a backpacker's lifestyle and spend a lot of time camping throughout the journey. We want to be prepared for as many environments, climates, and landscapes possible. As we move into colder climates, we will pick up the necessary clothing locally.

Under the resources page, we have listed some of our favorite internet retailers for outdoor gear as well as some books that can be helpful in choosing gear.

David P. Landis & Eric S. Kennel

July18, 2004