Packing for the Kalahari

I’ve packed up and moved many times during the last few years. But I’ve never tried to pack for a full year, and never for traveling solo abroad. I’ll be carrying/flying/traveling with whatever I decide is important enough to bring with me. It’s Thursday night, and I leave Sunday morning. Some friends will be disappointed that I didn’t wait until the morning of departure to pack, a classic habit.

This what I decided to bring:

North Face Base Camp 70 L Duffel and 45L Black Diamond Pack

  • Soloman hiking boots
  • Birkenstock sandals
  • 3 pairs of pants: Kuhl lightweight hiking, Marmot hiking, Carhartt work
  • 2 pairs of leggings (1 cotton and 1 merino)
  • 2 pair running shorts and 2 pairs hiking shorts
  • 3 t-shirts and 5 tanks
  • 4 sports bras, 3 pair of Darn Tough socks, underwear
  • 2 dresses and a sarong
  • 2 casual shirts
  • North face fleece, Melly sweater, and Melly sweater dress
  • Sleeping cloths (boxers and shirt)
  • Nike long sleeve tech shirt and 2 casual long sleeves
  • Flannel shirt
  • Jean shirt with “Stay Salty” embroided on it (by me)
  • Sun shirt
  • 0 degree Marmot sleeping bag
  • Desert sunhat and Baseball hat
  • 35 mm camera with accessories, batteries
  • 2 Drawing pads and pencils/pens
  • Photos of places/friends to hang in my room
  • 2 books
  • 2 moleskin notebooks
  • Laptop and 50 GB Hard drive
  • Gopro
  • Tech towel
  • 2 swimsuits
  • Buff
  • Headlamp and batteries
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Rain jacket
  • Puff jacket and puff vest
  • Washbag: chapstick, toothbrush, razor, deoderant, hairbands
  • Climbing shoes, harness, ATC, PAS, Pirahna (just in case)
  • Patagonia 16L daypack
  • Multivitamins and ibuprofen
  • Drybag with 10 essentials
  • Knife
  • Phone for music (no service), wallet
  • Visa for 18 months

Song of the day: Lo/Hi Black Keys

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