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Is this too much for 2 year RTW trip?

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1. Posted by WebGuy (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

I'm embarking in 5 weeks on my 2+ tear RTW trip. I start off in New Zealand for 3 months, then Australia for a year, and then after that, India, Vietnam, Asia, Israel, Egypt, etc...

I've pretty much got 95% of my gear. The only stuff I have left is some basic stuff, disposable razors, toothbrush, etc...
I just inventoried my items, and I'm just not sure if I have too much stuff or not. Can I get a few travelers to double check my list and let me know if I am bringing to much? When I am in NZ, it will be winter and I will be doing 75% of my trip walking and camping, so I'm packing for this part, and my one year of work in Australia. Also, I'm doing this solo. I've got a military BG so the need to pack and be prepared for anything is in my blood.

1x 65L backpack
1x 25Deg Synthetic Sleeping bag
1x Silk liner for sleeping bag
1x 3-Season tent
3x board shorts
1x Cargo Shorts
3x North Face Hiking Pants
2x BDU Cargo Pants (to use while working so I dont tear up the hiking pants)
1x Vest
1x long sleeve fleece
1x Windbreaker/rain jacket
1x Under jacket (lighter weight)
2x Pairs of base layer pants and shirt
5x Boxers
7x Hiking socks
5x reg shirts
3x Hawaiin like button up shirts
3x beanies
1x floppy hat
1x hat
1x Hiking shoes
1x hiking sandals
1x beach sandals
1x pair of gloves
2x soap bottles
1x leatherman
1x snakelight
2x boxes of waterproof matches
1x zippo
1x bandanna
1x shamwow-like towel large
1x shamwow-like towel small
1x water pump
1x extra filter for pump
1x first aid kit
1x daypack with Camelbak
1x sm bible
1x compass
1x large laminated map of NZ
1x set of map pens
2x deck of cards
1x emergency beacon
1x Digi Camera w/ some accessories
1x Netbook w/ accessories
1x Digipack which holds all my digital equipment
1x gorilla tripod

I've been reading some threads and the majority of them say pack light, but it looks like a majority of the posters are spending most of their time in hostels and/or hotels.

I'll be camping most of my time walking off the beaten path and when back in cities, resupply food and first aid kit, when necessary, and to shave the dome when it needs it.

Pack weights 70lbs with gear inside, w/ Cambelbak filled, almost 80lbs.

Any feedback is appreciated it!

Thanks
Tim

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Jun-2009, at 20:07 by WebGuy ]

2. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

This is just my opinion - and not telling you to ditch a load of it, but I think you could cut down quite a bit.
My thoughts are - Get rid of...................
The water pump and filter
One pair of sandals
Soap bottles
Netbook
1 pack of cards
Map pens
Bible
Waterproof matches
Zippo (get a windproof lighter)
8 shirts is too many - 1/2 will do
5 hats and a bandana?? 1 beanie - 1 bandana - 1 hat - 1 cap (white)
Vest
Large and small towel - take 1 medium sized
2 boxers
Emergency beacon - Get a small torch with coloured filters
Why 'North Face'?? There are just as good that are cheaper.

That would just about do it for me.

Sounds like a truly tremendous journey.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Jun-2009, at 01:49 by Redpaddy ]

3. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

holy shit! what branch of the military where you in!? whatever it was you never roughed it much, haha.

I only read half way through and gave up. you totally need to re think this pack. 7 pairs of socks! 3 is ample. You wear one pair in the morning, at lunch change and hang the pair you were wearing on your pack to dry. Third pair is in reserve if you need them, and when you get a chance to wash one pair out. Same with undies. And 3 pairs of beach shorts! are you going on a fashion show or backpacking?

4. Posted by WebGuy (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Dodger: we humped for weeks at a time with 180lbs packs on our backs. We'd walk you into the ground. I was a USAF TACP stationed at the 82nd in Ft. Bragg. Never did we go out w/o ample gear and socks are a soldiers best friend. Since you only read half of my post, I'll give you only half my time. Thanks for your frivolous response.

Repdaddy: Thanks, I'll take another look at my gear. But I'm def keeping the water filter. I'll be spending anywhere from 3-7 days camping. A 100oz Camelbak isnt going to stretch that long, will have to get water during the camping sessions. The emergency beacon was advice from a friend who works on the Christchurch Search and Rescue. The rest of your opinions are sound and I'll start knocking stuff off.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Jun-2009, at 06:31 by WebGuy ]

5. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

With you on the water kit then. His/her advice sounds solid.
Must say, it's an adventurous project - and very exciting by the sounds of things. Have a great one.

6. Posted by WebGuy (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Thanks rep! It most definitely will be!
Thanks for the info on the earlier post, already pulled items from the trip and put them in the storage boxes.

Man, by the looks of it then, I've got all my gear shopping done!

7. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

Quoting WebGuy

Dodger: we humped for weeks at a time with 180lbs packs on our backs. We'd walk you into the ground. I was a USAF TACP stationed at the 82nd in Ft. Bragg. Never did we go out w/o ample gear and socks are a soldiers best friend. Since you only read half of my post, I'll give you only half my time. Thanks for your frivolous response.

Repdaddy: Thanks, I'll take another look at my gear. But I'm def keeping the water filter. I'll be spending anywhere from 3-7 days camping. A 100oz Camelbak isnt going to stretch that long, will have to get water during the camping sessions. The emergency beacon was advice from a friend who works on the Christchurch Search and Rescue. The rest of your opinions are sound and I'll start knocking stuff off.

With your list of gear and having to post on a travel forum for advice, you clearly know what your doing. Have fun and enjoy your trip.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Jun-2009, at 19:21 by Dodger ]

8. Posted by WebGuy (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Yeah... Heaven forbid anyone ask others, who have experience in longer travel, on some advice.

I would have responded to your first post with a more friendly approach if you hadn't gone the insulting route first. You get what you give.

And thanks, I will enjoy my trip. And if I have to toss sometime while I'm out, so be it.