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Some might be wondering what we will be bringing on a six month journey. As we will be carrying everything on our backs, weight and space will be an issue. I use gallon zip-lock bags to put smaller articles of clothes in to squeeze out the air to save space. These can also be used later to separate dirty clothes out.

Another space saving item is our smart phones. These can double as cameras and personal computers. In countries that we will be spending more time in we can also activate them to use as actual phones. There are two important programs that w.e have downloaded: a translation program and Skype. Every translation program I found doesn't hold up to the rigors of everyday speech, but to ask for directions or read a menu they work great. Skype is a free video chat program that is cheaper and easier than a having a phone number.

One of the biggest challenges to modern travel is the Transportation Security Administration. In an effort to prevent global terrorism, the TSA has restricted the amount of liquids and gels a passenger can carry on a airplane, These rules have changed over the years, but the basic part of it is no liquids or gels in containers over 3oz and it all has to fit into a single quart bag. Fortunately there are several products that are alternatives to liquids. The hardest one to find was the shampoo bar. I went to eight stores before I was able to find it. These bars are considered to be the equal of 28oz of fluid shampoo yet are only 4.6 oz. Other useful alternatives are the laundry soap sheets and Pepto-bismal tablets.

Let me know if you can think of anything else we should bring on our travels in the comments below.



  • Passport
  • Plane tickets
  • Cruise documents
  • Photocopies of the above
  • Credit cards
  • Money
  • Clothes
  • Backpack

Travel 3lbs 10.8oz

  • Inflatable neck pillow 4.1oz
  • Microfiber hand towel .5oz
  • Antibacterial personal towel 6.2oz
  • Travel sleeping bag 1lb 12oz
  • Poncho 7.8oz
  • CamelBak 6.7oz
  • Head mounted flashlight 2.2oz
  • Spare glasses in container 3.8oz
  • Hat 6.4oz
  • Power plug converters 2.1oz
  • Phone and charger 7oz

First Aid: 1lb 4.4oz

  • Band-aids
  • Chlorine Dioxide tablets (for purifying large quantities of water)
  • Imodium (anti-diarrhea pills)
  • Re-hydration tablets (for said diarrhea)
  • Pepto-bismal tablets
  • Latex-free gloves
  • Gauze pads
  • Self adherent wrap
  • Personal bath tissue
  • Dayquil and Nyquil
  • Anti-bacterial towelettes
  • SteriPEN with extra batteries (Ultraviolet (UV) light for water disinfection)
  • Moleskin (adhesive pads stuck to the skin to prevent blisters)
  • Pain relievers
  • Neosporin
  • Bag to carry it all

Toiletries 1lb 3.8oz

  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste
  • Listerine sheets
  • Toothbrush with cap
  • Floss
  • Comb
  • Travel Laundry soap sheets
  • Soap
  • Shampoo bar
  • Quart size bags

This featured blog entry was written by CulinarySojourn from the blog Culinary Sojourn.
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Posted Thu, May 01, 2014 | USA | Comments