Our goal is to pack as little as possible, but of course we need (and want) a lot of stuff:
- Documentation: passports, flight confirmations, immunization records
- Drugs, vitamins, first aid: antibiotics, anti-malarial, anti-virus, ibuprofen, Imodium, Neosporin, Band-Aids, bug repellent, sunscreen, supplements, etc., etc.
- Toiletries: In some cases (i.e. things we can’t buy in Asia), we need enough to last through December. Which takes up a lot of space.
- Minimal clothing: a few shirts, two pairs of pants, a skirt, a bathing suit, etc. A hat and a light jacket. We’re expecting to buy clothes along the way (I am especially excited to buy a saree in India).
- Cameras: Nikon DSLR + 2 lenses (18-200mm zoom and 35mm fixed, good thing I don’t own a wide-angle or I’d bring a third); Canon point and shoot; chargers and extra batteries for both cameras
- Computer: Laptop, power adapter, external hard drive. I’m busy installing essential software (Office, Lightroom, Live Writer, AcrossLite, Live Mesh) on the new laptop.
- Entertainment: Zune and cable, Kindle and cable, travel Scrabble, travel guides, old New Yorkers and Atlantics to read and ditch along the way
- Footwear: I had planned to bring two pairs of shoes, but I’m now at three – running shoes, everyday “walking around” shoes, and flip-flops. My justification is that my shoes don’t take up much space. Kenny is disciplined and has kept it at two pairs for himself.
- The gift of sight: glasses, contacts, solution, sunglasses
- Can’t live without: headlamps, sporks, ear plugs, eye shades, toilet paper, luggage lock, hostel sheet, compass
- Recreation: Kenny found some really neat water weights called “AquaBells.” I’m leaving my yoga mat at home because it’s bulky. I hope I don’t regret this, but I’m assuming I can get one in India (if yogis in India even use mats?)
I’m sure we’re forgetting something. But supposedly you can get just about anything in Shanghai.