how do you pack for a year?

I have no idea!  However, I find enjoyment in the logistics of it all.

This part of planning for life on the road is probably one of the more difficult things to do.  I openly admit I have somewhat of an obsessive compulsive disorder when it comes to being geared up and prepared.  I blame/credit this disorder on a favorite sport of adventure racing.  The whole dynamic of being able to have what you need when you need it.  btw… I don’t care who you are or what you do, you should always have a few feet of duct tape handy!

btw… I don’t care who you are or what you do, you should always have a few feet of duct tape handy!


When you don’t know… google it!  There is so much information with blogs, pack lists, and youtube videos.  The range is extreme with a carry-on 30L pack with just a little more than a few tshirts and boardshorts to those who have regretfully carried a 70L pack.  I’ve packed for 3 weeks but never for 6, 7, 12 months.

As I comb through all the information, I think I may run in to a problem.  3-5 tshirts!!  This is going to be an issue.  How in the hell am I going to narrow down to my favorite 5 tshirts from the $%^& (it’s confidential) to select from.  Or shoes for that matter!  I mean YES, I have specific shoes respectively for hiking, backpacking, kayaking, road biking, mountain biking, trail running, road running, climbing, sandals for casual, sandals for performance, and all-in-one footwear that you can run a little, bike a little, and get wet a little.  Are you feeling my pain?

I’m pretty confident I’ve got the adventuring down BUT I’m now dealing with a new dynamic…. part of this journey is to disconnect but stay connected as well.   Technology is necessary…. laptop, cellphone, camera, go-pro, gps, usb, microSD, battery pack, adapters, and cables!!   The ability to do extended travel probably requires some level of ongoing personal management that needs to be done online.  Also, how else can you plan ongoing epic adventures and book travel without it.  Besides, gotta keep in touch with family and friends.

So after months of research and multiple exchanges, I’m going with the REI Crestral 48L and Osprey Manta 28L packs for this adventure.  I’m sure I don’t have everything I need and also have things that I don’t need.  I do know I’m pretty much ready for game time and look forward to more experiencing rather than planning.

One thought on “how do you pack for a year?

  1. Hey Raymund, this makes me so happy (and envious) that you are doing this. I remember our conversation on the drive to SYW and how curious yet tentative you were about the idea of leaving everything behind to check out for the year. I’m so glad you’ve decided to give it a go. You’ll soon see you’re not actually checking out but instead, really living life and seeing all the world has to offer. Happy travels. The world is your oyster and don’t worry about the packing – you’ll find favourites within the favourites you’ve packed!


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