One of the most popular questions (especially from female friends) is, “What do you pack?”

Fortunately, most of our trip will be spent in warm climates with occasional time at cooler altitude, in crisp nights or on Antarctic glaciers. So it’s all about the layers. And giving up on fashion…

Technical fabric shirts, shorts and pants. Ugly khaki zip-off pant/shorts. Waterproof jacket and pants. Safari shirt. Jeans. Gore-tex trail shoes. Sneakers. Flip-flops/sandals. Scarf. Beanie hat. Fleece. Thermal under-layer. Bathing suits/surf shirts. Exercise clothes. “Outfit” to wear at night to keep from feeling like tourist all the time. Times 6 people.

Four Scuba masks. Shorty wet suits for boys. Binoculars. Sunglasses. Reading glasses. Headbands. Bug spray. Sunblock. Bouncy balls to use as gifts for kids around the world. 2 lacrosse sticks and balls. Size 3 deflatable soccer ball with pump. Prescriptions, other pills and toiletries. Hair dryer.

Plus 21 electronic things (see Greg’s list and picture below) and a few school books.

Follow-up question, “How many bags will you take?”

  • Six rolling duffle bags: each kid gets 28”; Greg’s 30” and me 35”(to fit lacrosse sticks!). Big enough to allow children to pack and un-pack easily. Plus some room for purchases!
  • Six backpacks for school gear, electronics and hiking.
  • Two messenger bags for documents.
  • Passport pouches for transit.

Elapsed time Dana spent packing (and thinking about packing)? About 6 months.

Almost there.

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4 Responses to “Packing”

  1. I love the pictures of the bags, and especially the picture of the organized electronics. There is something about that pic that thrills me–that organizational feat is astonishing all by itself.

    Josie and I can’t wait to be fellow (virtual) adventurers!

  2. Jeanette Emerson 10. Jun, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    That is the first thing my 15yr. old ask me about the trip, “mom how will they pack all those cloths!!!! I will show her this and when she complains about wanting more cloths I will tell her you guys packed for a year in one bag each!!! Jeanette

  3. Peter Grimm Jr 28. Jun, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Hi Kids!

    Don’t for get to send me a line or two. Reis…collect gift certificates as you travel. Who knows you and I may be in Tahiti and need a fish. or a hut.

    Only 3 more dayss

  4. Just out of curiosity, why does each kid have their own laptop and iPhone/iTouch? Sharing not feasible to cut down on space?