"Every planet has its own weird customs. About a year before we met, I spent six weeks on a moon where the principal form of recreation was juggling geese. My hand to God. Baby geese - goslings! They were juggled."

Friday, January 1, 2010

Packing list

Last updated: 1/11/2011
* denotes something I still need to get.

ELECTRONICS: ridiculous, I know. I blame photography.

-Nikon camera
-Nikon camera cards
-Nikon camera batteries (3)
-card reader
-Nikon camera battery charger
-rechargeable AA batteries + dock
-iPod charging cord
-laptop cord
-surge protector
-Exilim camera
-Exilim camera batteries (5)
-SD cards*(1/2)
-Exilim camera battery charger
-external hard drive + cord
-thumb drive
-alarm clock
-1 AAA battery*
-short ethernet cord
-SW radio?*


-U.S. stamps
-journals (2-3)
-daily planner

BATH: mostly extra things I already have and would rather not buy again.

-tea tree oil
-nail clippers
-medicinal wax*
-lip balm*
-soap bars
-super dry towel
-razor blades (3)
-elastic hairbands
-hair straightener


-sewing needles and thread
-knitting needles
-crochet needles

OUTDOORS: horray for being an outdoorswoman!

-large Osprey pack
-large bag #2*
-REI daypack
-water purification tablets
-sleeping bag
-sleeping pad
-cotton insert
-warm hat
-cool hat
-nalgene/metal bottles (2?)
-neck warmer
-overnight pack
-day pack
-hiking boots
-Chaco sandals
-crampons (if possible)
-ice ax (if possible)
-4 lithium AA batteries
-pocket knife
-camelbak reservoir (?)
-slacklining kit (if possible)

CLOTHING: still have to get a lot.

-long underwear
-black mtn. hardwear pants
-khaki mtn. hardwear pants
-mud mtn. hardwear pants
-short sleeved shirts
-long sleeved shirts
-business casual outfit
-business outfit
-bathing suit
-waterproof jacket (*?)
-heavy coat


-luggage locks*


-recipe book
-chile pepper*
-garam masala
-nutritional yeast
-matcha tea
-loose tea (sencha, white chocolate chai)


-Environmental Geology
-Living Off The Grid
-Viva Travel Guides Ecuador: Climbing and Hiking Guide
-Ecuador & Galapagos Insight Guide
-Big Red Book of Spanish Verbs
-Field Guide to Geology
-Medicine for Mountaineering
-Spanish Phrasebook
-Spanish dictionary (?)
-Spanish Among Amigos Phrasebook


-Staging information
-Backup copies of documents
-Loan deferment forms
-Immunization record


  1. Hey...to help with some packing...

    coriander (cilantro) is HUGE in Ecuador....you can get it fresh anywhere for super cheap.

    Also, I'm not sure what good US Stamps will do for you in Ecuador...they use our currency but not our stamps.

  2. Hey Jen! Great, I love cilantro :) The US stamps are for mailing my loan deferment paperwork in D.C. once they're all signed before we leave, and also to maybe send letters back with returning volunteers who can mail them when they get back in the U.S.

  3. awesome. that makes more sense about the stamps.

    oh...and cilantro in spanish is culantro...i think....

    also, with 'cool' spanish phrases, in ecuador "chevere" is a word for cool/awesome.

    oh...and im going to the galapagos in july!

  4. Thanks! Never heard of 'chevere'.

    ...and take me with you?!!! :D haha