Bags Packed? 40L of Goodies!

Last night I did my first test pack and I’m happy to say it turned out better than I thought it would. I was able to get everything in there with room to spare. The pack is a bit on the heavy side but I have to remember it’s not just housing my clothes, it’s got a fair amount of electronics in there as well.

Pictured above are…

  • 2 T-Shirts (I’ll be wearing one)
  • 1 Short sleeve button up (quick dry)
  • 2 Underwear (ExOfficio) (I’ll be wearing one)
  • Basketball Shorts
  • 50mm f/1.4 Lens
  • Nikon D70 w/ 18-105mm
  • Laptop Charger
  • Laptop w/ mouse
  • 2 pairs of shorts (I’ll be wearing one pair)
  • 1 Pants (Columbia quick-dry)
  • 2 Pairs SmartWool socks (short) (I’ll be wearing one pair)
  • 1 Packable rain jacket
  • D70 Battery Charger
  • Bag of misc cables
  • 2 External HardDrives (for backup)
  • Universal power adapter
  • Gorilla Pod
  • Copies of travel docs (passport, license, etc)
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip Flops
  • Backpack raincover
  • Small notebook w/ pen
  • Passport
  • Casio EX-FC100 (1080p video)

There are a few things I left out or just plain forgot to put in the picture. Those items include…

  • Bathroom stuff (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc)
  • Hiking low top shoes (Will be wearing)
  • Cell Phone (Used to take the photo)
  • Business cards with contact info

I’ve cut down my list a bit from my previous Minimalist Packlist and I still might cut a few things out. Also, let me state that when I did the test pack, I packed EVERYTHING with room to spare. Normally I’d be wearing a set of clothes so that’d free up even more space.

That’s what my backpack looks like fully packed. My flipflops get stored in the airspace between my back and the actual pack itself. The compression straps are there to just help keep everything nice and tight and to help lower it’s profile. Having taken this pack on the plane to Las Vegas a few months ago, I don’t foresee any problems using this pack as a carry on (I hope) for my trip. Like I said, it’s a bit on the heavy side but I’ve carried heavier packs for many miles over rough trails.

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