Reviewing the bag

Packing is an art that requires the ability to see into the future. Time to review my fortune-telling abilities. 

Here’s what I packed and how useful each item was on my recent month-long Indian travel adventure.


  • Passport, Cash, Cards, Itinerary, Booking vouchers etc.
  • Camera
  • Daypack
  • Duffel Bag
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Prescription Glasses + Contact Lenses + Case + Solution
  • Meds:
  • Toiletries:
    • Hair ties + bobby pins
    • Toothbrush + toothpaste
    • Floss
    • Paw paw cream
    • Wet wipes
    • Toilet seat covers
    • Sunscreen
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Hand cream
    • Shampoo + conditioner + body wash
    • Mouthwash
    • Cotton buds
  • Manicure set
  • Tweezers (I don’t go ANYWHERE without them!)
  • Thermals:
    • Leggings (2 pairs suffice)
    • Bamboo fibre long-sleeved top (one black and one white)
    • Thermal fleece x2
  • Weatherproof Macpac jacket
  • Track pants x2 (one would have been sufficient)
  • Scarf (one lightweight and one wool)
  • Windbreaker gloves
  • Mittens
  • Ugg boots
  • Booties
  • Sherpa hat/beanie
  • Work gloves
  • Jeans
  • Drawstring pants
  • Walking pants
  • Hiking boots + socks
  • Durable watch
  • T-shirts (2 or 3 would have been enough worn in rotation)
  • Long skirt
  • Singlets
  • Loose (long-sleeved) cotton blouses
  • Thongs
  • Towel (one would have been enough)
  • Laundry mesh bags
  • Reseal plastic bags
  • Across-the-body money bag
  • LED torch + spare batteries
  • Indian adapter (The one I purchased from the Bag Shop on Hay Street was the same as the South African adapter but only applicable in some places. Would have been better to have bought a universal adapter in Delhi for a few dollars.)


  • 3L camelback (Never actually filled it to full capacity. 2L sufficed.)
  • Lightweight tote (for carrying miscellaneous items)
  • Old phone + charger (Every hotel on the G Adventures tour had free WiFi which made me miss my smart phone. But it was worth the peace of mind of knowing that I couldn’t lose my smart phone in a Delhi market or damage it in the Himalayas.)
  • Lighter + matches
  • Overpants (didn’t rain enough)
  • Duck tape
  • Vitamin C (gotta love the C!)
  • Fishoil
  • Bandaids
  • Runners
  • Shorts
  • Bandages
  • Earplugs + Mozzie Repellent (used generously in Burma)


  • Book light
  • Spare torch
  • Poncho
  • Hammer
  • Rope
  • Meds:
    • Loperamide (to control diarrhea)
    • Azithromycin (for treatment of bacteria causing diarrhea)
    • Simplotan (for cramps/gas caused by diarrhea)
    • Doxycycline (for Malaria prevention. Actually counteracted Diamox. Beware of side effect: shortness of breath.)
    • Panadol

I think I did quite well. And this list will be handy for future reference.

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