Chris' Pack

When I focused on my gear list I wanted to make sure I wasn't packing anything more than I needed.  Everything is planned to be worn many times before washing (putting Tasc to the test!) so there will be lots of repeat outfits in pictures.  Most of the clothes on here are either Tasc bamboo + merino or a merino blend to help keep smell down, lightweight, and quick drying.

Shoes: My goal for shoes is to cover harder hikes, beach, and staying in shape.  All of the below shoes are very light and although I would have loved to bring boots for the Patagonia and Everest Base Camp sections of the trip, I just didn't want to take on the extra weight

  • Merrell Moab waterproof hiking shoes
  • Mizuno Waverider running sneakers
  • Teva hiking sandals
  • Oceanminded flip-flops

Shirts: All about multi-use here.  I need to be able to go out for runs, be comfortable on hikes, and wear clothes at tourist sites/on trains/at dinner, so the combos below are varied.  All the below are technical, breathable, and look great, so they can all fit any of the activities we'll be doing.

  • Tasc Carrollton Performance Crew (3)
  • Tasc Pique Polo
  • Tasc Vital V Neck
  • Tasc Beaver Falls LS
  • Tasc Base Layer Level B
  • Tasc Tahoe Fleece 1/4 Zip
  • Patagonia Cap 3 1/4 Zip
  • Non-technical T-shirts (2)
  • Marmot short sleeve technical button down
  • Ex-officio longsleeve

Pants & Shorts: Quick note here - I both hate and love zip off pants.  Hate them because they look incredibly dorky, but love them because they are so versatile.  They've accompanied me to the top of Kilimanjaro, the depths of the Inca Trail, and the trails of the Rockies and Yosemite.  They work so well, but don't do a great job of pulling that double duty of hiking and "normal" travelling - you wouldn't wear them to even the most casual restaurant.  So I've only budgeted space for one pair of those.

  • Tasc Wayfare shorts (2)
  • Tasc Propel Running shorts
  • EMS Zip-off convertible pants
  • North Face Trekking pants
  • Kuhl Revolvr Pants

Underwear: The one everyone asks about - how many pairs will you bring.  Well, I'm going minimalist here and only taking 5 pairs.  the logic there is that I'll wear each pair for about 3 days in a row, so that gives me 2 weeks of underwear between washing.  I was able to go for 2 weeks on ONE pair when I took a glacier class in Alaska....though everyone smelled bad there so I didn't stand out.  Well, either way, 5 pairs for every 2 weeks seems plausible....I think.....

  • Tasc boxer briefs (2)
  • Ex-officio boxer briefs (3)
  • Hiking socks (3)
  • Tasc Running socks (2)

Miscellaneous items

  • Baseball hat - leaving behind my faithful Mets hat so I don't stand out
  • Tasc Reversible Merino Hat
  • REI  eVent rain jacket
  • Buff
  • REI lightweight gloves
  • Bathing suit
  • REI Microfiber towel
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Reusable water bottles


  • Acer E11 mini-laptop - full keyboard, Windows 8, front facing camera, and less than 3lbs
  • iPhone 4
  • Panasonic Point & Shoot
  • Kindle
  • Yubu Travel Adapter
  • Steripen Ultra
  • Petzl Headlamp
  • Pocketknife