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I should have started far earlier.
Yet here I am, the day before departure, my bed strewn with odds and ends that I think I’ll need for a month in Central Asia.
It’s not that I don’t have a packing list – I certainly do, and it’s elaborate.
But I’m traveling solo, I’ll be working (so I need some electronic items) and I’ll be facing temperature changes, from 39ºC (102ºF) to -10ºC (14ºF) in a single week. Oh and yes – I’d like to weigh in at under 15kg. (This is so not going to happen!)
As a result I’ve been hesitating, exchanging a heavy sweater for a lighter one, a poncho for an umbrella and a book for a Kindle app.
Packing for Central Asia wasn’t a simple thing and here’s what my gear looked like a few hours ago:
And yes, I’m taking most of it with me.
I’ve left a pashmina behind, cut back four T-shirts to two, and sacrificed one spare charger.
Here’s the list. I’ve numbered the items in the photograph and where possible I’ve provided links to Amazon or other retailers who sell each item. At other times I’ve linked to my own pages that explain the items or answer questions about them.
Packing for Central Asia for a month
1. Long underwear (sadly not wool) for the mountains
2. 2 travel bras
3. Hiking socks
4. 2 Rohan travel underwear
5. Clothing Arts pickpocket-proof travel pants and a pair of linen pants
6. 2 T-shirts
7. Columbia travel blouse
8. Pacsafe CitySafe LS200 Anti-Theft Handbag (mine is an older, beige model)
9. Money belt
10. Silly sun hat
11. Hiking shoes
12. Hiking sandals
13. Sarong (I never leave home without one)
15. Reading glasses
16. Business cards
19. Head lamp
21. Small knife
22. Sea to Summit silk sleeping bag liner
23. Hand sanitizer
24. Nail brush
27. Medications and prescriptions
28. Packmate compression bags
30. Panty liners
31. Face wipes
32. Insect bite gel
33. Bandaids, disinfectant
34. Tweezers and nail clippers
35. Small-sized toiletries
36. Toothpaste, toothbrush and floss
37. Water spray (a total luxury and has no business being here but…)
39. Plastic carry-all
40. Sink plug
41. Bradt Guides to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
42. Plug adapter
43. Deck of cards
44. Computer charger
45. Computer sleeve
46. Macbook Air
47. Huawei Mifi
48. Thumb drive (for backups and important papers)
49. Delorme InReach (personal locator beacon)
50. iPhone 6S and charger
51. EasyAcc iPhone Charger
52. iRig Lavalier microphone
54. Shoulder Pod rig (iPhone grip)
55. Selfie stick (yes, I admit this publicly)
57. Marco Polo journal
58. Small Moleskine notebook
59. Spare pens
60. Important papers
61. Point It universal phrasebook
62. Microfiber towel
63. Light fleece (for 1-2 nights at high altitude)
65. Permethrin spray (ugh – but ticks)
I should also have packed a rubber doorstop but… I seem to have lost it.
And now, I’m ready to go.