Essentials for Him

By Lionel Mann, May 14th, 2007

Old Man
If there’s one bone of contention between Nat and I, it’s the simple act of packing for a trip. Perhaps it boils down to being a guy, but if I had my druthers I would pack for both of us. You can imagine that that doesn’t go down very well and usually sparks a roll of the eyes when I mention it. I just need a couple of t-shirts, shorts and long pants, throw in a pair of sandals and I’m ready to hit the road. Nat, on the other hand, can’t live without her hairdryer, three pairs of shoes and a make-up case (that she insists is a toiletry case) the size of the Titanic. So, for those interested, here is my packing list for 5 weeks of travelling around the Horn of Africa:

  • 45 litre backpack
  • a couple of pairs of underwear
  • 2 long pairs of pants
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 1 long shirt
  • 1 sweater
  • 1 pair of hiking boots
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 1 long underwear
  • 1 swim suit
  • 1 hat
  • 1 towel
  • 1 sleeping bag
  • 1 mosquito net
  • 1 headlamp
  • 1 rain poncho
  • 2 money belts
  • 1 camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • 1 extra lens
  • 1 laptop
  • 1 universal adaptor

First Aid Kit

  • Grapefruit seed extract
  • Acidophilus
  • Immodium
  • Band-Aids
  • Water purification drops
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Sleeping pills
  • Multi-vitamins
  • Swiss army knife
  • Re-hydration salts
  • Ear-plugs
  • Thermometer
  • Malarone (malaria pills)
  • Flea powder
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Pepto bismol
  • Ciproflaxin
  • Polysporin
  • Sunscreen
  • Blister treatment (patches)
  • Nighttime/daytime relief for flu and colds
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Shaving cream and shaver
  • Soap


  • Extra passport photos
  • Guidebook
  • Health Insurance papers

Someone on the team has to be utilitarian.

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