I’m headed on snow camping trip and a trip to Vegas, which poses some interesting packing challenges. My goal is to avoid having to check a bag…instead doing the whole trip with carry-on luggage.
What do I put everything in?
Chrome delta flap-top bag – bought this bag in new york on a sweet sale ($55 instead of $110). Glad I was encouraged by my girlfriend to make the purchase. It is waterproof and easy to access. The shape is great for stuffing, and it keeps a slim profile, making it easy to slip under airplane. weatherproof. max capacity: 24 L
Alternative: a chrome barrage bag could be cool with it’s side pockets and net. I would get this bag if it were on sale and I had seen it before.
Osprey Kestrel 48 liters (I think I had the 46 liter smaller size)
This hiking backpack is relatively lightweight (3lbs) and it’s smallish capacity encourages me to pack light 🙂 What I like about this pack is it’s sturdy construction, comfortable mesh backing, huge hip belt pockets, and functional straps for attaching gear to the outside. I did a Boundary Waters Canoe trip with this backpack. I strapped my tent to the bottom and a huge costco sleeping pad on the side.
Because I’m going back home, I can cheat a little by using old things I already own.
How could I cut down on weight / save space? I’ll borrow a few pieces of gear, buy a few things once I get there, and use washing machines liberally. I’ll also update this post after I return, so you have the best list that I could have brought.
WEAR = wear onto the plane;  = instead of packing, borrow or find an old pair at home
WEAR 1 dress shirt
1 dress shirt
WEAR 1 t shirt
1 dress pant –Instead of dress pants, I would have been better served by another pair of jeans. Dark wash jeans would have been formal enough for all the vacation occasions. Even clubs…they mainly check for shoes.
WEAR 1 pair jeans
WEAR 1 wool socks
2 short socks
[running shorts] – pick up at destination
[running shoes] – pick up at destination
WEAR brown dress shoes
WEAR long sleeve drifit
WEAR beanie – red
WEAR gator – green
WEAR ski gloves / liner
-ski jacket- went with a fleece and a waterproof/windproof layer instead. Tested that down to 0F and it’s warm.
1 thin down jacket
goggles – w/camera
[boots] – dad has some…for car decided not to wear boots anymore, maybe I’ll have a pair in the car if I find some at home [one change of clothes for sleeping in] [one more drifit? for sleeping?] film camera om1n – buy a battery Brought my compact olympus XA film camera because I was scared of dropping / falling on my camera in a ski trip. Because I ended up doing a hike trip (Recovering From a Cancelled Trip ), it would have been better to have had my dslr with (18-55 kit lens and 50mm prime lens).
flask – rye whiskey was not bad. washed my mouth out with whiskey so no toothbrush required =)
ledge sleeping bag – rated down to 20F. bought off of amazon for about $40. worked reasonably well. It was pushing the performance of the bag to go below 30.
sleeping pad – about 1.5 lbs, very small pad purchased for about $80 from REI
[bivy sack and/or space blanket] – purchase or rent once I get to Fresno -> my friend ended up borrowing a three season tent with great poles and a full rain fly. three season can work even on snow. Careful campsite selection and a rugged tarp help tremendously.
[stove] – friend KR has one we ended up bringing a stove and propane tank. The tank didn’t fit and we ended up using the fire for everything. [stove] – friend AKC brings his
[stove supply] – purchase
[water] – purchase aquamira
bring lifestraw, friend KR has pump pumps are heavy, bulky and take a long time. The water was so clean, we probably didn’t need anything, but these tabs worked perfectly.
eating bowl – collapsible
[spoon] – get from home
[firestarter] – cottonball make it at home, film canister, plastic sandwich bag
[food] – cliff bars, oatmeal, candy
BORROW or PURCHASE: multitool -> borrowed from DAD
map of area