Gear Check: YiOu’s Trip Essentials
When I first started thinking about what to pack for this trip I went through the following process:
Step 1. Open up the two pieces of luggage I am bringing
Step 2. Fill one bag completely with shoes
Step 3. Panic
For the next 10 months I will be living out of one small carry-on size duffle and one large duffel. And while in Africa I will be limited to one small carry-on bag. That means I have to be very strategic in packing and selecting what gear to bring. Here are some highlights.
I’m bringing a pared down quiver of shoes including the UA Horizon RTT for trail running and general hiking, UA Micro G Speed Swift for road running and city walking, UA Speedform Velociti, UA Marbella Finisher Sandals, and a pair of dress flats.
I learned that to go on Safari one must wear “safari colors”. I discovered I didn’t own anything in the required safari spectrum of beige, khaki, dirt and greenish dirt. Therefore I went on a shopping spree to amass a wardrobe of durable, lightweight and Serengeti colored clothing.
Then there’s content acquisition and documenting the trip. I’ve received a lot of questions lately about who is taking my Instagram pictures. While Sean did up his camera game with the purchase of a Sony RX10, most of my Instagram feed is still populated by photos taken with my Google Pixel phone. Since 90% of taking a great picture is being in a beautiful place with the optimal lighting (sunrise or sunset), the Pixel is the perfect device for taking a spectacular sunset selfie.
Finally, number one on my “travel must pack” list is plenty of emergency instant coffee. Nescafe Special Filtre is my absolute favorite and the gold standard in instant coffee. As long as I have my coffee, I can take on whatever the day brings.
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