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Packing List – Italy 2012

This is the [very long] packing list of all the items that we are going to be bringing with us to Italy for our trip (other than our two bicycles, of course). All the items on the list are the totals for both of us combined, unless otherwise noted as per person (p.p.). Extra heavy or bulky equipment like the chain to lock up our bikes, will be bought in Italy once we arrive.
  • Clothing (p.p.)
    • 1 pair light cotton trousers
    • 1 pair cotton shorts
    • 2 pairs cycling shorts
    • 3 pairs underwear
    • 2 cycling jerseys
    • 2 T-shirts
    • 3 pairs socks
    • 1 botton-up/nice long sleeved shirt
    • 1 waterproof riding jacket
    • 1 cycling cap
    • 1 helmet
    • 1 pair cycling gloves – only for Dad
    • 1 pair light pajamas
    • 1 pair running shoes
    • 1 pair walking shoes – Dad buying his overseas
  • Personals/Toiletries
    • Toothbrushes
    • 1 tube toothpaste
    • Contact lenses
    • Lens cases and solution
    • 2 pairs sunglasses – and regular glasses
    • 1 bottle sunscreen
    • 1 small bottle shampoo
    • Razors and shaving cream
    • 1 Comb
    • Deodorant
    • Facecloth and towel – will be bought overseas
  • Electronics
    • 1 unlocked Galaxy Nexus smartphone
    • 1 rooted Nook tablet
    • 1 power adaptor & plug divider
    • 1 compact Canon camera
  • Miscellaneous Goodies
    • 1 small first aid kit
    • Keys on keychains
    • 1 Snow Peak butane stove
    • 1 butane refill adaptor
    • 2 Guyot squishy cup/bowl sets
    • 2 GSI utensil sets
    • 1 small Sigg Inoxal cookset – w/ two pot lids as plates
    • 1 salt + pepper shaker
    • 1 small cooking knife
    • 5 650mL Filzer Stainless water bottles
    • 2 1L Filzer Stainless water bottles
    • 1 swiss army knife
    • 1 camera monopod
  • Tools & Bike Parts
    • 2 cable bike locks – will be buying lock-up chain in Italy
    • 2 pad locks
    • 2 bicycle multi-tools
    • 2 sets flat repair kit
    • 2 sets tire levers
    • 1 spare chain
    • 2 spare inner tubes + 1 extra to cover lock-up chain
    • 2 bicycle-mounted pumps
    • 1 small adjustable spanner
    • 1 set pliers
    • 1 small bottle oil/lube – will be bought overseas
    • Zip ties – to repair anything
    • Duct tape – also for repairs
  • Packing and Bags
    • 2 large MEC duffel bags
    • 2 sets 56L MEC “World Tour” panniers
    • 1 set 20L MEC panniers
    • 1 set 40L MEC “World Tour” panniers
    • 2 MEC Bull Deluxe handlebar bags
    • 2 Micro Wedgie seat bags
    • 1 Eddie Bauer sling bay (daypack/carry on)
    • 1 Hip pouch (camera/phone/wallet daypack)

EDC, please.

Yes, the wonderful “Everyday Carry”, or as I prefer to call it, the EDC; n. Meaning the items, often those which are used everyday, in conjunction with certain commonly-needed tools, which are carried on the body of person. I finally have my set in near completion. It is currently missing a tritium glow marker (look it up – they are really neat, and only *slightly* radioactive), a knife, and a quick-release A&P Aircraft Mechanic’s key ring. I’ve already a knife to go on there, but, because I bring it to school, I don’t usually attach it. The admin/staff “frown” upon such things, and as such I would rather not risk it.

What I have on it currently:
-House Keys
-Bike lock key
-Ultrafire MCU-C7 flashlight
-And one capsule lighter
-Knife (occasionally – not shown)

The flashlight is real bright – 200 lumens on max. For comparison, the average incand. flashlight is ~25 lumens. The machining ain’t great, but for $12 CAD, it isn’t too crappy. I, for a period of time, had it modded with a 2mm led in the tailcap to glow at all times – using a 6000 ohm resistor(if I remember correctly), it drew .2 miliamps. No mistake, it was .2, and still very visible. This made for a runtime of  >6 mos. on one battery. This, along with my capsule lighter, was bought from Deal Extreme. Be prepared to wait for 2-month shipping.

In the sink: Beamshot under water. Everything is 100% waterproof

The capsule lighter is pretty nifty. It’s waterproof, and darned near bullet-proof with its metal container. Runs on the standard liquid fuel, but here’s where it shines – the fact that it screws shut prevents it from drying out! I can’t tell you how annoyed I’ve been when I’ve picked up my zippo after a month of it sitting idle, only to find it in need of a refill.

Oh, and it is much smaller than a zippo:

It may be smaller, but its got a lotta heart…

For knives, I have a choice between my classic Victorinox “Camper” multi-knife, or my new favorite, the cheapo mini Maxam lockblade.

Swiss Army knife vs. Maxam knife

Now, if  TEOTWAWKI were to occur while I’m out ‘sploring, I’ll be at least a little more prepared.