A year in Asia: Packing list and details

People have been asking which countries I'm going to and what I'm packing, so I thought I would put a post together. I originally wasn't planning to have a plan, but applying for a visa for China has forced my hand. It's still pretty loose though. Bear with me, it gets fuzzy between #5 and #6:

  1. India
  2. Sri Lanka or SE Asia somewhere (maybe Bangladesh)
  3. Mongolia
  4. China
  5. Thailand and more SE Asia
  6. Get to Tahiti on a boat somehow (Maybe through NZ or Australia)

I really don't have a lot of plans past #5, but what is on the list will probably take me through next fall. I've been in contact with two organizations in India that I'm going to get to work with while there. I've also been reading up on the Sikh religion recently, and I'm planning to do a personal project in the Punjab region on Sikhism in India. I've got some other personal projects that I'm still fleshing out in the other countries I want to travel to, but I'll share those when I'm getting closer to doing them.

If your curious about the gear I'm taking for this year long adventure, check out this post from my Nepal trip. Camera gear is the same minus the Sekonic light meter, and I decided to throw in my iPhone with an Optix underwater housing for a little extra fun. Clothing is as follows:

3 Icebreaker T-shirts 2 Icebreaker long sleeves (one heavy weight, one lightweight) 4 pairs of quick dry underwear 4 pairs of Icebreaker socks 1 North Face goretex rain jacket 1 Columbia zip up for warmth 1 pair Levi 501s 1 pair Kuhl zip off trekking pants

I'm packing much less in the way of clothes for this trip (relative to Nepal). I've not put any hard miles on the Icebreaker gear yet, but it shows promise for going long periods of time without washing. It's made from Merino wool, which doesn't hold odor, so I'm told. Fortunately, you all won't have to smell it when I find the limit on how long it can go! I'm planning to be in mostly warm climates so I won't need a lot of bulky cold gear. Just need enough for Mongolia and western China, and what I have has been reasonably adequate for the current weather here in the midwest. So I think I'll be ok. And all of my clothing can be layered.

My bag is lighter for this trip. It's killing me that I won't have access to my tripod and my set of ND filters. I do plan to do some landscape work on this trip, but it won't be my usual stuff unfortunately. I just can't justify the weight or bulk. Or rather, I just don't want it. I want to travel light. In the event that I do make it to New Zealand and have a desire for a tripod, I can always source one. Otherwise, to be honest, the lowlight performance of cameras these days is so good, that even at ISO 1600, I can still get a very useable shot.

Hopefully this is helpful!