• Nick Sozio

    Hi Scott,

    Thanks so much for this list. I’m just in the beginning stages of my dreaming/planning and this gear list was great to help put things in perspective as far as what I may need. I’m going to be bookmarking this blog and I’d love to see an update on how well you think it stood up to the challenges once you think you’ve thrown it against enough.

    Cheers,
    Nick

    • http://scottbold.com/ Scott Bold

      Nick, thanks for reaching out. I’m really sorry I didn’t see this earlier. I was having a difficult time keeping up with blogging in the early stages of the trip (computer broke, didn’t have time, and bad internet). It got to the point that I decided I would have a more pure experience if I let it go and focused on the things that I could only do on this trip.

      Anyways, I’m glad you enjoyed the list. It worked really well for me with the exceptions I mentioned in the above comment (check it out). Anyways, the big thing to remember is not to worry too much because you can buy any necessity. The only big thing to remember is that high tech camping gear and electronics are more rare and expensive so if you need it, bring it. Good luck with your trip and I hope you will follow my journey now that I’m back to blogging.

  • http://jeremyvaught.com/ jeremyvaught

    A guy I know did a more urban trip long term trip, and here is his list: http://andrewhy.de/the-15-things-i-own/

  • http://jeremyvaught.com/ jeremyvaught

    btw, has this list changed any now that you’ve been on the road a bit?

    • http://scottbold.com/ Scott Bold

      jeremy, thanks for reaching out and I’m sorry I haven’t gotten back to you. I made a conscious decision on the trip to put off blogging and allow myself a more pure, free experience of travel.

      My list has changed in a lot of ways. I didn’t write about it here, but I was robbed of everything at one point in the trip. This forced me to get by with a lot less stuff and really have a better understanding of what I needed.

      If I were to do this trip again, I would have been fully prepared for camping by having my own tent and sleeping pad. I originally planned to buy or rent this when the opportunity for camping arose. Turns out that getting quality, lightweight camping gear in south america is quite difficult and more expensive than the U.S. After getting robbed, it was too difficult of a prospect to completely gear up and we ended up only camping when we REALLY wanted to experience a certain mountain or place. Had we had all the gear, I think we would have spent a lot more time camping because the opportunities where there in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina especially.

      Also, I would put less of a premium on taking nice/expensive clothes. Things were pretty rough and hectic at times, so I ended up losing/ruining a lot of stuff in the process. My general theory now is to not take something that you aren’t willing see get ruined. The exceptions to this rule would be high quality jacket/coat, exoficio underwear (great quality/durability/quick drying), and higher tech items that you definitely need (camping and electronics because the stuff isn’t available as easily).

      With that in mind, if you bring something that you don’t want to lose, it’s a good idea to have it insured. While most travel insurance is a rip off, I carried my old renter’s insurance policy for $7/month, which covered all my possessions on the trip. I would look into options like this if you have the chance.

      Overall though, I like my packing list and most of the items came in handy. If you don’t need a computer, dont bring it. Also apple products are extremely valuable/expensive down in SA, so if you want to sell something…bring it for sure.