In EMS daypack:
passport and driver’s license (if driving)
all flight, hotel, restaurant, day tour and entertainment confirmations
guide book or photocopies of guide book pages
Moleskine notebook with destination notes
laptop/charger/card reader or external hard drive
Kindle or book
Crumpler 5 million dollar home with my Canon Rebel SLR and 2 lenses, filters, charger (see Photography page for links where to buy).
Canon G11 back up camera – or Canon D10 underwater camera in case w/charger
cosmetics (2-3oz Nalgene bottles and Woolite packets in 1 quart ziplock)
pills in a small Mon-Sun organizer (for US trips, or original bottles for international travel)
1-2 granola bars
no wallet – Cash/minimal credit cards in inner pocket of bag, or in a money belt, worn under clothing
phrasebook if necessary
Water resistant phone case.
Or Waterproof key case:
3 bottoms in addition to one worn on plane, one of them dressier
5 nice tshirts
2 dressier tshirts
Ex Officio travel underwear
rain gear – umbrella or folding raincoat, depending on climate
1 pair of black sandals that can go day to night
1 pair flip flops
zip lock bags and plastic shopping bags for bringing home liquids. Bubble wrap if space permits.
outlet adapters for international destinations
waterproof pouch for valuables while snorkeling/swimming
folding bag for purchases
On plane – heaviest walking shoes, loosest jeans, nice t-shirt, long sleeve button down travel shirt and fleece or jacket depending on climate and destination.