For those that are curious, here’s what I’m packing for 6 weeks in Nicaragua:
REI Mars Pack. I bought this in September of 2006 for Guatemala; it looks like the ’06 and the ’07 models are exactly the same. Mine has held up very well, minus a couple of rips, thanks to Airtran. (Don’t fly with them if you expect your luggage to be protected, or for them to pay for it if they damage it.) It holds 85 liters and should be fine for this trip.
REI Travel Sack. Just got this in the mail today. My other sleeping bag is built for winter, and it’s going to be warm in Nicaragua. This thing shipped in a shoebox-sized container, and it rolls nicely into a football-sized sack. I believe it will go even smaller in my compression bag.
Therm-a-rest Prolite 4 Sleeping Pad. Keeps you warmer if it’s cold, cooler if it’s hot, and more comfortable than you’d be without it. Very light and worth the space.
REI Quarter Dome T2 Tent. I have camped in this quite a bit this year, and it continues to impress me. It rolls up very small, only weighs about 4 lbs., and keeps out the wind, rain, and bugs without a problem.
Sawyer’s Bite and Sting Kit. Hopefully it will be unnecessary.
Petzl Tikka Plus headlamp. May it be a light to me “in dark places, when all other lights go out.”
Lifesaver Bottle… so I can ignore all the “don’t drink the water” advice.
Leatherman. This is the quintessential (non-swiss) multi-tool.
Map Compass. Now, if I can only find a good map…
First Aid kit: because Boyscouts are always prepared.
REI Fleece Blanket. I must have gotten mine as they were going out of stock, it only cost me $5!
Book of matches: for the pyro in me.
Of course, this is all general outdoors or survival gear. I’ll also be taking my bible, a journal, a good spanish dictionary, my camera and laptop, a good pair of tennis shoes, and clothing. Did I miss anything? Am I going overboard? Let me know!