As Business Insider’s All-embracing Correspondent, I’ll be spending the abutting three months traveling through Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Singapore, and Russia.
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When I started planning my round-the-world trip, there was no curtailment of packing lists to draw from. But best packing lists are laughably small. Minimalism is the ascendant aesthetics of biking bloggers everywhere.
That wasn’t activity to appointment for me.
My cruise has a advanced ambit of scenarios to plan for, and that’s afore you accommodate the copious photo and video accessories I’m accustomed with me to certificate it all.
I’ll be spanning Beijing’s chill aboriginal bounce to Hanoi’s airless summer and situations alignment from boardroom affairs with admiral at Chinese tech startups to hiking China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (the mountains the 2009 blur Avatar was based on).
With all that in mind, I absitively to abandon the minimalist mantra of the backpackers of the apple and go maximalist.
Consider this anxiously planned packing account my Watch The Throne.
(1) TravelPro MAXLITE 21″ Expandable Carry-On Spinner: Contrary to accepted belief, there is no one absolute attache attache size. Some airlines acquiesce accoutrements up to 22-inches, some alone 20-inches. This bag is 21-inches. That should be baby abundant for best all-embracing carriers.
TravelPro is the cast you’ll see flight associates and pilots using. I don’t apperceive if that’s because they get them for chargeless or because they’re so ergonomical. For now, I’ll pretend ergonomical and address aback in a few months.
(2) Peak Architecture 30L Everyday Backpack: I’ve been accustomed the baby radioactive orange Lowepro camera/hiking haversack for 6 years. While I adulation it, it was time to say goodbye.
When I started attractive for a new camera haversack for this trip, I came beyond Peak Design, which launched one of the best acknowledged Kickstarters anytime and is the best haversack of tech journalists, or so I’m told. My aboriginal impressions are abundantly positive.
It’s abounding with bags of pockets and anatomic architecture choices so you can fit (and accumulate organized) aggregate you ability allegation on a workday: laptop, notebooks, paper, camera, lenses, flash, baptize bottle, chargers, knickknacks, etc.
It’s additionally adequately stylish, if I do say so myself.
(1) Bicycle agenda deck: I consistently haversack a haversack of cards of me so I can accomplish my ailing abracadabra tricks on new business acquaintances. Aloof kidding. But they are a acceptable distraction.
(2) New Outlander pocketable backpack: This is a acceptable day haversack for hiking. Super-light and folds up into the abridged so its abate than a album book.
(3)Overboard Dry Tube Bag:I accept a lot of big-ticket camera accessories and I plan on accomplishing some adventure-type activities that I’d like to certificate on the trip. This bag will accumulate aggregate barren so I don’t accept to anguish about calling the allowance company.
(4) Domke 19-Inch Protective Wrap: This Velcro absolute is a accessible allotment of accessory so I can haversack up acute accessories that doesn’t accept its own case.
(5) Fuji X-T2 Battery Grip: This add-on anchor for my Fuji camera houses two added batteries and adds some added achievement bite aback cutting video with the camera. Added bonus: I can use it to allegation two batteries at a time.
(6) Agenda tin business cards: I refashioned a tin for captivation arena cards as a business agenda holder. I abstruse my appointment on my cruise to barrage Business Insider Japan aftermost January about not accepting business cards in Asia. I alone achievement I brought enough.
(7), (10), Godox VING V860IIF: A speedlight for my Fuji X-T2 that’s atom of the bulk of added arch brands while able of accomplishing aggregate I allegation it to. Plus the charger.
(8) Godox XPro-F: I aloof started accepting into cutting with off-camera flash. This ambassador will acquiesce me to assassinate added complicated lighting arrange by battlefront the beam afterwards it actuality affiliated to the top of my camera.
(9) Sony camera charger: In accession to my Fuji XT-2, I’m additionally accustomed a high-end point-and-shoot, the Sony RX100 Mark IV. This is the charger for it.
(11) Ultraviolet and Aloof Density Lens Filters: This is a amalgamation of four lens filters for my Fuji lens. The UV filters assure the lens from scratches or smudges, while the ND filters abate the bulk of ablaze to the camera.
(12) Lexar 25-in-1 anamnesis agenda reader: For appointment my photos and video to my computer for editing.
(13) 3 Legged Affair Equinox Leo: A failing carbon cilia biking tripod that can handle a abounding camera setup. One of the legs is a advertisement monopod. I’ll be application this a lot on accessible shoots. A acceptable affair it folds up to a little over 16 inches long.
(14) Biking towel: You never apperceive aback a abode you are blockage won’t a accept a towel. This biking anhydrate has appear with me on a ton of trips. it folds up baby and drys fast.
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(15) Dakine Biking Kit Backpack: This toiletry bag has a ton of acceptable reviews so I absitively to accord it a try afterwards lugging about the aforementioned arid atramentous one aback I was 14. It fits a ton in there. See the abutting slide.
(16), (17), (19) – HiDay Biking Organizer Bag System: My adherent purchased this set of seven packing cubes for herself, again absitively not to use best of them. I’m award these to a be anatomic way to accumulate my clothes organized amidst all my added gear.
(18) Dollar abundance cast flops: I bought these at a dollar abundance in Canada aftermost summer and they are still captivation strong. I’ll accumulate application them until they disintegrate. Maybe again I’ll advancement to some Havianas.
(20) Nike Roshe One Running Shoes: The Nike Roshe’s accept become article of a band admired Nike shoe in the aftermost brace of years, mainly because of its failing top and blubbery sole. The apple-pie architecture accumulated with that acceptability for achievement assertive me that it would a acceptable shoe for the abounding walking tours ahead, as able-bodied one I could use for morning exercise while traveling.
(1) Oral-B Toothbrush: I had bought a Radius Scuba besom a ages ago to accompany on the trip. That besom is declared to aftermost 9 months (versus best toothbrushes 3 months) and is declared to bigger on the gums. Unfortunately, it lasted a anniversary afore I absent it. A anxiety sign.
(2) Marvis Whitening Toothpaste: Let me alpha by adage I rarely, if ever, acquirement travel-size items. They’re cher and too small. This one I acquired while blockage at The Beekman for a adventure recently. Like Ross Geller (You apperceive you’re a 90’s kid aback …) I consistently banal up on auberge amenities for approaching trips.
(3) Floss: With affliction to my dentist, and my teeth, I don’t accessory often. But I’m aggravating to change that. If New York me doesn’t floss, maybe I can argue apple adventurer me to do so.
(4) Marrone Scurro Creme: I afresh bought an big-ticket brace of Italian covering hiking boots (see afterward slide). This tube of covering chrism (?) came with it. I accept it’s for shoe affliction but I’ll be honest I don’t absolutely know. Ability as able-bodied accompany it.
(5) American Crew Forming Cream: I’m activity to be at a lot of business affairs so that agency dispatch up my bristles game. This chrism gets my bristles to attending blubbery and pushed aback afterwards activity abounding American Psycho.
(6) Nioxin Attic Treatment: Like abounding men my age, I’m absolute boring accident my bristles (VERY SLOWLY, acknowledge you).This aerosol came in a balloon haversack of added men’s bristles products. It says it helps accumulate your attic healthy. I’m not captivation my breath.
(7) Old Spice Swagger anatomy wash: I apperceive I said I don’t buy travel-size toiletries, but this one was rolling about in the aback of my anesthetic cabinet. I can’t be abhorrent for what a adolescent me purchased.
(8) Biking admeasurement absterge and anatomy lotion: I got these on vacation aftermost October in Austria. I told you I banal up at hotels.
(9) Conair Bristles Brush: It’s apparently time for me to decline to a adjust as I no best accept Thor-level locks, but I’m captivation assimilate my adolescence as continued as possible, acknowledge you.
(10) Nioxin absterge and conditioner: This additionally came in the balloon pack. They lie collapsed so I ample I’d ability as able-bodied haversack them.
(11) Advanced Clinicals Bristles Oil: I’ve never been one to use cologne as I acquisition best scents too acid for my aerial nose. But this sandalwood-scented bristles oil serves that purpose while I additionally authoritative my standard-issue 2010s-era Williamsburg bristles nice and soft.
(12) Aquamira baptize bactericide tablets: I’ve been autumn this in my toiletry bag for at atomic a decade and accept never acclimated them. Still, it gives me accord of apperception to apperceive that if I’m anytime bent in the wilderness, I’ll be able to alcohol from a stream. LOL.
(13) Fa Sport Deodorant: I’ve got annihilation absorbing to say about this abrasive except that I bought it in Europe and, for some reason, European brands of abrasive appear in abundant abate packages, which makes them ideal for travel.
(14) Blistex lip balm: I’ll be traveling to western China (Shaanxi and Inner Mongolia provinces) area it is absolute windy. You’ll see – this one is activity to appear in handy,.
(15) Wahl bristles trimmer: The account of accepting a bristles agency not accepting to haversack razors and atom cream. The downside: you allegation a beefy electric trimmer to accumulate it professional-looking.
(16) Ibuprofen: Don’t be fooled. This miniature canteen of Ibuprofen additionally contains Imitrex for my migraines, which is a admiring action I was able aback I angry 27. This canteen has aback been confused to my haversack afterwards adversity a cephalalgia on my New York to Hong Kong flight.
(17) Moleskin: No, not the notebook. Moleskin is possibly one of the best clamp items to accumulate in your biking bag. Afterwards walking for canicule on end, you are apprenticed to get blisters on your feet. Slap the Moleskine over them and you won’t feel them.
(18) Gold Bond Anti Itch Cream: Chafing is an abiding adventurer condition. This amazing canteen of abatement mitigates the issue.
(19) Antibiotic balm (i.e. Neosporin): I usually haversack a abounding first-aid kit on hiking trips. I plan to do some hiking during this trip, but I aloof don’t accept the amplitude for the kit. This will accept to do.
(20) Eco Soap Bar: I will never run out of travel-size amenities. Trust me. I’m a accumulate autumn basics for winter.
(21) CVS bandages: You never apperceive aback you are activity to cut yourself. Decidedly aback you are a addle-brain like me.
(22) Tums: Eating a lot of aberrant foods and bubbler a fair bulk – sounds like a compound for a abdomen ache, eh?
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(23) Malaria pills: I’m not abiding if these are absolutely necessary, but I will be in Southeast Asia abutting ages and my doctor wrote the prescription.
(24) Z-Pac: It’s consistently a acceptable abstraction to accept antibiotics on hand. Best aliment and drinks are fabricated with baptize abounding with adopted bacteria. Your allowed arrangement is not consistently activity to be able to action them off.
(1) Uniqlo Sprz NY Pocketable Parka: It’s a rain anorak that folds up into a tiny bag. Absolute for travel.
(2), (3) Hanes ComfortSoft Boxer Briefs
(4) ExOfficio Give-N-Go boxers: These boxers are lightweight, durable, and can be done and broiled in a bulk of hours, authoritative them the absolute biking companion.
(5), (6) Uniqlo AIRism boxers: ExOfficio boxers are great, but expensive. I’m acquisitive these Uniqlo boxers, which accept a lot of the aforementioned appearance (quick drying, anti-microbial, etc), will action agnate performance.
(7), (8), (9), (11) Atramentous able-bodied socks
(10) Atramentous cottony Tie: A atramentous tie matches with aloof about annihilation and is aloof as adapted in affair abrasion as business attire.
(1) 14th and Union fleet dejected trousers: These ability be the best adequate pants I’ve anytime owned. Seriously. They feel like pajama bottoms.
(2) Outlier New Way Shorts: These shorts are cool expensive, but they attending beautiful and affiance to be adapted for contest and swimming. I’m aflame to put them through their paces.
(3) Levi 511 Abbreviate Fit Jeans: These are the alone jeans I’ve been cutting for the aftermost two years. They are cool comfortable, stylish, accept aloof the appropriate bulk of give, and appear in a array of washes and colors.
(4) Uniqlo AIRism undershirt
(1) Uniqlo Oxford dejected button-down
(2) Untuckit Wrinkle-Free accepted shirt
(3) Banana Republic button-down
(4) – (14) Bristles t-shirts, one RBX Active conditioning bodice and one long-sleeve Henley shirt, and one Uniqlo HEATTECH long-sleeve shirt.
(1) Peak Architecture Field Pouch: I bought this aback I purchased the 30L Everyday Haversack and it’s bound become my admired account to biking with. It has lots of pockets for all of the little items (chargers, batteries, glasses) in a haversack that tend to get lost.
(2) Emergency Blanket: This is article that I accumulate in my haversack on any cruise I go on. You never apperceive aback article ability go amiss on a backpack and I feel a little added able alive this little foldable absolute could accumulate me balmy in a pinch.
(3), (12) Zoom H1N: As a journalist, I acclimated to almanac all of my interviews on my iPhone with the Voice Memos app, but afterwards a few too abounding malfunctions, I’m switching to an absolute recorder. The college affection audio will additionally appear in accessible for recording podcast segments or audio for abbreviate videos. The added bag (12) has a few accessories.
(4) Earplugs:I beddy-bye in hostels a lot aback traveling. Earplugs accomplish abiding I get a acceptable night of beddy-bye no bulk what’s activity on about me. For my money, Mack’s Originals are the best I’ve tried.
(5), (6), Hakuba Lens Cleaner and Lens Wipes
(7) Anker Nylon Braided USB Cable with Lightning Connector: I’m consistently attractive for an iPhone cable that won’t break. Let’s achievement this nylon braided one stands the analysis of time.
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(8) Anker Carriageable Charger: Traveling in this day and age afterwards a carriageable charger is silly. This one is bunched and can allegation my iPhone two and a bisected times.
(9) Pens: I’m absolute captious about pens so I try to accompany a lot of my favorites like the Uni-Ball Signo gel pen.
(10) Sony RX100 Mark IV: This is as acceptable as it gets aback it comes to point-and-shoot cameras. The sensor central this camera is the aforementioned admeasurement as abounding beyond mirrorless models and it shoots 4K video. It was expensive, but aback I can whip it out on a aphotic artery bend and get the photo I was attractive for, it’s all account it.
(11) Monster Inspiration headphones: I accept to a lot of music, decidedly aback I’m alteration photos or autograph so accepting a acceptable brace of headphones is essential. I’ve had these ones for bristles years and they’re still activity strong, with accomplished complete affection and a adequate fit.
(13) Fujinon XF 56mm F/1.2 Lens: I like to use anchored focal breadth lenses for my Fuji XT-2 as they accommodate bluff quality. This lens is absolute for demography adulatory portraits and isn’t too heavy.
(14) Micro-USB cable: For charging the Sony RX100, the Anker carriageable charger, and my Kindle Paperwhite.
(15) Wasabi Power batteries: These batteries aren’t the official Fuji batteries, but they amount beneath than a division of the name-brand versions, and I’ve begin they authority up well.
(16) Notebooks: I acquisition it abundant easier to booty addendum and address up drafts for all-embracing belief by hand. For some reason, it helps me breach through writer’s block. To that end, I’ve got a Apica CD Anthology I best up in Japan aftermost year for drafting, a Moleskine Anthology for journaling, and a “reporter’s notebook” for demography addendum on assignment.
(17) Apple headphones: These are absolutely an age-old archetypal of iPhone headphones from a decade ago. My dad had an bare brace in a board drawer. Acceptable for application on the go.
(18) Kindle Paperwhite: I abundant adopt to apprehend concrete books (I attending at agenda screens all day), but that’s aloof not achievable for a continued trip. The Kindle Paperwhite is baby and has a backlight, which will be acceptable for continued alternation rides. First up on the account list: Mo Yan’s “Life and Death are Cutting Me Out.”
(19) Eye mask: Addition adventurer must-have. You don’t appetite to get woken up on the even by your seatmate peeking out the window.
(20) Added pens, and a highlighter
(21) Fuji X-T2 and Fujinon XF 23MM F1.4 lens: This is my crammer camera and crammer lens. I use it to shoot aloof about everything. The images that appear out of the camera usually crave little editing, which agency added time cutting and beneath time on the computer.
(22) Fuji W126S Batteries
(23) Hakuba Agenda Wallet – For autumn my SD cards afterwards I ample them up with photos.
(1) Fracap M120 Ripple Sole Scarponcino Boots: With affliction to my mother, these are acceptable the best big-ticket shoes I’ve anytime bought. But with bound space, I allegation them to serve a appealing antic bifold purpose – abundant assignment abundant that I can backpack in them, while arrant abundant that they can canyon at a business meeting.
(2) Outlier Futureworks Pants: Addition set of awful specialized (read: expensive) clothing. NYC-based Outlier has been authoritative a name for itself for authoritative baby batches of awful functional, but beautiful clothes. These pants attending like slacks, can be beat in assorted climates, are acutely comfortable, and can serve as hiking pants.
(3) Eagle Creek Cottony Undercover Money Belt: A Christmas present from my brother. Unlike the abhorrent money belts of old, this one block beneath the pants and you can almost feel it.
(4) Darn Tough Wool Socks: I was a huge fan of SmartWool socks, but aback I was activity to buy a new brace for this trip, I saw that contempo reviews complained that the affection had gone bottomward considerably. I absitively to try out Darn Tough, which accept a lifetime warranty. They’re captivation up appealing able-bodied so far.
(5) Zara faux-leather adviser jacket: I bought this a few years ago and it’s consistently served as a abundant beautiful bounce jacket. Unfortunately, I absent this a day afterwards I accustomed in Hong Kong. Sigh.
(6) Reversible belt: Some canicule I’m activity to allegation a atramentous belt and some canicule I’m activity to allegation a amber one. But I don’t accept the amplitude to haversack both.
(7) Harding Lane for Opening Ceremony Fire Hat: In addition life, I ability accept been a hype-beast. For now, this hat will accept to do.
(9) Serman Brands RFID Blocking Abbreviate Wallet – I’ve been warned of the terrors of scammers in China burglary acclaim agenda advice from RFID chips, but that’s not absolutely why I bought this wallet. It’s cool abbreviate and has two accessible appearance – an alien abridged for your best acclimated acclaim card, and a cull tab on the added ancillary for accessible admission to addition card.
(10) Glasses: I can’t see continued distances afterwards them. Appealing all-important in my opinion.
(11) Business cards and business agenda holder: It’s a bad abstraction to be bent in a business affair in Asia afterwards business cards. I assuredly wised up and got a carrier so I can accumulate them on me at all times.
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