I’ve been meaning to do this, here’s a gear breakdown of my Minaal Everyday Carry.
So far, my trip has been:
- 3 weeks in Colombia (beaches, cities, day hikes, long buses, motorcycle trips, 60°F – 90°F)
- 3 weeks in Peru (hiking, cities, long bus rides, 30°F – 70°F)
- 1 week (so far) in Japan (cities 65°F – 85°F)
- 3 weeks left in ???
I spent 3ish weeks in Colombia, 3 weeks in Peru (mostly hiking), and now I’m in Japan (I know, weird jump, but I’m here to speak at a conference). Temperature ranged from very hot on the north short of Colombia (90s and humid) to pretty damn cold (low 30s) in Peru.
Here’s the breakdown: http://imgur.com/a/lr2Ni
Bag: Minaal Carry 2.0
Daypack: Matador Daylite 16 Daypack
Clothes – Pants:
- 1 pair of gray Outlier shorts (double as swim trunks)
- 1 pair of Naked Raw Denim Jeans
Clothes – Shirts:
- 1 gray Wool & Prince button-up shirt
- 1 white cotton button-up shirt (not pictured)
- 1 white cotton T-shirt
Clothes – Under:
- 5 pairs uniqlo airism underwear
- 3 uniqlo airism undershirts
- 1 pair of uniqlo heat-tech leggings
- 1 uniqlo heat-tech long-sleeve undershirt
- 4 pairs of wool socks (DT and REI)
Clothes – Outer:
- 1 uniqlo ultralight down jacket
- 1 Patagonia shell jacket
Clothes – Shoes:
- 1 pair of black leather converse-like sneakers
- 1 pair of hiking boots
- 1 pair of skinners
Clothes – Accessories
- Timex Expedition Watch
- Toiletries (1 quart bag)
- Phillips one-blade beard trimmer
- Sea-to-Summit Towel
- 12 condoms
- 12 individually wrapped DudeWipes (butt wipes)
- 12″ MacBook
- iPhone (not pictured for obvious reasons)
- MacBook 29W USB-C wall adapter
- Universal adapter
- Adventure Medicine 0.5oz med-kit + extras*
- Walgreens daily multivitamins
- Notebook and pen
- Spanish -> English Phrase Book
- Sleep Mask
- I bought a super warm alpaca scarf that doubles as a hat in Peru
- I mailed my hiking boots home at the end of Peru
- I tossed my sneakers after wearing them way too thin and replaced them with a pair of casual Columbias about the same shape, size, and look
To start, the Minaal is a great bag. It fits well, has a ton of great features. I was able to hike with it for up to two hours fully packed (spent a night sleeping on the beach in Colombia and had to hike to get there). My favorite feature is that the valuable stuff, my laptop, kindle, passport, extra cash, all have a home in the back compartment. Because of this, I just keep a small luggage lock on the back compartment’s zippers at all times. When I was on a long bus ride in Colombia, two girls I was traveling with both got robbed from their small bags they had stuffed under their feet. We didn’t even realize until we made it to our destination. My money was of course in the locked compartment and my bag was next to me so I wasn’t.
I also especially liked the Minaal pack cubes. There’s two small and one large that fill 80% of the bag. I used the two small ones for clothes and stuffed my hiking boots or sneakers into the large one. Everything else either packed into its self (my shell and ultralight down) or fit nicely into the Minaal’s inner compartments.
The biggest surprise to me here was the gray Wool&Prince shirt. My god is this thing good. I wear it 6 days a week and have only washed it twice (cold machine or hand wash, hang dry) and that was only because I specifically got mud on it while hiking. I wear it with an undershirt which, I think, stretches the life even longer. For a short trip, I might not bother packing another shirt. For 10 weeks, if I could go back, I would have bought a second in a different color and maybe one more undershirt. The undershirts do smell after 2-3 wears so I wash maybe once a week, they also work for very hot days, lounging, and hiking. They pack to almost nothing so I could have brought more.
I love my jeans, they look killer, but they take up a lot of space in my bag and don’t offer enough range of motion to use in hiking. If I could go back, I’d get decent looking hiking jeans or just cheap uniqlo stretch jeans. They also retain moisture which made them unusable in hot humid climates like the north shore of Colombia where I would have loved to wear them to block mosquitos.
My med-kit has also been a surprise MVP. The basics mostly covered physical injuries, but the pack had space to stuff in travel size packets of pepto-bismal (so important), extra Advil, dayquil, vitamin-c+zinc, and motion sickness pills. I’ve gotten a cold and two bouts of food poisoning on this trip (I really love the sketchy street food), cut my leg hiking, and been able to help others who have gotten sick and injured.
The matador daypack has also been wonderful. I almost didn’t bring it as the Minaal is a reasonable size, but I’m really happy I did, especially for all the hiking I did in Peru (I used it for a 5 day trek to Machu Pichu). It’s a fantastic that packs crazy small and has kept my stuff dry after…