A rotating supply, but approximately 2 or 3 each at
any given time (plus guidebooks for our current and
next destinations). We usually pick books that we'll
both read, but not always. And we've learned to seach
for free book-swaps whenever we check in to a new place.
We've also learned that people read the most amazing
(meaning horrible) books, but hey, sometimes we're desperate.
Wanna' trade something for our copy of The Evil
Man that Ate Budapest?
A good stock of supplies, including multi-vitamins,
echinacea, calcium, pain-killers/anti-inflammatory,
cold medication and cough drops, antihistamines, lactaid
(for Susan), enzyme supplements, antacid pills (Tums),
diarrhea stuff (Pepto Bismol and Immodium), travel sickness
stuff, sleep aids (for flying), hydrocortisone, anti-malaria
pills (Malarone), antibiotic ointment, some prescription
antibiotics, and band-aids.
-Other random stuff
Mosquito net, versatile pocketknife, tiny compass,
headlamps, clothes drying line (Lewis N. Clark), travel
alarm clock, watches, earplugs, sewing kit, nail clippers,
toiletries (lotion, razors, etc.)
Did you buy malaria pills along the way or
stock them before your trip? Do you have any advice about daily
medications and how to bring them or get them in various countries
when travelling for almost a year?
--Priti (Tucson, Arizona, USA); Jan 19, 2007
We did bring Malaria pills, specifically
for Uganda, Tanzania and the less urban parts of Vietnam. In the
end, we didn't use them in Vietnam. We didn't have any trouble
getting the malaria pills (along with piles of vitamins and other
normal medicine) in or out of any country. We carried a medicine
pouch with all our stuff carefully labeled and were only asked
about it a few times (in Africa), but it was never a problem.
--Susan & Grace; Feb 27, 2007
I have a silly question - I noticed the mosquito
netting over the person in the hotel in Vietnam. Are mosquitos
so prevalent that the hotels give them out to use? Did you need
to take malaria pills prior to going? Thanks for answering.
--Edie (Michigan, USA); Sep 1, 2006
That is not a silly question at all!
Susan is very allergic to mosquitoes (if she is bitten, it often
swells up to several inches across and is very painful). So we're
overly cautious about those little buggers and we often put up
a mosquito net even where people say there are none about. In
Vietnam in particular, we were advised to take malaria pills if
we went to the more rural areas. In the end, we didn't, so we
decided to skip the pills, especially since we had been on them
for a while already in Uganda and Tanzania.
--Susan & Grace; Nov 4, 2006
This is a question for Susan. Did you bring
any makeup on the trip? Is it a foregone conclusion that it will
probably be ruined somwhere in the jungle heat? (I will be leaving
on a rtw next year)
--Maribelle (outside Chicago, IL, USA); Aug 3, 2005
Yes, I did bring makeup and no, it's
not ruined! I don't wear it most days because it's too hot or
I'm too lazy but I'm still glad I brought it. I have a great compact
from Trish McEvoy that holds all my makeup. You can buy it empty
and fill it with whatever you need. It's dual layer so you can
keep their foundation separate from the colors. I also brought
along her eyeliner pencil and although it's soft it still hasn't
melted. It looks similar to this
one although this one comes pre-stocked.
Hope that helps and good luck planning
--Susan; Aug 8, 2005
[Update: Some of
these comments/questions were sent before we added the clothes
--Grace & Susan; Jul 13, 2005
Hi there. So I am very interested in what clothes
you brought on your trip and how you went about deciding. My husband
and I are talking about taking a year around the world w/ our
Pug dog (bit of a challenge, but we're determined to make it work).
Anyway, I'd be interested to know what clothing item you couldn't
live without, what you brought but didn't need (for example, I've
heard that jeans are too bulky to be suggested for such a trip,
but is that really true? I can't imagine.) Also- shoes... what
kind of shoes do you live in?
Thank you for documenting your trip so that the rest of us may
learn and see that it is possible to do this!
--Stephanie W. (Los Angeles, CA, USA); Jul 1, 2005
Thanks so much for writing and we're
so glad you're enjoying the site!
Several people have asked for our packing
list now so we'll be posting it on the next update. On your specific
questions: the clothing items that we both couldn't live without
are 1) quick-drying, light-weight pants and 2) our pajama/lounge
pants. We both love to lounge around in comfort and having our
favorite pair of lounge pants makes a big difference to us. You
can pretty much buy other clothing (t-shirts, hats etc) on the
road. Lots of people say don't bring jeans but on an extended
travel trip I've found them to be invaluable. They keep me warm
when it’s freezing outside and can also be worn in more
cosmopolitan cities and out to bars/clubs at night. Besides my
lounge pants, I only have my jeans and pair of light-weight pants.
To be fair, I'm not carrying a big pack on my back like a lot
of backpackers so I don't mind the extra weight of the jeans.
Of course a jacket is also essential. Things we didn't need after
Uganda/Tanzania were specialized bug-repellant clothing, a small
pack towel, binoculars, and rain gear.
I have just three pairs of shoes: a pair
of New Balance All-Terrains, a pair of black Born leather walking
shoes and a pair of Chaco flip-flops. I spend most of my time
in the NB and flip-flops but the black leather shoes are essential
for going out at night, in some religious temples, and in more
Traveling around with your pug will certainly
be an adventure (and fun)! We miss our cat and can't wait to see
her when we return home. Be sure to check out the quarantine requirements
for the places you're thinking of going since for some places
it can be up to 6 months!
Good luck and happy planning!
--Susan; Jul 6, 2005
Love your website - it's extremely well done.
But how on earth could you think we don't want your packing list
(of clothes)? Of COURSE we do! Many of us agonize every trip over
what to pack. It would be great fun to compare our own packing
experiences with what you two have taken along for an around the
world trip! (It might even be inspirational - as in inspiring
us to pack still lighter!) :-)
--Karen B. (Columbia, Maryland, USA); Jun 27, 2005
Okay, several people have asked for our
packing list now so we'll try to include it on the next update.
We're still trying to pack lighter (we hate carrying the bags),
but I think we're at the minimum now! :)