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Feb272014

2 weeks in Asia in just one Goruck GR1 bag.

I can't believe it's been more than 3 years since my last post. I seem to be apologizing every time I post something new since it's always such a long time between posts, but I am sorry for the inconsistency of the posts. So when it came time for my buddy to get married, his now wife and him decided to have their wedding in boracay island in the Philippines, I started to look into how less I can pack on this trip.

This trip consisted of flying into 5 countries and 6 flights, which 3 of the 6 were round-trip flights. Since I was flying into third-world countries, checking in and carry-on baggage were very restrictive. By using the knowledge I've learned from hiking, I started looking into how I were to consolidate all this gear into an easy carry-on method. I decided on one bag because with how my flights were set up, I would be flying into the countries at night and won't have a flight out til the next morning and would have to stay overnight there. I did not want to do any bag check-ins nor carry a backpack and a roller around with me at all times.

The largest bag I had that I can use as a carry on and still meet all the countries carry on restrictions happen to be my Goruck GR1. The bag was meant for my Goruck Challenge but was put aside due to a back problem. This was the first time I was able to really use this bag. Initially this post was more to show my friends how I was able to fit so much in such a small bag, but since this was also my first real use of this bag, I decided to do a review as well.

Since I have almost 12 hrs before my flight and all my friends have just left to the Siem Reap airport, I'm just hanging out in my room here at the Mulberry Boutique Hotel until check out time and then into the lounge for the free wifi. With all the free time, I might as well post something. Ok back to the review. I will start off with listing all the gear I brought and what I did to pack all that stuff into the Goruck GR1.

GEAR

- Goruck GR1
- Kifaru Pull Out set (5) (white ultralight version)
- Golite compression bag from my Golite sleeping bag
- Maxpedition Dump Pouch (mini)
- Pelican 1050 case
- Toiletries bag (simple cheap one from Walmart)
- Panasonic GX1 20mm 1.7 & 14mm 2.4 lens w/charger & extra battery (sits in pelican case)
- iPad w/Lifeproof Nuud case
- iPhone w/Lifeproof Nuud case (worn)
- EasyACC 12000 mah battery pack w/accessory cables pouch
- Lifestraw GO bottle
- Bower & Wilkins C5 earbuds
- TP Link battery powered wifi router w/belkin retractable cat5
- Casio G-Shock (worn)
- Fenix PD32
- Apple world travel adapters (12w block w/4 adapters)
- Travelrest inflatable pillow
- Black Diamond carabiner

CLOTHING

- Triple Aught Design (TAD) Force 10 AC pants (black) (worn)
- TAD Force 10 RS shorts (battle grey)
- Cotton/Poly blended T-shirts/Tanks (10) (worn)
- Gym Shorts
- Gap Khakis (tan) (wedding)
- Banana Republic button up (white) (wedding)
- Toms (wedding)
- New Balance Minimus shoes
- Old Navy flip flops
- Under Armour boxer-briefs (4) cotton boxers (4) (1 worn of course)
- Puma ankle socks (8) (worn)
- Suspender and Tie (wedding)
- REI packable towel (L)


Review coming soon...

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