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The 2009 Nomad Packing List

On Tynan

Our most popular Life Nomadic article last year was our complete packing list. Since then we've learned a lot, made a lot of changes, and managed to pack a lot more into the same tiny amount of space.

There are a few areas where slight improvement could be made, which you'll hear me talk about in the video, but overall this collection of stuff represents everything a traveler needs to travel through just about anywhere on the planet, live comfortably, and keep connected.

I've consolidated most of the stuff I pack into an Amazon store, which you can access here: Life Nomadic Store. If you use that link, or the Amazon links below, I get a commission. Other good places to buy this sort of gear are ebay and outdoor shops like REI and MEC, although neither store carries most of the gear.

The Night Chicago Lived

On Mapping Happenings

No Paper Lace. No dying Chicago. The city was very much alive this past week. The trip via American Airlines is a straight shot from San Diego. No upgrade - what gives? I have million miler platinum status...and no upgrades. However, I had my iPad and Bose noise cancelling headphones so all was not lost. I had no interest in the animated movie going out (something about a blue parrot), and I already saw the Million Dollar Arm (and thoroughly enjoyed it) that was played coming back, so my music kept me entertained. Putting an iPad on shuffle when you have loaded every imaginable music style of artists is really fun. It's like music by I-Ching. An example of what was feeding into my head follows, going out:

Entheogenic - Liquid Universe (this is a psybient composition from 2002 by a French duo)

Hooker - I'm Lookin' (mid-70s Texas hard rockers)

New Young Pony Club - Ice Cream (post-punk/new wave/electronica English artists from 2007)

White Willow - Snowfall (Norwegian art/folk/progressive rock sprinkled with fairy dust from 1995)

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