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WHOA! Aruba Here I Come! (By Backpacking)
I'm planning on coming to Aruba with just a Gregory Deva 60 Backpack and a few bucks. I was looking into alternative ways to get to Aruba. Cargo ship and last minute standby are what i've narrowed it down to. A regular flight isn't too bad either, around 400 dollars for 3 weeks.
Right now I'm in the process of mapping out my trip. I'm setting up opportunities for me to work and learn first hand from locals during the day on my way around the island. I'm not staying in a hotel, instead ill be camping around the island in a ENO sleep system.
Heres whats going to be in my pack:
Gregory Deva 60 Backpack with internal hydration bladder.
ENO sleep system with bug net and rain fly.
PacSafe pack lock (to secure my bag when im not near it)
Travel pillow and NapSack from ENO (basically a ultra light sleeping bag)
1 tear repair kit for the ENO sleep system.
Small first aid kit from Adventure Medical.
1 large MSR pack towel (absorbs 7x its weight in water and dries fast)
1 small ENO pack rag (same as above)
Petzl LED head lamp
Flexoline clothes line (braided rubber to dry clothes)
Frommers portable Aruba (book)
Laminated map of Aruba
Notebook and pencil
2 ExOfficio underwear (seriously the best travel underwear ever made)
2 sports bras
1 regular bra
"life is good" hat
1 swim suit (board shorts for bottoms)
1 more pair of board shorts (they are lightweight & dry fast + have pockets)
1 sundress (incase i get invited to dinner or something similar)
1 lightweight 3/4's sleeve collard shirt
1 plain tanktop
2 lightweight non cotton shirts
2 pair UnderArmor wicking socks
Black Reef Sandals
1 pair broken in sneakers (I'm not brining hiking boots, its unnecessary)
Travelon Laundry Sheets (used to hand wash clothes, they really work well)
1 Dr. Bronner's organic lavender/hemp bar soap (18 in 1, you cant go wrong)
Aurelle TOOB toothbrush (the toothpaste is in the handle!)
Certain Dry anti-perspiration (NO SWEATING! Best product ive ever bought)
1 tube SPF ChapStick
Female Hygiene "stuff" (just in case)
3 pairs of contacts
Passport/plastic Cover (plus 2 copies, always do this!)
ID, State and Military
Aqua Pack (click it to see) (I keep it around my neck with important cards and it even doubles as a waterproof case for my flip mino video camera.
Return flight information
I plan on buying local foods and making my own meals, I am a vegan so fresh food is what ill usually eat anyway. I'm going to be bringing a few Lara bars and some dried fruits for snacks to save on money.
So, if you have any input to add let me hear it. I'll be practice packing all this gear next week, ill let everyone know how much my pack will weight then. I might even do a video if you guys are interested.