1. 30” roller bag. The standard size manufactured is 30”
long and then either 14” or 16” wide and either 14” or 16” long. The
combination of width and height add up to 30”. This meets some of the
newer airline bag requirements for bags with a total length, width and
height that adds up to 60”.
For our many non USA guests the digital conversion is
14” = 35.6 CM, 16” = 40.6 CM and 30” = 76.2 CM
Here’s a packing suggestion list based upon my own packing list. Please do your own planning, but use this if it helps.
My personal toiletry bag contains:
1 zipper baggie with - Folding knife (fruit peeling etc.), small scissors, nail clippers, tweezers, nail file, small digital thermometer, dental floss, hotel type sewing kit with needle and thread, spare shoe laces, spare eye glass string, spare pair of reading glasses.
1 zipper bag with cimetidine (stomach acid), tums, aspirin, Ibuprofen, benadryl tablets, benadryl cream, tinactin anti-fungal cream, neosporin 3 in 1 antibiotic cut salve, small bottle visine eye wash, anti-itch cream like for insect bites.
1 zipper bag with two or three antibiotics enough of each for a complete 10 day course. I usually carry amoxycillin, doxycycline and possibly azithromycin. This bag contains imodium AD also. It will also carry whatever my malaria prophylaxis tablets are. Usually this bag also contains some small amount of cold medicine.
1 zipper bag with razor, shampoo, small bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, insect repellent in small tubular spray bottles and sunscreen. Sometimes I carrry a small bottle of lens cleaner in this bag or some individually wrapped len cloths.
1 zipper bag with misc first aid stuff - first aid gauze, some clotting chemical, first aid tape, needle and thread to sew wound, bandaids in several sizes, cut cleaning wipes individually wrapped and latex gloves.
Clothing I plan to bring
I am leaning toward bringing my hiking boots along for the gorilla trek. But they are so big and bulky I haven’t decided for certain. Amir, our guide says we should have them for the trek.
Daily I’ll be wearing a pair of Columbia trail shoes, not high tops, but normal low style. I like thick socks even in hot weather because it helps reduce the chance of blisters with a softer thicker sock.
I imagine most of the time I’ll be wearing either cargo pocket shorts or long pants. At dusk and after for sure long pants. I’ll pack a pair of quick drying safari style pants and long sleeve shirt. On the plane I’ll wear more comfortable cotton pants and shirt.
For a short trip like this I like to pack light so those two pair of pants and one pair of shorts will be all I carry for pants.
I plan on bringing several quick dry fabric T and polo shirts. One long sleeve shirt for bug protection. Because of going into the mountains for our trek I’m bringing a waterproof jacket along.
I will also pack or wear a broad brimmed shade hat and sun glasses. For the gorilla trek I’m bringing a cheap pair of work gloves to give some protection from thorns and stinging nettles if we have to go off trail.
Other assorted things to not forget:
Notebook and pens/pencils, your camera gear, battery chargers, binoculars, AND a nalgene water bottle. For the gorilla trek especially you may or may not want to bring along one or two walking sticks. These can be especially helpful when hiking downhill.
My laptop is inside a cushioned case that slides into a cushioned pocket in the backpack. Thus providing two layers of padding for my precious laptop. I usually carry the laptop charger and cord in the carry on not in checked luggage.
A fabric money bag that can hang from my neck by a cord, but normally just lays in the bottom of the backpack. Inside this bag I carry small sums of money from the countries I’m traveling through, a few extra passport size photos for visas, my frequent flier cards, and my California drivers license. My passport when traveling is in a special easy to access pocket inside the backpack or in my shirt pocket.
A small but really terrific Kodak video camera that is
waterproof to 15 feet.
The small digital camera I used to take the photos for this article, which is a Canon Power shot A3100.
A thermal drink cup with lid ($1.00 at 7-11 or Starbuck’s)
Inside the cup I carry a Ziploc baggie filled with sweetener and tea bags. You can usually get hot water for free on the plane simply by walking to the galley and asking. Easier and faster than waiting for the food service. With this large cup you can actually drink some tea, not just have a sip or two like you get with those tiny plastic airline cups that they only fill halfway. Sometimes I add a couple Snickers bars to this tea service bag.
A notebook and several pens in different colors with waterproof gel ink so the ink doesn’t run if my notebook gets wet.
My Kindle Ebook reader. I still use the cheap and simple black and white model because I only use this for reading books. This and my laptop are two of the most important items I carry.
A backpackers headlamp for reading. Frequently the lighting on airplanes is misdirected or cannot be adjusted so as to shine where I want the light.