A Listmania! list by Andrew Todd(Baltimore, MD, United States)
The list author says: "I've spent the last few years backpacking around the world, everywhere from the Sahara to the rain forest, and places in between. Here's a good idea of what goes into my backpack before I leave on a trip to keep me safe, clean, and comfortable."
"If you're planning on spending time in the wilderness, carrying an emergency personal locator beacon, or PLB, is an excellent idea. These operate on a global satellite network maintained by the United States government, and can find you when no other method could. This particular model is lightweight and inexpensive; it's been in my pack everywhere I go."
"You'll want a day bag for your excursions from home base. This bag is extremely durable, simple, and packable. I've also run it through the washing machine many times. It'll fit in, whether you're in the city or the backcountry."
"Headlamps are even more useful than flashlights; otherwise, you often find yourself wishing for a third hand! This particular model is bright and long-lasting. It led me up Mount Fuji and through the Malaysian rainforest, and can double as a bike light if you get creative."
"No matter how much technology you have, sometimes the best way to remember something is to write it down. These notebooks are incredibly tough, not to mention waterproof, and they fit comfortably in a back pocket. I used to use a Moleskine, until I got caught out in a downpour one day. Learned my lesson on that one."
"You'd be surprised at how often you lose your sense of direction while out and about, especially in large, unfamiliar cities. This Brunton compass went around the world with me, and set me right on many occasions."
"This stuff is something my dad introduced me to. This white electrical tape is of higher quality than most standard electrical tape, and won't leave behind marks when you remove it. It's a good complement to your roll of duct tape for certain types of repairs or improvisations."