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."
"Outside the US, it's usually easy and cheap to get a local cell phone number, if you have an unlocked GSM phone. The Nokia N8 is about the most versatile phone out there. You can also save a lot of space by leaving the camera at home, and carrying a good-quality cameraphone like this one. The most memorable pictures from my trip were taken on my Nokia N82."
"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."
"Duct tape has a lot of uses for travelers, and this particular kind from Scotch is by far the best I've carried. Make sure to keep it in a Ziploc bag when not in use to keep it from sticking to everything else in your bag!"
"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."