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Ready to go.

My plane to Kuala Lumpur takes off at 12:00 of October 15th. It’s 2:43 a.m. of October 15th, and I’m finally ready to go.

This last week has been hectic. First I have been running around to gather the last pieces of gear, fetch my new passport, and complete my vaccinations. I am now ready to face malaria, typhus, rabies, tetanus, and a bunch of other pathogens, with no or little fear. This would not have been possible without the Centre for Travel Medicine of the University of Zurich, that made a great job as usual in spite of my constitutional tardiness.

Now, even my rucksack is ready. For whom may be interested, here is what is going to be in it.

My gear.
My equipment for the trip.


  • shirts (3 t-shirts + 2 long sleeves)
  • underwear (9 knickers + 5 pairs of socks)
  • boots + Teva sandals
  • Mosquito head net
  • Long trousers x1 (jeans)
  • Long trousers x1 (jungle trousers, detachable legs)
  • Shorts x2
  • Buff
  • Hat
  • waterproof jacket
  • waterproof trousers


  • Malarone
  • creams against fungi
  • mosquito spray
  • pills for sterilizing water
  • painkillers


  • Canon 100D + 18-200mm and 28mm*, 5 extra batteries and charger
  • Nikon W100 compact camera (waterproof)
  • Lumix compact camera (waterproof)
  • Smartphone + charger
  • Universal charger
  • AAA batteries x10
  • Headlamp


  • Hammock + tarp*
  • Mosquito bed net
  • cotton sleeping bag


  • Burner for cooking + fuel (to be bought in Borneo)
  • lighters
  • Food (to be bought in Borneo)
  • Nalgene bottles x2
  • Water filter


  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Nail clipper
  • Soap
  • towel


  • Borneo map
  • Books (Borneo guide, Stranger in the Forest)
  • Notebooks, journals, pens


  • pocket knife
  • Sunglasses
  • Second pair of glasses
  • compass

This is it, more or less. It can all fit decently in a 55+ Deuter rucksack, and hopefully it will be enough for keeping me going for the next… Weeks? Months? We’ll see.

That’s all for now. See you in KL.

* I received hammock and the 28mm camera lens from my friends and colleagues at the University of Zurich, as a gift when I completed my PhD. It was a touching present. All I can say is, thank you guys!

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