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.
- 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
- waterproof jacket
- waterproof trousers
- creams against fungi
- mosquito spray
- pills for sterilizing water
- 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
- Hammock + tarp*
- Mosquito bed net
- cotton sleeping bag
- Burner for cooking + fuel (to be bought in Borneo)
- Food (to be bought in Borneo)
- Nalgene bottles x2
- Water filter
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Nail clipper
- Borneo map
- Books (Borneo guide, Stranger in the Forest)
- Notebooks, journals, pens
- pocket knife
- Second pair of glasses
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!