Packing List: World Cup Blog Edition

It’s finally time.  Time to pack for my first international trip of the year.  The one I’ve been quietly counting down the days till for months.  Okay, maybe not so quietly, but it’s finally time for Portugal, Russia, London, and the World Cup.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still excited for Burning Man and Greece with SandiClause, but this is the main event of the year. With the World Cup only happening once every four years and the entire world watching it’s going to be an experience even I may not be ready for.  Throw in the random hodgepodge of people I’ve managed to assemble for this trip and quite honestly, anything could happen.

The main focus of the trip may be the World Cup, but that doesn’t change the fact that I still have to pack for a 2+ week trip, 3 countries, quite different situations and am choosing to only bring one bag.  But any traveler will tell you this is what we live for.

With one bag, choices had to be made.  Leaving my “Embrace Your Weird” shirt in KC.  No room for my hammock and I may regret choosing to bring my drone instead of a jacket (Russian and English weather are fickle at best) but live and learn (my thinking on drone over jacket is once I’ve bought my Russian Adidas tracksuit I’ll have a jacket for those Russian White Nights.

Below you’ll find a list of everything I am bringing with me on my 17 day World Cup journey. Unlike my trip to Costa Rica I’m only bringing my Cotopaxi 35L Alpha with one rule as law: if it doesn’t fit it’s not coming.


  • Passport
  • Fan ID
  • World Cup Tickets x 3
  • Wallet
      • Credit Card x2
      • Schwab Debit Card
  • Global Entry and Priority Pass Cards
  • Sunglasses
  • Sleep Mask
  • Notebook
  • Personal copy of Oh the Places You’ll Go
  • Nebraska Flag
  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrush & toothpaste
    • Contact solution and container
    • Razor and trimmer
    • Comb


  • Cotopaxi Windbreaker
  • Borrowed Soccer Jersey (thanks Sims or Seif)
  • 7 T-shirts
  • Tank Top
  • Long Sleeve Tee
  • 6 pair of boxers
  • A pair compression shorts
  • Surfing Rash Guard Longsleeve Shirt
  • Gym shorts
  • 2 pair of shorts
  • Boardshorts
  • 8 pairs of socks
  • Sandals
  • Pair of vans
  • Running shoes
  • Serengetee 5 Panel Globetrotter


  • DJI Spark Drone
  • Drone controller
  • GoPro Hero 5 and 3-way stick
  • GoPro Accessories
      • 3 extra batteries and charger
      • Clamp mount
      • Surfboard Mount
      • Additional holders
  • Macbook Pro & Charger
  • Hard Drive
  • Battery Pack
  • Sennheiser HD 380 Pro headphones
  • Travel Power Strip
  • Converter x 2
  • International (unlocked) cell phone
  • Phone charger

That’s the complete list of everything I’m bringing with me and honestly, I’m surprised everything fit.  I’m not sure if that’s because of my amazing packing talents or the fact that for a 35L backpack the Alpha has tons of space.

Either way, fingers crossed for weather that is more favorable for droning than jackets.

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Stay Gold

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