The Things We Carried

We begin today!

One of the original titles for this blog was going to be “The Rice They Carried.” But sadly, I already had used that title for a docu-drama/mockumentary I made on Asian American stereotypes back in high school (The Rice They Carried). However, I’m no big fan of recycling titles and “The Monsoon Diaries” has been a worthy upgrade.

Anyways, side tangent aside, we leave in less than 2 hours. And some of you (including Annah) are wondering “what the hell should be packed?” Well, ladies and gentlemen, I had some spare time to demonstrate the wonders of OCD-space management:


First Aid
  1. 1% hydrocortisol cream
  2. Antibacterial cream
  3. Antibiotic for skin infections (amoxicillin/clavulanate/cephalexin)
  4. Antihistamines (certirizine for day/promethazine for night)
  5. Tylonel & Advil
  6. Decongestant (pseudophedrine)
  7. Indigestion meds (Immodium)
  8. DEET
  9. Purell
  10. Altoids
  11. Clippers
  12. 55+ SPF Sunblock
  13. Antibiotic for diarreah (norfloxacin/ciproflaxin/azithromycin)
  14. Malarone
  15. Band-aids
  16. Halls sore throw lozenges


  1. Lonely Planet
  2. Travel Pillow
  3. Deodorant
  4. Video Camera
  5. Sleeping Mask
  6. Business Cards
  7. Spare Camera Battery
  8. Phone
  9. Pens
  10. Sunglasses
  11. 1 telephoto lens
  12. Flashlight


Main Backpack
  1. 1 packing cube
  2. 3 T-Shirts
  3. 2 Long-Sleeved Shirts
  4. 2 Convertible Pants
  5. 5 pairs of socks
  6. 4 pairs of underwear
  7. 1 Swimsuit
  8. 1 pair of dress shoes
  9. 1 dress shirt
  10. 1 belt
  11. 1 Lonely Planet (for India when we get there)
  12. 1 security cage
  13. 1 cocoon sheet
  14. 1 rain jacket
  15. 1 map of Southeast Asia
  16. 1 pair of flip flops
  17. 1 toiletries kit


With that, we got 3 months of our lives packed into 2 bags, and I think we’re ready to go. Catch you guys on the other side of the planet!

- At time of posting in New York City, it was 80.6 °F -

Humidity: 47% | Wind Speed: n/a | Cloud Cover: n/a

For Next Time...
Recovering from a going away party


  1. Thanks man!

  2. Fragrances attracts mosquitoes…like you.

  3. This is a good post, I stumbled across your article while looking for new lyrics. Thanks for sharing, I’ll be sure to return regularly.

  4. You forgot Azzaro Chrome, didn’t you?

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