Porters can be hired to carry some of a person's stuff....sign me up for that. They will carry anything you don't need during the day ie sleeping bag, some extra changes of clothes etc. The weight that you are allowed to have a Porter carry for you is about 11 lbs.
Prior to leaving the US of A, I made an appointment at the Travel Clinic with the University of Utah. The staff there was very knowledgeable and helpful in helping me determine which vaccinations I most needed and gave lots of travel pointers.
Hepatitis A & B vaccination, Yellow Fever vaccination exemption form, Tetanus, Malaria vaccination, Ciprofloxacin (traveler's diarrhea prescription), Acetazolamide (altitude sickness prescription), lots of advice ranging from don't eat at street food stands, use lotion type insect repellent with at least 25 - 50% Deet, apply sunscreen before insect repellent, prewash clothes with Permethrin (dengue fever, zika virus)
The good stuff
|Merrell Azura Waterproof hiking shoes|
|Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Rain Jacket|
REI RevelCloud Jacket I love this little puffy piece of heaven. Its light weight, super warm and packs into its own pocket for easy carrying!
Patagonia Snap T-Fleece Vest - um...so cute and functional. Remember layers is the name of the game. That is all.
Foldable, Water Resistant Ripstop Nylon Duffle - I read many peoples packing list and since we are going at the end of the rainy season I got scared of all my stuff getting wet in a torrential downpour, leaving me with nothing but wet clothes to wear. I picked up this duffle to corral my things that will be carried by the Porter for about $14 bucks on Amazon. I'm not taking any chances on wet stuff!
Now for the less exciting stuff, yet still needed (I think) that I packed
thermal top (Patagonia capiline 3), thermal bottoms (Minus 33 wool), t-shirts (Wooly), UA zip off pants, leggings, Pokes hat, beanie, fleece gloves, lady garments, fleece pj pants, running shoes, polarized sunglasses, rain poncho
headlamp, sleeping bag, book, camera (2 handhelds and my cell phone), Ipod shuffle, collapsible water bottle, water purification tablets
medical supplies (altitude sickness, travelers diarrhea, Advil, Imodium, mini first aid kit, 2nd skin), sunscreen, bug repellent (50% deet), cleansing wipes, deodorant, chap-stick, moisturizer, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer
Clif bars, Honey Stinger energy chews, protein bars, homemade trail mix
passport, copies of all travel documents, small bills for tips
Porter Bag Weight: 10.5 lbs
Camelbak Weight without water: 7.5 lbs
Don't worry, after I get back I'll update my list to what I nailed, what I could have done without and what I wish I would have packed for my trip.