Less than 12 hours until I depart. When I first assembled my pack earlier this weekend it was 18 pounds. After lots of negotiating and some swift cuts I am slightly below 12 pounds. I have reduced the contents of my pack to 11.8 pounds (including the weight of my bag). It’s go time!

When I return I will take another picture with all the contents. I imagine I will grab some mementos along the way and have tons of opinions of items I didn’t need to bring and items I wish I had.

Next stop: Osaka!