Myanmar Packing – with Patagonia

Around here, Patagonia is known as Patagucci. As Urban Dictionary puts it, this is the ‘finest, chicest brand of outdoor gear available’.






There it is!

Now, the literal LAST word I would use to describe myself is ‘chic’. But if owning enough Patagonia to outfit a small country makes me chic…I’ll take it. Beyond that, I like what the company stands for and I’ve never torn a pair of Patagonia pants up the crotch while skinning or put a hole in a Patagonia tee while kayaking or had a Patagonia bag fall apart while traveling.


I’m headed to the Caribbean and then to Singapore and Myanmar this month, and finally got around to packing. Here’s where I found out just how much Patagucci I own.

  • Light sweatshirt for early mornings at temples. Patagonia lightweight hoody.
  • Breathable, quick-dry, lightweight pants. Patagonia Happy Hike crops.
  • Bikini for Marina Bay Sands’ rooftop pool. Patagonia Mamala Top and Kelu Bottoms.
  • Breathable, quick-dry, lightweight shirts. Patagonia Capilene Lightweight tees.
  • Sundress for nights out in Yangon. Patagonia Morning Glory dress.
  • Breathable, quick-dry, lightweight, waterproof jacket. Patagonia Torrentshell.
  • Shorts for meandering Singapore’s food markets. Patagonia Happy Hike shorts.
  • Breathable, quick-dry, lightweight knock-around skirt. Patagonia Happy Hike skort.
  • Hat to keep the sun off my face. Patagonia Trucker. (To be fair, I did throw in my Telluride Brewing trucker too. And was tempted to bring my POW ‘Make America Deep Again’ trucker but figured I’d rather avoid political banter abroad.)
  • Breathable, quick-dry, lightweight workout gear. Patagonia Strider Shorts and Windchaser Shirts.
  • I won’t comment on my underwear. Let’s just say they’re breathable, quick-dry, and lightweight.

Sensing a pattern here?

I packed the daily necessities – mini first aid kit, wet wipes, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, bug repellent, microfiber towel, flashlight, headlamp, LifeStraw water bottle, and snacks – into my Patagonia Atom Sling.

All of this then went into my 90L Patagonia Black Hole Duffel.


They mean they came up with nothing that I don’t already have.

Mind you, I am NOT sponsored by Patagonia. I like their gear. The Nano Air is single handedly the best midlayer/daily driver jacket I’ve ever owned. Patagonia stuff performs well and has been good to me, but this is not the only brand I rely on and invest in (cough <Arc’teryx> cough). Like any Colorado mountain kid, if it doesn’t serve a purpose and/or won’t stand up to the average beating I’m going to put it through, I won’t buy it.

But…maybe I should be sponsored by Patagonia. There are, like, 3 things I don’t have with that fish logo on it.

I’ll report back on how it all performs in Myanmar!