Everything that I own in the world.
Use this list to help plan what you want to carry around the world with you.
This is a list of everything that goes in my backpack. Choosing a lifestyle which means I have less, means that I can do more. I never feel tied down to a place for any other reason than enjoying my time there. I encourage you to use this as a guide to plan what to bring on your trip and even some inspiration on how to minimise your possessions in life. If you’re travelling, just remember to not go and spend all that hard earned money on expensive gear that might mean you have to cut your trip short.
A few basic tips;
1. Don’t over pack – Only choose items that you know you’ll need.
2. If you can live with it for a month, you can live with it for a year – Packing enough clothes to last you 2 weeks to a month should be enough.
3. For the things you don’t want to replace, choose good quality materials.
4. Most small things can be replaced, often quite cheaply.
5. Make sure everything is safe and secure.
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When Choosing: Clothing is often a big decision for many travellers. Most, if not all backpackers set off with far too many items in their backpack and I personally have seen much of my clothing left behind or gifted to others. Inevitably, most will purchase and pack more than they need, but try not to bring TOO much.
Research: I regrettably spent more time researching clothes and making unnecessary purchases than I should have. This does mean you can use my research as a guide for your packing list. Nonetheless, the clothes I have suggested are ones that I found after hours of scrolling through the internet for the best value in my price range. When choosing clothes, make sure you get good quality cotton and wool depending on your climate and weight restrictions. But also, remember that you can get cheap clothes anywhere, so some items don’t need to be the best if you can save on some costs.
For Girls: Check out my friend Sarah’s packing list over at Stories of a Wanderer.
Packing: Packing clothes is an art form. Many travellers I have come across seem to just fold or stuff their clothes on top of each other. With the help of packing cells (featured below and a must), rolling my clothes up and placing them in rows in the packing cells has been the best method for me so far. This has saved me time packing and helps keep everything in my backpack organised.
Repair: A sewing kit is going to help you patch up any damage. Even though it’s not hard to find someone with better sewing skills better than mine, I still carry a sewing kit to repair the odds and ends on my clothes.
My electronic gear could be seen as being on the expensive side. A lot of this gear I’ve brought with me from home so I wouldn’t go and buy the best laptop or smart phone simply for a trip.
Right now I’m saving for a new Camera. Though my iPhone camera will suffice for personal photos, I’ve found a lot more interest in travel photography. So my next purchase to add to my gear will be a small Digital SLR Camera
Protecting this gear is important, as it’s some of the more expensive things I carry with me. I use a case like this for my laptop, and a case for my iPhone as well.
Keeping everything safe isn’t hard, but I just need to be mindful of where I am putting my valuables. More often than not, my laptop is safe in lockers or at a host’s house and the rest of the time I carry it in my small backpack. I just exercise the same care that I would anywhere and haven’t been unlucky enough to not have anything stolen or lost.
Tools and Misc
It’s easy to go and buy all the tools and gear you think you’ll need. Though after almost 6 months of travelling, these are the only things I still needed and threw out the rest to reduce weight. Simply buying things that might come in handy can be expensive. It’s also hard to see the value in not having to minimise the weight when you’re not carrying all your gear around every day before you leave.
Most of these things can be picked up from anywhere, and replaced.
Backpack and Packing
Choosing the right backpack is a decision that will take a lot of time. You need to look at the weight, size, harness type and design. When packing all of the gear that I have, I could make do with a 40L backpack and a day pack. Choosing a backpack that is too big is something that everyone does, and they find themselves overpacking because they can. From my experience, having a big pack between 40L-50L and a small pack between 10L-25L is perfect for me. You’ll see many people carrying their main pack on their back, whilst carrying their day pack on their chest for safety and ease of access to their gear. This is how I travel. When I’m staying in one location, my backpack holds all my gear except for what I’m bringing with me in my day pack.
Choosing the right materials can mean that your gear lasts longer in general. I’ve seen people loose clothing and other items just because they can’t zip their bag shut.
Safety and security are essential. And spending a little bit more for TSA approved locks is not a bad idea.
Disclaimer – I earn a small commission when you purchase any of the items from links on this. Earning commission from these links gives me some monetary assistance to run this blog. All of these items I have researched and selected myself as they are the best quality and value for my price range. I only advise on products I know and trust.