While getting ready to visit my 13th country this year, and with my past trips’ bags still semi-unpacked flooding my apartment flat, I thought it would be efficient to write down my packing list essentials for once and all down here. So I can come back every time I need to check if I am good to go and you can too!
Keep in mind I love to travel light, that means I pretty much always take my bag onboard and unless needed, I don’t check in any items which in the end saves a lot of time, money and hassle.
Every item with a * is not 100% essential and you will be able to leave it behind many times. Others, though, you won’t have an alternative option other than packing them with you (especially when rough weather conditions, camping trips, etc. are involved).
- PACKING LIST ESSENTIALS
- Travel Documents and Money
- Travel Clothing
- Travel Gadgets
- Personal Health and Hygiene
- Travel Accessories
PACKING LIST ESSENTIALS
CabinZero Cabin Sized Bag
After using the Military Black 44L for a few months, I have just upgraded to the Urban 42L. The latter includes everything that makes CabinZero bags great ( Okoban built-in global luggage tracker, lockable zippers, 10+ years warranty, cabin-sized, lightweight, and cool design) adding an extra feature – Tarpaulin fabric – which makes it durable and waterproof.
Osprey Meridian Convertible Backpack 60L*
One of the sturdiest and sweetest packs I’ve come across to in my life is the convertible 60L Backpack (40L wheeled backpack with a retractable handle + 20L Removable Daypack)
During 3 years and a half, it came with me on board every plane I took. Even the low-cost ones! Removing its wheels (it takes about 1 min) made it approved to fly in the cabin. I just needed to remember to keep it around 10kg max. Last but not least, Osprey’s lifetime warranty makes it is also really eco-friendly. Love it!
Unique bag by Compagnon
Ever since I got one of these, I take this Germany-engineered leather female camera bag with me all the time I am off to somewhere. Whether it is traveling by train, bus or plane, it fits under the seat in front of me perfectly and holds everything I need to rest, work and play during a long-haul flight like my 13″ laptop, camera and two lenses, notebook, pen, cell phone, USB cord to charge the smartphone on the plane, headphones, toiletries, refillable water bottle, a scarf, wallet, and passport. Basically, everything I take onboard.
It was never easier to keep everything tidy and ready to be used in the same place. And a camera bag never looked that good! Highly recommended if you travel a lot with your gadgets and like big bags that hold everything.
Wheeled Bag Totto Ojival 67L*
Should I need to bring many things with me (which I try to avoid!), this other ultralight bag has performed pretty well too. As the other one, you’ll be able to read a proper review when the one year test ends.
Havana 41 Photography Backpack by Vanguard*
I’ve been trusting this bag for my camera and lenses since 2015. Love all the departments, the waterproof cover and the fact that everything photography fits inside but still, this Vanguard backpack looks like a regular size daypack.
Travel Documents and Money
- Passport/s (there was a time when I had two!) with required visas up to date
- Travel Insurance
- International Driving License
- Money. Cash and credit cards (at least two, one might not work!)
- Pen and paper
- Money belt * If traveling to a relatively unsafe country
- Vaccinations certificates card*
Long-lasting, basic, matching color clothes that are easy to wash and dry fast are advisable. Long-term traveling implies doing your laundry on the road. Given that fact and the nature of the place you are going, here are the bare minimum clothes you should take with you.
- Hi-Tec raincoat
- Warm long-sleeved jacket or fleece
- 3 cotton T-shirts like this one
- 1 nice top
- 1 Kameleon Rose comfy, versatile and stylish dress ( 10% off Kameleon Rose discount code: AWORLDTOTRAVEL )
- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 pair of black leggings
- 1 skirt/pair of shorts
- 1 swimsuit. I always take my Indian face bikini with me!
- 2 pairs of socks
- 1 pair of tights
- 3 or 4 pieces of underwear
- MissTunica beachwear, sarong or tunic
- Water-friendly, versatile & light Tropic sneakers.
- Comfy and waterproof walking boots. We use Hi-Tec and Panama Jack.
- Hiking sandals. Ours are Hi-Tec.
- Hat* or beanie*
- Waterproof and/or snow clothing if needed*
- Smartphone. Since my Nokia Lumia 820 was stolen, I have been using a few different smartphones. These days, the Huawei Mate P10 that takes AWESOME pictures always comes with me.
- Laptop. Since I started this blog, I used an Acer Aspire One 10′, a MacBook Air and nowadays I am working on a Lenovo Yoga 710.
- DLSR. I am shooting with my trusty Panasonic Lumix G7, and a couple of great lenses: a 7-14 and a 14-140mm.
- Small water-resistant camera. GoPro Hero3 silver edition.
- Memory cards (lots), filters, chargers, lens hoods, cleaning wipes, spare batteries
- 2TB 3,5″ Seagate External Drive
- John Travel and Vogart laptop and tablet cases.
- Electrical adapters (I usually take two cheap ones with me, not a fan of the bulky universal adaptor)
- Multiple sockets (1 to 2)
- Tablet *
- X-shot extension pole*
- Vanguard Veo 265CB carbon fiber travel tripod + TBH-50 ball head*
- 3atm water resistant Norgreen watches
- International SIM Card.
Personal Health and Hygiene
- First Aid Kit
- Lip Balm
- Insect repellent (less than 100ml)
- Toiletries (less than 100ml)
- Sunscreen (less than 100ml)
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Tiny scissors
- Sanitary towels/tampons
- Mini Towel
- Hairdryer* / hair straightener*
- Mini sewing kit
- Eye mask
- Tiny Headphones like these ones I bought at Tesco’s Stansted Airport last time I had a red-eye flight to kill some time watching movies)
- Klean Kanteen Insulated Classic 32oz bottle
- Travel towel*
- Swimming mask* and cap*
- Lightweight Sleeping bag*
- Tent*. I’m in love with Quechua 2″ Air but it only works for a certain type of trip (basically nearby music festivals we get to with our own car or ground transportation since it’s bulky)
- Hammock*. We’ve also reviewed the Grand Trunk Double Hammock last year.
- Gladiator Travel pillow*.
Are we missing something? Let us know in the comments below and safe travels!
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