After visiting 85 countries over the last 4 years, it’s safe to say I’ve mastered the art of packing.
I get a lot of questions about how to pack for trips, or what I bring with me on a long journey away from home. So, I thought I’d lay out all my strategies for you in this blog post!
No matter which trip I am packing for, I always bring 1 big backpack and 1 small backpack. I’ve gone through 4 big backpacks in the last 4 years, and I have finally found the perfect one for me — The Osprey 46L Backpack.
My Osprey backpack is for clothes only, while the small one is for everything important that I own. I will explain in detail below.
Also, please note that both my bags weigh less than 25 pounds (12 kg) together, and I haven’t checked a bag on any flight in several years.
What’s in my bag?
Below, you’ll find out every single item that I carry with me when I travel.
1. INSIDE MY BIG BACKPACK
– 8 short-sleeve shirts (4 dry-fit solid color shirts, 4 V-necks that I wear for going out)
– 1 long-sleeve shirt
– 3 pairs of shorts (1 khaki shorts, 1 blue shorts, and 1 comfortable basketball shorts)
– 1 pairs of black jeans
– 6 pairs of ExOfficio underwear (dry-fit, reusable and smellproof)
– 4 pairs of Darn Tough socks (dry fit, reusable, keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer)
– 2 pairs of shoes (1 cheap sandals, 1 everyday Nike gym shoes)
– 1 light rain jacket
– 1 light hoodie
– 1 swimsuit
– 1 belt
– 1 hat
– 1 microfiber small towel
I also carry 3 mini bags inside my Osprey bag – a medicine bag, a dopp kit, and a zip lock bag with all my backup electronics chargers.
Inside my Medicine Bag:
– Z pack
– Pepto Bismol
– Emergen C
*I bring a lot of extra medicine to prepare for any sickness, because I really try to avoid seeing doctors abroad*
Inside my Dopp Kit (Toiletries):
– mini shaving cream
– laundry detergent (for hand washing)
– pen-sized electric buzzer to trim my beard
**I buy soap and shampoo in the location wherever I am traveling. It’s much easier this way, and these things costs only a few dollars everywhere in the world.**
Inside my backup Electronics bag:
– extra phone charge
– extra GoPro charger
– extra batteries
– extra headphones
– backup iphone (5S)
Other things in my big Osprey Bag:
– selfie stick
– mini combination zipper locks for security
– backup US cash (usually $500) in different places
– backup debit card
– 6 2X2 passport photos
– 3 copies of my passport
– Eagle Creek packing cubes (for arranging dirty clothes)
2. INSIDE MY SMALL BACKPACK
Electronics/ Blogging Accessories:
– Macbook Pro 13 inch, mouse and mouse pad
– GoPro Hero 4+
– USB Flashdrive
– Portable iPhone Charger
– 1 Terabyte External Hardrive to backup my computer
– 1 pairs of standard Apple headphones
Other things in my small backpack:
– 1 pair of sunglasses
– 1 watch
– paper and pen
– gum/mints, snacks
– 1 mini combination lock
This what I look like with both bags on my body, and this is exactly how I look as I wander through foreign airports and cities.
I know that some of you will think that I’m insane for only bringing 6 pairs of underwear and 5 pairs of socks. But the truth is, those are the easiest items to hand wash in the sink and hang over your bed to dry overnight. Buy yourself a tiny container of laundry detergent soap and use it to wash these things when needed.
I try to do a full load of laundry once a week, and I’ve never had an issue finding a washing machine (usually inside my Air Bnb apartment or at a laundromat). In the rare situation where I can’t find a washing machine, I will hand wash clothes in the bathtub or sink (I carry a small container of detergent with me).
When my clothes are getting dirty, I start to organize my backpack with a clean and dirty area. I use these awesome light-weight packing cubes (luggage separators) that I bought at REI which really helps.
Another reason why I pack so light is because I always end up buying cool things that I see along the way. I am a huge hoarder when it comes to traveling, as I have over 12 different collections of souvenirs and things that I grab from every country I visit.
Also, for safety, I keep everything in my bag locked at all times with mini locks that require a 3-digit combination code to unlock. I don’t trust anyone.
And that explains everything that I bring with me on trips! How does my packing differ from yours? Comment below!