10 years of traveling half of which were solo trips, have taught me a lot. Apart from traveling with people, the other issue that held me back the most from doing certain things or reaching certain destinations, was an un-needed load on my back. How come that some people can barely fit everything into an 80L bag while others have room to spare in a 30L one ?
What do you gain from packing minimal ?
- Control :- Packing light makes you more in control.
- Mobility :- The freedom of moving around and managing your luggage yourself.
- Avoid check-in :- Avoiding long lines waiting to check-in your luggage.
- Save cash :- Avoiding taxi fares by use the bus.
What should you pack ?
- My personal preference is a 40l backpack as you could fit the most important things comfortable and still have enough space. And most important, it’s allowed as a carry on.
- Portable Day pack ( I’ll be reviewing mine in the coming days )
Documentation and paperwork
- Passport and visas
- Passport photos (for visas if needed )
- Hotel confirmations
- VISA Card
- Backup Visa Card/s
- Mobile phone
- Tablet, or laptop for those who work online
- E-reader ( I prefer a paperback book which i may exchange once i finish it )
- Camera ( ex. GoPro / Phone camera ) unless your job involves carrying a DSLR.
- Travel adapters / chargers
Health / Hygiene
- Any medication / prescriptions which one might need .As for me i don’t use any but that’s my personal choice.
- Small first aid kit.
- Soap, shaving foam, razors, deodorants, toothbrush, ( make-up ) for women.
My personal choice
- 3 – 4 t-shirts
- 1 long sleeved shirt / hoodie
- Portable rain jacket
- 1 long pants
- 1 shorts
- 1 swimming shorts
- 4 underwear
- 2 pairs of socks
- 1 bandana
- 1 beanie
- 1 trekking shoes
- 1 sandals / xero shoes ( i will be making a review of these once i purchase them )
- 1 sunglasses
- Packing cubes to sort everything in.
Stay tuned for the “What’s in my backpack” post, hopefully in the coming weeks as i’ll be packing a 3 month trip to South East Asia.