Travel Gear for Longer Trips.
The one question I always get, from both friends back at home, or from other backpackers I meet and or even people on mail is: What’s in your backpack?
There’s a big difference in what I carried in my backpack on my trips around Asia/Africa and South America compared to what I carried around on a trip in Europe, America, or Australia/New Zealand.
But the top of that, I always try to keep my backpack as light as possible, both for my own comfort and to save money. There’s no reason to carry expensive clothes, or if you do, then it’s just left you more annoying when you lost your clothes in the laundry or when other backpackers steal your favorite T-shirt (yes, that happens a lot!)
So, here’s what I put in my 48L backpack during my long trip. Currently, I’m using Osprey Kestrel 48. It’s ok for backpacking but far from good enough for high mountain hiking or for longer trips. Anyway, I will not hike mountain all the time.
Unfortunately is not Ospreys backpack made of the best quality, if you do a lot of traveling is this not the bag for you, I bought this bag back late in 2013 and now its completely useless, or literally falling apart. I’m very disappointed by the quality of this backpack. So on my future trips I’ll choose a much better and longer lasting brand.!
So ill recommend anyone that’s planning to do some serious traveling, drop Osprey, it’s not worth the money.
So what to pack.
* Think Tank Photo Mirrorless Mover 30i, for my camera, tablet, and e-reader
* Headlamp. This one is very important, power cuts are very common in some area and very useful when you sleep in dorms so you don’t need to turn on the light and wake up the whole room just to find out your stuff or read something.
* Ear plugs. It’s A Must! (Read: 10 Important Things That I Learned…..)
* Small pocket knife. Nothing expensive since I got a lot of them confiscated in security checks. So, find the cheap one and save it in the check in luggage. In some countries, they will go through your backpack on train stations, metro stations, bus station and ferry terminals.
* Hammock. I always carry a very light hammock that I bought in India. Great for hanging up on deserted beaches, small boats going up and down rivers, and it’s getting more and more common for hostels to have a place to hang them up.
* Silk sleeping bag. A very important item, especially to prevent you from bed bug infested beds and dirty dorms.
* Sleeping bag. I always carry my good sleeping bag down to -20. I never know when I gone camp outside or hike some mountains.
* First aid kit. I still haven’t needed it myself, but a lot of other backpackers I have traveled with have been very happy that I have carried one.
* Padlock. A good one to lock the safety locker in the hostel, or doors in hotels.
* Samsonite document organizer. For passport, bank card, licenses, and other documents
* Laundry bag. To keep the dirt and smelly clothes separated from the clean ones.
1 pair of shoes. Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX. Great shoes for city walking and hiking. I have walked to Mt.Everest base camp, Annapurna circuit and all around Africa with this shoe.
1 pair of flip-flops. Some cheap one I bought in Taiwan.
1 Jacket. A lightweight waterproof and windproof jacket
2 Pants, on pair for trekking and hiking and another pair for daily use
2 Shorts, one for daily use and another one for daily/swimming use
2 Socks. I really hate sucks and only use them when hiking
3 pair Shirt/ T-shirt. It’s easy to laundry and it’s dry fast
4 pic underwear
1 Sweater. Air-con on the night bus and trains can get cold.
If traveling on colder places, I’ll carry a set (shirt and trousers) of terms layer and a fleece sweater too.
I always bring 2 backpacks while traveling. 1 big backpack for all those stuff above, but I keep most important things in my small backpack (around 6-7 kg).
Here’s what I put there:
Camera. Olympus OM-D1
Lens. 12-40mm 2.8F
Tablet. Samsung Galaxy 8.4
E-reader. I choose Sony Reader PRS-T3. The only reason I don´t use a kindle is coz I can use a micro SD memory card in Sony E-reader.
2 Headphones. I always break or lose a pair
Mobile phones. A waterproof one
Portable battery. It can be weeks between each time I can recharge my battery when the travel of the tourist trail or hike in the mountains.
Small tripod for the camera. Currently, I use a gorilla pod
Polaroid camera. I started to carry a polaroid camera on my last trip. It’s an amazing icebreaker with local people when traveling in distant or remote places. Snap a photo and give it away. You will make someone happy. But, noted that it could be extremely hard to find new film.
*I don´t carry an external hard-drive anymore, you got WiFi about everywhere these days, and using a cloud is much safer then carry a hard drive around and it saves weight.