Packing light is right, especially if you are a frequent traveller. How to pack light is crucial when backpacking. You can’t imagine dragging a huge-ass suitcase while hiking the Andres mountains in Peru, a road trip from Brazil or exploring Tokyo. Here are tips on how to pack and how to keep them small enough as a carry-on!
Clothes & Footwear
- Trekking Shoes: the trekking ones. You can use them for trekking, walking around the city and even nightclubs too. Pair them with a decent Levi’s and shirt, you can get into nightclubs all the time.
- Flip Flops: On a daily basis, I just wear flipflops and sometimes spend entire days without shoes while in beach-towns.
- Long pants/Jeans: Levi’s are decent and good. If cut straight, it can be enough for most last-minute semi-formal events or nightclubs. You can even trek in them!
- Shorts x2: when it’s too hot, this is helpful!
- A few underwears and t-shirts: that something you want to change often!
- Foldable equipment: waterproof jacket, synthetic warm jacket, light summer sleeping bag (less than 1kg).
- Small and light hygiene products: towel, soap, shampoo and foldable toothpaste. Use TSA-approved 80-ml bottles.
- Small First-Aid Kit: this can be super helpful, especially when you’re in a rural place and no one speaks your language. Minimum: antiseptic, band, stripes, alcohol, anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrhea, mosquitos repellant, a few condoms & paracetamol.
- Laptop: You need something light, powerful and useful for daily work. Less than 2kg for at least 6h of battery, enough for photo edition, social network & daily blogging.
- A powerful smartphone: it’s your best friend 24/7/365. Stay in touch with your loved ones, take fantastic pictures, be your cinema screen, your music player, guide you among lands and seas, translate for you, be your boarding pass, your travel guide, your flashlight, your banking assistant, your booking assistant, your compass, your altimeter when you’re lost in the mountains, your stargazing map, and even your diving camera if you have a waterproof model. What I suggest:
- Minimum 3000mAh battery
- 64gb memory, with MicroSD card extension port even better
- 12-16mpixel camera with good autofocus, HDR mode, and good picture software
- Fingerprint recognition for higher safety
On that matter, Samsung Galaxy S6, S7, S8 and so on are the bests according to me. Their camera is the best on the market. All my travel pictures since 2016 are taken with Galaxy S6 Edge & S7 Edge. I always buy smartphone second hand for 250usd maximum, one’s must be crazy to put 800usd on a brand-new smartphone that’s going to be obsolete in 2 years.
Alternatively, Apple iPhones are also great. You don’t need me to share how great the Apple iPhones are. They’re just perfect for everything – battery, camera, working on the phone, safety.
Other Important Things
- 2 x 10,000mAh light power banks: it’s enough for a week off-grid while trekking or while flying long-haul low-cost flights watching tons of movies and series. Xiaomi Powerbank, about 15 USD each.
- Socket adapters: European, US, UK & Australian socket styles. Take tons of them for almost the same price, and you can give them to your friends!
This fits into a small backpack, like East Pack (super good and resistant), weighs less than 7kg and is enough for a 2-week journey, which is what most people do.
Travelling expensively has changed me, even shaped me in a way. Today, I am very keen to share this experience with people, from all backgrounds: people willing to start travelling, or doing it even more often, wiser or in a more sustainable way. I have received more help, friendships and kindness that I would have expected. For me, this series is a way for me to give back, to help people in return, to inspire beginners.