What should you pack?

What should you bring? “I need this and this and that and maybe …”, you may think. For some of you the packing nightmare starts right there. But we you, packing doesn’t have to be that hard!  No matter if you do a 3-day trip or a 12 month+ trip, ditch the suitcase and take a backpack! And you really don’t need a lot of things to survive and be happy, so leave the excess weight at home and try to travel as light as you can.

For our 5-month trip (January – May) to North and South America, with different climate zones, we managed to each pack nor more than 14kg in our 55L and 70L backpacks. But during our trip we realized how many things we could have still left at home! Aim for 10kg and a 50L backpack and you will enjoy your trip much more, trust me! Not only can you take this backpack as hand luggage and save money and time, you can also easily carry it around in case you are not able to store it immediately after arrival.

A printable list can be found here

Here you can find the ultimate packing list for your next adventure:

Baggage:

  • BackPack (~60L)
  • DayPack (This will be your carry-on bag as well)
  • Packing Cubes (Perfect for backpacking)
  • Locks (For Luggage / Accommodation)
  • Carabiner(s) (Essential!)
  • Water Bottle
  • Inflatable Neck Pillow
  • Sleep Mask

Clothing:

  • Underwear [3+]
  • Socks [3+]
  • Long Sleeve Shirt [1]
  • Short Sleeve Shirt [2+]
  • Flip Flops [1]
  • Cargo/Light Pants [1]
  • Leggings (girls) [1]
  • Shorts [1]
  • Evening Top/Shirt [1]
  • Hoody [1]
  • Light Windbreaker/Waterproof Jacket [1]
  • Swimsuit [1]
  • Jeans [1]
  • Shoes [Discussion here]
  • Sunglasses [1]
  • Hat [1]
  • Sarong/Scarf [1]
  • Money Belt [Optional]

Toiletries:

  • Travel Soap/Shampoo [1]
  • Travel Towel [1]
  • Toiletry Bag [1]
  • Razor [1]
  • Sunscreen [1]
  • First Aid Kit [1]
  • Advil or Equivalent [1]
  • Toothbrush + Toothpaste [1]
  • Lip Balm [1]
  • Hand Sanitizer [1]

Electronics:

  • Universal Travel Adapter
  • Unlocked Smart Phone
  • All necessary charging cables
  • Netbook (if necessary)
  • Stand-Alone Camera
  • Earbuds
  • Headlamp
  • Action Cam

Documents:

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport (Digital and Print)
  • Credit and debit cards
  • Copy of bookings (Digital and Print)

Misc:

  • Pen [1+]
  • Guide Book [1+]
  • Playing Cards [52]
  • Pocket Knife [1]
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