What should I bring? I need this and this and that and maybe…. every girl’s nightmare starts right there. But hey, 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 my recent 4 month trip (January – May) to North and South America, with different climate zones, I managed to pack a 14kg backpack and was proud of myself. But during my trip I realized how many things I could have still left at home! Aim for a 10kg 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.

Here is a list of items from my recent backpacking trip:

ItemQuantityCost/Item
MOST IMPORTANT
Passport1
Passport photos2-3
Photocopy of passport1
Credit and debit cards
Copy of bookings
Copy of travel insurance
Student ID (if available)
BAGS
Salewa Cammino 50+10 hiking bag 1$200
Nike Brasilia Gymsack or hand bag (girls)1$10-20
Eagle Creek Travel Gear Undercover Money Belt (if you like wearing it and feel safer)1$15
Packing bags3 (different sizes)$30
SHOES
Havaianas Flip Flops1$25
Nike Free 5.0 Running shoes (no hiking boots) or for Nike Men's Free Trainer 3.0 Mid Shield1$100
Ballerinas/nicer Sneakers1$40
BOTTOMS
Jeans1$50
Cargo/light cotton pants1$30
Leggings (girls)1$15
Nike Womens Club Legging - Crop Tights1$30
Shorts1-2$20
Skirt1
Casual/nice dress1
TOPS
Long-sleeve shirt2$40
Short-sleeve shirt4$15
Evening top/short1$20
Vest top2$10
Under Armour Women's UA Big Logo Applique Hoody1$50
Cardigan/Fleece1$40
OUTERWEAR
Light windbreaker, waterproof jacket1$50
Sarong/Scarf1$15
ELECTRONICS
Unlocked Smartphone1-
Apple iPad mini with books to read1$220
Apple iPod nano for music if not on the phone1$120
Laptop (if you are a blogger or want to be able to upload your images regularly)1
Electricity adapter for the countries you are travelling to1$20
Chargersfor each device-
Headphones1
Nikon D3300 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with Auto Focus-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Zoom Lens with Tamron Auto Focus 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD Macro Zoom Lens1$400 + $160
Sony Action Cam Package1$285
UNDER/SWIMWEAR
Bikini/Swim shorts1
Thongs8
Bras2
Socks2 long, 3 short
MISCELLANEOUS
Ray-Ban RB3025 Aviator Sunglasses1$89
Cap/hat1
All weather gloves1$16
Inflatable neck pillow1$12
Sleep Mask1$12
Microfiber travel towel1-2$19
Head lamp1$10
Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman II Knife1$46
Plastic container with plastik fork and spoon1
Notebook and pen1
Travel detergent1$5
Toilet paper1
Playing cards1
Guide Book (e.g. Lonely Planet)1$20-$40
Nalgene Reusable water bottle1$7
Master Lock1-2$8
Sewing kit1
Duct tape1
Multi-purpose glue1
Safety pins and carabiner5
Ziplog Bags5
Swimming goggles (just in case for snorkel trips)1$9
Digital wrist watch1$10
MEDICINE
First aid kit1
Headache pills
Diamox (if hiking over 3000m)1
Malarone (if travelling into Malaria area)1
Antibiotics1
Nobite Insect repellent1
After-bite cream1
Small bottles of cosmetic items
Cleansing wipes$3
Lush Godiva Solid Shampoo with Conditioning Butters1$18
Gillette Venus Original Women's Razor 1$8
Toothbrush and paste1$5
Sunscreen1$8
Anti-bacterial hand gel1$5
Tissues1 pack$1
Lip balm1$2

 

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