When planning for a backpacking trip, one of the biggest problems you’ll face is deciding what to bring and what not to bring.
If you search around the internet, you’ll find hundreds—if not thousands—of posts featuring the ultimate packing list, but since everyone has different needs while traveling, those amazing lists might not suit you.
One thing is true, though: LESS IS MORE.
In my case, I will be doing lots of photography and video editing, freelancing and also camping whenever possible.
That’s why this is a very personal list and even though you’ll find some of the basics here, you should decide for yourself what’s best for you and your travel experience.
This bag includes the bathroom/shower basics, plus a couple medicines. You should be able to buy while on the road.
I love this towel! It is small, lightweight and dries quickly. What else can I ask for?
For covering my head, face and neck while walking under the sun, use it as a scarf when cold, covering stuff with it or whatever you can imagine.
Because you never have enough of those.
This is a must when traveling. It saved my ass when I was robbed in Beijing, it will surely save yours.
Robbie, the robot
This is my personal travel companion.
Passport and visas
Isn’t it obvious?
Swiss Army pocket knife
Deck of cards
If there is something I learned in Southeast Asia, is that you can kill lots of time and make lots of new friends while waiting for a bus with a deck of cards.
My ol’ trusty sandals
Personal camping tent
Small notebook and pen
Trust me, you’ll want to have a diary of your travels.
I might bring less.
Tank Top (1)
Long-sleeved shirts (2)
Most backpackers are against jeans because they are heavy and dry slowly, but I feel comfortable in them and I haven’t had any problem so far, so why change?
Pairs of socks (7)
Clean and fresh feet are a must.
17″ Macbook Pro
Yes, it’s big. But it gets the job done and I love it.
2tb external HD
Samsung Galaxy S3
There are never enough power outlets!
Camera and video gear
GoPro Hero3 Black Edition
Fujifilm Instax 210
Extra film for the Instax
Tascam DR-40 audio recorder
But I’ll change this for a DSLR mic by the end of the month.
Mini camera stabilizer
I’m still weighing the pros and cons of bringing it with me, but so far the pros are winning.
Chesty, headstrap, Jaws and some others GoPro mounts
For all your GoPro mounting needs!
GoPro and Nikon extra batteries
Around 100gb and SD and Micro SD cards
Camera remote control
For longer exposures and time-lapses with the Nikon. Can’t wait to use it!
And that’s it! Everything fits in both backpacks, for a total weight of around 20kg. I’m sure this list will evolve as time goes by, but for now, I’m ok with what I’m bringing.
What do you think?