A lot of people have asked me what I have packed for such a long trip. It’s certainly not easy to pack for
6 months, 10 countries unlimited countries and weather condition from blistering hot Malaysian sun to chilling cold in the Himalayan Mountains. The easy answer is to pack lite and adapt as I travel. If there is something I really need, I will be able to find it in a local market, usually for a fraction of the price that it would cost back home. Here is a basic list of what I have on my back.
The Osprey Farpoint 55L backpack is the best pack I could find for traveling and I am not the only on, I see them all over the world! The main pack has a 40 liter capacity with front panel access (which is the only way to go in my opinion) and the daypack is a nice 15 liters. The daypack can either be attached to the main pack in front, kangaroo style or zipped on the back. The main pack is just over the standard carry-on size limit for most airlines but I’ve been flying all over the world and haven’t had any issues using it as my carry on with the daypack as my hand luggage.
I chose this pack over others for the comfortable suspension system and versatility. I have used the Farpoint 55L Backpack on the Annapurna Circuit and the Torres Del Paine ‘O’ Trek which are both extended long distance treks.
I didn’t even know these things existed until I read a few packing lists myself. These handy things keep my backpack organized and clean and without them simply pulling out one shirt would be a disaster. They also fit perfectly in the Osprey Farpoint 55L pack.
The Pacsafe 55L Security Mesh is something I use when I am staying somewhere without lockers or when I store extra luggage while on a multi day hike. A lot of people think it’s overkill, but it is nice to know my computer and important documents are safe while I’m out playing in the mountains. Peace of mind I guess.
I really like Eddie Bauers First Ascent clothing line for travel clothes. After two years of testing these products, I can honestly say they are super durable. Check out my photos, I probably have at least on an article of clothing from Eddie Bauer on and after two years, these are still the originals…
2 pairs of hiking/lite pants
2 pairs of shorts
1 pair of board shorts
2 button down shirts
Multiple pairs of socks and underpants
I got rid of these sandals after 16 months knowing that I was going into colder weather where boots would be more suitable. In warmer climates these are great and the toe protection has saved me many of times!
These are one of my favorite boots I have ever owned. Keen makes a wide shoe that fits me better and I have never gotten blisters, even with brand new boots. I like them so much I just bought a replacement pair while I was in Chile!
Bag of personal hygiene products
The Yoga is light and compact with enought power to run photoshot and memory to store tons of photos. After two years of abuse, my Lenovo Yoga is still working great.
Sony A6000 this lightweight and compact Mirrorless DSLR camera has incredible image quality without the hassle of traditional DSLR cameras. Save a ton of weight and space, you with thank yourself as you watch your friend lug around a massive old school DSLR. The 55mm-200mm zoom lens is also a great complement to the kit for zooming in on wildlife in the park, such as the Puma!
The GorillaPod Flexible Tripod is one handy little piece of gear that can be easily attached to random objects or adjusted to sit on uneven surfaces. Paired with the Sony A6000 and its remote features, non selfie looking selfies are now possible!
When power is not avalable such as a long bus ride or flight, having a battery pack is essental to keep my music going or Ebooks alive.
For all of those incredible ultra wide shots and water filled moments! Don’t forget the selfie stick!
For hiking and camping or just stumbling through a dark hostel dorm, a headlamp is nice to have. I especially like this one because it is conveniently USB rechargeable.
Unlocked Iphone 5s – I like the cheaper refurbished/used ones from Ebay for traveling!
Yoga Mat & Towel:
The Manduka Eco Mat is a super thin, super sticky foldable yoga mat that weighs around a pound. I have gotten a lot of use out of it so far and I’m glad I chose to carry the extra weight! It’s nice to have for when I practice on my own and even better when studio mats are dirty or worn out.
These towels can be used as a regular towel and used as a yoga mat towel. They are super absorbent, dry quickly and sand shakes right out of them! Perfect!