When I was going over what I wanted to pack for my four months of travel, I did a lot of research. There is certainly much advice out there, and what people decide to take along in their backpacks and suitcases varies widely.
I decided that for my backpacking style, I would lean toward a very minimalistic one. While I heard many people recommending 60 – 75 litre backpacks, I bought a 30 litre backpack and shaved down my packing list to the bare essentials.
I worried, after ordering my backpack online, that it would end up being too small to fit everything that I needed. Another concern of mine was that I was traveling at the end of winter in Europe. Would all of the warm, heavier clothes that I’d be bringing fit?
Here is everything that I will be bringing on my trip!
Since I’ll be arriving in Europe in February, and staying through the spring, I decided to bring more lightweight clothes that could, in colder temperatures, be worn in layers. Once it gets warmer, layering won’t be necessary anymore, but the clothes that I have will still be fine.
- 1 heavy sweater
- 2 short-sleeve t-shirts
- 1 long-sleeve shirt
- 2 small tank tops for layering
- infinity scarf
- black jeans
- comfortable yoga pants
- leg warmers (just in case it’s colder than expected)
- sturdy leather boots
- day bag
- 5 pairs of underwear
- 5 pairs of socks
Some people won’t need to bring as many electronics as I am, but since I want to keep editing and uploading videos / photos as I travel – plus the fact that I work online – means that it’s a necessity for me.
- Apple MacBook Air with carrying case
- mini wireless mouse
- laptop charger
- Canon G7X camera with carrying case
- camera charger
- 2 extra camera batteries
- 3 extra SD cards
- SD card reader
- mini camera tripod
- selfie stick
- Apple iPhone 6
- phone charger
- Pocketjuice phone charger
- universal travel plug adapter
- micro 128 GB hard drive
Health / Beauty
I’m not a high maintenance person that knows a whole lot about makeup and controlling my unruly mane of hair. So I had initially thought that this section would be small. But as I packed, I realized that there are a lot of little toiletries that you don’t think about, that start adding up to a lot of space. I separated my makeup and other, non-spillable things like razor heads, floss, and such into my makeup bag, and put the rest in sealable ziploc bags.
- makeup (nothing fancy – concealer, 1 eyeliner, 1 eye shadow, light lipstick)
- toothbrush / toothpaste / floss
- my Invisalign braces
- contacts / solution
- shampoo / conditioner
- mini deodorant
- foldable travel hairbrush
And then… all of that other, un-categorizable stuff!
- travel towel
- drawstring laundry bag (so as not to keep dirty clothes with clean)
- some large ziploc bags (if it starts raining, I’ll put my camera / phone inside)
- journal / pens
- combination lock
- Passport of course!
- and then, obviously… money and credit cards
So, that is everything that I am taking with me for four months of travel! I’ll be traveling with a 30 litre Tom Bihn Aeronaut.
I’ll do a follow-up review once I get back on the backpack, and how my packing selections ended up working out.
See My Packing Video on my Youtube Channel!