Travel Gear Packing List
Trip Index Report:
- Packing List
- Travel Planning
Lounge Review: The Centurion Lounge (SFO)(Closed by the time we were at the airport)
- Lounge Review: Japanese Airlines (JAL) Sakura Lounge (SFO)
- Flight Review: Japanese Airlines (JAL) First Class Sky Suite SFO-HND
- Time in Kyoto
- Time in Tokyo
- Lounge Review:Cathay Pacific (CX) Lounge (HND)
- Flight Review: Cathay Pacific (CX) First Class on 747-400 HND-HKG
- Time in Hong Kong
- Hotel Review: Grand Hyatt Macau
- Time in Macau
- Time in Bali
- Hotel Review: Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
- Time in Kuala Lumpur
- Time in Phuket
- Time in Bangkok
- Hotel Review: Banyan Tree Bangkok
- Time in Koh Samui
- Flight Review: Cathay Pacific (CX) Business Class BKK-HKG
- Lounge Review: Cathay Pacific “The Wing” First Class Lounge
- Flight Review: Cathay Pacific (CX) First Class on 777-300ER HKG-SFO
I travel very minimal. One big personal preference of mine is I never check in bags. If it can’t be carried on then I have no use for it. Here is a list that I’ll be carrying with me for my month-long backpacking trip around Asia.
- REI Vagabond Tour 40 Pack (2013 version)
They now have a newer version of this backpack as I have the older version. This is the pack I bring along with me for all of my backpacking adventures. One of the great benefits of this backpack is that it’s a front-loading pack. Meaning that I can get easy access to all of my belongings instead of traditional top-loading packs. This pack can hold up to 40L which is just under the carry-on load requirements.
These are great accessories to compliment on packing your backpack. I highly recommend on getting any type of cube set. These are great when you are on the road and you need to grab something within your pack. You don’t have to constantly take out clothes and put them back into your pack. You can just take out an entire cube and find that item you’re looking for.
Clothing – Top
- 4 Shirts
- 1 Dress Shirt
- 2 Polo Shirts
- 1 Thin Layer Zip Up Hoodie
All of my shirts except for the dress shirt are quick drying shirts. Quick drying are a great investment if you are always traveling. You need clothes that can dry quick because sometimes you may not have access to any laundry facility. So the next best solution is wash them in your sink and hang them up. It’ll be dry within hours.
Clothing – Bottom
- 1 Cargo Pants
- 2 Cargo Shorts
- 1 Swimming Trunks
- 1 Athletic Shorts
Since we are going to some very humid locations in Asia. I decided not to take any jeans with me for this trip. I opted to go with my ExOfficio cargo pants just in case as these can keep me cooler than jeans during those hot days. The other bottoms are pretty standard. Again since we are practically living out from a backpack. Everything needs to be light and easy to pack.
Clothing – Undergarments
- 3 Pairs of Underwear (ExOfficio)
- 5 Pairs of Socks
The best investment you can buy is the ExOfficio underwear. These bad boys are the go to travel underwear for any traveler. The reason behind it is because they are quick drying, moisture wicking, and breathable underwear. While their slogan claims that you can literally go weeks without washing. I have never tested that theory as I usually wash a pair after using them for 3-5 days. They still don’t smell after that many days.
- 1 Pair of Nike Shoes
- 1 Pair of Sandals
Last year I backpacked around Europe and carried dress shoes. While it’s great for 1 night out occasions I did not use them as much and they took up huge portion of my bag. This time I got rid of them and just kept it simple to 1 shoes and 1 sandals.
- Electric Toothbrush
- Aveeno Lotion in a 2 fl. oz. container
- Hair Gel in a 1 fl. oz container
- Insect Repellent
For items like shampoo or conditioner. I’ll usually buy those and any other items that I need to replenish once I get into the country as they are easy to find and buy.
- Dell XPS 13 Touch
- GoPro Hero4 Silver
- Yubi Power External Battery Charger
- WD My Passport Ultra 1 TB
- Canon S110 (not pictured)
- Nikon D5000 (body)
- Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S lens
- Samsung Note 4
Recently I’ve been getting into photography. I plan to capture my travel through the lens as much as possible this time around. So my gear list has grown exponentially since my last backpacking trip. My laptop, camera, GoPro, and an external hard drive is coming along with me for this ride. I would recommend if you plan on doing any travel photography or street photography to definitely bring an external hard drive with you. I’m sure your laptop memory will soon be filled with countless photos that you’ll need the extra storage. As for the Samsung Note 4, my provider is T-Mobile. I would highly recommend using them as your provider if you travel internationally a lot. Their simple plan is the obvious choice to get because you get free data and texting internationally.
- 1 Quick Dry Travel Towel (REI)
- HIKPRO Daypack
- Med Kit
- Travel Organizer
- Driver’s License
- Credit Cards / Debit Card
- Flight/Lodging Confirmations
- Maxah Travel Universal Adaptor
- Manfrotto Mini Tripod
- Belkin 3-Outlet Mini Travel Charger
- Various Chargers/Wires for Camera, Phone, Laptop and GoPro.
I definitely recommend the travel towel and the daypack. The travel towel is essential when hostels and airbnb may not have towels. So having one on hand is a plus. As for the Daypack it’s great for those days you plan being out for the day and want to carry some food, drinks, or souvenirs that you’ve hauled for the day. Instead of bring your entire pack you can leave it at your lodging.