If you are a princess, require 5 pairs of shoes and massive bags of clothes for a week-long trip, this post is not for you. If your travel goal be as lightweight as possible, stay in various types of housing (hostels, Airbnb, hotels, Couchsurfing, etc.), travel long term, and only use a carry-on…then keep reading! The items below are my 2017 packing list. Also, check out my ultralight photography/videography gear list.
Protect your minimalist shit with bags that are designed to deter thieves!
I use this bag to carry my laptop and some light camera gear with me everywhere. Most bags are designed for comfort and style but very few also have security measures to protect my expensive gear from thieves. That is, until I found PacSafe. They have many security measures such as a wire eXomesh that helps protect your gear from slash-and-grab bullshit. The shoulder straps have wire woven into them so thieves can’t cut the straps easily and run off. Also included are pockets with RFID blocking magic. My favorite part is the zippers that lock together and then slide into a Roobar system that you can attach a small luggage lock!
PacSafe Anti-Theft Carry-On Backpack
This carry-on bag is my favorite of any bag I’ve ever had. It has many of the features discussed in the shoulder bag—like eXomesh, slash-resistant straps, RFID blocking pockets, and the locking zippers that slide into a Roobar that is hidden behind a flat panel. But the backpack also includes a wire cable for strapping it to an airport chair or inside a hostel if there isn’t a locker. It opens like a clam shell like normal luggage and makes it easier to organize. When it’s loaded, the bag gets pretty heavy so the hip belt is a must-have so my shoulders don’t die. I sometimes use this bag as a day bag for exploring the city or hiking because it’s so comfy. I just tighten the side straps to make it more compact.
Luggage & Locker Lock
You just spent an assload on PacSafe bags, so lock that shit up! Oh, and many hostels will charge you for locking dem lockers.
You need water or you die. It’s cheaper to refill and better for the planet. Save the world, yo!
If you are staying in hostels, these will protect your feet from nast in the showers. Who the fuck knows what’s growing on them floors! And also good for walking and the beach.
Roll that shit up and stuff into packing cubes. You’ll be able to fit 2x as much crap.
Sea to Summit Silk Sheets
Some hostels may charge you for sheets or they are gross.
Pacsafe RFID Passport Wallet
Don’t let asshats steal your ID.
Pacsafe RFID Wallet
Protect them credit cards, cuz you need to support the bank with your debt!
You will need these unless you are one of those boring mofo’s who just sit inside their hotel. I need them cuz I had lazer beams shot into my eyes so I can see like a ninja. Ninja eyes don’t like sunlight.
Every time you land in a new place you need to fill out the same damn customs crap. Also good for drawing smiling piles of shit and leaving them in random places for people to discover.
Get dem ideas and thoughts out on an old-fashioned “iPad” that cavemen used.
Sea to Summit X Mug
Save money and eat cereal or other cheap shit instead of eating out. I love this cup cuz I can use it as a small bowl and it’s collapsible.
Don’t get the metal version of this or the Egyptian TSA will steal it from you, saying it’s a “weapon”. #truestory
Upload videos of you eating chicken asshole on a stick and edit all those selfies for the world to see. ;P
Don’t annoy people with your obnoxious music or Netflix shows. Plug that shit up!
iPhone Charging Cord
That shit won’t charge itself.
Memory Cards for Camera
Two 64 gig micro cards means your GoPro should last you a few days.
Universal Travel Adaptor
Why are there so many different types of plugs?! Get a universal adapter so you don’t have to think.
Mini Power Strip with USB
If you want to charge multiple items at once, this is a must have. 2 plugs and 2 USB = happiness.
Small Action Camera
I prefer a GoPro camera as it’s waterproof, has many options for mounting and the image/video quality is great.
This is by far the best camera phone I have used. Excellent colors, portrait mode is dope!
T-Mobile Unlimited International Data and Texting
US Residents only are able to snag this awesome sim for $70 a month. It works int 140 counties!
Check out my post on “Ultralight Camera Gear for Traveling” to see my full list of gear I use!
Favorite cafe in #chiangmai #thailand. If feels like working in a jungle! #claystudio #adventures #digitalnomad #workcation #smoothie #clients #design
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Toiletries & First Aid
You probably know what to take for makeup and general toiletries like toothbrush, floss, tampons, mascara, eyeliner, etc. Try to keep this pile to a minimum and bring necessities only. Below are a few other items that I recommend.
Sometimes you will eat shit that makes your stomach feel like gremlins are stabbing you from the inside.#anothertruestory
First Aid Kit
Advil for when asshats give you a headache. Band-aids for when you stab yourself. Clippers to trim those witch claws…though TSA might steal them. And other shiz.
If you get stuck in a hostel with snoring trains, you’ll want to drown that shit out or you might end up in jail for murder.
Travel Laundry Soap
Wash your clothes in the sink and hang dry to save money on laundry facilities.
Sea to Summit Travel Towel
Many hostels will charge you to rent a towel.
Keep your ass cleaner, clown makeup and headache pills organized.
Organic Castile Liquid Soap
Keep your stank ass clean with a travel-sized natural soap that doesn’t poison the environment.
Sea Sickness Bands
If you plan on doing any kinda boating and are not sure if you get seasick, get these. They are a drug-free alternative to seasickness pills that use acupressure points in your wrists.
Compact Toilet Paper
A good portion of the world doesn’t know what this beautiful stuff is. They chose to spray their asshole with cold water. If you want to experience life like a local, forget this item. Also, wet wipes are great to have as well.
Natural Bug Spray
Keep those nasty lil creepers away! DEET-free, PABA-free, dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic!
This is my clothing list for warm summer days & cool nights. Winter traveling requires more fluffy stuff. I pack for layering and being able to interchange everything to create the greatest variety of outfits. Stay away from cotton as much as possible as it absorbs moisture and retains yo stank. Polyester is light and great to use. Wool is my new favorite clothing material: It’s an antimicrobial and doesn’t need to be washed for a while. They make lightweight wool clothing for warmer weather.
Walk all day long and then head to a fancy restaurant with the same shoes! Once you find a pair that can work for multiple functions, it will free up more room in your bag for more electronics! Oh and wool stinks less. Woo!
I prefer Salomon trail runners as they feel like they have lil suction cups stuck to the bottom (traction) and I rarely slip off the crazy shit I climb. I can also, ya know, run in them. So two shoes in one!
I couldn’t find any quality women’s wool shirts that weren’t cheesy as hell but I found some fitted dudes’ shirts that work great. I’m also not going to smell like a bum cuz of the antimicrobial components of the wool! #winning
Have a pair of athletic shorts for working out, running, general frolicking, and sleeping.
Cuz sometimes you want pants but not the commitment. Or you kinda want shorts but not really.
I pack a few different kinds of wool socks, some lightweight for normal use and some a lil thicker for hiking/running.
Sometimes the gods weep on us.
Down Alternative Jacket
My Viking ancestors would disown me but I no likey the cold. Please avoid wearing a jacket filled with tortured birds. #sadness
No jeans unless you like chaffing and uncomfortableness in hot weather. Get pants that convert to shorts and are made of polyester.
Button Up Shirt
Cuz I wanna look fly sometimes.
Be boring and bake on the beach or do fun shit like surf, wakeboard, inner tube, white water raft, kayak, etc. This can double as underwear.
Hide your stanky bits behind another layer of cloth.
If you need support or want to look less flat like me, the t-shirt bra by Victoria’s Secret is super comfy for travel.
I love hearing about new things to make my travels easier. Leave a comment and lemme know if there is anything I should add to the list!