“travel gear” by stevecoutts, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license. © 2009, stevecoutts.
My first overseas trip is scheduled for October of this year, and in preparations to touch down in Cairo I’ve drawn up a list of my travel essentials. My goal for the month long trip is to live out of one, carry-on size bag. The bag should be light and comfortable enough to be on my back much of the day and has to be durable to last the whole time.
The leading contender for my bag is the z30 by Gregory Packs. I tried it out at my local Eastern Mountain Sports and it fulfills all the requirements I am looking for. It is slightly larger than a carry-on item but it’s pretty close. Some of the key feature for me are the easy access pockets, dual hydration pouches and ventilation.
- 2 Pairs of Socks
- 2 Pairs of lightweight quick dry underwear by Exofficio
- 1 Pair of zip off Pants (doubles as a bathing suit)
- 2 short sleeve T-Shirts
- 1 long sleeve shirt (possibly from Coolibar)
- 1 Sweatshirt (doubles as a pillow and blanket)
- A Sun Hat
- Pair of Sunglasses
- 2 Pairs of Shoes – comfortable Sneakers and my Vibram 5-Fingers
- All-In-One Soap (Washes body, hair and clothes)
- Travel Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Travel Deodorant
- Pack Towel
- Travel Clothesline
- Small First Aid Kit (Bandages, Neosporin, Asprine)
- MacBook Pro (with Charger)
- Camera (I can’t decide; go light with a point-and-shoot or get a DSLR)
- Flip Mino HD
- Phone (Nokia N900 or unlocked iPhone) (Charging Cable)
- Travel Outlets and Power Converter
- Solar Charger (If any of them turn out to be good enough)
- IDs, Passport, Visas (extra copies with a friend and accessible online)
- Copy of this Packing List (Digital on Nook)
- Credit Card (for emergencies) and Debit Card for cash access
- Extra passport sized color Photos
- Guidebook (Digital or thinned out)
- Tickets, Travel Itinerary
- Journal and Pens
- Kiva Keychain Duffel Bag
- Secure Computer Lock (doubles as Luggage Lock)
- aLOKSAK Waterproof Bags (for storage and laundry)
- Earplugs and Sleeping Mask
- Gerber Multitool
- Lightweight Sleep Sack
Benefits and Disadvantages of Minimalist Travel
When I showed this packing list to my friend Melissa she got extremely upset stating that I couldn’t travel with only two days worth of clothes. While it is true I am running with short supply there will be plenty of places for me to pick up anything I need and as long as I can find water I’ll be able to do laundry each night in the aLOKSAK. Because I am only bringing essentials and traveling light I’ll have much more freedom and not have to worry about locking up my stuff and the security back at the hostels. I am running a little heavy on electronics. The truth is my most of my time is spent working online and connecting with people via social networks and if I start getting overwhelmed or homesick I am going to want to have the ability to access all that stuff.
What do you guys think? Is there anything that I am missing that is absolutely essential to travel with? Do you know someone who can’t travel with less than 3 suitcases? Leave a comment I would love to hear about it.