I’m often asked about what to pack, how much does my bag weight, which items one must bring… So I’ve decided to give you a little (written) help!
Backpacking is fun, but difficult to manage. The best packing practices come only with a lot of pratice. I’ve been backpacking for years, and I’ve made a few live videos on facebook about it, but never really written anything about what to pack and what not to pack.
This post is by no means a “bible of packing”, but it summarises what I’ve packed for my current trip, which lasts for around 100 days, with temperatures ranging from -15ºC to 42ºC.
The items I’ve packed suit all my needs, and I’ve been on several different transports also, from horseback riding to flights. I have two bags, so I’ll go through the contents of both of them: one for general items, and one specifically for my image equipment (photography and video).
I’ve changed my backpack recently, from a 65L REI to the 50L Osprey AG Aura. With my new bag, I haven’t yet exceeded 12kgs, and that is already a lot!
Here’s the main reasons that made me change:
- hydration pack
for my autonomy treks, a camel back is ideal for hydrating whilst on the go
less is more! The more space you have, the more “stuff” you’ll collect. Restricting your allowance is actually a very good thing
- zero gravity backpack support
there’s a special suspension net that kinda “hugs” your back, relieving the weight you are carrying
- removable top
for those days that you only need the minimum, you can remove the top bag, reducing the total weight and size of your pack
- rain cover
because I travel in all weather conditions, a rain cover is mandatory!
- trekking poles + ice axe ready
it comes with little loops to attach your trekking poles and ice axe on the outside, convenient for long trekking days or ice climbing / glacier trekking!
- waistband pockets
this is really useful, I usually put here my emergency first aid kit, and my snacks on the other
So, what items do you really need to pack?
Again, the list below is what I have in my bag for this trip especifically, hoping it gives you some lights and adapt to your backpack as well
- First aid kit (I’ll go through this on a different post)
- 1x mountain trekking boots (I recommend the Salewa’s Rapace)
- 1x comfortable shoes (I brought my sustainable MDMA shoes – use my code “gowithtania” for a 15% discount on any products)
- 1x flip flops
- 1x beanie (I love my Salewa’s Puez)
- 1x gloves
- 3x merino wool socks
- 4x panties
- 3x sports bras
- 1x bikini
- 2x trekking trousers (become shorts – w/ UV protection)
- 2x inlayer trousers
- 1x leggings
- 2x merino wool tops
- 2x inlayer tops
- 3x t-shirts
- 2x jungle shirts (w/ UV protection)
- 1x hybrid softshell jacket (I recommend the Salewa Pedroc 2 Stormwall)
- 1x waterproof hardshell jacket
- 1x 2L hydration camel pack
- 1x 1L thermal bottle
- 1x 0,8L water bottle
- 1x bag with cosmetics and hygiene products (I’ll go through that later!)
- 1x cards to play with fellow travellers
- 1x pocket shower
- 1x collapsible bowl
- 1x collapsible cup
- 1x cutlery set
- 1x swiss knife
- 1x backpackers lightweight all-weather tent
- 1x inflatable mattress
- 1x sleeping bag
- 1x thermolite liner for sleeping bag
- 1x inflatable pillow
- 1x trekking stove
- 1x cooking set
- 1x headlamp
- 2x fast dry towels
So, those are ALL my items. And the list is long. So how does all of this weights only 12kgs?
It’s important that your items suit your needs, but also that they are light and small in volume. When I buy new items, the weight is a big deal. All my items weight only a few grams, except for my trekking boots, but I always wear those when going through airports and winter time, of course!
My camera backpack is the Jack Wolfskin ACS Photo Pack. The full list of photographic equipment I carry with me on that bag:
- 1x MacBook Pro Touch Bar 13” + charger
- 1x SanDisk Extreme 510 Portable SSD
- 1x Olympus OM-D EM-1
- 1x Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO
- 1x Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm F1.8
- 3x Olympus batteries + charger
- 1x DJI Mavic Air
- 1x DJI Remote
- 3x DJI batteries + charger
- 2x sets spare propellers
- 1x DJI PowerBank accessory
- 1x GoPro HERO5 Black
- 1x very cheap mini-tripod with accessories for mirrorless, gopro and mobile
- 1x PowerBank 20000mAh
- 1x multi-plug adapter with USB
To take the most out of backpacking, you should not choose your items according to fashion or trends, but according to your needs and capabilities. In future posts I will go more in depth about other backpacking tips that help me travel better, longer, and more efficiently as well!
You can comment on this post if you have any questions or doubts, I am more than happy to help you pack better 😉