Heavy baggage is the worst! If you’re planning your next (or your first) big trip, plan ahead so you have an idea of what you will take with you. Whether packing for a week, a month, or for indefinite overseas travel, a plan for what to pack will help ensure you have only what you need so you can enjoy travelling light!
When I sat down and started researching what I would need for potentially indefinite overseas travel from one 33L backpack (including the backpack itself!) I didn’t think it would take too long….man was I wrong.
I should note that I am a little pedantic when researching items. My process is to try to learn as much as I can about each item, cross referencing prices for days in order to finally purchase each item after weeks of careful consideration.
The items I have purchased I believe to be the highest of quality and therefore longevity. I want to not have to worry about things if I continue to travel for the next 10 years! Some products I have listed are new and some I’ve had for a while. The older stuff helped bring the price down a bit and I aim to slowly replace these items on the road as necessary.
The items I have selected I believe to be the highest of quality and therefore longevity. I want to not have to worry about things if I continue to travel for the next 10 years!
You can also check out my Spreadsheet HERE for an in-depth analysis of my pack, costs and the weight of each item – It is comprehensive!
Note: I’m not paid for my review on any of these items, everything is just my honest opinion.
Anyway, without further ado, below lists what I carry in my pack on my travels around the world!
12kg’s worth of stuff in my pack
In The Pack
1 Main Pack + 1 Ultra Small fold up pack (nothing stored in here, only for day trips)
7 Underwear (Including boxers to sleep in)
1 Toiletries Bag
A bunch of Tech Gear!
A bunch of other bits and peices
Total of $1,738AUD spent on stuff!
The Packing List Breakdown
AER Travel Pack – I looked at most minimalist carry-on backpacks available in late 2017 and finally arrived at the AER Travel Pack being the best choice for me. The reasons why I selected this pack over others were:
Functionality – It has tons of organising pockets for all my stuff
Form – It is aesthetically pleasing. I knew I wouldn’t be happy looking like a stand out big bag backpacker – been there done that.
Size – There weren’t that many packs that were a reasonable size when combined with form and functionality. At 33L this pack is a little larger than some but smaller than most including both of Tortuga Outbreaker’s available pack sizes. This pack also has compression straps on the sides which means if you have less than 33L worth of stuff you can lock it down to a nice size. It fits perfectly on me and I am 5 Ft 7.
I’ve been travelling now for over 2 months and I’m loving this backpack. It is highly manageable in terms of size and super comfy when required to walk longer distances to find the next bus or train – an unfortunately common occurrence for my girlfriend and I!
Sea-to-Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack – Purchased before we left Australia I thought this would be the perfect addition to our travels for those extra few days where my girlfriend and I would need some snacks or to carry fruit etc. I definitely 100% underestimated the need for a daypack and the reality is we use this little fella almost every single day.
At 22L and built from ‘Rip-Stop’ Cordura Nylon this pack is highly capable of carrying almost anything, including 2 X MacBook Pro’s, Chargers for both and a 1.5L bottle of water. A word of caution though, the straps are NOT comfortable… there is ZERO padding on this bag. It literally packs down to smaller than my fist and as such not much can be expected in way of comfort.
We try to limit what we carry in it due to the discomfort if carrying for long periods of time and will generally take my girlfriend’s regular pack (minus most of her stuff) with the laptops to a cafe if that is our day plan.
Outlier Deep Gray – I have owned this shirt for a long time! I purchased before I adopted a Vegan lifestyle and it has held up unbelievably well against the test of time and my improper washing techniques – see below. The shirt sits well, feels great and never smells, about all you could want in a shirt you will be living in. Nonetheless, for my other shirts I preferred to find those that are made from a material that does not exploit animals in any way and I happened to stumble across them- see below.
2 X Pistol Lake Minimalist T (Light and Dark Grey) – I scoured the net for weeks to find a comparable shirt to the Outlier Merino Wool T’s to no avail until finally I stumbled upon a Reddit post. They mentioned Pistol Lake briefly and I happened to click the link, I’m very happy I did. I have had time to trial these shirts effectively including hiking for 3 days in the same Dark Grey shirt (without deodorant – the deodorant was too heavy to take with us in our small bag) and I can confidently say that the antimicrobial properties hold up and that at the end of the trek it did not stink! That however did not stop me from immediately ripping it off and putting a clean shirt on!
These shirts are very comfortable with a very similar feel to Merino, they are lighter than the Outlier T’s but hold up nearly as well after multiple days wear. I should note that I washed the light grey one a couple of times without turning it inside out (apparently this helps prevent ruining your clothes… That I found out the hard way…) and it has started piling on the front. This does not affect the quality of the shirt whatsoever though and it still looks great.
These shirts are great looking, a perfect fit (none of this trendy long-line bulls$%T) and excellent to wear multiple days in a row. Highly recommended!
Boxers – There are so old, so almost dead (giant hole in the side! ha) but I like having a pair of boxers to sleep in. I will be replacing these at my girlfriend’s urgent request!
Regular Faux Leather Belt (Target Aus Maybe) – Just a simple belt made from Faux leather that I needed to purchase on short notice when my previous belt broke. Eventually I will replace this with a more sustainable long living belt.
Things I forgot to add in the pics!
All My Stuff
That is everything below before I left Australia – Only a couple of small item changes since then.