“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn”
― Orson Welles
As a complete newbie to backpacking, I have probably read 1000 different packing lists, lists of what not to pack and what are considered the essentials. I for one, do not care for trousers that you can zip off into shorts, or the whole taking 2 pairs of pants, wash one, wear one rule.
I have a pretty big backpack, a 60+10L Berghaus Jarlan. The back straps fold away into a secret section, which will be pretty useful for when not using it. It seems pretty comfy, however I have only worm it around my home. I was lucky enough to have it as a christmas present, and will include a review once it’s been used for its actual purpose.
I love buying new clothes, however I’ve found it pretty easy to whittle down my clothes to what I think is a small yet versatile wardrobe. With me hitting Asia first, I just know I will pick up a few pieces at the markets. I have a couple of packing cubes, because I am an organised neat freak, they help to keep everything organised, and I am sure they will speed up my packing process.
Here’s what I have packed.
Tops x10 .. Sounds a lot, but a good mixture of vests, tees, long sleeve top and camis ,
Shorts x 4
The obvious denim short (which took me ages to find the perfect pair!)
A sports short, silky prettier short and a loose beach style short. I am also packing a pair of black leggings, which are currently being washed.
Please note, I love my bunny slippers, and will miss them dearly.
My biggest weight is toiletries..I don’t see where I could minimise these anymore than I already have. I need quite a few toiletries due to my spot prone skin and uncontrollable hair.
Everyday toiletries – small travel towel, loofah, toothbrush, paste and floss, razor, LUSH shampoo and conditioner bars, soap and my dermologica medibac face wash and exfoliant, tangle teezer hairbrush. I am also taking some makeup, which includes bare minerals powder foundation, bare minerals warmth (bronzer), bare minerals primer, mascara, a red lipstick, and an eyebrow pencil with a mini eyeshadow palette.
Final few bits… Cold and flu sachet, allergy relief tablets, antiseptic spray and cream, talc, face wipes, Imodium, senokot, nail clippers, paracetamol, spare razors, spare ear plugs, nurofen, nytol, tiger balm, nail polish, mini scissors, steri strips, few plasters and a spare stash of American dollars.
As for electronics, I’m simply taking my camera and it’s charger, and my iPad mini with its charger. Oh and a cute little head torch. Also a few little bits such as padlocks, travel guide, photocopies of my documents, travel insurance papers, keyrings with photos of my family and friends.
I don’t plan on using the +10 section of the backpacker, but will keep it there for just in cases. I am taking my own bag for the day, which is a cute flowery rucksack. Aswell as a mini leather over the shoulder bag for evenings.
This includes my beautiful travel diary from Paperchase, Thailand guidebook, (iv got a Southeast Asia one in my backpack), cap, eye-mask, purse, then a ziplock containing passport, passport pictures, memory stick, lip balm, US Dollars, Thai Baht, mini notebook, flight and first accommodation details, pens, bobbles, credit cards x2, ear plugs.
I think that I everything, my bag comes to 11kg, and has room for more things. Far from an experienced packing list, but it proves you can be well dressed and keep your special toiletries whilst being a gypsy backpacker!