The following items are what we pack at minimum when we travel. A great deal of thought, travel and time have been put into this list. It has been created for people who do not want to be burdened with carrying a bunch of “stuff” when they travel. The key is to take only essential items. Pack light, light, light. Backpack in photo to left is Dave’s small pack!
This is a bare bones list and as a result we always travel Internationally with merely a small school size back pack. Your list may differ dramatically from this list depending on the type of activities you enjoy doing when you travel, the comfort level you want when traveling, the climate of the country you will be visiting, the time of year, or any other number of factors.
Clothing can often take up a lot of space. If you are traveling to a warm weather climate and you know you will not need much clothing, and you take what is on this list, your entire small school size backpack will have LOTS of extra space left in it. For colder climates, consider thin lightweight thermal underwear for both halves of your body. A jacket may also be needed; goose down is extremely light and very warm. Consider using a compression stuff sack if you bring a down jacket. Much of the clothing you can wear with you when you travel, and if need be, you can always leave some of your clothing in your hostel or hotel room.
Traveling with smaller quantities of clothing will free up space so that you do not have to bring a large pack or suitcase – however, this means you will be doing more laundry. We use sinks or bathtubs in hotel rooms to do his laundry each evening. Synthetic material or Fleece is key. here is less smell and dries very fast.
crossed off below typically are only allowed in carry-on baggage in specific quantities -3oz (these items also may not be allowed in carry on baggage on some airlines) and need to be in a Ziploc bag. If items are marked as “optional” we sometimes brings these items, but not always. Yes, all of this will fit in a school sized back pack with room left over!! Its a great feeling when walking by the Baggage Carousels in airports and hearing security yell out at you as you walk by with your small carry on bag on your back, “hey, you need to stop and pick up your checked bags”!!!