One of the first things that I did after booking my trip was to find out exactly what I needed to take with me on my voyage.
I search on Google to find a ultimate list of what I needed. However, what I found that I needed really depended on when and where I was going. South America in winter? South East Asia in wet season? And then what you are going to do. Hiking? Skydiving? Beach? so much to break through before deciding what was needed in my backpack.
So, I am not suggesting you need X or Y because it really does depend where, when and what you are going to do. I will let you know what I choose take to take, what was useful, what I got rid off and what I really did not need and will not be taking again.
What I took with me on my travels
Backpack: Osprey Farpoint 70 (click to read my review of this awesome backpack)
Clothing, Shoes & Accessories
- Swimshorts x2
- Shorts x2 including cargo shorts
- Under Armour shorts
- Thick walking socks x3 (used on my Machu Picchu trip once!)
- Socks x3
- Boxershorts x10
- Walking shoes (used on my Machu Picchu trip once!)
- Trainers (you are gunna do a hell of a lot of walking so comfy is key: I love New Balance)
- Barbour chinos x2
- Cargo waterproof trousers (used on my Machu Picchu trip once!)
- Waterproof jacket in a bag
- Collar Tee shirt
- Tee shirts x10
- Baseball hat (you can get a cheap and unique one)
- Condoms (!)
- Camera (Under £70 quid is what I would recommend)
- GoPro Only £100 quid and picture looks mint
- Netbook & case (ASUS Network was SO usual on my travels, if I did not want to have an night out or just wanted to chill, also for updating iamdanelson.com )
- Smartphone I would recommend LEAGOO a chinese company but one hell of a phone around £150!
- Sleeping bag liner
- Slim packing cubes
- Worldwide adapter
- Important docs and photocopies
- Head torch (used on my Machu Picchu trip so can come in handy)
- Notebook and pen
- Lonely Planet books (Look expensive but highly recommended!)
- Inspect repellent
A number of these were really not useful and or could have be purchased when you get there. It is better to travel as light as you can to help when you travel and you can buy cool shit along the way! Items in italics are these such items.
To help you understand what was INCREDIBILITY useful I have put these in bold. In my opinion, for such a long trip of six months these are key.
The vast majority of clothing can be purchased when you get out there for cheaper. These tend to be more unique and fit within the local weather etc so I would take much less next time and get what I need wherever I am depending on what I wanted to do and how the weather was.
Again, it is very difficult to know especially if its your first long term travel what is needed in your backpack and I am sure after one trip like this you will realise just like me that all of this really is not needed.
In my opinion pack lighter than you think, even when you think you NEED everything, take a extra look and take out more and you be glad for it in the long run.
Hope you enjoyed my guide on what to include in your backpack – exactly what I took with me on my 6 month trip and my thoughts on what I would take next time around.