I decided very early on that I didn’t want to be someone who carried too much stuff. Given that travelling was entirely new to me, I spent a lot of time working of other people’s lists, picking up tips where appropriate and built up my list. I still manage to carry a stupid amount of stuff though and it regularly hits 20kg, but since I can still carry and walk with it, it’s not too bad.
Update 10th December – this page was such a mess with updates that I’ve rewritten it.
When choosing a main rucksack it’s important to choose one that fits and has the functionality you need. For me, this was the Deuter Air Contact Pro 60+15. This has a large front opening, fitted nicely and doesn’t have too many fiddly things that will break. I rarely use the front opening though.
Day Sack wise, I chose something that was large enough to be usable for multi-day hikes (Berghaus Roam 30) and a smaller dry bag (xPed CloudBurst 15).
The xPed is suffering badly and was never waterproof and I can’t recommend it at all – I don’t think it’ll be with me that much longer. The Berghaus is pretty much as new though although the lack of pockets is annoying.
I also brought Merrel trainers and have replaced my broken Sandles with Teva Ominum’s.
- 4 x Boxers (3 Ex-Officio, 1 x cotton)
- 2 x Leightweight hiking socks, 5x short socks
- Lightweight dual North Face trousers
- Swimming short
- 5 x Cotton Tee
- Lightweight Fleece top
- Berghaus Primaloft jacket
- Regatta breathable waterproof jacket
- 1 x Smart shirt – handy when you go to a club
- 1 x Tailored shirt & 1 x Suit pants – initially for a friends wedding, but good for interviews.
I’ve thrown out:
- Craghoppers Walking combats
- 2 x Craghoppers Kiwi Shirt (L&S Sleeve)
- 2 x Technical Tee (L&S Sleeve)
- 4 x Ponchos
Electronics and Misc
- Cheap Laptop, charger, external HDD and wireless mouse.
- A camera, charger, 4 memory cards (2 x 4GB, 2 x 2GB), 2 batteries.
- A Bluetooth headset – useful for Skype calls from my laptop / phone.
- Creative Zen MP3 player.
- Small Travel Speaker (the laptop speaker is terrible)
- 2 books to read
- Cheap watch – lost and replaced
- Some snacks & Energy tablets
- Sony Ericsson to keep my UK Sim in
I’ve thrown out:
- A Power Monkey solar charger – never used
- A ZTE Blade smartphone (wifi use mainly) and a old . USB lead. – stolen
- A 3 to 1 UK adaptor with built in surge protection & 2 USB sockets – too bulky
- A UK to World adaptor – broke
- Footprint Guide Book for Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia – not to my taste, bought individual Lonely Planets instead.
- Money Belt – never used
- Prescription sunglasses – never used
- My Passport
- Money (~$100 spare, local currency) & Wallet
- English Drivers Licence and International licence
- Travel insurance details
- Photocopies of all my documents
- Glasses, a spare pair, & prescription
In the next picture but makes more sense in this list:
- Silk sleeping bag liner – really handy!
- Mosquito net – used once. Pointless except for that time
- Small travel towel – it smells quickly and needs washing regularly.
- Insect Repellant bought locally
- Headtorch (originally the brilliant Alpkit Gamma head torch until it was stolen)
Toiletries, First Aid and toolkit
- Nivea for men deodorant
- 2 x toothbrushes (I destroy a toothbrush in 2 weeks) and a tube of toothpaste
- Razor & spare blades. Somersets Shaving oil and After-shave balm (doubles as moisturizer for burns) – oil is good but ruins blades quickly
- Ear plugs (lots!)
- Toilet paper
- Shampoo & Shower Gel – weight penalty is worth it over the Lush soaps I carried originally
- Facewash – suncream, insect repellent, sweat… you need a decent cleaner!
- Standard Sterile First aid kit with extra plasters and a tube of Germolene
- Small First Aid kit with plasters, micro-pore tape, gauze…
- Malarone tablets for the Jungle, Chloroquine for Central America if I need it. – haven’t taken any yet
- Hayfever spray (the steroids help my nose + stop snoring)
- A piezo bite zapper – great little device!
- I brought various tablets and potions, but used some and left the rest.
I’m used to fixing things and tinkering – I’d be lost without some form of tool kit!
- A Leatherman Wave multi-tool
- Zip ties (handy + can seal zips on my bag).
- A small, long shackle padlock
- Duck Tape
- Small sewing kit
- Fishing Line (tying things, washing line etc) – never used
- Some Karabinas.
You can find some other lists I used as the basis of mine at :