Packing time: what am I taking?
Five months on the road is indeed a lot of time, but that doesn’t mean I need to pack a lot. While backpacking for three months throughout Alaska I realised packing for just a week was enough. That’s why I’m taking with me the same backpack I used for that trip (which is the same one I use for short trips). The only difference is that this time I’m packing smarter and today I want to share with you a list of the things I’ll be carrying around across seven countries.
When it comes to backpacks, 65 litres should be more than enough space. To make the long story short: I looked for a well designed backpack, with lifetime warranty, comfortable (a good backpack should always distribute the weight to your hips). One that comes with a daypack and plenty of pockets around so it’s easier to grab the essentials without having to take everything out.
And last but not least, if you’re a photographer and/or videographer, you definitely want to carry your gear with you all the time to make sure nothing goes missing. Since this is my case, I’m thinking about getting a small 16 lt made specifically for photographers.
Like I said before, I’ll be packing just for seven days and packing smart. What does this mean? I’ll give you a few examples: instead of packing your loved thick blue navy jeans, go for lightweight & quick dry pants these, besides being much more comfortable, will take a lot less space on your backpack and will drop down the weight you carry around. They don’t have to be expensive, you can just look for pants with those specs and whatever is good for you and your pocket will do the trick. Same goes for shirts. Since I’ll be visiting countries like Bolivia and Peru, where you can easily find cities around 3,000 metres above sea level, I’ll also be taking with me one jacket (lightweight for a jacket and waterproof) and of course, a wool buff. That way I should be covered in terms of not freezing.
Last but not least: 1 pair of running shoes and 1 pair of boots. I have some minor back problems so this is a big deal for me. Even though it takes a lot of space, I’ll be taking with me one of each so I can make sure I’ll be comfy in any situation. I already know what is like to have back pains while traveling and I can guarantee you it is not fun. Did I forget to mention I’ll throw in my flip flops somewhere too?
Since we’re going to be documenting different development projects and lots of stories I was really picky about the gear I got. And since that’s the case, I’ll write another article soon to geek around in a more detailed way. But overall I can tell you it includes my laptop, a powerful portable mirrorless camera, a microphone, a 360° camera and an action cam, a very lightweight and portable tripod, and I’m also asking the gods and the Lord of Light (and my bank account) if I can get a drone before departing. More on that in a few days!
Accessories & extras
- CHARGERS, lots of ’em. For my phone & cameras, batteries and laptop.
- External hard drive
- Power bank: I’ve been using a 20,000mAh power bank for over a year now and it keeps going like the first day. It is not the most portable one, but it’s reliable.
- Travel toiletry bag with the basics (toothbrush & toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, shampoo, and soap)
- A few good books on my laptop
Voilá! That should cover all my needs for this amazing 5-month trip and hopefully it will help you as well while preparing your next great adventure. Every time I go out there I learn new packing trips that I’d be more than happy to share with you and will do so via this blog. Remember to follow our journey on Instagram too at @europeaid and my personal account @arieldemar
See you out there!