My traveling stint took me back more than 20 years ago when I embarked on my first journey to our province. Imagine a 5 or 6 year old kid tasked to bring all of her stuff and be in the mountains for 2 weeks or for the entire summer break [which spans up to 2 months]. Back then, when computers, laptops and cellphones are thing of the future, I had learned the value of taking care of your equipment and valuables above everything else.
However, being exposed to different jobs and interests, while following my passion for the outdoors and also being able to take the Basic Mountaineering Courses, I learned how to pack effectively for all my travels. And that includes everything that I need in my length of travel. Being self contained makes me save money in my travels. Carrying my pack most of the time instead of portering definitely made me save extra money that I can have as a buffer/contigency fund.
Here are some things that we need to understand while packing up:
- We are only allowed to carry ⅓ of our total weight. That means, choose a backpack after you had checked your total weight. Most of the backpacks are measured in Liters, not in kilograms, though when roughly translated, 1 KL is equivalent to 1 L. Then again, you have to bear in mind that the human body can lift only ⅓ of our average weight comfortably. So for overnights or 3 day travels, you can definitely carry a 30L or 40L pack snug-fit.
- Always make sure to compress your stuff and place bulky ones at the bottom of the pack. It will definitely help if you roll your garments too. Sleeping bags, windbreakers/rainbreakers can be placed in the bottom.
- Make a list of the things that you are packing. As a digital nomad, we need to pack out our chargers, laptops, mobile phones, power banks and flash drives so that we won’t miss a thing or two with our created memories. Neatly coil up the wires to prevent from being tangled and always make sure to provide name stickers on your gadgets.
- Waterproof all of your stuff. Having a suitcase or a backpack, you can always individually pack it via Ziplocks or use a thick translucent garbage bag to waterproof your stuff. Just line up the inside compartment with the bag to make it waterproof. Unexpected downpours might come when traveling so it is better to be safe than sorry.
- Lastly, always share your itinerary with close family and friends. You will never know what lies ahead but it will be better if a person or two would know where you are heading so that they will have an idea whenever emergency situations happen. In my climbs, we would always appoint a person that will check on us from time to time. Someone who has a list of our “In Case of Emergency” contacts. This is very crucial in every travel.
Over the years of traveling and with the help of experience, here are my “things to bring” and my take on how to pack like a professional blogger:
- 1 set of decent blouse/polo shirt/slacks/skirt for dinner parties
- 1 pair of trek pants [khaki/black ones] can be worn either on formal or informal meetings
- 3 pairs of trek shorts
- 3 pairs of black leggings
- 3 pairs or more of two piece bathing suit
- 6 dri fit shirts
- 1 long-sleeve dri fit shirt [this will work
- 1 pair of flip-flops
- 1 pair of sneakers
- 4 pairs of socks [depends on the number of days that you will travel]
- 1 pair of black dress socks
- 1 pair of dress shoes
- 3 pairs or less of undies
- 1 microfiber towel [less bulky and dries easily]
Toiletries: These travel sized buddies are packed in one mesh pouch
- 1 small bottle of shampoo
- 1 small tube of toothpaste and mouthwash
- 1 small toothbrush
- 1 small sized deodorant
- 1 small bar of soap or 1 bottle of shower gel
- 1 small tube/bottle of lotion
- 1 pack of pantyliner/pads
- 1 small bottle of cologne
- 1 small bottle of sanitizer/alcohol
- dental floss
First Aid Kit: A must have in every travel
- cotton buds
- cotton balls/squares
- Povidone-Iodine Solution
- band aids
- AntiBacterial Cream
- Anti burn ointment
- oral meds like paracetamol, anti histamine, pain relievers, anti motility, anti colds, anti vomiting, nasal decongestants, etc [2 tabs/caps for each]
- elastic bandage [3x5 in diameter]
Gears: Though I seldom bring this all when I am up in the mountains, still when I travel elsewhere, I bring these.
- Camera [either point and shoot or DSLR]
- Mobile phone with Camera
- Power bank
- Laptop /Tab
- Universal Power Converter
- Tripod [optional]
- LTE devices/wifi sticks
- ear phones/headsets
Packing stuff might differ from one person to another and the list of the”must haves” are endless. It will be always helpful to bear in mind your needs and as well as how prepared you are for the trip. And while you’re at it, do not forget to bring your other essentials like Passport, Visa, pocket money in different currencies [when traveling internationally], a TSA padlock to secure your pack, additional ziplocks and eco friendly bags or perhaps, assault packs [tiny backpacks attached to big outdoor packs].
Another thing to consider is snacking on little proportions the healthy way. Dried fruit and nuts are a great way to fight hypoglycemia while walking around exploring places. And also, always hydrate with water. It helps flush out toxins and maintain a healthy pinkish glow on your skin. It also helps regulate body temperature.
Hope you did learned a lot from this. Happy packing! 🙂