Living a year with only one bag of stuff can be challenging. Here’s how I packed my carry-on backpack for such a long time.
Choosing a bag was quite tricky and it took me much more time than I thought it would. At first I was thinking of taking a big hiking bag of 60L. After reading about the subject, I came to realize that my trip wasn’t some kind of long hike but simply a long trip and that there were bags more suited to this situation.
I decided to go with a carry-on bag, this means at most 46L. I also wanted to be able to wear it on my back for easier transportation and one of the mandatory feature was a wide opening on the front (like a normal travel bag).
I went for the Osprey Porter 46 (2011 edition) because I had read great reviews about it from other world travelers. I tested it during my Eurotrip and it is indeed a very good bag. Comfortable enough to carry on the back for a full day with a big front opening and made of strong materials.
My daypack is a Millet Prolight 24 which is a really good bag and very comfortable to wear with an airflow suspension system. This was important to me as in the end, this is the bag I will carry the most.
All this stuff fits inside the bag thanks to the Eagle Creek Pack-it Cubes. Without them it wouldn’t be possible!
Clothing & accessories
- 7 pairs of underwear
- 3 pairs of socks
- 1 pair swim trunks
- 1 sport shorts
- 3 pairs of shorts
- 1 pair of denim
- 1 pair of convertible pants
- 1 short sleeve shirt
- 1 long sleeve shirt
- 5 short sleeve t-shirts
- 1 long sleeve t-shirt
- 1 base layer
- 1 soft shell
- 1 jacket
Some of these clothes are quick dry but I didn’t want to buy an entirely new wardrobe and I find most tek clothes not very pretty.
- 1 pair of walking shoes
- 1 pair of “light” shoes (for the city and to go out)
- 1 pair of sandals
- 1 toiletry kit
- 1 medical kit (I asked a doctor to advise me on which medicine to take)
- Sea to Summit Tek Towel (quick dry towel)
Most of the gadgets will go into my daypack.
- Asus Zenbook Prime 13” ultrabook
- Canon S100
- GoPro Hero 2
- Amazon Kindle
- iPhone 4 (with international sim card)
- Old Nokia phone (for local sim cards)
- GPS tracker
- GorillaPod (tripod)
- 2 universal socket adapters
- Cocoon Travel Sheets
- Petzl headlamp
- Sea To Summit Dry Sack (waterproof bag)
- TSA locks (with cable)
- Sink stopper
- Suction hook (to hang clothes in the bathroom)
- Point-it dictionary
All cubed up:
And in the bag:
I hope I didn’t forget anything important!