My Packing List

The good old packing list! Reading various sites you’ll soon start to see there are so many arguments about on the net.

Should you take a laptop? Are jeans a definite no no? Is carry on luggage the only way to go?

Bottom line it’s really down to yourself. What I have learnt from all these packing lists I’ve read, is there’s not one single one I’ve 100% agreed with, but I have ideas generated by each and everyone I’ve read. So pack what you feel comfortable with. It’s you who is going to have to be living your life and travels with these belongings!

Pretty much everything below I shopped about for and got cheap, or had already. So yes there’s some good stuff on there, but it didn’t cost me what it should have done!

Over Xmas some retailers online had 75% off. Many places in the UK that do outdoor clothing, bags, accessories etc have a price match policy. I would sometimes try on a garment in store, then Google that item, and as long as the retailer that had the cheapest price had it in stock in that size and were based in the UK, then it would be matched or even beaten in some cases. Definitely saved me a fair few quid doing it that way. Go Outdoors for instance even beat the web price by 10%!

So this is MY packing list. I’m sure there’ll be changes over the next few months:

Clothes – Tops

  • 2 x merino wool t-shirts
  • 1 x cotton t-shirt
  • 1 x tank top
  • 2 x long sleeve shirts (can roll up sleeves during the day, then down when mosquitos are out at night or I have sun burn!)
  • 1 x thin hooded micro fleece (for air conditioned buses or when it’s cooler at night)
  • Waterproof jacket (folds into its own pocket)

Clothes – Bottoms

  • 1 x board shorts (black and have multiple pockets so can double up as a pair of shorts)
  • 1 x shorts with zip pockets
  • 1 x trousers (thin and dry quickly)
  • 1 x jeans (will bin/donate these if not worn for awhile)
  • 3 x boxer shorts (travel ones)
  • 1 x Normal Socks
  • 2 x Trainer Socks (will buy more socks when I get to colder climates)


  • Sandals
  • Flipflops
  • Trainers (light weight trail running ones)

Luggage and Packing


  • 12″ MacBook (512gb) – Love the weight and size of this, will see how I get on with one port and the horsepower!
  • iPhone 6 Plus (128gb & unlocked to any GSM network)
  • Sony RX100 Mark 3 Digital Camera + 128gb & 64gb Sandisk SD Cards
  • GoPro Silver 4 + 2 x 64gb Sandisk Micro SD Cards
  • Bose QC20i Noise Cancelling Earphones
  • Kindle
  • Portable Battery Charger
  • 2TB Portable Harddrive for backups
  • Universal Travel Adaptor with 2 USB ports
  • USB Memory Sticks
  • Mini Torch
  • Mini Head Torch


  • Passport
  • Yellow Fever Certificate + other vaccinations I have had
  • Wallet with credit cards & money
  • Photocopies of important documents
  • Passport photos for visas
  • Pens
  • Notebook
  • Padlocks for locking bag
  • Sunglasses/Glasses
  • Quick Drying Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Malaria tablets

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