As soon as I finished planning on my destinations, I started to planned my packing list. I’ll be on the road indefinitely, and I only want to have one backpack with me since I hate having two backpacks, one in my back and another one in my front. I’d rather have only one backpack. Less hassle. Although I have one foldable bag that I can use as a day bag when I am exploring the place.
Last March before my Singapore trip, I bought a hot pink 40 Liters backpack from CabinZero. Why I choose CabinZero among other recommended backpacks for travelers? CabinZero specializes in making a cabin sized backpacks for all types of travelers. Their backpacks meet every airline’s rules about hand carry bags, therefore using one will let you skip the check-in bag fees. In fact, I never bought check-in baggage in my travels.
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WHAT’S IN MY BAG?!
- 2 dresses
- 5 tops
- 1 swimwear
- 5 regular bras
- 1 sports bra
- 14 underwear
- 4 pairs of socks
- 2 scarves (big & small)
- 1 pants
- 2 leggings
- 1 shorts
- 1 pair of sleeping wear
- 1 pair of flip flops
- 1 pair of all around shoes (sneakers or running shoes)
- bath soap
- wet wipes
- insect repellent
- eye mask
- jewelry (earrings, bracelets, and ring!)
- 1 microfiber towel (quick dry)
- 2 face towels
- first aid kit
- 1 padlock
- MacBook Pro
- iPhone 7
- Go Pro Hero 4 Silver
- Nikon D5200
- Chargers and adapters (lots of adapters to the point that sometimes my MacBook sucks because it has only 2 ports! LOL)
- 1 Power Bank
- 1 Monopod
- 3 flash drives
- 2 SD card
- 1 hard drive
- Roll your clothes to save space.
- Have a packing cube – I use one myself that I get from Lazada.
- Choose lightweight fabrics (the heaviest clothes that I have are my denim pants, one from my 2 dress, and my jacket)
- Don’t pack a regular bath towel, pack a microfiber quick dry bath towel instead. You can buy one in Lazada.
- Don’t pack shampoo and conditioner, pick one up when you land to your destination. Some hostels provide toiletries, used it!
- Pick a backpack with a lot of pockets outside of the bag (Although mine is not, this is still a worthy advice for you!).
- Maximize the use of the pockets and straps of your bags, both inside and outside. Also, please choose a backpack with a padded strap. You will thank it in a long way.
- Buy a zip lock laundry bag to keep your clean clothes separated from the dirty ones. If you buy a packing cube set, allot one packing cube to be your laundry bag.
- Wash your clothes every after a bath. If doing this is not possible, always make sure to allot a specific day where you will do your laundry. Never move to another destination with laundries with you. Most hostels offer free laundry but it would be self-service.
- Do not bring too many clothes. You can buy one along the way or you can swap clothes to other travelers you met along the way.
What did you usually pack and why? Any tips and advice you can give for better packing?
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