A lot of people are asking me how I travel light or what’s in my backpack. This post answers the question and would definitely give you practical insights on what are the essentials when traveling/backpacking the Philippines (and Southeast Asia).
Listing the things you are bringing helps you too in checking if something is missing in your stuff. It sucks to leave something important in a certain destination, I tell you.
My stuff are divided into 3 categories: Clothes, Gadgets and Extras. Add the Jansport bag and viola, here’s what’s inside my backpack:
So if you want to know what I bring with me, its time to take a peek:
1 Adidas jacket (Green). For the cold bus rides or during cold nights when there no one available to hug me.
3 T-shirts. So I won’t be naked when touring a place. Duh!
1 Diadora Singlet. For hot weather or running.
1 O’neill board shorts. The most pogi shorts in the world,
makes you paddle faster.
1 O’neill rash guard. Protects me
and makes me look sexier when I’m out in the water too.
1 Fox board shorts. Not in the photo (I’m using it when I photographed this)
3 boxer briefs. I love my H&M boxers (Boxers are sexier than briefs too)
1 Headwear. Lots of uses- facial cover if you look stupid when you’re sleeping.
1 Maong pants. Perfect with my Diadora shirts.
1 Belt. Makes you cool or reminds you that you ate too much when you begin to loosen it.
1 Bonnet (Black). For cold bus rides and sometimes protection for the camera
1 Sarong (Green). Lots of uses- towel, tapis, picnic on the beach and sometimes dress for your date.
1 Sea to Summit Drylite towel (dark blue). To dry you after taking a bath. It dries fast, weighs less compared to a towel and perfect for light packers.
1 Diadora loot bag. I use this when I’m going out and I just need to bring a few things. I leave my main Jansport backpack.
1 Macbook Air 11′ (inside the pink notebook sleeve) and charger. I’m a travel blogger and I need the lightest and most efficient notebook available. No problems ever since I converted to MacAir.
1 Samsung External Flashdrive 500GB. For archiving and back-up files/photos.
1 Lumix LX 5 Camera and charger. To save memories, one of the most important gadget of travel bloggers. This camera is a hybrid of DSLR and Point-and-Shoot, light and not bulky. Has HD video too.
1 GoPro HD Hero 2 (Surf Edition) and cable charger. For underwater photos and surfing shots. Still trying to maximize its use. Perfect for hardcore travelers.
1 Blackberry 9300 and charger. For call, texting, tweeting and alarm clock too. I always write on my notes some important learnings or names or ideas that come to mind while on the road.
1 Memory card reader. You know this is important
1 Ipod shuffle. For boring long bus rides.
1 Smith Optics shades. To cover my eye bugs. Perfect during summer or when I’m out under the sun. A must!
1 Nathan Stainless water bottle (750ml). I always bring a water bottle with me. Refill it whenever possible to save on travel cost.
1 Zem (barefoot shoes). The shoes on the first photo. This is a barefoot shoes that is good for water activities, running and light trekking. Been using it for a week and I’m loving it. Will make a review soon.
1 Sea to Summit dry bag (small) for the laptop (black). So I will not worry when the rain pours or I’m crossing waters.
1 MSC dry bag (X-Large) for the clothes (gray). This is a must for me, to make sure that all my stuff are dry and clean.
1 Pogi Pack (Summit Ridge small black bag). soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, perfume, lotion, cotton buds, nail cutter and personal emergency kit. No need to explain.
1 Dare to Journey with Henri Nouwen book. I love reading a chapter before I start my day.
1 Moleskin (black). For note-taking.
1 whistle. For emergency purposes.
1 Nautica leather wallet.
1 coin purse.
I used my new brown Jansport backpack during this particular trip. I’m really a fan of Jansport since my highschool years.
Total Weight: 6.5 kilograms
Note: This is what I brought for a week trip to Gubat, Sorsogon. Activities included in the trip: Book Turn-over for Rizal Elementary School, Surfing, Beach Bumming, Sorsogon Tour, Kayaking in Bulusan Lake and many more.
Most of the time I bring my hammock but since someone is accommodating my stay, I left my hammock in my house.
Hope this is helpful!
Oh and before I forget, if you are a girl, then my friend Christine of Jovial Wanderer shared “What’s Inside my Backpack?” which I believe would be of great help for girl travelers.