Packing List

All travel arrangements are done and you are ready for the next adventure. Gradually you have collected all the needed gear based on the trip ahead of you. Everything is coming together and it is time to head out. Wait. Did I forget something? That eerie feeling comes when you are heading out of the door or when you head down the road.

Everyone has been there. Us too.

To avoid it, here is a list that we tend to follow when packing:

ESSENTIALS (adjust for temperature/season):

  • Travel trousers – sporty, comfortable and with zipper pockets (helps keep little things at hand and safe)
  • Sweater or fleece
  • A few t-shirts
  • A few sets of underwear and socks (best go for good quality hiking/sports socks since blisters suck)
  • Shorts
  • Swimwear
  • Waterproof jacket or poncho (We usually carry a light weight Gore-Tex jacket and also a poncho)
  • Cap or hat
  • Hiking boots/shoes
  • Sandals/flipflops
Note: light long sleeve clothes are great in the evenings to avoid mosquito bites – Did you know dark colors attracts mosquitos?
Keep it simple! You can get along with less clothes than you expect!
  • Personal hygiene pack (you know what you need, but include the following)
    • sunscreen and possible aftersun (can be hard to find)
    • Lip balm with SPF
    • Skin Ointment (e.g. Bepanthen) for burnt skin, insect bites etc.
    • antiseptic solution (good for cleaning cuts and scrapes)
    • painkillers (hard to find sometimes and when you need it is too late to look for it)
    • Blister pads (See: socks)
    • wet wipes and tissue/toilet paper
    • Insect repellent
    • Deodorant (not always easy to find for example in Asia)
    • Detergent for washing clothes (small packs hand wash liquid detergents are available)
    • Baby powder (against sweating and rashes)
  • Copies of your travel documents, insurance certificate, vaccination certificate (may be required traveling to/from some countries) etc. Also keep digital copies of all of these.

ACCESSORIES:

  • Phone + headphones + charger + power bank
  • Silk sleeping bag liner
  • Quick dry travel towel
  • Spork (Spoon, fork, knife)
  • Water Bottle / Thermos flask
  • Multitool (e.g. Leatherman)
  • A couple of luggage straps and zip ties
  • Optional:
    • Hammock
    • Camera/DSLR (if your phone won’t be enough for pictures)
    • GoPro + needed accessories (for capturing those more active moment)
    • Gorilla pod
    • Laptop+charger
GOING DIVING:
  • BCD
  • Regulator
  • Wetsuit
  • Booties
  • Fins
  • Mask + Snorkel
  • Dive computer
  • Diving knife
  • DSMB + Finger spool
  • Diving light
  • Logbook and certificates

LUGGAGE:

  • Hiking pack (we use Haglöfs OXO 650 and Black Diamond Mercury 75)
  • Flight bag for hiking pack (e.g. this one) – Airlines aren’t big fans of hiking packs as they get tangled up in the baggage conveyors and make handling difficult. Also you can easily damage your pack when travelling. So a light flight bag is super useful and will save you from a lot of hassle.
  • Day pack (20-30 liter backpack)
  • Dry Bag
  • When diving:
    • Northface Rolling Thunder 30″ (just fits 2 sets of diving gear)
    • Mesh gear bag

OTHER OPTIONAL ITEMS:

  • First Aid Kit (part of hygiene pack normally but adjust to needs)
    • When diving include “marine stinger” first aid essentials:
      • Vinegar
      • Razor
      • Hot pack & cold pack
This is simply a list that we use and naturally it varies slightly depending on the trip we going on and we adjust it to the season, climate and type of trip we are on. We would love to hear if we missed something and also please share the essentials you never travel without in the comments.
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