— If you are new to travel or to the Ultra Light mindset, DO check out the extended version of this list HERE. It contains invaluable tips on how to choose products and how to use them best while traveling, as well as practical travel and safety tips. —
This packing list is tailored for short and long term travel. On a trip with a warm climate, all items listed here fit easily into my day pack. Camping items are not included.
The extended list includes explanations for types of products to purchase, reasoning for doing so, and practical tips for traveling when using listed items.
(HQ): You need to purchase a high quality product.
(Items in parenthesis): these items are only necessary to some, like a sweater for cold weather, or a daily journal or sunglasses. For example, I am always writing, and never pack sunglasses. And a man may choose to not pack lipstick.
4 pairs sports socks
1 pair merino wool hiking socks
1 pair warm socks
4 pairs underwear
Active wear pants (HQ) which zip off at the knees.
Jeans: One pair
Hiking shoes (HQ)
Day shoes or walking sandals
(Fleece sweatshirt) (HQ)
(Sweat wicking sports jacket).
My favorite attributes: There is no logo and the color is completely neutral. I love that it’s windproof and has extra inner pockets.
3 day shirts
2 tank tops
1 nice shirt
(Bra) Girls – consider substituting a tank top with a shelf bra.
Constantly needed items: Keep in an easy -to-reach bag.Reminder : Do not bring your Social Security card.
Emergency contact list
2 color copies of your passport
Extra debit and credit card
Extra cash In local currency, approx. $100 USD
In addition, I hid a credit card, copy of my passport, emergency contacts, and cash deep in my backpack.
A passport pocket to hold cash, ATM or credit card, and passport when on long journeys. No money belt needed!
It’s a safer alternative, and much less bothersome! I invented it because I loathe traditional money belts. It simply clips on the inside of your pants or shorts. No uncomfortable belt. No obvious pouch. Just a simple, safe pocket.
With the Passport Pocket, your documents are easy to access, safe, and more discrete. Be safe and and avoid theft and the stress and cost of replacing your travel documents.
It is crafted with high performance Coolmax fabric, and lined with water resistant ripstop polyester. The fabric wicks perspiration from your body, and keeps your passport, cash, and documents dry.
USB flash memory drive
Universal Card Reader
(Cell phone and phone charger)
iPod, charger, and ear buds
Toilet paper: Ladies – include extra tampons or pads in the bag)
Disposable water bottle
(Guide book) Ultralight backpacking isn’t conducive to books. Consider condensed forms or tearing out relevant pages.
(Journal) Full or pocket-sized
(A small inflatable pillow) For back support, pillow, and all-around padding.
(A thin blanket)
(Cheap day backpack or cloth bag)
2 Giant brand name Zip-Loc bags: Utilized to package items below.
6 brand name standard Zip-Loc bags.
4 regular plastic grocery sacks.
Inconspicuous camera bag
Extra name brand batteries
Really cheap camera
Toiletries and emergency kit
I place the wet items in one giant Zip-Loc bag and the dry in another.
Wet Zip-Loc bag
(Bar of soap or liquid soap)
Compact, super absorbing towel. Size: a deck of cards.
REI products are guaranteed for life…
(Eye contacts, solution, & case) in a separate Zip-Loc bag
(Bug spray) in a separate Zip-Loc bag
Dry Zip-Loc bag
Head lamp. (HQ)
It’s from REI, I love it, and REI has a money back guarantee for life.
Athletic tape (HQ)
Ear plugs & container (HQ)
(Eye glasses & glasses case)
(Medication & container)
The following go in a sandwich-sized Zip-Loc bag inside the dry giant bag.
Neosporin or antibacterial ointment
The following go in a sandwich-sized Zip-Loc bag inside the dry giant bag:
Ibuprofen, Alieve, Advil, etc.
Immunization / Vaccine supplements, e.g., malaria pills
(Tampons or pads) Separate Zip-Loc bag
Items that were nice to have but unnecessary to me:
iPod, charger, ear buds
Items I did not need at all:
Social Security card
Normal sized towel
CamelBak water bladder and backpack
A skirt or dress
More jewelry than one pair of earrings
Salsa dancing shoes
Rock climbing shoes
Spare set of contact lenses
I hope this travel list makes your adventures as brilliant as mine.
Happy Travels, and God speed!
Pre-Ecuador packing. Never again shall I bear such a burdensome pack. (Dec. 2008)
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