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1. Posted by Jaxlive (Budding Member 33 posts) 1y

Light Pants
Windbreaker / Sweater

Umbrella / Poncho
Mini Electric Cooking Pot
Cap / Hat
Face Mask
Wallet for Foreign Currency
Sling Bag
Plastic Bags

⭐Basic Equipping
Eating Utensils / Cutlery
Can Opener
Cup / Bowl / Plate
Fingernail Clippers
Adhesive Tape
Water Bottle
Rubber Bands
Clothes Brush
Clothes Pin

Chocolate Bars
Instant Noodles
3in1 Instant Beverage

Bar Soap
100ml Shampoo
100ml Toothpaste
100ml Face Wash
Bar Laundry Detergent
Tissue Dry / Wet

Prescription Medicine
First Aid Strip / Handyplast
Sprain Plaster
Insect Repellent
Diarrhoea Pills

⭐Electrical Stuff
Charger to Phone
Multi Power Outlet
Wall Socket Adapter
Travel Adapter
Portable Charger/Extra Battery for Phone

2. Posted by mapsandmoxie (Full Member 183 posts) 1y

What are you asking?

3. Posted by JesusOliver (Budding Member 2 posts) 40w

even I want to know what are you trying so say

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1618 posts) 40w

Where are you traveling to? Looks like you will be living in the woods and not a hotel or guest house.

5. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 40w

What they said: what is the question? The situation?

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7. Posted by Jaxlive (Budding Member 33 posts) 21w

Guys.. Let's go Backpacking together :)

8. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 239 posts) 21w

Looks like a 16 year old Boy Scouts list of what to put in the back of a car except that there is no tent, sleeping bag or stove. So I take it this is not a wilderness backpacking list. If it is a 'backpack around Europe for a summer' suggested list then it is pretty poor I have to say.

At this point, you have responded and still not clarified what your list is supposed to be for. Did you read the responses you got at all?

I'm gonna guess you want some feedback on your list. So here is my feedback.

What does all of this stuff weigh? If you do not know the weight of every item you decide to pack, I can guarantee you that you will be carrying more weight than you need to carry. The number one enemy of anyone who puts a pack on their back for more than 15 minutes is WEIGHT. Getting the total weigh down as low as possible therefore has to be the primary goal. The way to do that is to find the lowest weight example of EVERY item you decide you NEED to take. You can pack a 14oz. rainjacket or a 7oz. rainjacket. Both will meet the need to keep you dry.

Packing light is not about doing without anything. You decide what you need and then you find the lightest weight answer for each item and that determines just how lightweight your pack will be.

Your list looks to me like the first attempt at making a list of for what someone without any experience thinks hostel travel will be like. It also looks like it will be heavier than necessary given some items like a 'mini electric cooking pot' you suggest as optional.

If you want some real input on your list then I suggest you tell us the following.

1. What kind of travel and to where are you planning to do?
2. What size pack do you intend to use and what will be the total weight you will aim to stay under?

9. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 239 posts) 21w

Here is my own list for comparison laxlive.
Three season packing list.

What to pack is a topic that comes up regularly. Packing too much is one of the two commonest mistakes that travellers make, along with trying to see too much in too little time.

Over time, my wife and I have refined our packing list to reach a balance between comfort/safety and weight.

So here is my packing list:

  • Pack:* Vaude Triset 25+4. I’ve had this pack for a few years now and the fit for me is excellent. I like the Aeroflex back and find that with a wicking t-shirt my back stays dry (sweat free) all day. Since I won’t be carrying a tent, stove, sleeping bag, etc. it’s more than big enough.
  • Clothing:*
  • 3 wicking T-shirts* Columbia Omni-Wick. 2 short sleeve and one long sleeve. I may try one of Columbia’s new Omni-Freeze instead of the standard Omni-Wick I’m used to.
  • 2 long sleeve shirts* Royal Robbins Expedition Light. Light weight, wicking, UV protection, low wrinkle and smart enough looking for anywhere.
  • 3 pair pants* North Face Paramount Peak. These are convertible to shorts (zip-off legs) and easy to wash and dry overnight.
  • 1 rain jacket* North Face Venture. Packable into one of it’s own pockets. Edit: this jacket weighs 14 ozs. And I am now looking at changing to a Marmot Micra which weighs 7 ozs. That will save nearly half a pound!
  • 1 down vest* Ralph Lauren. A lightweight down vest that can pack into it’s own pocket. Don’t ask, it was a gift but I have to say at least it doesn’t have a big RL logo on it anywhere.
  • 3 pr. Underwear* Icebreaker 150 merino wool. Keep you cool, don’t smell, feel great and dry quite quickly.
  • 3 pr. Socks* Rohner original merino wool medium weight. I’ve worn this brand for many years. Arguably the best hiking sock made.
  • 1 pr. Hiking boots* New Balance H710 Very light, breathable and fit like my skin. These were the first light weight hiking boots made. In 1984, Lou Whittaker wore one of the first pair to the top of the North Col of Mt. Everest. They’ll take you anywhere you are likely to go.

Other items:

  • 1 first aid kit* My own assembly of items.
  • 1 toiletry kit* The usual but only smaller quantities ie. Toothpaste. A 4 oz. bottle of Couglan’s concentrated camp soap will wash anything you can wash in water. You, your clothes, your hair, dishes, etc. You use a very small amount so it will usually last around 3 months.
  • Miscellaneous* A swiss army knife (never leave home without it), compass, map, baseball hat, 2 – 1 litre plastic water bottles, bandana, small LED flashlight, space blanket, sunglasses, matches, a couple of energy bars. The ‘ten essentials of wilderness backpacking’ are covered. Also passport,tickets, money, bank cards, etc. (no wallet, I use my pockets).

Here is my weight chart. Pounds rounded up to 2 decimal places.

Pack: 1200 grams/2.64 lbs.
T-shirts: (4.8oz. x 2, 6.2oz. x 1= 15.8 oz.) 448 grams/0.99 lbs.
Shirts: (5.0 oz. x 2 = 10.0 oz.) 284 grams/0.63 lbs.
Pants: (17.6 oz. x 3 = 52.8 oz.) 1500 grams/3.30 lbs.
Rain Jacket: 400 grams/0.88 lbs.
Down Vest: 284 grams/0.63 lbs.
Underwear: (3.0oz. x 3 = 9.0 oz.) 85 grams/0.56 lbs.
Socks: (2.82 oz. x 3 = 8.46 oz.) 80 grams/0.53 lbs.
Hiking boots: 454 grams/1.00 lbs.
First aid kit: 354 grams/0.78 lbs.
Toiletry kit: 340 grams/0.75 lbs.
Miscellaneous: (approximate) 454 grams/1.00 lbs.

Total all items: 6.21 kg./13.69 lbs.

Off course you have to add the weight of water carried, 1 or 2 litres at 1kg/2.2lbs. per litre as well as a ‘picnic lunch’ when hiking usually. Say another .5kg/1.1 lbs. But then you have to subtract what I am wearing and therefore not carrying in the pack. That can be as low as 1.15 kg./2.54 lbs. (shorts, t-shirt, socks, underwear, boots).

Total carried (dry weight): 5.06kg./11.16 lbs.

Maximum load carried (wet weight): 7 .56 kg./16.67 lbs.
I’d love to break that 7 kg. maximum but just can’t see how to get there without sacrificing comfort or safety. Of course I am well under it when in a town or on the plane.

My wife’s weights are slightly less primarily due to smaller clothes sizes and therefore slight weight reductions on each item. She carries a small make-up kit instead of a first aid kit and her miscellaneous items differ as well. She carries a skirt in place of one pair of pants on my list and a pair of ‘dressy’ sandals. On our next trip she will carry her Ipad for taking photos, making calls (Skype) and internet access (I don’t care about any of those). It’s relatively heavy at 652 grams/1.44 lbs. but she feels it’s worth it. Overall her list is basically the same for clothing. Her total dry weight is just under 5 kg./11 lbs. Her wet weight is almost right on the 7 kg. mark.

I call this the 3 for 3 pack. Good for three seasons and any number of days from 3 to infinity. Whether on a city break or in the country; whether travelling for 7 days or 7 months, on streets or hiking trails, it makes no difference.

The only other item sometimes added is a pair of Teva sandals. They are only added if it will be really hot weather or we plan on visiting beaches. They weigh 680 grams/1.50 lbs. but generally when we need them we don’t need a rain jacket or down vest and so the overall weight remains the same. If travelling alone, some items that are shared would have to be carried by the individual and would increase overall weight by perhaps 7-8%.

The key to successful packing is to always take the lowest weight item you can find that will do the job. Look for multiple use items (like camp soap) that can replace several individual items. My wife adds, colour co-ordinate everything to look good. Pack smart, not heavy.

This may provide a specific list for those new to backpacking to compare their own lists to and see where they could save some weight and add to their comfort. Feel free to question or comment.

10. Posted by Jaxlive (Budding Member 33 posts) 21w

I travel light with a max load of 7kg, and on a budget, purchase of baggage is not a necessity. Good choice of Equipping by OldPro but I must say Swiss Knife is a No No on a flight