Travel Gear

A full packing list and breakdown of the gear I use on a typical backpacking trip.

It’s possible I may leave some items out or add a few others depending on the nature of the trip.


backpacking gear minimalist packing list

1. Boreas Bolinas 31 liter backpack

2. Marmot Kompressor Plus 20 Liter Day Pack – (The gray rectangle under it is the thin foam insert that’s used to add structure to the pack.)

3. Poncho

4. Macbook Pro in a water-repellent, gray Lacdo sleeve (underneath the notebook)

5. Eagle Creek Pack-It Clean/Dirty packing cube – Simplifies organization immensely. A must have.

What’s inside (from left to right):

Outlier Slim Dungarees (pants) – The best travel pants money can buy. Made of two-way stretch fabric that allows water, coffee, beer to roll right off of it. Quick-drying (when it does get wet), odor-resistant, comfy as can be.

– Quicksilver boardshorts

Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible hiking pants (and shorts)

Outlier New Way Longs (shorts)

Triple Aught Design Merino Wool Traverse Tech T

Icebreaker Merino Wool Tech Lite T-Shirt

Wool & Prince Merino Wool V-neck T-shirt



6. REI Expandable Packing Cube

What’s inside:

ExOfficio Give-N-Go boxer briefs (2 pairs)

Wool & Prince merino wool boxer briefs (1 pair)

Darn Tough 1/4 Merino Wool Hiking Socks

Darn Tough Merino Wool No-Show Socks

Smartwool Merino Wool No Show Socks

7. Outlier Grid Towel – 100% linen – Linen is an incredible fabric and makes for the perfect travel towel.

8. Uniqlo Ultralight Down Parka

9. The North Face Millerton Waterproof Jacket

10. Uniqlo Pocketable Parka – Great for protection from the sun on long motorbike rides.

11. Osprey Hi-Visibility Pack Raincover – Small size (fits 20L-35L packs)

12. Merrell Bare Access Ultra Trail Runners – Love everything about Merrell. Fan for life.

– To the left of these: random water bottle I use. I’ll eventually get a nice one.

13. The North Face Dryvent Hiker Hat – Incredible waterproof, quick-drying, collapsible hat. Makes hiking in the rain much more enjoyable.

14. H&M brown leather belt

15. Louis N’ Clark Hidden Travel Wallet – The best travel wallet. Secure, easy to conceal, and comfortable.

16. Eyemask and Quiet Please Earplugs

17. J.Crew leather card case

18. Glasses case and RayBan Wayfarers

19. Skagen watch

20. Four letter combination MasterLock

21. Carabiner clips

22. Inflatable neck pillow

23. Phillips Norelco electric shavers with charger in a ziploc bag

24. Toiletries (and carry-on liquids bag)

25. First-aid kit

26. Petzl Tikkina Headlamp – Excellent little headlamp for the budget traveler.

27. Miscellany:

Apple USB – Lightning cable and adapter

Panasonic earbuds

Nite-Ize Gear Ties – Love to use these to keep my cords and headphones in order.

Mini-LED flashlight

6′ of olive Titan Paracord – Has 1,000 uses. Most often, it gets used to tie something to the outside of my backpack.

28. Kikkerland Universal Travel Adapter – The best budget travel adapter I’ve come across. It’s not perfect, but it gets the job done and is small and lightweight.

29. Shinola Journal, pen

30. Extra rubber bands and ziploc bags

31. SanDisk iXpand 64GB Flash Drive for iPhone (sitting on top of the RETiCam case I use to store it in) – Excellent to have as a back-up for when your phone’s memory fills up. Transfer gigabytes of photos and videos to it in minutes to clear up space on your phone.

32. Joby Gorillapod with RETiCam Smartphone Mount on top (with swiveling mini-ball head)

33. Seagate Slim 2TB External HD

34. Sony 10,000 mAh Powerbank

35. Osprey 3 liter dry sack – Weighs next to nothing. Great to use when hiking in wet conditions.

36. A good book (in this case–Paul Auster’s Report From The Interior)

37. Cable lock – To secure my backpack to me if I’m napping/sleeping anywhere in public (usually in transit to somewhere).