Your daybag is my backpack: Travelling light!

So a few (OK, 8) years ago I found myself on a whirlwind tour around 15 US states in 3 weeks with a 70ltr backpack. I have no idea to this day what I had in it but this was pre-Kindle so I do remember having at least 3 Terry Pratchett books. In 3 weeks I think I wore the same outfit every day as it was hot and I couldn’t bring myself to dig around to the bottom of the bottomless pit. Yes, I see what I did there.

So skip to us OAP’s travelling around Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Japan with barely 60Ltrs between us. Trust me, there is something wonderful about travelling light.

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Now, don’t be put off by the idea you won’t have enough clothes and I will be writing a whole other separate blog post about the actual technical gear/clothing we have brought with us but for now, I’ll just quickly run through the contents.

OK…
6 x t-shirts
1 x long sleeve T-shirt
1 x knee high skirt
1 x trousers which roll up to 3\4
1 x long dress purchased in Bali
1 x leggings
1 x bikini
7 x underwear
1 x bra
2 x sports bras
1 x rain jacket
1 x fleece jacket
1 x small washbag (toothbrush, toothpaste, insect repellant suncream, shampoo, conditioner and a bar of soap)
1 x bag of medication (paracetamol, epilepsy pills, malaria tablets)
1 x head torch
1 x Kindle
1 x tablet
1 x (broken) phone
1 x charger
1 x camera
1 x headphones
1 x pair sandles
1 x pair walking shoes
1 x pocket bag for a day pack if needed
1 x drybag liner
1 x homemade wash line

And yes, all that fits into 30ltrs (although as I got the s/m backpack it’s likely to be more like 28ltrs). It’s just under the 7kg mark so counts as carry on on all the airlines we have travelled.

I love the freedom of travelling light and I recommend EVERYONE should do the same!

More posts soon on technical gear, how I pack it all (PACKING CUBES!), girls vs boys pack list and all the stuff I actually wish we HADN’T brought!