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Eco Warrior

Backpacking with a hand luggage only

Minimalistic packing

Tomorrow, I’m traveling as far away from my home as possible.

I’m traveling 18.000 km and 11 timezones away, to New Zealand. And I am doing this with nothing more than my 38 l backpack that I use as hand luggage. I have noticed that people often are surprised of how little I bring when I travel.  But I like to keep it simple and minimalistic. Nowadays, most people(me included) have too much stuff. And even though I am only gone for 5 weeks, I would bring the same bag with the same things if I where to travel for an indefinite time.

I even feel like I am bringing more than I need right now.

 

Why?

First of all, it is so convenient. I don’t have to worry about my luggage getting lost on the way, and when the plane lands, I can just take my backpack and walk away and not have to wait for my bag to come.

Another reason is that I want to live a more simple life, and not buy and own more stuff than what I actually need. I don’t like how we are taught that we always need more stuff, or change in perfectly working stuff for a newer model just to have the latest of everything.

But the biggest reason is way more simple than that. I don’t want to carry around a large and heavy backpack everywhere. And I don’t need more than what I will bring.

 

What is in my bag?

Backpack

2

Lundhags 38 liter

 

Clothes

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  • Rain/wind resistant jacket
  • Hoodie
  • Cardigan
  • Jeans
  • 2 pair of shorts
  • Jogging tights
  • 1 dress
  • 1 blouse
  • 3 short t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeved t-shirts
  • scarf
  • bikini
  • underwear

 

Shoes

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  • nikes
  • sandals

Toiletries

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  • I.d. foundation
  • brush
  • mascara
  • eyeliner
  • eyelash curler
  • tampons
  • makeup remover pads
  • foldable hairbrush with mirror
  • pocket laundry wash(50 pieces)
  • earplugs
  • solid shampoo
  • floss
  • toothbrush
  • chafe plaster
  • contact lenses
  • anti-bacterial gel
  • toothpaste
  • conditioner
  • face cream
  • birth-control pills(not on picture)

Electronics

2

  • charger for camera battery
  • charger for iphone 4
  • charger for laptop
  • camera cabel
  • compact system camera, NEX F3, 18-55 mm lens
  • macbook Air 11″
  • iphone 5(taking the photo)
  • headphones(not in picture)
  • case for laptop(not in picture)

Documents

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  • important documents, tickets etc.
  • passport
  • wallet
  • notebook
  • pens

Gear

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  • sunglasses
  • reading glasses
  • energy bars
  • blindfold
  • neck pillow
  • padlock
  • fluid replacement(to avoid hangovers)
  • travel towel
  • foldable lightweight backpack(holds 20 liters and folds into a small red ball)
  • silk travel sheets

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  • bags of different colors to organize

 

 

 

Eco warrior from Sweden traveling full time Former jetsetter who quit flying for the environment Plant based nature and hiking lover

Comments

  • 10th January 2015

    Ana

    Hello! I am planning to travel alone this summer. Can you give me any tips? I have traveled a lot before, but only in a minimum 2 person setting. Before, I could afford to take the tent and sleep on the beach or in camping sites or, if we were in the middle of nowhere, there. The thing is, as I enjoyed it a lot, doing it alone raises me questions… How do you deal with accommodation? Couchsurfing, hostels?

  • 10th January 2015

    Hi Evelina, hannah here from nomaderhowfar (our little travel blog). This post is inspiring, definitely makes me feel like I could travel smaller than my 70-litre pack! We are off to travel Oz for two years so i wanted to go larger to take more stuff and leave room for extras we accumulate but i’d certainly be up for trying for something smaller along the way 🙂

  • 10th January 2015

    Jess Hunt

    Can I ask please how much did this weigh?

  • 11th January 2015

    jens wirichs

    love traveling , couchsurfing , having a couchsurfer here in two days … when the ski season is over i hope i will be able to go travel again … do you know nomads ?

  • 11th January 2015

    To cut down on tampons try a menstrual cup, they’re honestly the best thing! I use a mooncup (mooncup.co.uk) but I’ve heard of others, like the Divacup. They take up less space, are more comfortable than pads/tampons and better for the environment. Safe travels to NZ 🙂 x

  • 16th June 2015

    Hi travellers!

    As a girl living in Oz I can tell you that if you are coming here to holiday for a week or a year you dont need to bring much at all! If you are coming in summer all you will need is a bikini! Most important items to bring are your travel docs and camera then bring everything else when you get here! Our op shops (charity shops) often have some pretty amazing finds and then you could donate your clothes back to help someone in need before you leave.

  • 24th September 2015

    Hej!
    Tänkte för första gången på min 3e långresa jorden runt resa bara med handbagage. Tack för inspirationen jag fått på din blogg 🙂 Får se hur det går.

    Kramar
    Josefine

  • 27th July 2016

    I realised when I traveled to San Francisco and Northern California this summer for 3 weeks – that I had brought way too much stuff, even though my bag was only 11 kgs (with gifts included). I ended up using only half of my stuff since I had to possibility to do my laundry 🙂 I guess the problem is if you wanna do some shopping abroad – how do you deal with that?

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