Post travel gear evaluation

After having traveled for a total of three months, I have learned that I kinda over packed. Let me explain, I started my trip with a 35L backpack to carry the things that I thought I needed. Those list of things can be found here. One example would be clothes, for clothes I packed: 5 shirts, 1 shorts, 2 pants, 2 pairs of socks, 2 athletic boxers, 1 pair of flip-flops, and 1 pair of running shoes. You may think that what I packed for clothes is impossible to do, but I could have gone with less.

Throughout my trip, I was fortunate enough to have access to laundry facilities through hostels, couch surfing, and public laundromats. There were a few times that I have washed my clothes in the sink, but I only do that on quick dry clothes like my athletic boxers.

There are times when I would wear the same outfit again because the clothes were still wearable for an extra day or two. They did not smell at all, and wearing the same outfit again made doing laundry a lot easier. Out of the 5 shirts that I brought with me, I mainly wore 3 of them because they were my favorite shirts to wear. As for pants, 3 was enough for me; 2 chinos and 1 board short.

I started to realized that I brought too much stuff with me when I got annoyed carrying around my backpack for hours. My backpack weighed close to 20lbs (9.1kg). Most of that weight came from my electronics such as my laptop (4lbs/1.8kg), laptop charger (1lbs/0.45kg), and power bank (1lbs/0.45kg). I soon realized that traveling with a laptop does not work for me because I was able to do most things on my smart phone, and I used my smart phone about 85% of the time. The only thing that was nice about having a laptop was being able to blog, however, I can blog on my smart phone as well.

I compiled a list of the things that worked for me and a list of things that did not work for me. This list made me realized that I only should bring what is necessary rather than what makes my life convenient. I learned that I can enjoy traveling more when I travel extremely light and minimal because I can bring everything with me and not worry about theft of my possessions. This definitely helps with being mobile which is a huge plus. I will write another blog about the list explaining my reasoning, so keep an eye out for that.

Here is the list of what worked for me

  • Power bank (could have been smaller)
  • Pens
  • Spork
  • Flashlight
  • Travel adapter
  • TSA lock
  • Packing cube
  • Flip flops
  • Phone charger
  • Ziploc bags
  • Plastic bags
  • Dry bag 5L

Here is the list of what didn’t work for me

  • Hydro flask water bottle 32oz/0.94L (my started to severely leak while flying on a plane)
  • Extra shirts
  • Sea to summit pack-lite towel (size large)
  • Osage River Osceola backpack 35L
  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Apeman action camera
  • Backpack rain cover

-Minh

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