Since I haven’t got any responses yet, I figured I’d share my packing list and ideas - they might be useful to someone.
First off, my aim is to travel as light as possible while still being as ready as possible. Therefore, I am travelling with carry-on luggage only. In saying that, I am still trying to figure out how the sleeping bag will fit in to the picture. Anyway, to achieve this lightness I have chosen the Tortuga backpack. It’s a 44L urban travel backpack that’s spacious, light enough and functional.
Next up, the items to carry. I’ve read several travel blogs and seen videos on YouTube. The key takeaway from light packers is layering. That is what I’ve done - including for myself a base layer, a mid layer of about 7 (combined total) Merino wool tees and long sleeve shirts, a single Merino wool jacket and a water-/wind-proof top layer. Then I have a week’s worth of underwear and socks, 3 water resistant pair of shorts (double up as swimming trunks), a couple of pair of water resitant pants and a water-/wind-proof bottom layer. A beanie and a pair of gloves just in case. For footwear, I’m sticking with GoreTex based trail walking shoes and jandals/flip-flops. Clothing - complete!
As accessories and miscellaneous items, I’m packing my sunglasses, Dr. Bronner’s Magic soap (x2), basic set of toiletries including quick drying towels (small + large), flashlight, collapsible water bottle and basic travel meds
In electronics, I’m carrying my phone, Nexus 9 tablet with an OTG USB hub (to transfer my photos) and a small battery pack. Now here’s the tricky one - camera. Most people would get away with their phones as cameras. Some might carry a go-pro as well. Yet others might carry a compact, point and shoot camera. I’m a photography enthusiast so I’m carrying my DSLR with two light lenses (wide angle + street/portrait) - yes I hear you say that it’s not light in comparison to the other options but I have the space and weight to get away with this
And that’s it! All the items I need in a single carry-on pack. I’ll also stuff my Tortuga daypack into the backpack so I can roam the streets with little to worry about. Now as I mentioned above, the sleeping bag is still something I need to suss out but I’m sure I’ll find a way.
I may be sounding like a very experienced traveller but as I’ve mentioned in my previous post, it’s my first time travelling (especially like this) but I think my packing plans are going to work out well. Only one way to find out huh?!
Feel free to post comments, thoughts and suggestions.