Packing List & Guide

NOTE: This post has been revised at approximately 10 weeks into the trip to correctly show what is now in my backpack.

On 3rd December 2017 I booked a flight to Beijing to embark upon a travelling adventure. Tomorrow is the day I finally get on that flight! For more details on how the trip has been planned, see here.

Many of you have asked ‘what are you taking with you?’ and ‘how are you packing it all?’… so here it is… my packing list and guide.

Backpacks

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60l+20l Vango Freedom Rucksack – The main 60l rucksack opens like a suitcase and has a flight cover to tie away straps while on the plane. The 20l which attaches to the front has many useful compartments, it can also zip off and be used as a daysack. I weighed it this morning, fully packed it’s 18kg, which is within my baggage allowance and is manageable(ish) to carry.

28l North Face Daysack – Plenty of spacious compartments and a padded laptop sleeve in the back. An added bonus for me are the water holders on the side which easily fits my reusable bottle and travel tap. Got rid of this daysack two weeks into the trip as cut down on a lot of luggage by donating to a charity run by our homestay host.

Essentials

  • Passport, purse and travel documents
  • Packing cubes (great to save room and keep everything organised)

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Equipment & technology

I love taking photos and obviously write a blog, so I have plenty of technology with me. I’ve also packed some must-haves to keep plastic consumption down whilst on the move.

  • iPhone
  • Macbook
  • DSLR, Instax camera and selfie stick
  • Kindle
  • Adaptors, chargers and power pack (tidied up in a packing cube)
  • Earphones
  • Card reader (to transfer money)
  • Water bottles (One Green Bottle and Travel Tap, filters 99% of water borne diseases) Got rid of my canteen as the travel tap is much more useful as not many places offer drinking water.
  • Bag locks (essential in hostels)
  • Eye mask and ear plugs
  • Travel pillow (Trtl)
  • Umbrella
  • Glasses and sunglasses
  • Pen, paper and diary
  • Pack of cards And mini UNO.
  • Reusable bags (Eco Chic fold-away shopper and Ottolangs tote bag)
  • North Face 100% Organic Cotton satchel.
  • Foldaway mirror (Magic Mirror)
  • Swiss army knife (mainly for a bottle opener)
  • Travel towel
  • Coffee cup (Stojo)
  • Mosquito net Do not need to carry net with you as most places have one or they have other precautions.
  • Sporks and collapsible straw Addition of wooden chopsticks as a gift from a hostel host in China.
  • Food container (One Green Bottle) and beeswax snack bag
  • Beach mat (courtesy of my sister’s trip to Africa)
  • Hankies
  • Latest addition – My Green Trip kit to be able to collect litter safely along the way.

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Toiletries

Even as quite a low-maintenance female, I still have a lot of toiletries. This is the area I reckon I’ll cut down on as time goes by whilst away. Again, I’ve tried to pack things that use less plastic as well as being cruelty-free and natural (for more detail see here).

  • Suncream (Shade, Superdrug and Lush, always factor 30) Pack as much suncream as possible as it is EXPENSIVE IN ASIA!
  • Moisturiser
  • Soap and container (Acala)
  • Shampoo bar (Lush)
  • Cloths
  • Hairspray Once ran out I replaced this by filling up an empty insect repellant bottle with salt water (completely free and finding a second use for a plastic bottle).
  • Brush and comb (Body Shop)
  • Hair accessories (Saya and Machette)
  • Toothbrush and paste/toothy tabs (Anything But Plastic and Lush)
  • Skincare (Liz Earle)
  • Deodorant
  • Make up (Trinny London stacks, great for space saving and Burt’s Bees)
  • Razor (FFS)
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Menstrual cup (Mooncup, travel essential)
  • Contraception
  • Insect repellant and bite cream (Avon Skin So Soft – DEET free and works) Tiger balm is an essential for bites, can get for super cheap in most shops in Asia.
  • First aid kit (plasters, diarrhoea, constipation, anti-histamines etc…) Buy dramamine in Asia from Boots to help with travel sickness.
  • Manicure set
  • Perfume

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Clothes

Over the past few years I’ve changed how I buy clothes to be more ethical and sustainable. Many of the things I’m taking are from some of the amazing brands I’ve found as well as vintage/charity shop finds.

  • Plimsoles (Po-Zu)
  • Trainers Didn’t use, so donated to charity.
  • Walking boots (Vivobarefoot)
  • Flip flops (Havaianas bought on a trip to Canada 7 years ago, still going strong!)
  • Birkenstocks
  • Socks (3x trainer socks and 1x hiking socks)
  • Pants and bras (7x pants, 2x bras from Lara Intimates and 1x sports bra)
  • Trousers (1x jeans, 1x cotton pants from People Tree and 1x culottes from MonkiDonated jeans and bought some light weight vintage trousers in Japan.
  • Swimwear (3x see here)
  • Shorts (2x denim and 1x sports from SundriedDonated denim shorts as heavy and bought some cotton shorts in Thailand.
  • Dresses and jumpsuits (2x dresses, 1x playsuit and 1x jumpsuit)
  • Pjs
  • T-shirts and vests (3x t-shirts and 3x vests)
  • Leggings (Asquith)
  • Pacamac
  • Over shirt
  • Jacket
  • Kimono (Enchanted Rebel)
  • Cap (Idioma)
  • Head scarves
  • Belt
  • Jewellery (in a Pandora’s box courtesy of my Dad, takes a genius to crack it open!)

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No doubt what’s in my bag will change over the next few weeks and months, I’ll realise I don’t need certain things and discover new essentials. But for the time being, this is what I’ve managed to squeeze into an 80l bag (60l and 20l) and 28l daysack to travel Asia and beyond.

I’m ready to go now, only 24 hours until my flight.

Bon Voyage! Xxx

NOTE: This post has been revised at approximately 10 weeks into the trip to correctly show what is now in my backpack.

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