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Ultimate Packing List – What’s in my Backpack?

By on 18. August 2017

The ultimate packing list is something I thought about a long, long time. Do you also have the poblem, that you never know what to take on your travels or vacations? Do you always think you have forgotten something? Do you know the situation where you stand in your hotel, homstay or hostel room and start getting mad about yourself, because you left something at home? This is all past…




Ultimate Packing List – Variables, problem & solution

Over the years of travelling as much as I can, I have realised, that my behaviour of what I take with me on my journeys has changed constantly. There was always something different in my backpack. It depends on various factors:

  • Where do I go (desert, mountains, beach, etc.).
  • Who do I go with (maybe I need to pack for certain occasions)
  • How long do I travel (big or small backpack)
  • Can I buy some stuff on site? (I could maybe pack less)

I never had the situation where I said “Oh, it was stupid to take this with me, because…”. And that’s, because I use a secret. From now on this secret will always save you from packing the wrong things. You want to know what it is?

It’s called:

Common Sense


Get yourself some good gear that you are happy and comfortable with

Problem & solution

Guys, just use your head before you pack. It’s a trial and error kind of thing. I have seen so many people on my travels (men and women), taking all kind of crap with them, which they have never even touched. And then these people sometimes even say:”Why do I always take that with me? I never use it anyway”. Are you one of these people? Or you maybe know some of them? Yeah, we all know them. And we have all been there đŸ™‚

And it’s completely okay. There is nothing wrong with being like that or packing a little bit to much…

I just want to say, you can save yourself a lot of time and energy, if you use my ultimate packing list!

If I would sum up everything, that I have tried out over the years, it would probably be the biggest packing list ever. You can already read here what I use nowerdays and why I use it. It’s my ultimate travel gear. But the following ultimate packing list is about all the stuff you could possibly need as a traveller!

The only thing you have to do is to – pick the right things for the specific journey ahead and cross it off your list.

Ultimate Packing List – 3 main categories

Okay guys, let’s jump right into it. But before we start, I just quickly want to tell you, that everything you will find in here is something I would recommend. I have researched a lot and looked up many reviews. Still, it does not mean, that I personally use everything of it. I will always tell you after every section what I use to give you a little inside.

Ultimate Packing List – Foundation

I use a small backpack nowerdays, because I don’t need that much

The foundation of the ultimate packing list is a proper backpack or a suitcase. I prefer to use a backpack, because I find it more convenient. But I have seen other travellers, who travelled the whole world with a suitcase and it worked for them.

Here are some options:


All of these options have something different, which is really good about them. I use a way smaller backpack (55l), because I don’t need that much anymore. But I started with a bigger one and I still recommend them to anyone. When I go on a bigger trip, I still use a bigger one too.

All of them are actually the ones, that I flirted with when I bought my first backpack. So, I hope you’ll like them đŸ˜‰

If you want to know how to choose the right backpack, read this post.

My current small backpack


Ultimate Packing List – Clothes

In this case, I am also gonna give you a lot to choose from. I try to give you options for hot and cold regions. So, it doesn’t matter where you go, you will always be prepared properly.

A little bit of what I pack

Warm regions:

Cold regions:

For both cases, cold and warm regions, I use exactly the listed stuff. There is not much more you can and should pack in my opinion anyway. If something pops up in your head, you probably won’t need it đŸ˜‰

Ultimate Packing List – Miscellaneous

Obviously the ultimate packing list does not only consist out of clothes. You will need some general things too:

I think, you won’t need more than the listed stuff. Same thing here – If something comes to your mind, you probably won’t need it.

Always remember: Everything you pack, you also have to carry!

Ultimate Packing List – Documents

This might be the most important section out of all. You can buy everything, which is named in the ultimate packing list, whereever you want. If you forgot something, it would not be a big of a problem. But you will always need your important documents. So, here is what you have to take with you:

  • Passport
  • Personal ID
  • Credit card (2x – just in case)
  • Insurance card
  • Immunization cars
  • International driving license
  • Activity licenses (scuba diving, sky diving, hunting, fishing, etc.)
  • Small wallet
  • Bumbag
  • Emergancy numbers list

I would recommend you to always take a copy of all the documents with you in case you lose something. Besides that, you don’t want to give foreigners your original documents, if it’s not 100% necessary. Trust me!

Ultimate Packing List – Hygiene products

To give you a small glimpse from what I take with me

Regarding hygiene products I won’t name female products, because obviously I don’t use them and I don’t have a single clue what girls have in their washbag đŸ˜‰

This leads me to the first point:

Every kind of hygiene products are easy to get in any drogstore overseas. So, don’t worry, if you forgot something.


Ultimate Packing List – Medication

Some medication from the Ultimate Packing List

This is also quite important in my opinion. Especially, if you get really sick and you are not able to go to the pharmacy anymore. In that case, it is good to have at least some basic medication with you (primarly in less developed countries). In this section I don’t want to recommend anything about how much you should take with you and which products to choose. This is really up to you, because everyone has different health needs. I only want to show, what my ultimate packing list at least includes:

  • Ibuprofen
  • Paracetamol
  • Throat analgesic
  • Nasal spray
  • Ear drops
  • Plasters
  • Disinfection spray (small)
  • Ointment (small)
  • Charcoal tablets (smal pack)
  • Sea sickness tablets (small pack)
  • Sedative tablets (for flights)
  • Sleeping tablets
  • Stomach tablets
  • Vitamin tablets (small pack)

Ultimate Packing List – Electronics

I need a little more electronics

This is my favourite section, even though it is not that long. I know, everyone likes different electronic products and brands. But I try to give you a small overview what you could take to make good photos, videos, etc. I actually use all of it, because I need it for my blog and I just find to be useful đŸ™‚

The most important thing comes first:

I know this sounds like quite a lot, but it really isn’t. It all fits in to the small backpack that I use. If something doesn’t seem to be useful for you, then just leave it out đŸ˜‰



Want to know more are about what NOT to pack? Read here



What could also interest you:

Guys, I have a couple other posts about how to pack and what to pack. They are all for different kinds of purposes. It really depends on what your plan is and what your needs are:



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Christian "Volle" Vollmert
Hamburg, Germany

I am a german dude, who loves travelling and exciting adventures from bottom of his heart. I want to inspire other people to get out of their comfort zone and travel the world. Plus I really want to show how much you can learn from traveling and what kind of personal development as a human being comes along with it!


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