What’s in my backpack?

For everyone who’s interested in a glance into the contents of my backpack, here it is:


Clothes (of which I carry way too many)

2 shorts

2 skirts

1 long dress

8 T-shirts

5 tops (spaghetti straps & tank top)

2 blouses (1 long-sleeved, 1 half)

2 thin bolero style tops (to wear with dresses)

1 thin cardigan

1 long crochet cardigan, see-through (this is my “luxury” item that serves no purpose like keeping me warm and which I brought simply because I like it)

1 rain jacket

1 hat

1 swimsuit & 1 swim shorts (which was part of a bikini, but I sent the top home since I’m only using the swimsuit; the shorts I now use to change into after swimming)

1 long, thin Harem pants

for sleeping: 1 T-shirt und 1 sleeping shorts

1 fleece jacket

10 slips, 3 bustiers, 2 pair of thin socks and 1 pair of thick, warm socks (for plane and bus rides)

All of my clothes are stored in packing cubes. It keeps your backpack tidy and you always know where any specific item is.


My toilet bag:

3 flexible bottles (1 for shampoo, 1 for conditionier, and 1 is currently not used)

toothpaste, toothbrush, floss

1 small bottle of desinfectant spray

1 box of band-aids

1 bottle of leave-in conditioner

1 hairbrush

1 bottle of sunscreen lotion

1 deodorant

1 small bottle of contact lenses solution

box for contact lenses and a supply of lenses

razor and a supply of blades

2 MeLuna Cups & 1 silicone cup (collapsible)

1 small box of handcream

1 nail scissors, 1 set of tweezers

mascara & kohl

1 jewellery box (that contains only earrings)


hair ties


2 travel towels (sizes M & L)

1 travel hair straightener and comb

1 bag full of cables, chargers, and plug adaptor

4 memory cards (counting the ones inside the computer and the camera as well)

1 set in-ear headphones

1 flexible clothesline with sink plug

2 flexible knee bandages

1 small purse (for city walks)

1 small bag with pills and medicine: (Ibuprofen, Aspirin, meds for period cramps, an antibiotic, charcoal tablets, band-aids, desinfectant tissues)

1 set of fork & spoon

1 case for glasses (contains my sunglasses as well)

1 pair of shoes used for hikes (Crocs Sandals)

1 bag with different kinds of tea

foldback clips in different sizes (good for all kinds of things)


In my small backpack I carry everything that I depend on or which is expensive and which I want to keep my eye on.

computer (I use the Microsoft Surface 3, which can be converted into and used as a tablet)

smartphone (my model is the almost unknown but absolutely stunning Xiaomi Mi5 Pro; dual-SIM, which is good if you want to buy and use the local SIM cards for inexpensive data usage. In addition, the Mi5 Pro has a fantastic camera with a ton of features. There is one downside: it has no slot for an additional memory card, but with an onboard memory of 128 GB it shouldn’t be a problem.)

camera (Lumix DMC-TZ31; a good-sized travel camera, great photos, but which I unfortunately don’t use too often because the phone is more practival and takes pictures that are just as great)

travel document holder (contains my passport, my vaccination card, pictures for visa, and a pen)

notebook (that I also use as my travel diary) & pen


I usually carry some things from my big backpack inside my smaller one when I travel. For example: toothbrush, hairbrush, etc. always travel with me in the smaller pack. I also carry my thick pair of socks in it and of course a bottle of water. I use the Platypus SoftBottle. It’s lightweight, collapsible, and takes up no space when you’re not using it.

As you may have noticed, I travel without a Kindle (or any other ebook reader). I do own one, but because I didn’t want the extra weight, I didn’t bring it with me. I do have the Kindle app on my phone as well as on my Surface.

I hope I provided a complete list of things, since I did this from memory alone.


PS: I did make a very long video with all the things I carry with me, but it’s in German. If you still want to check it out, here’s the link: “What’s in my backpack? (German)

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