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Minimalist Packing List: What’s in my 16L One Bag?
We’d like to give a big shout out to Albert Hansrisuk for the guest post below. To follow Albert’s ideas and travels check out his blog here.
I am a software engineer and my hobbies include golf, skiing, hiking, backpacking, and climbing. I got into minimalism about a year and a half ago when I realized I had too many things and it was clouding my mind mentally. I stumbled upon a few subreddit communities that included one bag travel, ultralight backpacking gear, and minimalism and decided to combine all of them together. To me, carrying a backpack that contains everything I need for a couple days, weeks or even months allows me to travel spontaneously and enjoy the freedom of owning less while having fewer possessions to worry about.
My travel wish list includes backpacking in Europe, traveling domestically in the United States and exploring new cities, and section hiking various scenic trails (Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, John Muir Trail, and Colorado Trail).
Hopefully my minimalist packing list inspires you to create your own and get out there!
Timbuk2 Shadow (Everyday)
A 16L backpack that is lightweight (14.72oz), professional-looking and water resistant. Used for my one-bag travel setup.
MacBook Pro 13″ 2019
Mainly used for coding, web surfing, and light video/photo editing.
iPhone 11 Pro
Great camera. I’m drawing a lot of inspiration from Kraig Adams as he recently got this phone as well and was teasing at an iPhone-only hiking film.
Apple Watch Series 4
I use this third-party band from Amazon. Lighter, cheaper, more comfortable.
Highly recommend. I listen to music and audiobooks primarily.
Anker PowerCore Speed 20,100mAh
I’ll use my MacBook Pro charger to charge this since it is USB-C and will just use the power bank as my main source of power for the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods.
Apple 61W USB-C Adapter
USB-C to USB-C Cable (2m)
Uniqlo DRY-EX Crew Neck T-Shirt
Base layer shirt that wicks away sweat and drys fairly quickly. I carry two of these shirts and two Uniqlo AIRism T-Shirts in black.
Patagonia Capilene Daily Hoodie
A thin secondary base layer made of 100% polyester. Protects against sun and provides a little bit of warmth. One of my favorite garments I own.
Uniqlo Selvedge Slim Fit Jeans
Comfortable, everyday black jeans. Got the selvedge denim in hopes of making the seam last a little longer. Bonus: free alterations in store and online.
lululemon Pace Breaker Shorts
Standard pair of active shorts. Used for hiking as well. If it’s cold, I’ll throw on a pair of long underwear underneath and if it’s windy out then I throw on these wind pants that are ultralight. Way cheaper than Montbell Tachyon pants but heavier.
Uniqlo AIRism Boxer Briefs
Light and comfortable.
Darn Tough 1/4 Socks
Great everyday socks. I don’t like to hike in these since my feet sweat a lot. I tend to prefer thin, nylon dress socks like these Gold Toe Metropolitans. They can act as a liner and my feet breathe much more comfortably with these and dry super quick.
Montbell UL Thermawrap
The newest addition to my gear list and I am a big fan of it so far. It’s super light and relatively warm when active. It acts as a fleece alternative. I used to own a Uniqlo Ultralight Down Jacket but opted for synthetic instead so I don’t have to worry about it getting wet. It doesn’t compress as small as down but oh well.
Columbia Omni Tech Rain Jacket
Just a rain jacket that I’ve had throughout the years. Not the lightest but keeps rain off pretty well and cuts wind away.
Montbell Chameece Fleece Gloves
Lightweight fleece gloves.
Merino Wool Ultralight Buff
Multifunctional. Big fan of it.
Montbell Travel Umbrella
Only weighs 3oz. Not great for high winds/heavy rain but that’s to be expected with most umbrellas of this size.
Includes tooth brush, toothpaste, nail clipper, tweezers, bandaids, razor, face wipes, and Advil. All in a Tumi bag that was included on a Delta flight.
Rainleaf Microfiber Towel (XL)
Big enough to use as a shower towel and dries quickly.
Matador FlatPak Soap Bar Case
Built from Welded Cordura and dries out soap bar inside while being leakproof and clean.
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