Packing for South America and Asia, an Onebag approach

Hello there long time no see. It is this time of the year again, I need to get out of this country. I will be travelling again to places I have never been before. Around the time from November til January, there will be three different seasons where I need to pack accordingly, while also as light as possible.

This time the destinations are:

  • Peru
  • Bolivia
  • Beijing
  • Philippines
  • Taiwan
  • Shanghai

And this is what I packed so far:

For clothing I am taking with me:

  • 4 Socks
  • 4 Underpants
  • 3 T-Shirts (black, gray, white)
  • 2 Shorts (regular and swim shorts)
  • Black Pants
  • Longsleeve (navy)
  • Sweater (brown)

I do not belive in buying specific clothing for travelling, hence there are no special traits to my clothes and they will also do their job well. There colors are versatile enough to create plenty of outfits. I think around 15 or so.

For technical goodies there are:

  • Rode Videomicro
  • Zoom H1
  • Ricoh FF-70
  • iPad Mini 2
  • USB Charger
  • Panasonic G85
  • Cables (Micro USB, USB Type-C, Lightning)
  • Olight battery Charger
  • Manker E03H AA
  • Xiaomi 20000mah Powerbank
  • Lenses (15mm, 25mm, 42.5mm)
  • Batteries for the camera
  • Kodak Pro Image 100
  • SD Cards (2x 128GB, 1x 64GB, 1 Micro SD)

 

With the addition of a flashlight, analog camera and the Zoom H1 a small battery charger is needed.

The Olight Universal Magnetic USB Charger is a perfect candidate for this task, while being small and lightweight (20.5g) Compared to last year I think a laptop will not be necessary, but a secound device to access the internet is very important. So this time I will take the iPad Mini with me. Affiliate link for purchase

A main advantage of the Panasonic G85 are the built in IBIS and how small the Micro 4/3 system is compared to others cameras. As a matter of fact, is there any other system where you can put 3 primes into a pencil case?

Can you do it?

 

Toiletries:

 

  • Toothpaste/Toothbrush
  • The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA (100ml)
  • Cosrx morning gel cleanser (50ml, refilled into Muji bottles)
  • Cosrx aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF50 PA+++ (50ml)
  • Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner (100ml, refilled into Muji bottles)
  • Cleaning cloth which will contain my all purpose soap
  • Safety Razor

 

Asia beauty fever hit me very hard and these products help me, to keep my skin healthy. Bear in mind that the limit of carry on sized bottles is at around 100ml so some of my products have to be refilled. I choose a three part skincare routine, which focuses on moisturizing my skin. Sunscreen is especially important during hiking and travelling with a bured face is not a pleasent jorney.

The razor cannot be put into my bag as well as my hiking poles hence they will be checked in.

Compressed Gear:

  • 2 Quecha travel towels 
  • Quecha sleeping bag linier
  • Eaglecreek daypack
  • Aegismax sleeping bag
  • Ultralight down jacket
  • Patagonia Houdini
  • Hiking Poles
  • A deck of cards (do not know where to put them else)

Note: I will only use the sleeping bag for the time I will be in South America. When I am going back to Germany to get to Asia I do not need it anymore as well as the hiking poles. The reason for this decision is that in South America I will do the Inca Trail which includes hiking and sleeping in tents. The daily rental fee is too expensive in my opinion.

I am in love with the Patagonia. It is very lightweight (100g) and keeps me dry. If needed, the down jacket helps with layering. It is comparable with the once you can find at Uniqlo but way cheaper. You can find it on aliexpress if you look for “ultralight down jacket”.

What I am wearing:

  • Watch with 2 different time zones
  • Sunglasses
  • Shure SE 215
  • Beanie
  • Gray sweatshirt
  • Adidas Terrex Tracerocker GTX
  • Nudies Taped Ted

The gray sweatshirt works well with my black pants and the jeans. It also can be useful for additional layering. Sunglasses are very important you should always bring a pair with you. The shoes are offering protection against different weather conditions while being netural in their appearance.Noice Cancelling would be very nice, but it is too bulky and I do not need NC as much as I thought.

Everything is packed into the Osprey Farpoint 40. I have this bag for more than three years and while there are other bags such as the Aer Travel Pack 2 or the Minal Carry On which might be more suited for me (the laptop compartment is a huge drawback in my view) you cannot beat it for its price. If you are starting your backpacking jorney, I can definitely recommend this bag.

Happy travelling!

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