How to pack for a long-term trip on a 20 lbs pack >>

How to pack for a long-term trip on a 20 lbs pack >>





You see that pack on the right, the red backpack..yep.. I made all that fit into the one small backpack.  I am planning to travel to Europe for two months and after that to Asia for another four months possibly more, depending on how I am managing my finances. So I packed clothes to survive in the – Celsius degrees cold in Europe and will have to leaving stuff behind as I go and buying lighter clothes as needed. No one believes me this is all I am taking but i just didn’t want to have to deal with any problems where my pack was lost or missed a connecting flight or anything like that, plus, because I will be constantly on the move, there might some days or some areas I might have to explore with my pack on me so I want to make sure that if that was the case, I am able to carry it throughout the day and most importantly, just being able to stay mobiel and not depend on my pack to have to be somewhere at a certain time. A small pack will make my time at the airports a breeze so I will have more time to chill, or to get to the airport. Also, I didn’t want a huge bag that screamed tourist, at least this size backpack you could pass as a local traveler who sort of knows what he/she is doing.  Below is a list of what I am taking and if I did my research correctly and bought the proper gear, I shouldn’t have any problems but if I missed something I’ll make sure to write another post about it.

In this case, less is more! What I did, is buy cheaper clothes that I wouldn’t mind leaving behind, like a $40 faux leather jacket I am taking for example. But for the daily usage items like my jeans or cardigan, I went for quality and bought on the more expensive end, but at least I know it will last all the usage and laundering. For the cold I picked darker colored clothing because it absorbs the light, hence keeping you warmer. For the summer of course I picked the lighter end of the sprectrum that reflects the light rather than absorb and hence keeping you colder. Darker clothes are also good in concealing the inevitable dirt and stains so try to use those the most. For my socks and have a one pair of wool socks, and wool is a great material for the cold because it is a great insulator that will keep you warm or cold whenever needed and it has a high odor resitance which means less laundering, but when needed, easy to wash. Wool will keep you warm even when it’s wet, which is a property polyester or cottong cant compete with.

Here’s a list of what I was able to pack on a 22x14x9″-46 Lt Osprey Porter Pack, follow link for more detailed info on the pack. I call her Alex, and she is my new best friend. We will be attached to the hip, literally, for quite some time so I want to make sure I get to know here before leaving. 😉 You’ll find out your pack has many secret compartments and special closures to make your traveling life easier!



-A faux leather jacket with faux sheepskin shearling that will protect me from the water and maintain my body warm. Water doesn’ penetrate as easily onto leather but it is a good insulator. This jacket is not as practical being that it is thick but it’s needed for the first months. This one for sure I will have to leave behind.

-1 knee length light jacket/sweater with a hoodie which will protect you from the rain.

-1 beanie or headband to protect your ears from the cold.

– A pair of thermal pants and long sleeve shirt (for extra cold days :0)

-1 chunky sweater that you can use by itself or layer it underneath a lighter jacket. Just because during the day you might be okay with the sweater only but after dark temperatures drop so you will have to carry your jacket as well.

-1 pair of wool tall socks and 1 pair of long lighter socks.

-6 pairs of all cotton short socks

-5 t-shirts; 2 sleveless, 1 long sleeve, 2 short sleeves. Also, in many countries you are not allowed to show your shoulders being a women, and it could be very hot so I recommend taking both shirts with and without sleeves but the areas you can use them.

-2 long sleeve button down shirts; You can also use these as layers.

-1 hoodie sweatshirt, also to be used as a layer or a light sweater, and for the days you go out and work out.

-1 pair of easy drying sport shorts, you can use them for your water activities as well as working out or even as just casual shorts.

-1 pair of running pants, this could also server as pant warmers to use underneath your regular pants.

-1 light faux leather jacket. Leather or faux leather will sort of protect you from the water, not entirely of course, but water doesn’t penetrate as easily as it would any fabric jacket but it is also light enough to carry around and wear in the not as cold regions or during the day.

-1 short-black dress

-3 pairs of pants; 1 denim, 1 black skinny and 1 pair of sweat pants that could be used during the day or nightime as pijamas.

-2 pairs of bikinis and a one piece bathing suit. Many countries, like India for example, don’t allow or recommend using bikinis in certain areas being that it is a much more conservative culture.












What’s the secret to fitting all the clothes, military packing plus compression bags. I was able to fit all the clothing in 2 bags shown below and the bags were probably 9.99 for four bags so they are not expensive at all.

This are not the bags you need an air compressor by the way, these are special valve closure bags that you manually take al the air out my pressing onto the bag. Just make sure you compact your clothing as tight as possible into little rolls and bada bing bada boom!






-Leather boots with faux sheepskin inner soles that will keep me warm and water protected.

-Super comfortable and light Nike in training shoes.

-Light plastic flip flops to protect my feet when taking showers.


The gadgets:

-Macbook 13″ and charger

-Gopro, 2 extra batteries, 2 chargers (in case I lost one, I will conceal them in differnt spots) , 1 head mount, an expandable pole, a floating armband.

-1 Battery backup charger with a flashlight that I can use to charge my phone or camera

-Iphone 6

-Head flashlight

-A universal adapter and converter

-Headphones, I know you want the big ones that cancel out all the noise but they are not practical at all when traveling, I took the small ones.





The essentials:

-Personal care: shampoo, soap, face scrub, lotion-body oil, razor, brush

-Nano towel that dries very fast and is extremely compactable.

-Medicine: antibiotics, ibuprofen, antiseptics, bandages, anti-diarrhea, anti-nausea



-Antibacterial hand wash


-Insect Repellant

-Transparent personal care bag, travel pack. At the airports in Europe, you will be required to take out any liquids when entering security so it will be more practical if you have all of the liquids and gels in a separate pack you can just pass through the x-rays.

*You will obviously run out of these and will have to replace the as you go.



-Wool hat to protect me from the sun and water

-Hidden travel pouch, maybe I am being paranoid but I would rather hide important documents and passport with me in case my pack or bag are stolen.

-24 oz water bottle with a handle

-Carabeaner attached to my pack to hold any extras like my hat and/or water bottle.


-2 Books (that will have to leave behind)

-Water disposable poncho

-2 pairs of sunglasses, because I know I will be losing a pair at some point.

-Pen and pencil

-Small pocket Atlas

-Notebook-travel journal


Hope this helps  and wish me luck!






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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this, this is incredibly helpful! Next year I’ll be taking a month-long backpacking trip to Europe, and while I’m a huge fan of packing light, that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. Having visuals like this makes me feel more up to the challenge :)

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