Hey guys & gals!
Before we start on the "Packing Strategy" let's summarize the categories for what we need for our journey:
Backpacks / Suitcase
Clothing / Gear
Camera / Video Gear (If you're into that kinda thing)
Backpacks / Suitcase
In my opinion, your backpack / suitcase should be tailored for your location. For example, If you're backpacking around Australia, you'd be better off bringing a 35L - 55L overnight packs.
Personally, I enjoy the MEC backpacks or if you're looking for your best bang for you buck check out the Oxking 50L. Conversely, if you're taking off to Europe for a vacation or swinging over to California to visit check out a Samsonite Aspire Xlite. This case will give you enough space for a comfortable trip.
Clothing / Gear
Here comes the fun part of the trip. This is the moment in time where you find out who you really are as a person. For me, turns out I have a hard time letting go pieces of clothing. Sometimes it’s time to hang up the old white v neck with stains all over it…
Let’s dive into an itemised list of what to pack. Keep in mind, tailor your list to your destined location. Please don’t pack a Canada Goose jacket if you’re going to Bali.
Here’s what I packed:
-3 bathing suits
-7 pairs of boxers
-7 pairs of socks
- 4 tank tops
- 1 t shirt
- 1 pair of khakis
- 1 pair of running shoes
- 1 pair of converse high tops
- 1 towel
Don’t bite off more than you can chew! Keep it simple. You’re bound to see an epic tank top or pair of board shorts you want for an unbeatable price. Think of the extra space in your bag as an investment. I cannot stress this enough.
When it comes to gear, everyone is different. Personally, I enjoy some extra electronics for the occasion (beach, house party etc..). Here’s what I fit into my bag.
Phone charger / universal plug-in
Laptop / charger
Headphones / Ear buds (Recommend buying cheap ones and replacing if needed)
Sound blade portable speaker
Gear fit 2 (tracking my workouts)
Universal adaptor: (Recommend you buy this at a discount tourist store i.e. $5.00).
If you are concerned about not packing enough, you can always purchase what you need at your destination. Now let's move into the camera/video gear.
Camera / Video Gear
Depending on the type of trip you are going on, you want to make sure you have the best camera for your style of shooting. Before I left to Australia, I had no skills whatsoever with photography, videography, graphic design or blogging for that matter. Having the proper camera will set you up for success for all of the latter categories.
If you’re on a travel budget and don’t have a pile of money sitting around for a new camera, start by using your iPhone or Android and practice importing photos and videos to your laptop.
On a side note: Depending on if you have a Macbook or a Windows OS, you can practice editing photos, videos and throwing in the odd graphic to sharpen your essential skills.
Currently, my primary camera is the Nikon D3200. This camera allows me to take great shots and record quality video content. It is quite bulky at the moment, so I’ll be looking towards the Sony RX100 IV for an agile point and shoot.
Secondary camera for video footage and occasional shots is the VTIN 2.0 1080P. This cost me $55.00 and it works perfectly fine without spending $300.00 - $400.00 on a Go Pro. Perfect for starting out, and it comes with 16 customizable accessories.
Combing your smartphone, primary camera, and a secondary sport camera for underwater shots and outdoor sport shots will give you the necessary firepower to obtain quality content.
Now for the cool stuff...
If you’re like me and you’re just starting out, I’d recommend grabbing a selfie-stick from Amazon. This will allow you to get sweet shots if you’re walking around, rippin' around on a moped, or on top of a mountain.
For my primary Nikon D3200, I use the Insignia 58" Tripod. This purchase decision is up to you, but I'd highly recommend picking up a tripod. It will allow you to take some unreal photos and video feed without having a camera crew following you around.
The accessories I use for my sport camera came with 16 customizable mounts. In most cases, the distributor will provide you with a bike mount, helmet mount and additional mounts. However, if your camera didn’t come with extra gear, check these options out.
Don’t forget all the appropriate cords for importing your photos/videos. The last thing you want is to not be able to edit your photos/videos after your set.
At this point you have all of the essentials to start your adventure. All you need now is a case for your gear. I recommend Amazonbasics carrying case for an inexpensive option. This will give you the opportunity to stay active while getting shots on demand. Alternatively, I personally use Lowepro photo hatchback.
Keep in mind, these are delicate items that you want to keep safe. So don’t cheap out on the case. If you want to know how not to handle your cameras/ devices. Check out @caseynesitat VLOG_015 here.
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Toiletries / Medical items
Let’s just state the obvious essentials
- Toothbrush/ toothpaste
- Maintenance set (nail clippers, tweezers, etc…)
Please adhere to air plane laws, rules & guidelines. The last thing you want is airport security snooping through your stuff because you decided to bring a massive tube of toothpaste.
These items can be anything from A - Z. Here are some items you may want to consider:
RFID wallet (Protecting credit card data)
Passport holder for security reasons
Hats / Beanies
Watches / Accessories
Bottle opener / Corkscrew (You never know who may need a bartender).
Please comment below if you can think of any additional items that you’d recommend packing 🙂
Let’s all keep in mind that packing is extremely important before you take off for a trip. Preparation is key to “winning” a trip. If you can win the trip, you win experience, and the perks that come along with it.
As mentioned before, pack only what you need. As my Mom once told me:
“At the end of the day, as long as you have your passport and your bank card, you’ll be fine.”
Thanks for the words of encouragement Mom.
Although I joke about this, it’s true. If you lose your luggage, or a catastrophic event happens (knock on wood), make sure to double check to keep your passport and important cards on you at all time. Even if you’re taking a bus ride.
Please don’t leave your important documents where the can be misplaced. Accidents do happen.
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