What's in my day bag: After a brief trip to Vancouver in August 2015, for 3 days, I've come to really enjoy being able to travel ultra light with just a normal backpack worth of things. There are a few essentials I carry to be prepared and my list has updated since last summer due to geographical differences. Here is what I bring with me:
- At least 1 water bottle. I currently have two, and will soon upgrade from plastic bottles to metal ones with water filters/purifiers inside. The metal will allow me to boil water inside while hiking/camping/emergencies, as water in Asia is often contaminated so having the purifying filters is a must. I'll also be looking for something roughly 1 litre in Volume.
- Sunglasses case so I can swap between prescription frames and prescriptions sunglasses. The microfibre cloth also duals as a phone screen cleaner.
- Toilet paper roll. Used for blowing my nose, in case I get a nose bleed, wiping your ass, drying up spills or hands, could be used for light kindling for an emergency fire etc.
- iPhone sim ejector. In case you need to swap sims/phones, clean under your nails, scratch something, works great as a toothpick in a pinch.
- Visa/resident papers
- Pen, sharpie and pencil. All work on materials the other may not, pencils could be sharpened out and pen/marker can freeze, dry or run out of ink.
- Extra plug and cable for devices
- Comb, toothbrush (has toothpaste built into handle), deodorant, floss
- DōTERRA essential oils (lemon for water flavour and cleanse, On Guard for detox/immune system support)
- Few melatonin pills. In case you're stuck somewhere and can't sleep, these will help.
- iPad Pro with keyboard and Apple Pencil. For work, or play. Great tools to have.
- Extra headphones. In case my originals get lost/stolen/damaged (UrBeats)
- Extra socks. If my feet get wet or sweaty, having an extra pair is nice. Especially if I unexpectedly visit someone and I've been walking all day.
- Lighter. Good for light if your phone dies at night, start a fire in emergencies, spark a joint (always nice being the guy who saves the session by having a lighter).
- Cash and credit card. Some places only take one option, good to have both.
- Light sweater. Many places get hot during the day but cold at night. This can be the differences between a fun night and a distracted chilly one.
- Couple condoms
- Mask for filtering pollution. Also works well to limit security cameras seeing your face when combined with sunglasses.
- Couple plastic bags. These can come in handy for holding something you buy, keeping other items in my bag together, storing wet clothes or as a backpack cover if it rains.
- Lip chap. My lips get dry when it's windy out.
- Usually some kind of snack (dried food, or produce if possible)
- Small cable and combo lock. Can be used to tie my bag to something for short period, combo lock has multiple uses, cable and lock can also be used to secure something to the outside of my bag.
- 5 elastics. Always something to use these for. Especially sealing a package of food.
- Combo dishes kit (see my Instagram for pic via link below this post), it has 3 pieces of Tupperware, 1 of which doubles as two plates (lid and base), has a small cutting board, collapsible cup, and combo fork/knife/spoon tool. Everything fits nicely into a compact design and it all floats. This works great if you buy some food on the street and want to save some, portion it out, have something to rest it on instead of holding it, or cut it up.
Things I'll be adding:
- Small quick-dry towel: great for drying off, but also great as a canopy to pretect from the sun during the day.
- Extra boxers. In case I get wet, or stay the night somewhere unexpectedly.
- Solar recharging external battery pack with USB 3.0 port.
- Extra set of shoe laces. in case your laces break, or you need to tie something up or together ie. Your backpack strap tears, you need to make that canopy mentioned above, or need a quick clothes line for your towel.
- Small first aid kit, can be helpful especially for cuts, though the needle and thread could double as a sewing kit for tears in clothes/bags.
- Multi-tool (knife, scissors, etc.)