I live out of a 65-liter backpack. Besides a box of clothes I left back in the States, whatever is in my Osprey is all that I have to my name. I love living this way and I've gotten great at not buying new things, selling the old and better yet giving away what I don't need. Maybe you are wondering.. okay then what do you travel with? I'll answer this eventually (the suspense.. right?), but first, let me share my top 5 must-haves!
1) Tye-dye Kimono
If I were a cartoon character wearing the same signature outfit on each episode.. this kimono would be it. Essentially, it's a cover up for the beach, when it's chilly out or when I need to dress more modestly for temple. It is my comfort item to use as a pillow or hide from the sun. I've seen kimonos similar to mine in the markets of where I travel but none quite the same so its a permanent part of my packing family.
2) Textile Blanket
I bought this blanket on the way to burning man for 10 bucks. I realized I had no bedding for camping in the desert and planned to toss it afterwards. A year later now.. I'm so happy to have it. This gem is my piece of consistency when I feel homeless. I sleep with it on every hostel bed, freezing night bus or train, airport floors, when we beach camp or sit by a bonfire. It is quite bulky but I try not to talk about it that way lol.
3) Electronic Accessories (Headphones & External Battery Pack)
Headphones are a must for all of my days whether I'm on a bus for a couple hours, walking through town or watching netflix late at night while others are sleeping. Unfortunately, I break headphones as often as I lose sunglasses. I also rely on my external battery pack (holds 5 full charges) so I can keep my phone battery up when I won't be around electricity or I don't have time to wait on a wall outlet's full charge. Who does?
Here’s a link to the battery pack I use daily.
4) Art Supplies (Paints/Canvas)
I love making art while traveling. I'd feel a little lost if I didn't feed this creative outlet of mine daily. I find art stores in each country when I need new materials but I still have plenty of the paint I originally left home with too. I've learned how to mix what colors I have to make any new ones I don't have tubes of. Lately, I also travel with a big roll of canvas that I can measure and cut into the dimensions I need to make my paintings.
5) Resistance Bands
I feel best when I'm regularly working out and these bands help me stay fit on the go. They take up barely any space in my bag and serve as a great replacement for not having a gym membership anymore. I normally use the heavier resistances for my lower body and the lighter for my arms.
Here’s a link to a similar brand incase you want to try them.
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