What’s in my backpack?
When you are planning to travel for a year with only one backpack, you want to carefully choose it and what you put inside of it. If you want to travel light, like me, with only a carry on luggage, it is even more important.
I spent hours on the internet trying to find the perfect backpack. I knew that I wanted a backpack where I could store safely my laptop (#geek) and where I could access my thing without putting everything out of it. Exit the classic backpack, I need a digital nomad backpack.
If you want information on this kind of backpack, Chase Reeves’ Youtube channel is perfect. He is reviewing a lot (like really a lot) of backpacks, comparing them with each other. One of the main problems of these backpacks is that you cannot find them in France or even in the UK, so I wasn’t able to see them before buying one. When you are planning to make this backpack your home for a full year, you want to be sure that it is The One.
So I made a list of the pros and the cons of each backpack. I end up with the following comparison:
- Tortuga – Outbreaker (35L/$269): the biggest of the list but quite bulky and expensive
- Minaal – Carry-on 2.0 ($279): pretty but seems small
- AER – Travel Pack ($220): good size but weird shoes compartment
- Cotopaxi – Allpa ( 35L/$180): a lot of compartments and looks good but seems small
- Nomadic ($219): almost too much compartment
- Osprey – Farpoint (40L/$100): no laptop compartment but super cheap
In the end, I choose one that was affordable and that looks easy to organize. I received it a few months ago, so I’m already able to give you my feedback has a weekend backpack.
The quality looks really good, I like the look and you can fit so many things inside. There is just a tension on the zipper at a specific place when it is full, but the zipper seems to be solid enough to resist this.
I’m really happy with my purchase and I feel confident having only this backpack with me for this year.
Now that the backpack is chosen, I need to fil it. I chose to bring few clothes but good quality. You can find below the complete list of what I’m bringing.
- Jean trousers – already had it
- Leggins trousers – Icebreaker
- one light trousers – already had it
- one dress – Kameleon Rose
- 2 teeshirts – Icebreaker
- 2 tops – Icebreaker
- one long sleeve top – Icebreacker
- one hoodie – Icebreacker
- one jacket – Uniqlo
- one rain jacket – Patagonia
- one scarf
The principle is simple: wash my clothes really regularly, have them dry over the night to wear them the next day. I choose a lot of merinos wool because it doesn’t catch the smell, dry easily and is perfect in case of cold weather.