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Jill’s Full Time Traveler Gear Guide With Camping Gear

Jill’s Full Time Traveler Gear Guide With Camping Gear

Ever wondered what you need to pack for full time or long term travel? Or maybe you’ve seen those crazy backpackers walking around with heavy packs and you’ve simply wondered what’s inside. Wonder no more, I’ve put together a list of what’s in my pack.

You can consider me a do-everything traveler. I don’t mind spending the night in a fancy hotel, but I also like to set up camp in the middle of the forest, I have packed for both scenarios. Our current traveling patterns are putting us in monthly rentals, AirBnB’s and apartments. We do expect to be on a few long distance back-country hiking trails in 2016.

Backpacks

My full 50L pack weighs about 28 pounds, and my 30L weighs about 15 pounds. At the moment I am planning to upgrade my 50L pack to a 65L, this should allow me to reduce the weight in my daypack and only carry electronics and camera gear during airport visits. I have found that my daypack is very awkward to carry around when I have my 50L pack on my back, so I have recently bought a small rolling carry-on suitcase. I simply put my full daypack inside the rolling luggage when traveling to and from the airport, it has made things so much easier. The only time I have both the 50L and the 30L backpacks on me at the same time is when we go to and from the airport.

Since I’m only one half of this traveling duo, Curtis has created a separate list of his own. A lot of the camping gear we are traveling with is shared between us and Curtis carries all of our shared gear.

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Backcountry Camping Gear

My pack isn’t big enough to carry a lot of gear. Which is why I don’t recommend my pack for multi use traveling. My Osprey Viva 50L works fantastic as a backcountry camping pack, it also works fantastic as a backpack Europe type pack. It does not work if you intend to carry camping gear while backpacking Europe.

packJ
65L Pack
Much more user friendly than my current 50L pack
daypackJ
30L Backpack
I have the size small which is actually only 28L.
pillowJ
Camp pillow
Compresses small, comfortable, 212 g
packcoverL
45-60L Pack cover
packcoverS
25-40L Pack cover
bedJ
Thermarest sleeping pad
350 g
waterJ
Hydration and water storage
2 Liter
waterbottleJ
Water bottle
0.6 Liter
whistle
Whistle/Compass
Just in case
gaitersJ
Gaiters
For snowy or muddy treks, or scree fields
towelJ
Quick dry towel
mugJ
Mug
Insulated with lid. For tea or oatmeal.
sporkJ
Long spork
Longer length for eating dehydrated meal packets
sleepingbagJ
Compact sleeping bag
630 g, lightweight, affordable, enviro-friendly
linerJ
Sleeping bag liner
399 g, stuffs to 4in x 6in
carabinerJ
Caribiners
headlampJ
Headlamp
grater
Mini food grater set
great for shredding potatoes or carrots at camp

 


 

Clothing

The list below is not a good example of minimalist packing, but it is a great “have everything” list. Since I’m not packing extra camping equipment, it appears that I have filled that space with clothing. I love yoga pants…and yoga tops. I have nothing more to say about that. The only thing that I have found lacking in my clothing is a winter jacket, in the future I will switch out one sweatshirt for a North Face Thermoball winter jacket. For backcountry camping, this clothing list gets significantly smaller.

rainjacketJ
Weatherproof shell
Light weight, breathable
fleeceJ
Warm hoodie
fleece-like, low weight, compressable fabric
rockglovesJ
Scrambling gloves
To avoid cuts when scrambling mountains
coldglovesJ
Cold weather gloves
Fleece with touch screen finger tips
tilleyhatJ
Adventure hat
Rain & sun protection, light weight, breathable
winterhatJ
Winter hat
knitted exterior, fleece lined with earflaps
rayban
Polarized sunglasses
UV protection, light weight, durable
hikingpantsJ
Hiking pants
convertible, zip-off legs
jeansJ
Jeans
yoga
Yoga pants (8)
There’s no such thing as too many yoga pants!
shortsJ
Shorts (4)
tanktop
Work out tank tops (8)
mostly quickdry fabric
casualtop
Casual t-shirts/ tank tops (4)
t-shirts, sleeveless or otherwise multi-purpose
sleevetop
3/4 sleeve shirts (2)
for cool days
sweater
Long sleeve zip up sweater (2)
also used as a jacket
dresstop
Dressy Shirts (2)
a shirt that can be dressed up or dressed down
skirt
Black skirt
wrinkle resistant material
sleepset
Sleep set
shorts and tank top
panty
Undies (10)
quick drying fabric is preferable
bra
Bra (2)
sportbra
Sport Bra (2)
Most comfortable sport bra ever!
sockJ
Regular socks (4)
hikingsocks
Winter hiking socks (2)
summerhiking
Summer hiking socks (1)
summer2hiking
Summer hiking socks (2)
humid weather, anti-blister
trailshoe
Trail runners
For everyday use or easy hikes, waterproof, breathable
watershoe
Vibram 5 finger shoes
For mainly water use (swimming, SUP, etc.)
sandals
Sandals
hikingboots
Hiking boots
For scrambles and wet or cold hikes
bikini
Bikini (3)

 


 

Electronics

For backcountry camping trips most of my electronics are left in storage. I only take my cell phone and E-reader.

nook
E-reader
perfect way to carry a lot of books, the new upgraded version of mine is now waterproof!
laptopJ
Lenova Yoga 900 13″
2.8 lbs + 0.5 lbs optional slim charger.
laptopsleeve
Laptop Sleeve
mouseJ
Wireless Mouse
harddriveJ
External Hard Drive
phoneJ
Unlocked Nexus 6
phonecaseJ
Phone flip case
ipod
Ipod & Headphones

 


 

Photography

My camera gear is fairly minimal. Curtis carries most of the specialized lenses. We switched to the Olympus micro 4/3 system just before our travels started. It was an intentional switch from the bulky DSLR’s to this system. It has turned out to be a fantastic choice. Less weight and top quality lenses have allowed us to continue producing top quality photos. I recently switched from the 12-50mm kit lens to the pro 12-40mm f2.8, but I still carry both lenses until I can sell or store the original kit lens.

em5
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Camera
1.03 lbs, built in Wi-Fi
2PtoUSplugadapterJ
Charger cable replacement
More compact replacement of the Oly battery charger cable
batteriesJ
Extra batteries and charger for camera
sdcardJ
SD Card
camerabagJ
Sling camera bag with removable liner
Most versitile bag I’ve found. Removable liner easily fits into backpack for hiking, works well as a carry on, has extra storage, without the liner it works as a purse.
captureJ
Capture Clip with Microplate
The most important camera accessory I own.
oly12-40
Olympus 12-40mm f2.8
382g – my main lens, very sharp, bright, macro capability
oly12-50
Olympus 12-50mm f3.5-6.3
211g – very light, kit lens, macro capability
oly40-150
Olympus 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 R model
190g – very light, excellent value for the money
camerawater
Olypus TG-4 Waterproof Camera
247 g including battery & memory card
cirplJ
Hoya 67mm HD Circular Polarizing Filter
Brightest CIR-PL available, second most important accessory I own.
steppingJ
Step-Up Rings
To fit 67mm filters to all my lenses I have 62-67mm, 52-67mm, 58-67mm step up rings

 


 

Miscellaneous

toiletriesJ
Toiletries
I seem to have an endless supply of toiletries…razors, asprin, scissors, eyelash curler, foot scrubber, etc, etc, etc
toiletp
Small roll of toilet paper
Some washrooms don’t have any, or it costs money.
ziplockJ
Ziplock freezer bags
firstaid
First Aid kit
yogamat
Travel yoga mat
lightweight, foldable
yogatowel
Yoga towel
non-slip
measure
Tailor’s measuring tape
rolls up, compactable
straightener
Travel hair straightener
hairdryer
Travel hair dryer
foldable, dual voltage
brush
Hair brush (2)
earplugsJ
Earplugs
maskJ
Scuba mask
snorkelJ
Dry snorkel
travelpillow
Inflatable airplane pillow
A neck pillow that actually works!
note
Stationary
Notebook, pocket calendar, pens
purse
Travel purse
Messenger style, slim, fits a small camera
carryon
Rolling Carry on luggage
Yes. Because I can. I bought it at Goodwill for $4. Best $4 I’ve spent.

 


 

All packed and ready to go! Cindy (the cat) made it as far as Florida with us.

All packed and ready to go! Cindy (the cat) made it as far as Florida with us.

 

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Adventure seeker | Travel Agent at Chasing Adventure Travel
Adventure is for everyone!

Jill is the founder, writer, photographer and travel agent at Chasing Adventure Travel. An adventure travel blog that has morphed into a travel agency, specializing in Active and Adventurous Travels.

Jill has traveled worldwide and spent almost 2 years traveling continuously with her husband. She has traveled to resorts, crossed an ocean on a cruise ship, motorcycled multiple times around Europe and experienced self-guided long term travel.

~ Dreamer, doer and energetic go-getter. Curiosity has inspired adventurous world travel. Imagination is everything ~

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4 Comments

  1. Samantha 1 year ago

    I was debating between 50 and 65, so glad I read this and I’m planning on getting the exact same Osprey backpack. I have the Daylite backpack which is a great day pack, but it’s too small unfortunately. But I love Osprey so I’m definitely getting the 65 one. Great list!

    • Jill Author
      Jill 1 year ago

      Definitely go with the 65L, also check out the Osprey Aura 65, it has an extra front zippered pocket that I wish mine had. The biggest problem I have with the 50L is that it’s only 11 inches wide and about 8 or 9 inches deep. The narrow-ness of it makes it really awkward to pack. The only other thing I would like to have is an extra side zipper for the main compartment. Having only top access makes it really hard to just grab something from the middle of the bag.

  2. Camberwell Taxi 1 year ago

    very nice post .

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