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Fitting My Life Into A Backpack (or Two)

It's kind of a daunting task: narrowing down your life into a backpack. But that's exactly what I have to do if I plan on conquering the world for an unknown amount of time.

Like most people, I tend to overpack when I go on a weeklong vacation. Packing for just one week can be stressful, so how in the world am I supposed to pack for longer than that.

Lets play a game of trial and error. I know that I'm already overpacking for this trip. I even watched a couple videos to try to help narrow it down. One video said pick out what you want to bring on a trip, lay it all out, and then get rid of half of it. It's probably solid advice, but I didn't do that.

I did cut down on a few things though. So lets go over what I have.


I opted for two backpacks. The first and largest is my Osprey Aether 70 AG EX Pack. I knew this was the absolute largest sized backpack I wanted to bring. While it has some awesome features, comfort of course was key. I wanted something that was lightweight and easy to carry around. The anti-gravity support makes it feel like I'm only carrying 10 pounds. Now I know I haven't even left the country yet, but I feel like this was a great purchase. Time will tell.

My second is a backpack made by LowePro (mine is a few years old, here's a link to their newest backpack similar to mine). This really has been my everyday backpack for the past couple of years. There's a spot for my laptop, DSLR camera, accessories, and room up top for plenty of other things I may need.


-4 T-Shirts

-3 Tank-Tops

-Warm Leggings

-Due Dry Hoodie

-Columbia Rain Coat

-7 Pairs of Underwear

-1 Pair of Jeans

-1 Belt

-2 Shorts

-3 Swim Shorts

-3 Pairs of Socks

-Hiking shoes

-Water shoes

-Flip Flops/Sandals

-Reading Glasses


-Baseball Hat


-Toiletry Bag

-Neck Wallet & Passport Holder

-Electrical Outlet Converter

-Electrical & USB Power Box

-Backpack Locks

-First Aid Kit


Electronics & Gadgets

-MacBook Air

-Sony Headphones

-External Hard Drive

-IPAD Mini

-Nikon D3100

-Nikon A900

-GoPro Hero 5

-iRig Microphone

-Extra Batteries

So that's pretty much it. In about 6 months, I think I'll reevaluate this list and see what I think of it then.

Let me know what item you couldn't travel without.

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