What is it really like to live out of a backpack
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There is an interesting trend among nomads that I have read about a lot lately: living out of a backpack. This is the ultimate nomad lifestyle, apparently, with all your belongings fitting into a bag that you can easily carry around on your back. Let’s take a look at how people who travel a considerable time live out of their backpack.
The first step toward the ultimate nomad lifestyle is to choose the right backpack. I have read about a series of options, and a 26 liter (about 7 gallon) backpack looks the best choice. It is important for the backpack to be good quality – it will accompany you for your travels in the next few years, so you might just want to choose a sturdy, reliable and resistant one. An article I have read has recommended Tom Bihn branded backpacks to be used, which is a less known brand, but a great choice for the “professional traveler”.
So, what should your backpack-to-live-out-of contain? Let’s get through the major points.
1. Personal hygiene & toiletries
Start with the basics: toothbrush, toothpaste, mouth wash, floss. If you go electric, choose a battery powered toothbrush, and a backup “manual” one, to have a solution if the first one fails. For males: shaving accessories and aftershave. For females: similar products destined for them. For both: shampoo, other hair care products, comb, brush, whatever. You know the drill.
T-shirts, underwear, casual clothing, and so on. Most of the articles I have read speak badly about synthetic – they recommend natural fiber, and when it comes to shirts, they mostly recommend thin merino wool ones, which are easy to wash even with hand soap and dry incredibly quickly. Shorts, something high quality that will fit with your active lifestyle – one article I have read recommends the Olivers brand, initially funded through Kickstarter – the shorts have a special, highly resistant material, and they are designed with multiple functions in mind.
All relevant documents must find their way into your backpack, preferably in a ziploc bag to keep them safe if unexpected things happen. Be sure to keep your passport, secondary bank cards (in case your wallet is stolen or lost), photocopies of your driver’s license and ID, and anything else you would normally store in your wallet.
For most people living the nomad’s life with nothing but a backpack after them this is the most important part. The obvious choices are: laptop, external storage (either a USB-powered external hard drive or a flash drive – multiple ones eventually – to safely store your data), a laptop stand, lightweight and rugged, a mouse and eventually a small, light keyboard for unexpected situations, a battery charger (to keep the mouse and toothbrush batteries filled), all the necessary cables (keep them to a minimum), headphones.
Eventually a solar powered battery pack should also go inside your backpack – in case you find yourself away from a power outlet, it can keep your phone and other accessories working. It’s very useful if you are stuck at an airport, with nothing to do but waiting and playing your games at redflushcasino.com.
5. Everything else
Thins that sound too obvious to be forgotten, but they often are: a spoon, a fork (maybe a “spork”?), a pocket camera (if the one on your phone is not enough), sketchbook, pens and similar things – you know what you will need on the road. I have to admit I am envious of the people who can travel the world with nothing but a backpack, and do their job from anywhere they please. I also dream of doing the same sometime.
What items are in your long-term travel backpacking checklist? I’d love to hear your suggestions.