What Went In My Backpack (+ Vlog Launch!)

A large part of my 6-month preparation for my 1st ever RTW trip revolved around packing and making sure I was bringing along everything I would need for an entire year, straddling the fine line between overpacking and getting it just right. After speaking to several of my well-traveled friends, the consensus among them when it comes to packing is to bring as many versatile, multi-purpose items as possible.

After pondering what I should bring, here is what my pack finally came down to:

Note: items below are of a single quantity unless specifically stated with multiples

Osprey Farpoint 55 (MSRP US$180)

Shorts x 2
Gym Shorts
Swimming Shorts
Large Scarf
Long Sleeve Collar Shirt
Short Sleeve Collar Shirt
Tees x 3
Basketball Jersey
Football Jersey
Sleeveless Gym Shirts x 3
Long Sleeve Gym Shirt
Socks x 5
Undies x 7 (3 quick dry pairs from Uniqlo)
Sweatpants (from Uniqlo)
Running Hoodie (from Uniqlo)

Nike Flyknit Racer
TEVA Sandals
Flip Flops

MacBook Pro 15"
Sony A6000 Mirrorless Camera (Lenses: 16-50mm Kit & 35mm f1.8 Prime)
GoPro Hero4 Black
GoPro 3-Way Pole
Joby Gorillapod
Feiyu-Tech G4 Handheld Gimbal for GoPro
Zoom H1 Digital Recorder
RODE Smartlav+ for iPhone
Knog QUDOS Action Light
Removu R1 Remote Viewer for GoPro
Samsung T1 512GB USB 3.0 External SSD
1 TB USB 3.0 External HDD
2 TB USB 3.0 External HDD

Travel Journal
Misc Medicines (Paracetamol, Flu, Upset Stomach)
5L Dry Bag
Canvas Tote Bag
Microfiber Travel Towel

I would like to take this opportunity to launch the (hopefully) weekly vlog of my trip. In this episode, I go into my packing method and show what exactly went in my bag!

EDITOR'S NOTE: This was shot before the final pack and the weight of the pack just before I left was actually 20kg/44lbs.

About The Author

Nico Atienza is a Philippines born, Sri Lankan raised traveler who sold everything, quit his job and escaped the rat race to travel the world in 2016. Apart from his love of travel, he is an award winning volunteer, miles + points aficionado and perpetually epicurious story teller. You can peer into his life by following him on Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram or send him an Email.