How I Travel The World With A 17L Backpack

l love lightweight backpacking and every time I reply yes to: “Is that all you travel with?” People go crazy and  I feel like I’m changing lives. This list was made to suit my needs, so if there is something you don’t agree with or any items you would like to add/remove feel free to do it.


1. Clothing

Just a quick reminder that this is where people tend to pack the most. Cleaning and drying while traveling is easier than you might think!

Lightweight backpacking

  • 1x  Pair of trainers
  • 3x Pairs of socks (2 ankle + 1 cotton)
  • 1x Pair of jeans (wearing them)
  • 1x Pair of  swim shorts
  • 1x Pair of underwear
  • 1x Long sleeve
  • 1x T-shirt (also wearing it)
  • 1x Tank Top
  • 1x Warm Jacket
  • 1x Sarong
  • 1x Traveling Towel


  • I will probably get some sandals, allowing my feet to breath and requiring no socks unless it is cold/raining.
  • I don’t really need underwear unless it is very cold…
  • The reason I don’t bring more socks/shirts is because there is no need to if you wash/dry them fast.
  • The Sarong wins against the towel on many aspects, but mainly because of the millions of uses it has. That’s why I’m getting rid of my towel.


2. Personal Hygiene + First Aid Items

Bring only the essentials, you can always buy something else on your destination.

Lightweight backpacking

  • 1x Coconut Oil (200ml)
  • 1x Soap Bar + Box
  • 1x Toothbrush + Toothpaste + Dental Floss
  • Enough Wipes
  • 1x Trimmer
  • 1x Chapstick
  • Bandages
  • Betadine
  • Malaria pills
  • Imodium


  • Coconut Oil has millions of uses. Including protection for skin, so I might get rid of my (full of chemicals) chapstick.
  • Good soap is all you need for your body and hair.
  • Sunscreen and moisturizer can be very important for people with light skin. I’m going to buy something because the sun is harsh in India.


3. Electronics

I use too many because I need to run this blog and I enjoy having my beard trimmed, for now…

Lightweight backpacking

  • 1x Moto G4 Plus 32GB (using for the pic)
  • 1x Nokia Lumia 530
  • 1x Camera
  • 1x GoPro + Accessories
  • 1x Mouse
  • 1x Pair of headphones
  • 2x Micro SD cards (8GB/32GB)
  • 1x USB Pen (8GB)
  • 1x Torch
  • Chargers


  • I had a computer, but I lost it on my first day in India. (Read the story)


4. Misc + Docs

Just a bunch of stuff I like/need to carry around.

Lightweight backpacking

  • 1x Book
  • 1x Safety Equipment <3
  • 1x Spoon
  • 1x Journal + Pens
  • 1x Wallet (Money, Bank Cards, Photos)
  • 1x Sunglasses
  • 1x Hammock
  • Passport, Visa & Copies


  • I love hammocks 😀
  • You don’t really need a spoon.
  • I’m replacing books and notebooks for audiobooks and Evernote.


5. How I Organize Everything

Lightweight backpacking

  • I attach my jacket to the outside of my bag.
  • Electronics go on the black purse.
  • Hammock fits perfectly in one of the corners.
  • Clothing in the white bag.
  • Camera in the small red/black purse.
  • Health related stuff on the pink one.
  • Go Pro and its accessories above.

Lightweight backpacking

The end result is a bag that I can jump and run with. I can easily handle it with a single hand; walk among crowded places; fits anywhere; everything is accessible and most importantly: I can walk with it for hours without causing any damage/discomfort to my body. It’s not for everyone and not for all kinds of weather. Nonetheless people in general tend to over pack and I used to do the same. I saw other packing lists and thought I really needed 7 pieces of underwear… I even met a guy who traveled with air freshener.


Let me know what you think about this post and please share with me your best “packing secrets” and don’t forget to send it to someone who would also benefit from it so that they could also be part of the journey. Stay safe and pack light!

2 Responses to “How I Travel The World With A 17L Backpack

  • Thank you very much for the positive feedback Victoria. 🙂

    I’m actually struggling to finish this one! I thought it would be useful during train/bus/planes but I usually take them overnight to save on accommodation and when I do have some free time I spend it working on my blog/social media pages.

    I’m thinking of giving it someone when I eventually manage to finish it.

    By the way are you traveling right now? Feel free to connect and chat with me trough my FB page! Thanks again 😉

  • Victoria
    3 months ago

    Interesting post! Wow, you are really travelling light. What do you do when you’ve finished a book? I try to swap mine for a different one at hostels but they don’t always have something I want to read, and English-language bookshops are few and far between.

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