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What Have I Packed in My Rucksack This Time?!

With my new adventure now underway I thought I’d share my updated packing list with you all.

Having massively overpacked for Australia a few years ago, successfully completed my 25 litre backpack challenge in Thailand last September and then cramming in too much surf kit for Ecuador and Peru I realised I needed to do some serious thinking n my original kit list.

There were a few key points I narrowed it down too; location, duration, weight and extras.


After scoring some cheap Bangkok flights Asia was to be my first stop on the second part of my RTW adventure. And after chatting to some travel buddies from South America I’ve extended it from my original plan (I foresaw this may happen and booked flexi tickets!) so this is now one of the biggest stops.

All Packed And Ready to Go…

That means I’m going to be in summer wear for the bulk of the trip, and will now be trailing into summer on my jump into Australia and NZ at the end too.
With this in mind along with a prolonged surf stop in Indo clothing needs to be light and leaning heavily in favour of boarded and wife beater tshirts!


Having extended the Asian leg of my trip to around 5 months I’m going to be enjoying heaps of sun.
This also means my whole trip is longer too though so I had the bear in mind I’d be buying clothes on the go to replace those I inevitably destroyed! However this also meant I wouldn’t be experiencing winter climates for a while so I could cut out heavy hoodies and trousers – not that I wear them much anyhow!
Due to the extended time limit before I got to NZ I also decided that once I’d landed I’d get the lovely parentals to ship over a few warmer pieces of clothing, or even pick them up before leaving Asia.


With bouncing around quite a few countries I was very conscious of weight whilst packing. This resulted in me retiring my 80+20litre rucksack (which was borrowed off my brother anyway!) and slimming it down to a 60+10 Berghaus Jalan courtesy of the guys from Blacks – which I shall review in a couple of weeks.
This immediately meant weight was cut down significantly and I was forced to rethink my packing.


I’m a sucker for taking things “just in case”. There’s always kit in my bag because in the spur if the moment it seems like the sensible thing to pack! I used South America as a test run to see what I would and wouldn’t use – and it resulted in a lot of things being stripped out.
Even still I have a few added extras like snorkel kit and medi kits because they’re always handy things to have – even if you don’t use them for a while!

The Final Cut

With all that considered my final kit list is as follows;

backpacker gap year kit list
The Contents of My Rucksack


Tshirts x 6
Wife beaters x 2
Boarders x 3
Walk shorts x 1
Boxers x 5
Socks x 2pairs
Flip flops x 1pair
Trainers x 1 pair
Hiking Sandals x 1 pair
Hoody x 1
Flannel shirt x 1
Heaps of fake Ray Ban Sunnies from Montanita!
Spirit hoods x 2


Micro fibre travel towel
Snorkel kit
Medical kit
Portable speakers
Head torch
Toiletry bag (paracetamol, Imodium, rehydration sachets, condoms etc…)
ENO portable hammock
Water bottle

Tech kit

MacBook air
Portable hard drive
GoPro HD2 + Mounts
Canon 40D
Canon 20D
10-22mm lens
17-55mm lens
Chargers and Cables

Luckily my little brother is coming to join me in Thailand later next month so I have a fall back plan if I suddenly realise I have forgotten anything major – or even better that I’ve packed too much!

Anything extra you guys would be packing?!

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