Introduction: why make your long journey with a hand luggage.
Before embarking on my long journey, I knew that I would face very cold temperatures as much as very hot climates. But for several reasons, I decided to travel with a hand luggage. Firstly, we learn to be minimalist and live with what we need and nothing superfluous. Then we save a lot of money by not adding check-in baggage to the price of our plane ticket. Also, it weighs lighter on the back and that is important for our health and well-being. Finally, we don’t have to wait for our luggage at the airport when getting off the plane, with the risks of loss and delays that come with it. I have travelled for almost a year with this bag, taken many flights and have always carried it as carry-on baggage. In the list below, there are essential materials, and things that are not necessary but that I took simply for my personal comfort. Weight of the all-inclusive bag: around 10 kilos. In Asia and Oceania, the weight of hand luggage is generally 7 kilos, but I have always managed to get it through.
Detailed photos of the equipment
From left to right: thermal legging, lycra swimming / sports leggings, shorts, city / hiking pants, linen pants. Yes, they are all black, so I can marry them with everything.
From left to right: a scarf, a lycra t-shirt for swimming, 1 tank top, 3 t-shirts, 1 dress, 2 technical long-sleeved undershirts for the cold.
From left to right: 1 windproof rainjacket with hood, 1 long warm and puffy jacket with hood, 1 fleece, 1 silk bedsheet, 1 microfiber towel, a small light backpack.
From left to right: A pair of city and hiking gore-tex sneakers, a pair of plastic sandals, a pair of flip flops that closes at the back (city walk and swim).
This photo describes the toiletry bag, 1 first aid kit, 1 underwear bag (orange), a pair of gloves, a hat, a warm neck protector.
This photo describes a plastic plate, cup and cutlery (fork, knife and spoon. A carabiner hooks them, you can use it for something else). A night mask and ear plugs. Swimming goggles and tuba (the tuba was purchased on the way). A charger with USB cable (which charges the phone, the camera and the e-reader), a charger for the computer, a padlock, a USB key, a universal charger, a 3 liters water bottle and 1 headlamp.
The purse – inside I have the camera (compact), the papers / bank cards, the power bank (it is very small and light), my little salt/pepper set, the mobile phone.
Equipment description table
Details and Link to equivalent product
Warm clothes + bad weather
Light and warm fleece
To be combined with the technical merino undershirt and the windbreaker rainjacket for winter
For women – $21.53 – $23.63 – click here
For men – $7.98 – $25.50 – click here
A long sleeve (merino wool) undershirt + another technical undershirt
To be combined with the fleece and the windproof rainjacket for winter. To wear alone in mild or cool weather
For men 44,99$ click here
For women 59,99$ click here
1 wind breaker rain jacket very light and compact packableTrespass
To combine with the technical undershirt and the fleece for winter. Wear alone with a t-shirt in case of rain in warm areas
Women – $23.95 – $49.49 – Trespass Qikpac Womens Packaway Waterproof Jacket Lightweight Hooded Raincoat
Men – $27.35 – $79.00 – Trespass Qikpac Packaway TP75 Jacket
A very light and compact packable Uniqlo long puffy jacket (Ultra light down black) very small once in its bag
Very light but very warm, ideal when it’ cold. I found a similar one on Amazon
1 warm neck protector
1 pair of gloves
1 thermal legging for cold weather
To put under pants or alone with the shorts over. Can also be used as pajamas
Women – 17.99$ – Women’s Stretch Fleece Warm Underwear Leggings
Men – 15$ – Men’s Lightweight Performance Base Layer
3 cotton t-shirts
Women – Price: $8.60 – $19.17 – Women’s Heavy Cotton Adult T-Shirt, 2-Pack
Men – $7.14 – $32.14 – Men’s Cotton Adult T-Shirt, 2-Pack
1 sport t-shirt quick drying
Men – $14.88 – $18.98 – Men’s Short Sleeve Moisture Wicking Athletic T-Shirt
Women – $7.00 – $21.00 – Sport Women’s Cool DRI Performance
1 tank top
1 Lycra t-shirt for swimming
Good for avoiding jellyfish and sunburn. Can also be used as an extra t-shirt
Men – $14.95 – $29.95 – Swimshirt Vapor Apparel Men’s UPF 50+ UV Sun Protection Outdoor Performance Long Sleeve T-Shirt
1 lycra black leggin
Good to avoid jellyfish and sunburn, can also be worn as a city or sports legging with the shorts over
Women – 25,99$ – UPF 50+ Women’s Leggings Swimming Tights Sun Protective
1 black pants for city and hiking + 1 linen pants
Comfortable elastic pants, can be suitable in the city, being dressed up and also when hiking. Linen pants are perfect when it’s warm. If it’s cold, put the thermal legging underneath each of these pants
Linen pants women – $16.31 – $25.00 – Women’s Linen Pant
Linen pants men – 24,90$ – Men’s Casual Loose Fit
1 summer dress
$ 19.99 – $24.99 – Click here
1 black sports short
Quick-drying sport shorts. Can also be used as pajamas
Women – $7.99 – $24.95 – Champion Women’s Mesh Short, Black
Men – $9.99 – $32.49 – Champion Men’s Long Mesh Short With Pockets,Black
Ideal to put on the head in case of heat or around the neck or shoulders
Men and women – 14.99$ – Cotton Linen Scarf Soft Lightweight Men And Women
Some jewelry for occasions
Few panties, bras and 1 swimsuit
Very few, you will have to handwash them every day at your hotel
3 pairs of socks: 1 normal sock, 1 short, 1 merino wool for winter
Men and women – $17.99 – $24.99 – 3 Pairs 80% Merino Wool Thermal Wool Socks For Winter, Men and Women Hiking Socks
1 pair of flip flops that closes at the back. Possibility to swim with it
I prefer flip flops which closes at the back because when you have to walk a lot, it’s much better for maintaining the foot. In addition, I can use it for swimming when the stones hurt my feets
$10.40 – $72.36 – Crocs Women’s Serena Flip Flop
$11.99 – $29.99 – different one
1 pair of all-terrain city and mountain sneaker Gore-Tex: Adidas CMTK GTX black continental 75 €
I wanted sneakers suitable for hiking in the mountains and to walk in the city, that look nice and not like typical hiking shoes. I prefer black color as it suits everything. I opted for the Adidas Terrex CMTK GTX. They are made of Gore-Tex material so it’s waterproof and breathable, weight only 260 grams (my size), keeps you warm if it is cold, really effective non-slip Continental sole. I’m very satisfied.
Men – $93.88 – adidas Outdoor Men’s Terrex CMTK GTX
Women – $104.51 – adidas Outdoor Women’s Terrex CMTK GTX
Hydrating oil (skin and hair)
A little bit of makeup
1 body soap + detergent
A nail clipper
First Aid Kit
Biafine (for burns)
Even though there are pharmacies and medicines all over the world, I prefer to have my medicines always with me in case of an emergency in a remote location. The lighter might be taken away at the airport, as well as the pharmacy scissors.
1 microfiber towel
Very thin and light, quick dry.
Price: $9.99 – $19.99 Link to the towel
This is essential
1 plastic plate, glass and cutlery set (a knife a spoon a fork)
Always useful, especially when you want to cook
1 small salt/pepper set
Also useful for cooking
1 pair of bathing goggles + tuba
It takes less space than large snorkelling goggles and it works very well
Goggles – 9.99$ – link here
Snorkel Tuba – link here
Silk travel sheet
Bedsheet in the shape of a sleeping bag. Very useful when you end up in dirty rooms
1 reflective strip
To be visible at night
1 very small and light foldable packable backpack for daytrip
Small backpack that weighs only a few grams and closes on itself, it becomes tiny. Perfect for day trips
One even smaller 10.28$ Quechua 10 Ultra Compact Hiking Backpack, 10Liters
1 blindfold and ear plugs
Very important for long journeys
1 foldable light bottle
1 code padlock
Better than key padlock, it avoids losing them
11.99$ – pack of 2 4 Digit Combination
1 light computer + its battery charger
1 universal adapter 5 €
A single adapter to charge your devices worldwide
9.99$ – link here
1 power bank
Very small and light
16.99$ – INIU Power Bank, Ultra-Slim Dual
1 compact Sony Camera
Small, compact and light camera
1 mobile phone
Cheap smartphone with a great memory and makes great photos
To have multiple books in a single device
89.99$ – Kindle
1 single charger for camera, phone, power bank and e-reader
One cable to charge everything, not very practical but there is no small saving, even for space
Travel made with this backpack (photo).
I bought mine at the store Decathlon for 80€. Decathlon is not available everywhere. I found an equivalent from the brand Osprey (40L) that you can carry on in the airplane.
The top pocket of the Decathlon bag (below) must be removed so that it fits into the dimensions of hand luggage. There is a protective pouch included in the bag, which I removed along the way because it takes up too much space. I took the risk of continuing without and I was lucky not to have any rain. If you want, get rid of this big pocket, and buy another smaller and lighter.
Once filled with all the equipment (I removed the pair of sneakers, a t-shirt, a pair of underwear that I wear), the bag looks like this. You can buy it at Decathlon.
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