Packing-Tech, Toiletries & Other

What’s in my backpack?

Updated for 2018

As I updated this for the first time in several years, I realized that much has changed and I’ve been able to lighten my load quite a bit due to changes in technology.

I now carry a Microsoft Surface instead of iPad, Kindle, and laptop.

My camera gear has changed and lightened. I no longer carry a big Nikon DSLR with multiple lenses. Instead, I have a Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera which is about half the size and weight of my old Nikon. I’m very happy with it. In 2018, I got the Sony 18-135 zoom lens to go with my Sony camera and for me, it’s the perfect travel lens, both compact and powerful.

Critical items:
Passport
Copy of passports
ATM cards
Credit Cards
Itinerary
Notes and confirmation letters- Separate zip lock bags per destination/city

Tech Stuff:
Samsung Galaxy Note phone with charger
digital camera- (see above)
Microsoft Surface Tablet with keyboard cover
Headphones
Galaxy Gear Fit2 Watch
Plug adaptors– I’m ashamed to admit I own about a dozen of these (many duplicates) for all over the world.
Multi USB Charger– I like this because it has a long cord which makes it easier to use in hotel rooms with limited outlets.

Toiletries:
advil
Medicines
TSA Liquids 1 qt bag
makeup
1st aid kit
Brush
Comb
Deodorant
Toothbrush & Toothpaste

One of the nice things about traveling with someone is that you can share toiletries.

Other:
Luggage Locks
Wet Wipes- I make sure to wipe down everything that surrounds me on the airplane as soon as I reach my seat.
Guidebooks
extra zip lock bags
zip ties
flashlight
binoculars-mini
umbrella
No Jet Lag Pills– I’ve found these can help a little
Snacks: Trail mix, oatmeal, chocolate, gum
Travelrest Travel Pillow

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