My Own Ultimate Packing List – Two Bags: 15 KGS in Total

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My Own Packing List -
Two Bags: 15 KGS in Total

Best 40L backpack
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This is what I mostly look like when on the move, minus the tent

If you are shopping for yourself to prepare for your ultimate trip, I assume that you are looking for some tips from here, hence landing on this page. If that's the case, I'm very excited to share what I have in my backpacks which I've been carrying around for almost four years now (since publication).

First, remember that we are different, some of the things I bring might not be essential for you. We travel differently and with different purposes. Only use this article as a guide to give you an idea on what you can pack, you bring what you need to bring. 

To give you a little bit of history about my travel backpack: I arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam from Denmark with a cabin sized suitcase, a regular sized backpack and a gym bag. I didn't buy a proper backpacking bag in Denmark as it was very expensive.

The first thing I did when I arrived in Hanoi was to pick up a backpacker's bag, I went straight to the small shops along the street of Hang Bong until I found this Vietnamese guy who told me that he loves Filipino TV drama shows, he later offered me a Northface bag for $20 US dollars.

Buying from a small shop like that, I was aware that it was a first class replica of the brand. It was one of the best travel investment ever! I still use it after it has been to over 20 countries in the span of 4 incredible years. - UPDATE: My NorthFace backpack finally gave up. I replaced it with Standard Luggage carry-on backpack - read my review.

TIP: Check these long-haul flight accessories

TIP: Use the table of content to navigate faster and easier.


Starting May 2019, I'm using Standard Luggage's Carry-on backpack, their laptop/daily backpack, day pack, and packing cubes. You can find more information about it here, on my honest review.

If a cabin-sized backpack is too small for you, check these 50L backpacks and read how to choose the most suitable for you.


I try to pack light but also keeping in mind that these clothes should be able to keep me warm in case I miscalculated some travel plans and ended up in a not-so-warm weather. These set of clothes can be use for summer and spring and fall season.

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  • 5 dresses (3 light dresses for summer, 2 for spring/fall season)
  • 4 tops (summer/going out tops)
  • 2 denim shorts
  • 2 skirts (1-floor length & 1 below the knee)
  • 2 swimming clothes (1 swimsuit and 1 surfing suit)
  • 2 regular bras
  • 3 sports bra
  • 15 underwear
  • 5 pair of socks, 1 stocking
  • 2 scarves (big & small)
  • 1 jumper - I don't get cold easily, therefore, one jumper and a pair of stockings are good enough for me for spring and fall)
  • 3 tops for running/hiking
  • 1 bike shorts
  • 3 jockey skimmies (those under the skirt shorts but not spandex)

Recommended Clothing Options


  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 pair of all around shoes (sneakers or running shoes)
  • 1 pair of sandals (Birkenstock style) - or check this travel sandals
  • 1 pair of water shoes/aqua shoes

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Toiletries can be tricky, since I don't normally check in my luggage, I have to meet the policy for bringing liquid on board which means nothing more than 100 ml (3.38 oz). All liquids must be in a tight bottle and must be placed in a zip-lock bag.

TIP: Buy a silicon zip-lock bag to avoid using plastic ones all the time

  • 1 toothbrush - I personally use an electric toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • contact lens case & solution
  • deodorant
  • perfume
  • lotion/moisturizer
  • 2 menstrual cups - I use Betulacup 
  • organic sunscreen

Recommended Toiletries To Bring


  • laptop (1.2 kg / 2.6 lbs)
  • chargers: laptop, mobile phone
  • Instax polaroid
  • computer mouse 
  • Canon Camcoder R800 - 
  • headset - my wireless headset is from Sudio (get one yours and claim a 15%off using AMARYROAD as a discount code or check out these noise cancelling headphones
  • Kindle
  • power bank
  • extension cable

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Here are some random things that I bring with me, maybe some of them can be useful for your too.


  • roll your clothes to save space
  • pick up a packing cube
  • choose lightweight fabrics
  • don’t pack a regular bath towel, pack an all-purpose scarf or quick & lightweight bath towel instead
  • don’t pack shampoo, pick one up when you land to your destination
  • pick the best 40L backpack with a lot of pockets outside of the bag
  • maximise the use of the pockets and straps of your bags, both inside and outside
  • buy a zip-lock laundry bag to keep your clean clothes separated from the dirty ones
  • get a wheeled backpack instead for more convenient and comfortable packing adventure, I'm considering to get one for myself and replace the old backpack I have

Recommended Packing Gears


Tourism industry is actually one of the biggest contributor of the increasing waste all over the world. The plastic bottles, carbon footprint, on-the-go food containers, and of course the unethical animal tourism. These are all damaging to every destinations that are popular to tourists.

Be a responsible traveller and try your best to minimise the waste you create and especially, don't participate in unethical animal tourist.

Here are some Eco-friendly travel products that you should bring with you. While you can read this full article of Earth-friendly travel accessories and products.

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Mary is the founder of amaryroad and one of the experts when it comes to travelling in Southeast Asia. Mary has been travelling around the world since 2013, she have extensively travelled and lived in Southeast Asian countries. She also has been featured in popular publications in the Philippines such as GMA Network, When in Manila, and Tripzilla. Today, Mary continues her round-the-world trip with no final destination. She travels in her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

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