How We Packed For A Month Of Travel

One of our favourite travel quotes is “Pack lite, travel far and live long”. As we are off to go traveling for a month, starting from Manila (Philippines) and finishing in Bali (Indonesia), we decided to show off how lite we have packed for the journey. We actually can’t believe how light our backpacks are!

This time we wanted to make sure that we’ll carry only one small backpack each and no more than 5 kg in each backpack. The reason being, it’s going to be extremely hot and we don’t want to sweat like pigs with a heavy load and it’s going to be more convenient and much easier for us to walk when looking for a cheap accommodation around. This morning, we made a list of all necessary things we had to pack in order to survive and here is what we are taking with us for one month journey:

Agness’s backpack

“Less is more” in most cases, so I took only (from the top left):

  • Notebook and flight tickets
  • Backpack
  • Straw hat (I stole it from one of the local hostels in Kho Phangan, Thailand and we never parted since)
  • 3 t-shirts and 2 shirts
  • Swimsuit and sunglasses
  • Shoes
  • Waterproof bag
  • Digital camera with all chargers
  • External hard drive
  • Perfume
  • Mp3 player
  • 1 bag of make-up stuff
  • 1 bag of cosmetics
  • 1 bag of plasters and medicines (mainly pain killers)
  • Phone
  • Laptop
Things to pack for a month of journey
That’s all I’m taking with me

Cez’s backpack

Cez took (from the top left):

  • Backpack
  • Towel (one for both of us)
  • 3 x t-shirts and 3 x shorts
  • Mp3 player
  • Digital camera with all chargers
  • Kindle
  • Passport
  • Small padlock
  • Notebook (small laptop)
  • 2 x creams from Agness and a hair gel
  • Toothbrush and shaving kit
  • Waterproof bag
That’s what Cez is taking with him

Plan of the journey

Although we have never been well-organised travelers believing that “the less you plan, the more adventurous your journey is”, this time we wanted to plan things in advance (money saving + meeting travel bloggers on the road). Based on your recommendations (comments, e-mails and Facebook messages we are so grateful for), we came up with a well-structured plan of journey adding a lot of interesting and stunning places.

Laptop on the bed
Reading your comments when planning a journey

On our list there are some places like Pagudpud, Batad, Malapascua Rice Terraces, Donsol Bay, Camguin or El Nido in the Philippines, China Town, hawker center and Marina Bay Sand in Singapore and Gili Islands,  Ubud and Padang Bai in Indonesia. Of course these are only few places we are planning to explore. We are still flexible with time and destinations and hope to meet some awesome people on road who will make us change our plan!

A girl is planning the journey
Planning the journey

We would like to say thank you for all of your comments, advice and expertise! We really appreciate it.

Let the adventure begin… Manila, here we come!

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Agness Walewinder
Agness Walewinder
Travel freak, vagabond, photography passionate, blogger, life enthusiast, backpacker, adventure hunter and endless energy couchsurfer living by the rule "Pack lite, travel far and live long!"
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78 thoughts on “How We Packed For A Month Of Travel”

  1. Michelle | Lights Camera Travel

    Nicely done guys! Packing light is definitely the way to go. You will adore the Philippines I was just there recently!

  2. You guys are so organised. I truly believe in packing light. But I’m terrible at it.

    There is nothing worse than being held back by heavy luggage, breaking a sweat as you rush to make travel connections. I really need to try harder on the light packing route.

    I’m with Cez on this one, can’t travel without the beloved kindle!!!

  3. 5kg each?! Awesome, you’ve beaten my regular pack which is just over 6kg usually.

    Looking forward to hearing about your trip guys. Will be particularly interested to see what you think of Bali. Enjoy!

  4. You don’t need perfume there, Agness! just maybe a good deo. In warm countries I usually carry a tiny size of powder perfume from the dessert. Easy to carry, weigh nothing and won’t stain the skin with alcohol.

    In Philippines they sell everything in mini sizes, perfect to stock up again.

    I would rather take 2 small towels (they dry very quick) than a big one.

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Thanks Noelia for that. I’m not gonna take this perfume with me now, will buy the powder perfume in the Philippines! That’s an awesome idea. As for the towels, I’m taking one small face towel as my face is so gentle and sensitive and I will use the hostel towels! :D It’s way too big for my backpack.

  5. Bennett - The Further Adventures of Bennett

    Love it! So organised :) Happy travels to both of you and can’t wait to hear about what you get up to!

  6. Iulia - ThePinkMoustache

    Oh wow, talk about packing light! That’s a really good job for a month of travel. Sounds like a really cool trip you’re taking, looking forward to reading about it!

  7. Wow, you packed seriously light. I don’t know if I could make that even though I improved my packing a lot during the last years ;) I wish you so much fun, happy travels, changes of plans which guide you to breathtaking places and a lot of stories to tell!

  8. Wow, that laptop looks sooooo heavy :)

    I usually travel with a maximum weight of 5/6 kg. Since I’m not very tall or big, more than that would ruin my back. I’m excited to hear about your next adventures, I wish I could hide in your bag and go with you :)

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Thank Yara. 5/6 kg? That’s also impressive. I’m also not very tall (165cm) and I’m only 50 kg, so more than 8kg would kill my back!

  9. santafetraveler

    I take more for a weekend-lol. I cracked up- Agness has more make-up and cosmetics than anything else. Safe travels.

  10. That is impressively light packing, well done guys! You have all you need for 30 days, you must get very excited now and I look forward to hear all about your adventures! Have a safe and great trip!

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Yes, we are super excited and if we need something, we can always buy it on the road. Cheers Franca. You also have fun!

  11. Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)

    That is definitely taking packing light to the next level! I think I normally pack more even if I’m just going away for the weekend… ;) I’m not sure if I could survive with so little, but it will certainly make your travel days that much easier!

  12. Impressive! Packing light is definitely easier when traveling in hot climates, but I still couldn’t survive on so little. I hope you’ve got some sunscreen and mosquito repellent in the mix! Wishing you safe and happy travels :-D

    1. Agness Walewinder

      I know. We packed light mainly for the sake of hot weather. Thank you Heather. We will certainly have a lot of fun and FOOD!

  13. that’s really impressive. we just got back from a 10 day trip to tacloban in the philippines, and i def want to travel lighter next time.

  14. Very impressive! I’m similar – last year I worked on the road for seven months and just had an 8kg cary on bag!

  15. Traveling light is great – easier in warm climates than in cold but doable in both. I might of missed it, but don’t see where Agness listed any pants/shorts… unless they’re part of what’s in Cez’s pack.

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Maria, thanks for reminding me about my pants, totally FORGOT IT. I’m taking some shorts as well. 1 pair, no more!

  16. Jess @UsedYorkCity

    It’s official: I’ve finally found someone that packs lighter than me! Haha, everyone always makes fun of how little I pack for long trips, but I agree with your “travel light” motto…makes the trip so much less stressful!

  17. That is an incredible packing job! We seriously shed an embarrassing amount at our first destination so your packing style is something to aspire to!

  18. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans

    So impressed by your packing skills! I don’t think that I’ll be able to pack so few things during our upcoming month in Europe although I’m definitely only planning on bringing a carry-on. Safe travels and have fun!

  19. 5 kg? Kudos! I love the idea of packing light but I always end up carrying too much stuff with me even though I am travelling on my own for a very long time, so I should be experienced enough. When are you leaving? Are you fleeing from Chinese New Year? :)

  20. 5 kg? Kudos! I love the idea of packing light but always end up carrying too much with me and I am not very tall either (159 cm). When will you be leaving? Are you fleeing from chinese New Year? :)

  21. Wow, 5kg?! I’m impressed. I’m hoping to keep it around 10kg for my summer in Europe, but we’ll see if that happens! Why must electronics be so heavy?!

  22. That’s funny that Cez gets to carry your creams, Agness. ;) Sam ends up doing that all the time with some of my toiletries, but it’s because he packs so little and then has all this extra space!!! Haha

  23. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary

    5 KG? You bring new meaning to lightweight!! Hope your prepping is going great & I look forward to reading all about your adventures!

  24. That’s awesome. And I thought I was good at packing light! I’m trying to think of what I packed that was so heavy now…

    One thing though, I noticed you use a full sized bath towel. One of the best things I ever bought before travelling was a microfibre towel (e.g. . Serious space saver and dry really quick! The smaller sizes are a bit hard to wrap around your body on the way out of the shower though… I felt like a man in a mini skirt.

    Next time I pack for a holiday I’ll have to come back here to see what I take that you don’t so I can pack lighter. I can’t help but notice a lack of socks and undies though :-P

  25. Oh my-I always thought I was on the side of a light packer…you guys make me look like a serious overpacker! haha

  26. LOL…Cez carrying your creams! I’m so giggling about that one. Packing is a big one for me to learn so I paid attention to Cez’s list. Just from a guy’s standpoint. I will definitely be asking for both your help when I finally start heading overseas, guys! Any suggestions on how to squeeze a Golden Retriever in there? It will be a tough fit but he will have to suck it up :)

  27. How long will you stay in Bali for?
    I’ll be away from 9-27 Feb, hopefully you guys will still be around by the time I get back to the island.
    Have an awesome trips! :D

  28. Wow! It’s amazing that you two are taking so little with you. I have never traveled that light, but your post is inspiring!

  29. Pedro @ Travel with Pedro

    Interesting post, guys! I totally agree with your travel light philosophy.

    I hope you´re having a great time!

  30. Jessica - MJ Sailing

    I just want to know where your flip flops are, Agness! Wow, that’s really impressive. Even after backpacking for 6 weeks and seeing what I could live without, I’m not sure I could do it again in that small of a backpack. Good luck on your trip, you’re visiting some areas that are on my bucket list.

  31. Your backpack contents looks really similar to mine! I love to pack simple and easy. Makes for a smoother journey I find, when I’m not carrying my own weight on my back lol. Can’t wait to see more pictures and posts about your trip – especially since I’ll be following the same path in two weeks! :D

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  33. Great job packing! It’s always such a hard thing for me since I always overpack…but I’m definitely getting better at it! Have fun on your travels!!

  34. Wow! You guys are good. REALLY good. I thought I was good at packing light, but you blow me out of the water! High five!

    You look great in your stolen hat! ;o)

  35. Christine | GRRRL TRAVELER

    Very inspiring, you guus. But you didn’t pack any pants, Agness. ;-) I’ve still more stuff than you but i’ve diced down to a carryon, which I’m very proud of. I discovered I only use the same outfits anyways.

  36. chanel @ La Viajera Morena

    Wow and here I was thinking I packed light going to Europe last summer with a 19″ suitcase and you have much less. Amazing!

  37. Nicely done! I am very much into packing light. My only fallback is food sometimes, I’m not gonna leave a pot of honey behind in every destination… Other than that I do rather ok I think. Wanna do with such a small and light backpack one day :-)

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