Minimalist Travel Packlist – Thailand Edition

So you want to peak in backpack? Curious what I’m taking? Thinking of making your own minimalist travel packlist? Well here you go!

I’ve taken the next step in my minimalist world travel plans and have brewed up my version of a minimalist travel packlist. This is list of items is mainly geared toward warmer to slightly chilly at night type of climate. I don’t plan on hiking over the Alps with what I have listed. I also tried to make sure everything fit into my 40 litre carry on backpack.

I’ll break things down into a few different categories.


  1. Netbook & Charger (MSI Wind)
    MSI Wind Netbook
  2. 640GB external hard drive for storing media. IE: Pictures and HD Videos
    Seagate 500GB USB 2.0 Portable External HD
  3. Nikon D70 DSLR w/ 2 Lenses
    50mm f/1.4 Prime & 18-105mm f/3.5
  4. Olympus digital camera/Charger & USB cable with an extra memory card
    Olympus Stylus Tough 8010
  5. Universal Power Converter
  6. Universal Power Converter
  7. Cell Phone/Charger (has built in WiFi for quick email/blog updates)


  1. Swim Trunks
  2. 2 Pair of short Smart Wool Socks
    – Smartwool Socks
  3. 2 Pair of regular shorts (I’ll be wearing one pair)
  4. 1 Pair of long pants
  5. 2 T-Shirts (I’ll be wearing one)
  6. 1 Button up REI quick dry shirt (short sleeve)
  7. 2 Pairs of Exofficio boxers
    – Exofficio Boxers
  8. 1 Belt (Wearing at most times)
  9. 1 Columbia Quickdry Long sleeve button up shirt
    – Columbia Long Sleeve Shirt
  10. 1 Packable rain jacket (black)
  11. 1 Pair of trail hiking shoes (low top)
    – North Face Light Hiking
  12. 1 Pair of Five Finger shoes Flip Flops instead
    Vibram Five Fingers
  13. Sunglasses
    – Native Hardtop Sunglasses
  14. 1 Pair of Athletic shorts (for exercise)


  1. 2 Pairs of Ear Plugs
  2. Microfiber Towel
    – MSR Packtowl
  3. Toothbrush
  4. Toothpaste (mini container)
  5. Floss
  6. Ibuprofen
  7. Various Stomach Meds
  8. Deodorant
    – Thai Deodorant Stone
  9. Small Notebook/Pen
  10. Paper work (Passport, Drivers License, Debit Card, etc)

There you have it. My minimalist travel packlist in all it’s glory. This will all fit into my 40 litre backpack with a rain cover and compression straps. The rain cover and compression straps make for a nice package when traveling via plane, train, or automobile.

Total weight = Appx 20lbs

I’m not worried about bringing any kind of soap because you should be able to find that anywhere. I also have short hair so washing what little hair I have with bar soap isn’t a problem. I can also do my laundry with the soap in the sink. I may add a small clothes line to the list but am unsure at this point. I also have room for a pair of flip flops to use while in showers or bathrooms but again, not 100% sure since I have my awesome Five Fingers.

UPDATE: While I LOVE my Five Fingers, I’ve opted out and am taking a pair of comfy flip flops instead. They take up slightly less room, are a bit lighter, and are easier to get on and off.

I also know that I’m a bit heavy on the electronic gear but I love taking pictures and video and I would love the have the laptop with me to stay in touch with friends and family. I also would like to keep up my blog with new posts and pictures. I could do away with the cell phone if needed but it’s fairly light and makes for a great mini computer for updating twitter or checking email, sure beats busting out the laptop every time. The DSLR is still up for debate as it would take up a fair amount of room and add an extra 1.5 lbs and would also mean an extra wall charger.

UPDATE: I’ve decided on taking my DSLR for sure. I weighed my options and I just can’t go with out a big camera. I’ve also unlocked my cell phone it can use a local SIM card.

Feel free to make any suggestions for adding or subtracting something. I’m always open to ideas!

The backpack I’ll be using is an REI Venturi 40 (men’s large) and so far it seems to be an awesome pack. Plenty of pockets for organization which for me is a life saver.

I’ll be doing some experimenting over the next month to try and lighten the load a bit so this may change. I might even write a new list and re-post.

Have your own version of the minimalist travel packlist? Share a link in the comments!

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