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What Went In My Backpack (+ Vlog Launch!)

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– Last updated on February 12, 2019

A large part of my 6-month preparation for my 1st ever RTW trip revolved around packing and making sure I was bringing along everything I would need for an entire year, straddling the fine line between overpacking and getting it just right. After speaking to several of my well-traveled friends, the consensus among them when it comes to packing is to bring as many versatile, multi-purpose items as possible.

After pondering what I should bring, here is what my pack finally came down to:

Note: items below are of a single quantity unless specifically stated with multiples


Osprey Farpoint 55 (MSRP US$180)


Shorts x 2
Gym Shorts
Swimming Shorts
Large Scarf
Long Sleeve Collar Shirt
Short Sleeve Collar Shirt
Tees x 3
Basketball Jersey
Football Jersey
Sleeveless Gym Shirts x 3
Long Sleeve Gym Shirt
Socks x 5
Undies x 7 (3 quick dry pairs from Uniqlo)
Sweatpants (from Uniqlo)
Running Hoodie (from Uniqlo)


Nike Flyknit Racer
TEVA Sandals
Flip Flops


MacBook Pro 15″
Sony A6000 Mirrorless Camera (Lenses: 16-50mm Kit & 35mm f1.8 Prime)
GoPro Hero4 Black
GoPro 3-Way Pole
Joby Gorillapod
Feiyu-Tech G4 Handheld Gimbal for GoPro
Zoom H1 Digital Recorder
RODE Smartlav+ for iPhone
Knog QUDOS Action Light
Removu R1 Remote Viewer for GoPro
Samsung T1 512GB USB 3.0 External SSD
1 TB USB 3.0 External HDD
2 TB USB 3.0 External HDD


Travel Journal
Misc Medicines (Paracetamol, Flu, Upset Stomach)
5L Dry Bag
Canvas Tote Bag
Microfiber Travel Towel

I would like to take this opportunity to launch the (hopefully) weekly vlog of my trip. In this episode, I go into my packing method and show what exactly went in my bag!

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was shot before the final pack and the weight of the pack just before I left was actually 20kg/44lbs.

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Nico Atienza

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An expat remote worker based in Colombo, Sri Lanka with a penchant for window seats on planes, travel, and technology that makes everyone’s lives easier.