What's in My Backpack

When packing for a trip, I strive to pack as light as possible by carrying only the bare essentials. It's still a work in progress though as I'm still tweaking my packing list with every trip I make.

The Backpack: Osprey Farpoint 40L


Recently bought to replace my old NorthFace Box Shot 35L from Madam Sia (Pertama Complex) for a princely sum of RM 380. More spacious than my previous backpack, its carry-on compliant and top-loading design opened up a whole new world for me when it comes to ultralight backpacking.


The Daypacks


  • Lowepro Passport Sling: My main daypack and I use it mainly to carry my camera equipment around. If need be, all I need to do is just pull a zipper to get more storage space. When not in use, I simply collapse the bag and store it in my backpack
  • Hypergear Dry Pack 10L: My alternative daypack, which I whip out from time to time, especially when I know I'm going to get wet. Collapsed into a neat roll when not in use


Backpack Management
To keep everything organized, I bought packing organizers and ziploc bags from Daiso for only RM5 each (relatively inexpensive and works great). Below is an example of what I'd normally carry for a 1-2 week's trip.



Clothes (separated by packing organizer)
  • Shirts: 5 x shirts
  • Pants: 2 x trousers, 2 x short pants
  • Underwear: 5 x shorts
  • Thermals: 1 x jacket, 1 x gloves
  • Misc: 1 x bath towel, 1 x swimwear

Toiletries (all travel-sized and stored in a ziploc bag)
  • 1 x shower gel, 1 x shampoo
  • 1 x toothbrush, 1 x toothpaste, 1 x dental floss
  • 1 x hairgel, 1 x comb, 1 x razor
  • 1 x deodorant
  • 1 x sunblock (for sunny days)

Accessories (stored in a ziploc bag)
  • 1 x travel flashlight (Fenix E12, bought from a store for RM70)
  • 1 x travel adapter, 2 x USB cables
  • 1 x travel pillow, 1 x sleep mask, 1 x earphones (for those long bus/train rides)

Photography Equipment (stored inside daypack)
  • Sony a6000, with the following lenses: SEL18105G, SEL35F18 
  • SJCAM SJ4000 action camera with monopod (for selfies), underwater case & bobber (for underwater use) & chest strap (for POV shots)
  • Manfrotto PIXI tripod (for long exposures)
  • Extra batteries, SD card, battery charger, camera cleaning kit

Miscellaneous (stored in a ziploc bag)
  • 1 x raincoat, 1 x foldable umbrella (for rainy days)
  • 1 x krama (multiple use, can be used as either a towel/scarf/mask)
  • 1 x flip flops




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