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Backpacker’s Checklist – Travel Tips

My GEAR for 2015-2016 World Journey. Motorcycle gear, small Dufflepack, folding daypack for carrying laptop on airplane and day hikes. The Dufflepack will be covered and strapped for the airport!

My Motorcycle GEAR for 2015 through Eastern Europe. Dufflepack, Helmut, Gloves, Daypack (for Laptop & Harmonica case for flying, day hikes and jams. Dufflepack gets covered and strapped for the airport!


This is a BACKPACKING/CAMPING LIST of SUGGESTIONS to help guide you in making personal decisions for your camping experience. This list gives you more than one option to choose from. Along with the TRAVELERS CHECKLIST there should be enough items to choose from whether you are traveling local or overseas! Items with an (*) are useful products I have used or have been recommended.

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BACKPACKERS CHECKLIST - How to pack...Roll and Rubberband your Clothes!

Place your sleeping bag onto the bottom chamber of your pack to make a sturdy foundation. Next place your heaviest items like cooking gear, food and clothing in the main compartment.  Keeping your center of gravity and the weight near the small of your back. Generally, this is lower for women and higher for men. Place your lightweight items on top for easy access, especially often needed documents and cash. Roll your clothes and use rubber-bands around to keep them tight and compact.

Departure Gear

  • Cash/travelers checks/checks
  • Musical instrument/protected case – 2 tags (one inside/one outside)
  • Tarp/emergency shelter/emergency blanket
  • Tent/poles/stakes
  • Mosquito netting
  • Backpack (airline approved sizes)
  • Daypack or Duffle for carry-on
  • Sleeping bag/sleep sheet/ground liner
  • Foam pad
  • Dry bag for wet clothes/stuff sack/laundry bag
  • Money belt/security pouch/neck wallet
  • All in One whistle/compass/signal mirror
  • Guide books/maps/field guide
  • Nylon Cord 50’/rope
  • Quick-dry Microfiber towel/washcloth (wicking)
  • RFID Protected passport and credit card sleeve*
  • Koolin’Klothz to relieve heat stress*
  • Strap to go around backpack to keep items secure and for identification

Base Camp

  • Ice chest and ice
  • Lantern/tubular wick/kerosene/citronella candles
  • Fire starter kit
  • Fishing gear/license
  • Trowel/hatchet
  • Walking stick
  • Binoculars
  • Pen, sharpie, duct tape
  • Sewing repair kit
  • Small tool kit (multi-tool like a Leatherman, Swiss Army knife)
  • Waterproof matches/lighter
  • Trash bags
  • Trail games/reading material/journal

Winter Camp

  • Ice Ax/snow shovel/snow stakes
  • Snow shoes and walking stick with ice claws
  • Boots with protection sealant
  • Avalanche probe/beacon
  • Crampon
  • Extra pot for melting snow
  • Ensolite pad for stove

Cooking Equipment

  • Snacks/dry goods/freezer dried/astronauts food
  • Water bottle (with purification filter/tablets)
  • Water Jug for base camp
  • Camping stove/fuel/funnel/pump/fire paste
  • Cook set/frypan/coffee pot
  • Plate-bowl-cup set
  • Knife-fork-spoon set/Spork
  • Multi-use knife
  • Zip close bags
  • Various cooking utencils
  • Aluminum foil
  • Spice kit
  • Multi-use towel/pot grip
  • Dish pan/scrub pads
  • Cutting board
  • ALL IN ONE soap/laundry/bath/dishes

First Aid Kit

Please consult your local physician or health center to help plan your immunizations and medical needs prior to departure. Make your own First Aid Kit as follows:

  • Prescription Medications
  • Over the counter medications – laxative, diarrhea, pain reliever/aspirin/ibuprophen, antibiotic ointment, sunburn relief, eye drops, antacid, antihistamines
  • Ace Bandage/band-aide/athletic tape/gauze/triangle bandage/steri stitches
  • Vitamins
  • Insect repellant/protection/anti-itch cream
  • Alcohol/antiseptic wipes
  • SAM* splint
  • Tweezers/nail file/small scissors
  • Antiseptic soap
  • Shoe pads/moleskin
  • Muscle liniment, Tiger Balm
  • Snake bite/bee sting kit
  • Electrolyte powder/drink
  • Eye drops/Stye eye
  • Rescue Facts™ I.D. Wraps* for luggage strap
  • Medical bracelets/necklace

Personal Items
    Inner Layers

  • Wicking (2 color Interchangeable travel clothes) and undergarments – tops and bottoms in Capiline, polypropylene, silk, etc
  • Socks/nylons/liner socks – same fabrics as above
  • Glove liners/sock liners

    Insulated Layers

  • Synthetic shirt/sweater and Fleece or Capiline pants
  • Down/fiber fill jacket/vest – insulated for various weather conditions
  • Outer socks

    Outer Protective Layer

  • Shorts
  • Swim wear
  • Rain wear/umbrella
  • Footwear/well sealed – for city, hiking, walking, showers, beach
  • Gloves/mittens
  • Hat, visor, scarf, bandana
  • Gaiters
  • Eyeglasses (2 pair), contacts, dark sunglasses w/keeper strap


  • Cosmetics/mirror
  • Hand sanitizer/hand wipes/TP/tissue
  • Toothbrush/paste/picks
  • ALL IN ONE soap/laundry/bath/dishes
  • Comb/brush
  • Travel bottles for shampoo/moisturizer
  • Deodorant/antiperspirant
  • Sun screen/lip balm
  • Razors/shaving cream/nail clippers


  • Cell phone, cable, charger with International plug
  • Currency App/Translator App/WhatsApp*
  • Camera/GoPro with video, mini-tripod, battery charger, memory card, camera case, extra battery, film and film shield
  • Waterproof case and wrist strap for waterproof camera
  • Flashlight, head lamp, extra battery
  • A list of your codes (in a criptic you’ll remember) for cell/laptop/debt cards etc.

Travel Documents

  • Passport and/or Drivers License
  • Transportation preparations
  • Trip Itinerary/flight confirmation/key phone numbers
  • Credit Cards
  • Entry Visa (and paperwork required)
  • Consulate telephone numbers
  • International Student ID or Youth Hostel card
  • Calling Card – charged and ready
  • 2 ~ Color Photocopy – first page in Passport and 2nd ID (Driver’s License) placed together on the same page
  • 2 ~ Color Photocopy – ‘OPEN ME IN EMERGENCY’ document packet* for you and for your Buddy Contact!
  • 1 ~ Color Copy – Personal Identification Record – PIR*
  • Personal Medical ID Card*
  • Local Currency for destination
  • Trip cancelation insurance
  • Health Insurance for home and abroad
  • Waterproof document organizer
  • Campground reservations
  • Luggage tags (2 per bag – one inside and one outside)
  • Immunization YELLOW CARD with current innoculations (if overseas)*

Home Checklist

  • Advise banks/credit cards of itinerary and dates
  • Advise family/friend/neighbors of your departure, destinations and itinerary and leave extra key and the ‘OPEN ME IN EMERGENCY’ document packet*
  • Arrange for care of lawn and plants (sprinklers timer)
  • Arrange house sitter or pet sitter (reserve a kennel)
  • Advise home alarm company of travel dates
  • Hold mail at Post Office
  • Pre-pay bills
  • Turn off washing machine water valves
  • Turn off cold-water intake valve on water heater and turn temp down
  • Turn down thermostat
  • Stop newspaper
  • Set a plug-in timer for house lights (with intermittent days and times)
  • Empty the contents of your refrigerator
  • Unplug appliances (for possible fire hazards)
  • Hide valuables – safe deposit box, secret safe
  • Re-check locks on doors and windows

One final few words…..THINK LIGHT

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