What’s in Branden’s Bag?

Your gear is everything on the road. I travel now with carry-on luggage only, all over the world and it’s a great decision. I will admit, I usually am chasing summer which does make packing light a bit easier. This post will go into detail about the bags I use and what goes inside of them.

Please note: this is my personal list. Obviously, this will vary from person to person, but this is a question I am asked frequently.

The backpacks

After doing a day worth of research online that included reading Reddit threads and every travel blogger that exists posts till my eyes bled, I finally made my decision on Tortuga Travel backpacks. When I made my decision, version three just came out which dropped the price of version two to more affordable price.

For my main bag, I bought the Tortuga 44 Liter travel backpack, which is the perfect carry-on size.

The day pack, I went with Tortuga 20l Daypack, that is packable, which means it folds into itself!

What’s in the bag?

As you can see, I don’t have a ton of room to pack for my trips, so we only want to pack the essentials. I can’t stress how important it is, and easy, to pack light. I even leave room for souvenirs to bring home!

Clothes
  • 7 pairs of crew black socks
  • 7 pairs of boxer briefs
  • 4 t-shirts
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 baseball cap
  • 2 tank tops
  • 1 Windbreaker
  • 1 hoody/sweater
  • 1 long sleeve (flannel)
  • 1 dress shirt
  • 1 pair of all black tennis shoes – all black so I can use them as “formal shoes” for going out
  • 1 pair of flip flops
  • 1 microfiber towel
  • 1 pair of cheap sunglasses
Toiletry Kit/Medicine Kit
  • 1 toothbrush
  • 3 pairs of spare contact lenses (sucks being blind)
  • 1 chapstick
  • 1 bottle of prescription antibiotics
  • 1 small bottle of shower gel
  • 1 small tube of toothpaste
  • 1 pair of foam earplugs
  • 1 sleeping mask (usually take from the flight)
  • 1 travel size deodorant
  • 1 box band aids
  • 1 bottle of hand sanitizer
  • 1 pack of Imodium
Gear
  • 1 iPhone 6(at the time of this post)
  • 1 15″ Macbook Pro early 2016
  • 1 rechargeable battery
  • 1 universal power adapter
  • 1 encrypted thumbdrive with my personal documents
    • scan of passport
    • scan of vaccination papers
    • scan of birth certificate
    • travel itenary
    • copy of plane tickets
Miscellaneous
  • 2-3 different size combination locks
  • 10 zip lock baggies
  • 1 couple yards long rope
  • 2-3 plastic grocery bags
  • 1 book
  • 1 Nalgene canteen

Packing Tips

I start by separating my clothes and rolling what I can to fit into zip-lock baggies. So all of my boxers, socks, and t-shirts, are rolled into a zip lock bags. You can find packing cubes online that are the same concept as what I do.

Remember, you can buy everything on the road. Shoes may be the only difficult item, but the rest will be pretty easy.

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