When I started my trip I had way too much luggage with me! My backpack weighed 19 kg. I started hiking on Camino de Santiago like this... I can tell you that it was a torture!
After a week I had to forward 5 kg :-) So between 10 and 15 kg is A-OK!
Most necessary things to bring:Clothing:
- 4/5 t-shirts
- 1 jeans
- 1 travelpants (Good quality, with zipper to transform to short ;-))
- 1 traveljacket with flees inside (good for all not too extreme weather)
- 1 light casual jacket
- 1 swimshort
- 1 Hoodie
- 1 Scarf
- 5 pair of socks
- 5 Boxers
- Cool sunnies B-)
- Put clothes in plastic bag in your backpack. Easy to take in and out. Don't leave it in there to long because the smell will kill you!
- Put used socks, underwear in a seperate compartement in your backpack (bottom works well)
- At most places you go there are laundry services for low prices or you can of course hand wash everything.
Digital Nomad gear:
- iPhone or Android Phone (I prefer the latter)
- Compact Quality Digital Camera (I use Canon S95. Good stuff!)
- 2 SD cards (4 Gb each. Try to copy your pics onto your computer every day + upload to picasa or flickr. You don't want to lose this)
- World plug
- External HD of 500 Gb
- All necessary Cables and battery rechargers
- Keep all the cables, HD, plug together in one small bag. Easy to handle
- 1 handbag for computer and papers (small so it fits in backpack) and 1 little packsack (flexible).
- Neckpillow if you sleep badly on buses. I use a scarf though. Is good for a lot of things
- Headlight (if you need to use your hands :-)) and hand rechargeable flashlight
- Little chest wallet with valuables (passport, international drivers licence, vaccination chart, bank coder
- Keep copies of documents in different place in backpack and online as well.
- Light sleepingbag (850 gram. When cold wear your jumper and some extra t-shirts)
- Medi-Kit: Antibiotics, Pain killers, Stomach and head relief, some plasters and bandage, Water filter pills, Contraception, Deet (against mosquitoes) ... The rest if necessary you buy in local pharmacy...
- Toilet Bag: small tube of toothpaste, shampoo and showergel. Small deo, raisor & a toothbrush.
- Wallet: Visa or Mastercard (Get local currency from ATM), ID, 50 US dollars (for boarders), passport pictures and picture of your loved ones ;-).
- Swiss knive, some tape and straps
That sums it up I think. Everything else you need you can buy it wherever you are. Most of the times you can get it 4 to 5 times cheaper than at home ;-)
If there are people who want to add things, just leave your tips in the comments ;-)