The things I carry

I am not a backpacker. If the definition is that you carry all of your belonging on your back, then I am most certainly not one. I travel a lot with them though, and most of the time its what i look like. But i learned a new term that i believe applies the best: flashpacker. Means I travel cheap, but not frugally, I carry quite a few gadgets with me, and my bag is a hybrid of a rolling suitcase and a backpack. Here I list what I have found essential since I started my travel.

1. My brother’s iPad
I don’t own an iPad, but my brother graciously lend me his albeit I think he did not prepare for how long my “journey” was. If you need to write a blog this is a must. I did not want to carry anything heavier, and my iPhone is certainly not a writing tool. This has been a wonderful compromise.

2. Osprey bag
I think this has been my best purchase, ever. And I don’t mean ever on this trip, I mean ever in my life. It is quite a fantastic bag: rolling it allows me to be able to walk around a lot more than if I had a big pack on my bag, it has the releasable day pack, it converts into a backpack for when I’m going on a motorcycle, it’s pretty much my baby at this point. Expensive purchase, but worth it.

3. My camera
Choosing a camera to drag with you for months is a difficult decision. Obviously a point and shoot is much more practical and less heavy. It just depends on your love of photography, what you want from your photos, etc. I have my Cannon T2i rebel and I love it. But yes, it’s heavy, and yes if it gets stolen it will feel like a limb was taken from me.

4. A few different bank cards.
Ever since a Turkish ATM swallowed my debit card I decided that having more than one is more than useful. It’s necessary.

5. A kindle
Unless you want to be carrying heavy books all over the place, the kindle is a great gadget to troll around. It’s not too expensive as to have to worry about it, and it’s incredibly useful, especially for long-term traveling.

6. One of each: swimming suit, sweater, ballerina slippers
These are the three most useful pieces of clothing I brought with me. The rest have barely been used, since I’m always wearing the cheap long pants I purchased in Thailand. (For most religious places you have to be covered down to your ankles, and jeans in this heat are unbearable.)