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60 items. For the next many months in Asia.

February 2015

It’s now 24 hours ago I arrived here in hot Bangkok with just 60 items with me. For the next coming months I’ll be traveling asia, in a somewhat unplanned manner. It’s the first time I’m traveling longer than a month, and the first time I’m on my own.


Traveling like this has been on my mind for a while, and after reading this What I learnt from bootstrapping my startup from Thailand in six months post by @levels.io, on how to be traveling as a “digital nomade”, I made the decision that it soon was going to be my turn.

So here I am. In Bangkok, with my laptop, camera and 58 other items.

I’m ready to meet new people, explore Asia, and have a great time.

So what did I bring with me?

When packing for this trip I’ve spend quite some time reading blog posts on do and don’ts for Asia. There’s so much information out there, but I ended up following the principles of Expertvagabond gear guide. I decided to go “minimal”, and try the The 100 Thing Challenge, so the first thing was to find a relatively compact backpack, after a bit of research I ended up with a Osprey Exos 38 liter backpack, which is about half the size of a typical backpacker bag.

This is the items I decided to bring with me:


  • 1x Osprey Exos 38 back bag
  • 1x Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack
  • 1x Sea To summit Bed liner
  • 1x Sea To summit travel towel
  • 1x Leatherman New Wave tool
  • 1x Black Diamond headlamp
  • 4x Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes
  • 2x Eagle Creek Compression Sacs
  • 1x Shemagh
  • 1x Sewing kit
  • 2x Aloksak bags
  • 1x First aid kit
  • 1x Ducktape
  • 2x Pens (sharpie + pen)
  • 2x Locks


  • 3x T-shirts
  • 2x Tank tops
  • 1x Long sleeved shirt
  • 2x Long parts
  • 4x Underpants
  • 4x Pair of socks
  • 2x Shorts
  • 1x Toms shoes
  • 1x Uniqlo Termo West
  • 1x Nike Free 5.0 shoes


  • 1x Macbook Air + charger
  • 1x Fuji X100s + charger
  • 1x Kindle Voyage
  • 1x Ankor USB charger + Micro USB cable
  • 1x GoPro Hero 4 Silver + accessories
  • 1x Travel power adaptor


  • 4x Creditcards
  • 1x Passport + passport photos (for visa)
  • 1x Drivers license
  • 1x Toothbrush + painkillers + malaria meds
  • 3x Coffee Collective coffee (a gift to Ake from Roots Coffee, not counted)

Total: 60 items

So I have 60 items with me. Is it enough? It's it too much? I don't know. Time will tell.

What’s next?

I’m in Bangkok for the next week or so, and after that I’m probably headed for Cambodia. I haven’t made the decision yet, so let’s see where I’ll end up.