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Packing list for female backpackers

Less is more! You do not want to carry unuseful stuff with you, especially not when you go on a looooong trip. Never ever pack for “just in case” situations! You want to go to Thailand but it might eventually be that you have a short stopover with a hike in the Himalaya? You do not need to pack your complete hiking gear with rain clothes, hiking shoes etc for that. Always remember that almost everything is available in the whole world. If you forgot something and you really need it, you can be sure that it will be available where you are or within a short distance or you will find other travelers or locals that are happy to help you out. Of course you should know beforehand if you are mainly going to travel to warm / tropical or cold / wet countries because taking your skis to Indonesia would make as much sense as bringing your snorkel gear to the Argentinian pampa.

Here you find my personal packing list:


– underwear

– bathing suit

– socks

– long jeans

– thin, light long pants

– dress/skirt for the evenings

– T-shirts & tops

– shorts

– longshirt (as a beach dress or night gown)

– thin longsleeve

– warm hoodie/sweater

– light softshell jacket



Flip Flops

– comfy, light Allrounder (I have Nike Free Run or Merrell Waterpro) or hiking shoes


Sanitary producs in travel size

– deo

– shower gel

– shampoo

– vaseline

– tampons or Moon Cup

– shaver

– lip balm

– tooth brush & tooth paste

– brush/comb

– cotton pads

– tweezers & nail file

– mascara & kohl

– hair styling products

– sunblock

– Ohropax earplugs


First-Aid kit

– Standby Malaria Prophylaxis (e.g. Malarone)

– Aspirin

– Ibuprofen

– disinfection tissues

– condoms

– Vomex

– Imodium

– Antibiotics

– plaster

– Bepanthen cream

– travel sickness pills



– charger for smartphone/laptop

universal worldwide power adapter

ebook Reader


– personal tablet/notebook, eg. Apple MacBook Air 11″

– personal smartphone, eg. iPhone 6s

external battery



– passport

– international driving license

– your national driving license

– identity card

– vaccination card

– 2 credit cards (MasterCard & Visa)

– cash card

– passport photos (biometric)

– 50 US Dollar & 50 Euro cash



– 2 microfiber travel towels in XXL and M, e.g. Wolftowel

– small wallet

– bag for dirty clothes

sleeping bag liner

– 2x plastic bags

– 1x small drybag (waterproof and multifunctional for daytrips, as a handbag, shopping bag etc.)

Ziploc spare bags

– neck pillow (inflatable)

–  small torch

– sun glasses



Paracord survival bracelet

Rubber door stop

Kubotan / metal pen (allowed in your carry-on)

metal carabiner

– 2x TSA cable lock

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