Most of the gear featured in the photo above is suitable for mountain treks and fits in one backpack – Compiled by Dominika D. for Natural Born Vagabond™.
– Currently I use Mammut mountaineering backpack (featured in the picture above). It is good on technical paths, as well for regular travels. Highly recommended for minimalist travellers.
– Point-and-shoot camera
– Wristwatch with compass, barometer and altimeter
– Sketchbook with pen & pencil
– 2 phones: Smart and basic phones (e.g. iPhone + Nokia (with a good battery)
– Pack of ramen noodles usually finds a space in my travel bag.
– Dates are a great source of healthy and long-lasting energy on long treks.
– Vitamin C
– Sterile wipes
– Tiger balm
– Aloe gel (aftersun or mosquito bites)
– Small shampoo sachets
– Small bottles of shower gel
– Moisture refreshing wipes
– Wind protective cream
– Toothpaste and toothbrush (small)
– Metal coffee mug
– Plastic spoon/fork
– Thermos (on the photo: Primus Vacuum Bottle)
– Icebreaker underwear made from marino wool (on the photo: Icebreaker Women’s Bolt Tank).
– Baseball hat or any hat covering your face from the sun and rain.
– Petzl Adjama Climbing Harness
– Piece of rope
– Mammut Women’s Pilgrim Jacket
– Choice of shoes depending on the region you go to. (In the photo: La Sportiva Women’s Nepal EVO GTX Boot.)
– My favourite Petzl sticks were travelling with me quite a bit and stayed always on the top of their task.
Keep one or two extra plastic bags with you; they will be useful to organise stuff in your backpack and keep it tidy on longer trips.
Advice for women: Take a large cotton sari (scarf) with you. You can use it as a cover-up on the plane, a wrap on the beach, a scarf in colder regions or even as a picnic blanket. It dries fast, too, so you will find it useful – e.g. if you have an unexpected bath in a mountain stream! (Excerpt from advice given by Dominika in Time Out Dubai.)