Whenever I travel, I travel as light as possible. During my first India travels I managed to travel with 10.5 kgs luggage (including my backpack’s net weight of 1.87 kgs), which was for 3.5 weeks. For me, as a lean underweight young woman back then (35 kgs) that was too much. So the last time I went to India, my luggage was only 7.5 kgs, for 3 months. When I packed for my big digital nomad journey, I had 13.5 kgs.

Pack light!

I would suggest to pack as light as possible and carry maximum 10 to 15 kgs. Many travellers suggest maximum 10 kgs for women and maximum 15 kgs for men. Personally I think it also depends on your body, personal strength and stamina.

  • Go for a lightweight backpack in stead of a suitcase or trolley
  • Consider lighter fabrics of clothing (Decathlon has lots of options)
  • Be realistic about your shoes
  • Take small toiletries with you or buy them at your destination
  • Roll your clothes to save space
  • Use packing sacks for small things (like a nail cutter etc.)
  • Go for multi-functional tools and devices

This is my digital nomad packing list (13.5 kgs including the 1.87 kgs net weight of my backpack):

Indispensable

  • Passport
  • OCI card
  • Photos 8x
  • Driving license
  • International driving license
  • Debit card
  • TransferWise debit Mastercard
  • Copies passport 4x
  • Copies OCI card 4x
  • Indian rupees

Electronics

  • Smartphone + cable
  • Laptop + charger
  • Compact camera + cable
  • Powerbank* + cable
  • Indian plugs (D for North & M for South)
  • USB multiplier plug
  • Bank identifier 2x (2 accounts)
  • Small alarm clock (for vipassana)
  • Head lamp
  • Epilator + charger
  • Batteries (AAA) + charger (for head lamp and alarm clock)

*My friend gave me a 20.000 mAh solar powerbank. Very useful!

Personal care

  • Travel towel
  • Washcloth
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hair comb
  • Hair elastics 4x
  • Sunscreen
  • Menstrual cup
  • Washable pad 2x
  • Coconut oil
  • Nailcutter
  • Nail file
  • Pocket mirror
  • Thread
  • Pincet
  • Kajal

Other

  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Sheet bag
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Water filter
  • Swiss knife
  • Handkerchief
  • Motorcycle gloves summer
  • Motorcycle gloves winter
  • Washing soap
  • Mascara
  • Lipstick
  • Pee buddy
  • Hearing protection plane
  • Hearing protection music
  • Hearing protection water
  • Hearing protection motorcycle
  • Notebook
  • Pens 2x

Bags

  • 50 liter backpack
  • Raincover*
  • 15 liter stuff pack
  • TSA lock 2x
  • 5 liter drysack
  • Thin rope (5 meter)

*To be used as a flight bag as well

Clothes

  • Tops 2x
  • Kurtis 2x
  • Light cotton pants 2x
  • Hipsters 6x
  • Bra 1x
  • Rain coat
  • Mouth cap
  • Hat

Shoes

  • Mountaineering boots
  • Trekking boots
  • Running shoes
  • Teva sandals
  • Flip flops

Sports, hikes & mountains

  • Track suits 2x
  • T-shirt 2x
  • Thermal shirt 2x
  • Thermal pants 2x
  • Padded jacket
  • GORE-TEX jacket
  • Woolen hat
  • Gloves
  • Trekking socks 4x
  • Mountaineering socks 3x
  • Sports bra 2x
  • Running socks 2x
  • Travel yoga mat

Medicines

  • First aid kit
  • Antidote set
  • Tick pincet
  • Thermometer
  • ORS
  • Paracetamol
  • Muscle balm
  • Tiger balm
  • Ayurvedic medicines
  • B12 tablets
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