Masterclass Guesting: Travel Light Tips

28-May-2020 Thursday Zoom Meeting in the midst of pandemic period

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I was invited by one of the Philippine passport holders most traveled Mr. Jon last January 2020 to join the newly-founded Philippine Global Explorers (PGE) facebook group. To my surprise, I've got an honor as one of the guests during the PGE's 1st Masterclass session Zoom meeting in which he was also the moderator. The Masterclass topic was about travelling light based on my personality. In order to achieve my backpacking style, I should equip myself with my natural principle in life which is being practical or to go with minimum carried items. The following quotes about Travel Minimalism guides me how to pack my things and how to prepare myself before travel; bringing less materials so that I can fully enjoy the excitement on the road.

"The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less." - Socrates

"The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things." - Elise Bounding

ADVANTAGES OF TRAVELING LIGHT
1. Time and budget saver
2. Easy and less time to pack, more time on the road
3. Easy to buy local / souvenir items (my purpose in case for that extra space)
4. Less strain on back, shoulder or other body parts
5. Less worry about left items / luggage or storage lockers
6. Keeps your mind clear, have enough concentration on the road
7. Walking on the street / road / trail is very much comfortable - can move quickly from place to place
8. Somehow blend with the locals, as much as possible, I’d like to be looked local / normal to ordinary sighting

DIS-ADVANTAGES OF TRAVELING LIGHT
1. Invest on very good quality that fits your needs
2. Since you only have 1 bag, be very cautious on your surrounding
3. Sometimes those items you forgot / left to bring would help a lot (i.e. tripod for night shots, poncho for sudden rains along the trail, jacket for unbearable coldness, party attire for presentable night life)

PGE Masterclass Guesting: Travel Light per my Personality (Summer)

SUMMER SEASON SHORT TRIP INSIDE MY BACKPACK
Note: please note the following items per image above, these is applicable only for summer season for 1 to 2 days trip. Number of shirts, socks and underwear to be increased if the travel days is more than 2 days. 

01. Osprey Stratos 34L - breathable mesh backpanel, hipbelt pockets, internal hydration reservoir, integrated raincover, weighs 1.3 kg. I don’t bring the personal sling bag anymore.
02. Trekking socks (wool) – anti-blister, with good cushioning / less sweat, regulates temperature
03. Dry-fit underwear and Quick Dry towel
04. Extra Shirt depending on the number of days
05. Columbia Lightweight trekking pants convertible to shorts 
06. Medicine Pouch (body pain killer, ointment, paracetamol) – old passports are inside for padding protection of the medicines, I have 4 passports issued in 2010-2020, 3 of them already full of stamps.
07. Toiletry pouch (toothbrush, toothpaste, bath soap, shampoo, lip balm, perfume, breath freshener) ) – lip balm / inhaler are inside the hipbelt pockets
08. Thigh / calve support (for cramps, signs of aging leg muscle pains) – actually these are my savior, my doctors on road, they make me last longer on the trail / street. 
09. Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS220 zoom-type camera for wildlife photography or breath-taking landscape
10. Paper bill pouch for USD cash / paper bill souvenir for give-away – idea came from Hungarian brothers during Trans-Siberian train journey, they gave me 500 HUF in exchange of Philippine peso as souvenir. Unfortunately I don’t have that time. I included also the other bills in other countries in case someone ask.
11. Waterproof Foldable backpack – 15L which can accommodate 1.5 Li of water, bubble jacket / camera / selfie stick / gloves. This was very handy when I was in Argentina Patagonia self-guided day-hikes.
12. Isopropyl Alcohol / Sanitizer / wet wipes – alcohol container should have spray nozzle for insect bites / wound, all of this are inside the front pocket / hip pocket
13. Earphone / powerbank / charger / cable
14. Foldable fan / ball cap / Sandals / ballpen
15. Not in the picture – selfie stick, flag buff, sando / shorts for sleeping, reusable plastic for laundry

PGE Masterclass Guesting: Travel Light per my Personality (Winter)

WINTER SEASON SHORT TRIP INSIDE MY BACKPACK
Note: please note the following items per image above, these is applicable only for winter season for 1 to 2 days trip. Number of shirts, socks and underwear to be increased if the travel days is more than 2 days. 

01. Osprey Atmos 65L (accepted as cabin hand-carry bag) – major advantage of this bag is the removable floating lid that can be replaced with a fixed FlapJacket. I used this floating lid as my personal bag. I used this bag on my circumnavigation trip from UAE to Uruguay to Chile (with around 6 domestic flights), US and Philippines. This bag was accepted as hand-carry in all of those flights. Same description with the 34Li and weighs 2 kg.
02. Fleece Gloves / thick gloves
03. Compression Shirt and pants
04. Quick Dry towel and dry-fit underwear
05. Thick Trekking socks (wool) and thick trekking pants
06. Extra Shirt depending on the number of days
07. Northface Fleece Jacket / Bubble Jacket– there are lightweight that can withstand -10’C
08. Bonnet cap with neck cover
09. Medicine Pouch (Body pain killer, old passports, ointment, paracetamol)
10. Toiletry pouch (toothbrush, toothpaste, bath soap, shampoo, lip balm , perfume)
11. Thigh / calve support (for cramps, signs of aging leg muscle pains)
12. Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS220 zoom-type camera
13. Paper bill pouch for USD cash / paper bill souvenir for give-aways
14. Earphone / powerbank / charger / cable / ballpen
15. Isopropyl Alcohol / Sanitizer/ wet wipes
16. Not in the picture – selfie stick, flag buff, sando / shorts for sleeping, reusable plastic for laundry

PGE Masterclass Guesting: Travel Light per my Personality

PGE Masterclass Guesting: Travel Light per my Personality

PGE Masterclass Guesting: Travel Light per my Personality

PGE Masterclass Guesting: Travel Light per my Personality

1 comment:

  1. Amazing photos sir. I've always wanted to try adventure back packing rather than city trips. These are great packing tips, much thanks.

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much of thanks for visiting the viewing deck ^_^

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