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Travelling light…or what to pack for a trip to Bali

I had a blog post draft on travelling light waiting to go live for quite some time now (created May 2013) but never got to publish it. Three surf trips later I am sitting here again thinking about what to take with me in October. It’s Bali time again and I promised myself to improve my pack list and also scale down the items to a minimum.

Travelling light  – the experiment

In order to shorten my pack list,  all items that were not used last year will be eliminated from the list. Also, to make it more fun, I will only use a carry-on bag in combination with a waist-pocket (for money, passport and phone).

My Osprey Farpoint 40 will hold 40 liter (who would have guessed that?).

travelling light with my Osprey Farpoint 40 fully packed

Osprey Farpoint 40 fully packed

Items I will bring to Bali


  • Passport
  • Visa (or rather 30€, 35$ or 435.000 INR for the Visa on Arrival)
  • Money (€, $ and IDR in case there is a problem with the ATMs)
  • Credit Card
  • ATM Card
  • Driver’s License (as an additional document to the passport)


  • Flip Flops 1x
  • Running or Hiking Shoes (I chose my Salewa Firetail GTX) 1x
  • T-shirts -> standard ones 6x | beach 2x (both cotton) | syntetic 2x (Odlo)
  • Rash Guard 1x
  • Board Shorts / Bikini 3x
  • Cargo Pants/Shorts 2x
  • Long pants (for the plane and for trekking tours)
  • Lightweight Rain Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Underwear


  • lightweight duffel bag (as extra carry on or daypack)
  • eagle creek pack-it specter cubes/sack
  • Lightweight towels (S & XL)
  • Toiletries/Medicine/Sunscreen/First Aid basics
  • Pen

Outdoor Equipment

  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses polarized
  • Hat/Cap


  • Camera Equipment -> iPhone (I did not use the GoPro last time, so I am not allowed to take it according to the rules I set for myself)
  • iPhone Charger
  • Notebook -> iPad
  • Books -> iPad (via Kindle App)

Aaaaand…ready to go! I will sum up my experiences with this travelling light experiment in a later blog post – so stay tuned!

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