The 7-kilogram minimalist
How to work and travel the world from a single carry-on backpack
For years I've been working remotely and traveling the world with only 1 backpack, weighing 7 kilograms (15.4 lbs).
Sunny beaches, hiking in monsoon rains or snowboarding in snow storms, this is the ultimate packing list.

The last 10 years I spend over € 76.283,48 (current list value is € 7.898,85) researching materials and testing different products to create my ultimate minimal packing list. Along the way I learned a lot, not only about different products and manufactures, but also about how to apply different technologies and using gear for multiple purposes. Over the years this list has seen many iterations. Items where replaced because of significant improvements (both in technologically and materials) or simply because they had worn out.

Packing lists are very personal, they should be based on your personal likes and needs. What works for me might work for you. Please read my theory to take advantage the things I learned.

Backpack

This is the list of items that are included in my backpack, the main goal is to stay within the 7-kilogram limit so I can easily bring my bag as carry-on item on most airlines.

Category Item Brand Name Color
Weight

Price
backpack backpack Berghaus Munro green 869 € 90,00
accessoires tape - Ducttape black 32 € 6,95
accessoires ear plugs - Ear plugs yellow/white 1 0
accessoires paper - Field notes book black 20 € 2,00
accessoires rope - Military Paracord black 65 € 8,95
accessoires mosquito Care Plus Mosquito Net 2.45 x 10 m white 474 € 45,00
accessoires marker Edding Permanent marker black 13 € 3,98
accessoires sunglass ESS Crossbow frame, nose piece, strap black 23 € 89,99
accessoires sunglass ESS Crossbow lens black 17 € 27,99
accessoires sunglass ESS Crossbow lens yellow 17 € 27,99
accessoires sunglass ESS Crossbow MOLLE zipper case black 102 € 7,95
accessoires phone Griffin SIM card adapters white 2 € 4,95
accessoires translation Kwikpoint International Travel Translator blue 56 € 17,50
accessoires translation Kwikpoint Medical Visual Language Translator red 52 € 17,50
accessoires glue Loctite Super Glue (2x mini) black 8 € 6,50
accessoires pen NFI Pen blue ink silver 16 € 24,95
accessoires carabiner NiteSize S-Biner #3 black 15 € 4,50
accessoires dry bag Ortlieb PS490, size XS/13L black 272 € 23,95
accessoires emergency Petex First Aid kit red 385 € 60,00
accessoires bag Sea to Summit Ultra Sil Day Pack black/gray 73 € 27,99
accessoires dry bag Sea to Summit Dry bag Ultra Sil, size 20L red 41 € 26,95
accessoires dry bag Sea to Summit Dry bag Ultra Sil, size 20L green 41 € 26,95
accessoires mosquito Sea to Summit HeadNet 15D Ultra-Vis black 12 € 14,95
accessoires headphone Sennheiser Storage Pouch black 10 € 3,95
accessoires power SKROSS World Adapter MUV USB white 133 € 39,90
accessoires spoon Tibetan Spoon titanium 17 € 4,95
accessoires bag Toppits Zip Lock bag, size 1L transparant 8 0
accessoires laptop Tucano 13" Second Skin black 170 € 29,95
clothing socks Arc'teryx LEAF Mattock DrySock LT, size XL multicam 140 € 140,00
clothing underwear Arc'teryx LEAF Cold WX Boxer AR, size XL black 97 € 49,00
clothing underwear Arc'teryx LEAF Cold WX Boxer AR, size XL black 97 € 49,00
clothing t-shirt Arc'teryx LEAF Cold WX T-Shirt AR, size L black 85 € 99,99
clothing rain trousers Berghaus Gore-Tex Paclite shell overtrousers black 243 € 159,99
clothing shorts Hurley 22" Phantom One and Only board shorts, size 34 black 177 € 55,00
clothing t-shirt Icebreaker Oasis Short Sleeve Crewe, size L black 124 € 79,99
clothing t-shirt Nike Running shirt, dry-fit, size L yellow 112 € 29,95
clothing socks Smartwool PHD Outdoor Heavy Crew Socks, size EU46 black 87 € 29,95
clothing sweater The North Face 100 Glacier Polartec ¼ Zip, size XL black 280 € 54,95
electronics laptop Apple MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015) space gray 819 € 1799,00
electronics cable Apple USB to Lightning cable white 18 € 19,00
electronics charger Apple USB-C Charger white 91 € 69,00
electronics adapter Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter white 36 € 79,00
electronics card reader Bank Card reader gray 48 € 9,95
electronics cable Belkin CAT6 High Performance patch cable 2m gray 83 € 19,95
electronics cable Belkin USB Type-C data + power cable white 44 € 29,99
electronics camera GoPro Hero 4 Session black 74 € 219,00
electronics adapter Moshi USB to Ethernet adapter with pass-through USB silver 37 € 34,99
electronics headlight Pretzl Tactikka +RGB black 89 € 64,99
electronics cable Rampow Micro USB cable, 2m black 47 € 7,99
electronics headphone Sennheiser CX870 headphones
I love these because of the Passive Attenuation, which is the ability of the headset to reduce the ambient noise level by merely wearing the headset without the aid of any electronic assistance.
black 10 € 74,99
electronics microphone Sony SBH54 Bluetooth headset-microphone gray 18 € 99,90
electronics wifi Ubiquiti Networks airGateway Installer PRO black 71 € 49,00
electronics wifi Ubiquiti Networks 1000 mW PicoStation M2 2.4Ghz white 91 € 89,99
electronics charger Wireless USB Car Charger 3 Amp black 13 € 14,99
electronics cable - USB to mini USB gray 7 € 4,95
electronics fuses - Fuses 2.5A for World Adapter black 13 0
footwear sandals Kai Kai Montauk Gray Arch, size EU46 brown 601 € 69,99
identity photo - Extra photographs for VISA multiple 10 € 12,50
toilet contacts Bausch & Lomb Lens holder white 14 € 2,99
toilet contacts Bausch & Lomb Lenses white 28 € 59,90
toilet medical Betadine Antiseptic cream yellow 37 € 4,95
toilet mosquito Chicco Anti-Mosquito for Childern white 81 € 7,95
toilet teeth Dentist Custom Sports Mouth Guard/Protection white 10 € 140,00
toilet teeth Jordan Foldable toothbrush black/white 9 € 6,95
toilet medical Otrivin Duo nasal spray white 30 € 6,87
toilet hair wax Sassoon Texture refine hair wax white 28 € 22,00
toilet bag Sea to Summit Travelling Light TPU Clear Zip Pouch transparant 26 € 19,95
toilet vaseline Vaseline Petroleum jelly blue 32 € 1,99
toilet comb Wahl Barber comb black 6 € 2,99
toilet teeth Zendium Classic toothpaste white 48 € 2,89
toilet medical - Alcohol 96% transparant 20 € 1,99
toilet medical - Emergency medicines mulitple 22 € 50,00
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Wearing on my body

Besides bringing my carry-on backpack there are the things I bring on my body. Fortunately these items aren't weighed when checking in for a flight, so it leaves a bit of room for cheating.

Category Item Brand Name Color
Weight

Price
accessoires keys Keys Keys, including Sere Black Ops V Cutter black 44 € 64,00
accessoires knive Sere Black Ops V Cutter black 3 € 4,95
accessoires whistle Munkees Emergency whistle black 10 € 12,50
accessoires sunglass Oakley Lens cleaning cloth black 8 € 7,00
accessoires wallet - Cigarette holder used as RFID wallet for cards aluminum 68 € 10,00
clothing hoody Arc'teryx Covert Hoody, size XL black 671 € 179,95
clothing jacket Arc'teryx LEAF Alpha LT, Gen 2, size XL
Awesome light weight jacket with 3 Layer ripstop GORE–TEX® fabric.
black 429 € 760,00
clothing balaclava Arc'teryx LEAF Cold WX Balaclava SV, size S/M crocodile 85 € 55,00
clothing beanie Arc'teryx LEAF RHO LTW Beanie crocodile 33 € 35,00
clothing neck gaiter Arc'teryx LEAF RHO LTW Neck Gaiter crocodile 64 € 55,00
clothing underwear Arc'teryx LEAF Cold WX Boxer AR, size XL black 97 € 49,00
clothing cap Realtree Hunting cap camouflage 56 € 15,00
clothing t-shirt Icebreaker Oasis Short Sleeve Crewe, size L black 124 € 75,95
clothing pants Outlier Slim Dungarees, size 34L
Finding travel 'jeans' that are comfertable, dry quickly and look good is near impossible. Luckily Outlier created awesome pants that dry quickly, are somewhat water, dirt, wine and beer resistant and have two-way stretch material. The crotch is well design and the Workcloth Doubleweave Canvas fabric is extremly strong. Really love these pants!
black 449 € 250,00
clothing gloves SealSkinz Ultra Grip Gauntlet Gloves, size M black 111 € 35,00
clothing socks Smartwool PHD Outdoor Heavy Crew Socks, size EU46 black 87 € 29,95
clothing emergency - Emergency blanket gold/silver 61 € 5,00
clothing scarf - Shemagh tan 172 € 12,50
electronics phone Apple iPhone 6S space gray 143 € 969,00
electronics phonecase Lifeproof Nüüd for iPhone 6S case black 36 € 89,99
electronics watch Casio GW-5000-1JF black 75 € 350,00
footwear shoes Lowa Innox Mid TF (without Gore-Tex) black 496 € 159,95
footwear insoles SuperFeet Merino Gray gray 65 € 55,00
identity protection Cryptalloy RFID/NFC document safe black 42 € 14,95
identity passport - Passport red 39 € 65,00
identity certificate - Vaccination certificate yellow 23 € 25,00
identity dry bag Ortlieb D05S Waterproof document bag black 26 € 17,95
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Note: Base prices are in EUR and include value added tax.

Other Stuff

After selling and giving away most all of my belongings I left a bag and some boxes with friends, stuff like diplomas, photo albums, some tools etc. I also kept my Lego collection, folding mountain bike, my ice skates, and some basic survival gear (tents, sleeping bags, knives, etc).

For years I've now been living with this minimalistic setup and it has been a great experience so far.