Updated: May 3
I fall into the mostly minimalist category.. I pack 2-3 days worth of multi-use clothes, along with some tools to make life a little easier, and I wash my clothes daily - i.e. every time I shower.
If you're not sure where you fit, check out the examples and packing guides in What YOU Should Pack.
Here's a list of everything I'm currently packing (clothes and gear) - subject to change.
1x generic hiking/trail-running shows - see Oh My God, Shoes!
2x convertible hiking shorts/pants - see Shorts, Pants and Trunks
4x quick-dry t-shirts (Amazon Essentials Quick-Dry shirts)
5x boxers/underwear (Exofficio)
5x pairs generic socks
2x multi-use, zippered pocket shorts (search here on Amazon)
1x minimalist or barefoot sandals
1x 22L backpack, butterfly opening - see (Bags N Backpacks)
1x hanging toiletry bag (Sierra Sun)
1x universal travel adapter (Kikkerland)
2x portable wash-bags (Scrubba Portable Wash Bag)*
1x waterproof bag for electronics (SeaToSummit) - 13L to fit my laptop
1x portable charger (Tometc Portable Solar Charger)
1x small towel (NOT micro-fiber, they suck for drying)
1x floating/water-proof phone case (search options here on Amazon)
1x pair of thermal underwear, also for cooler climates
As you can see, my personal list of "must-haves" is small - who would have thought! - and since we're packing so little, the total cost for all everything is fairly minimal.
Clothes = $100 (shoes) + $80x2=160 (convertible pants) + $30 (shirts) + $20x4=100 (socks/underwear) + $30x2=60 (gym/swim shorts) = $450 for clothing
Gear = $100 (backpack) + $15 (toiletry bag) + $10 (travel adapter) + $70 (wash bags) + $25 (waterproof bag) + $20 (portable charger) = $240 for everything else
*Why two wash-bags? Instead of using compression packs, I found that wash bags work even better for compressing packed clothes into the smallest footprint possible; this is because they have a built in air/water release valve that effectively allows you to squeeze every bit of air out of the bag.
The waterproof electronics bag is also great for day trips involving water, but beyond that, it's always nice to know your stuff is safe in the event of a sudden monsoon.
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Check out my Essential Gear post for a full list of (personally essential) non-clothing items.
Check out my Convenient Extras for a list of nice-to-have items.
Check out the Gear page for all posts related to hardware.