The Art of World Travel: Ultralight Travel Checklist
The Buddha and his followers traveled with their robes, a needle to mend them, a razor to shave, and a bowl for food. The real bare necessities!
Now in this world of stuff, we’re starting to recall this yearning for less baggage combined with the drive for functional adventure. You can get by with surprisingly little and have a great time.
This is a minimal list for minimalists. You can apply this strategy to daily life, so that you focus on the bare necessities for enjoying life beyond survival, while recognizing that the stuff you have only has value in it’s inherent ability to serve a function for you.
In this way, the stuff you have becomes more precious and actually takes on a higher personal value. Yes it’s important to connect with our stuff just as mindfully as we connect with our bodies and breath in yoga and each other in our relationships.
But it’s not about the pants that you wear, it’s about the people you share time with and the experiences that turn into fond memories. That’s what you remember! The goal of this list is to make the material part of life seamless so that you can stay on the adventure, and go longer, deeper, further with less distraction and more flow.
This is by no means a prep guide, these are just a few fashionably ultralight products and nifty services that go above and beyond - you want to customize your pack list for your trip (note the clothing section is already geared towards guys). This can give some insight into basic items - clothes, food, water, shelter, *electronics* - that we humans use on a daily basis. You won’t find phones, cameras and laptops on this list (because odds are you have them), but solar lamps are pretty handy.
Yes these are affiliate links for excellent products. In the spirit of sustainability and conservation, if you already have something, use that. You can also find used/thrift/refurbished items. These companies listed have a high ethos for how to produce quality goods that reduce impact on the planet and support working conditions. Reduce, refuse, recycle.
You can apply the above principles to streamline your daily life, but that’s a topic for another time. Bottom line: create a life that matters to you and make use of the materials that help you live that life with purpose.
Without further ado, let’s get into this world travel packing checklist.
ExOfficio Underwear - durable, antibacterial, and quick drying, their slogan goes, “17 countries. 6 weeks. and one pair of underwear.” you’ll appreciate a second pair!
Darn Tough Merino Wool Socks - super soft, warm and supportive (lifetime warranty)
Coolibar UPF 50+ Longsleeve - breathable lightweight sun protection
prAna Brion Pant - stretchy, warm and breathable, best pants bar-none
Dress Shirt - keep it in a folder so it stays wrinkle-free
Columbia Rain Jacket - compact and waterproof
Xero Z-Trek Sandal - simple and lightweight, great for sweaty places (5000 mile warranty)
Xero Prio Running/Dress Shoe - light enough to explore in and classy enough for dinner (5000 mile warranty)
Stretchy Gym Shorts/Swim Trunks - stretchy and quick dry makes like a breeze, they also can double as boxers
Aqua Sphere Swim Goggles - durable no-fog googles with sleek Italian craftsmanship
Aussie Mesh Hat - A breezy and protective sun hat
Ultralight Towel Sarong Scarf - sarongs come in handy, you can always just wear it around your neck
Travel Umbrella - smaller than a rain jacket
The Artist's Way Morning Pages Journal - great for spurring the creative process first thing in the morning
Bamboo Charcoal Toothbrush - zero-waste eco brush
Auromere Ayurvedic Herbal Toothpaste - your teeth feel like they just keep wanting to be brushed with this
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Liquid Soaps - peppermint is intense, like being under a waterfall
Toilet Paper Tablets - not edible no matter how hungry you are, just hydrate and wipe
Philips Electric Shaver - it’s great to shave and go on an early morning stroll at the same time
Coconut Oil - the Swiss Army knife of foods, also works as toothpaste, deodorant, conditioner, massage oil
Organic Aluminum-Free Deodorant - if you don’t feel like using coconut oil
Badger Non-Nano Sunscreen - thick and creamy, it doesn’t wash off, it actually works
Rainleaf Microfiber Towel - if you don’t always use a sarong for towel, these are quite effective
TheraBand Resistance Bands - portable resistance training (squat, deadlift, back/chest-fly, curl)
Lacrosse Ball - for rolling out sore muscles especially the back and feet
Mack’s Earplugs - for planes, sleeping and loud music
Cabeau Neck Pillow - memory foam with 360 degree support
Mindfold Blackout Sleeping Mask - for meditation, planes and curtain-less bedrooms
Calm Relax Magnesium - good for muscle cramps and sleep
Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil - vegan and keto-friendly, useful for cooking
Raw Hemp Seeds - most versatile food ever - protein, omega-3s, zinc, electrolytes, no prep required
Organic Raw Plant Protein - good booster for athletes, chocolate is tasty
Collapsible Tupperware - folds flat and can handle hot things
Bamboo Travel Utensils - light and strong
Leatherman Multitool - handy, just not for planes
Nalgene Water Bottle - classic and indestructible
SteriPen UV Water Purifier - smallest option for water filter
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter - watch the video of the test person drinking poop water with it
Digital Travel Alarm Clock - because you don’t have to use your phone for everything
Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard - connects to phones too
Phaiser Bluetooth Headphones - excellent sound and battery life (sweatproof warranty)
25000mAh Solar Charger - for camping adventures
iFixit Electronics Repair Kit - first aid kit for your electronics
Black Diamond Headlamp - bright and durable with a stretchy headband
LED Solar Lantern - great for camping dinners and tent time
Satellite GPS Messenger - for when you’re off the map
World Travel Power Adapter Kit - universal charging options for most countries
TSA-Approved Lock - these are tiny and strong
Osprey Travel Backpack - a lightweight and well-made option
Running Belt/Fanny Pack - for carrying valuables at your center of gravity on your daily jaunts
Collapsible Day Pack - good size and packs into your pocket
Waterproof Dry Bag - in case your bag gets wet you have dry clothes, doubles as a floatation device
RFID Blocking Neck Wallet + Passport Holder - so you look like a tourist or special agent
EnoDouble Nest Hammock - super compact and strong 2-person hammock packs to size of 2 fists, try hanging both ends together on a beam/branch/high rope and then hanging upside-down aerial yoga style for spinal decompression (you can hang with paracord)
River Country 2.5 lb 2-Person Tent - ultralight tent that packs to football size
Waterproof Compact Sleeping Bag - for warm weather camping or instead of bedsheets
Klymit Sleeping Mat (lifetime warranty) - it’s design keeps you from rolling sideways off of it, packs to size of a fist
Therm-a-Rest Travel Pillow - or roll up your clothes for a pillow
First Aid Kit
Gorilla Duct Tape - holds the universe together, humans too (athletic tape also works)
Gorilla Super Glue - emergency stitches
Band-Aids - for the common quandary
Oregano Oil Capsules - for stomach bugs and fever
Raw Zinc+Vitamin C Capsules - for the common cold
Manuka 16+ Honey - for stomach bugs, cough, burns and wound disinfection
Documents: Passport, Visa, Loyalty Info, ID Card, Credit Card/Cash, Health/Travel Insurance, Tickets/Reservations/Itinerary, Emergency/Important Contacts, Map AND Copies of all this.
WhatsApp - talk/text internationally using cellular data or wi-fi
Google Maps - gold standard for navigation
Paypal - send/receive money by giving someone your email or link
CBIT Visa - streamline the process to get your visa
Scott’s Cheap Flights - daily deals, otherwise use a VPN (virtual private network) to book tickets for best prices
OneBagTravel - common sense tips for traveling light
Chris Guillebeau – traveled to all countries, shares credit card miles secrets
CDC’s Travel Vaccinations - updates on what to get for each country
NuMundo - yoga and permaculture eco-tourism network
WWOOF - friendly organic farms around the world
EverFest - music festivals around the world
Fluent Forever Resources - language tools to be fluent in 3 months
ClearMe - upload your ID to this site and skip the line at airport security so you can get where you’re going and stay in the zone
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About Peter Fettis
As a Registered Yoga Teacher and and Certified Personal Trainer, Peter practices optimizing human potential as a way of life. His latest book How to Eat Well and Love Yourself dives into the practical principles of mindfulness and plant-based nutrition to give you a taste of the abundant harvest from the mind's inner garden of awareness. Peter’s vision with FlowPrana is to make waves in the current culture by rallying the wider public to recognize their inner healing power using a proactive, gentle approach.