Packing light? My India kit list

Packing light is the best way to go, whether travelling on business or leisure.  At the very least it makes it easier to transport from the car to the hotel or tent; and if you’re really good, it can let you go for a 2 week holiday using only hand luggage.  

I’ve been working on optimizing my travel packing for some time partially to make my travel more enjoyable, and also to free up space for my SLR and lenses. In the interests of optimizing my travel kit list further, I’ve documented the stuff I took to India recently - and have noted items that I took, but could easily have left at home (so that I can be a bit more focused next time, and perhaps you might give me some suggestions in the comments below). 

Clothes and footwear

  • Footwear
    • North Face GTX Boa boots - pretty good summer hiking boots, although I’ve had lace issues with this model 
    • Vibram Fivefingers - lightweight and packable alternative to sandals, plus they’re a great talking point  
    • Gaiters (didn’t use)
    • Jackets


  • Osprey Porter 46 - my main pack, with solid handles and reasonable backpack style straps.  Hard to find in Europe - I bought mine at REI in the US.
  • DEUTER ACT Trail 32 Pack - my hiking day-pack (big enough for the SLR camera along with clothes)
  • Eagle Creek Pack-It cubes - for optimizing packing within the main pack
  • REI light-weight packable duffel bag - for those times when you need to split your pack

Hiking/Camping kit

Camera kit


Accessories & other

  • Webbing Belt with zipped secret money pocket
  • Victorianox Wallet
  • Ducti Passport Protector
  • Spares kit for Boa boots - Useful as the laces broke on my North Face boots
  • Goretex repair kit - Just in case I ripped a jacket - but I didn’t need it
  • Eye mask (from Virgin) + Flight socks (from Virgin) + Go Design Earplugs
  • Sunglasses 
  • Bottle opener 
  • Tatanka holster wallet 
  • Geocaching travel bugs
  • Rite in the Rain pen, Space pen
  • Cable ties + Duct tape (didn’t use)

Drugs & First-Aid

Wash kit

  • Toothbrush + Toothpaste
  • Shaver - yes… I know I could have left that one at home
  • Showergel in Nalgene bottle
  • Pocket tissues
  • Sea to Summit Dry Lite Towel Assorted Colours
  • Campsuds 60ml (of which I used around 30ml)
  • Flexible Sink plug + Stretchy washing line from REI