If you have a back, then you probably need a Deuter Futura 28.
This thing is the best small backpack you could possibly imagine. I'm on a year long trip around the world right now, and this is my sole piece of luggage.
What makes it great?
First, it's small enough to pass for a regular backpack, so it can be used around town or in the wilderness. It's not one of those huge bulky bags that hardcore campers wear. At the same time, it is built by a hardcore camping company.
The big feature is that it has a lightweight spring steel frame built in. This keeps the bag off your back, so your shirt doesn't get all sweaty and gross. This also distributes the weight properly to the hips, so it's very comfortable to carry around.
It has one large compartment that can be accessed from the top or bottom (VERY smart), or you can zip one zipper and convert it into two compartments.
It has a built in rainfly that zips out of the bottom. I would personally prefer that the whole bag is waterproof, but this is almost as good. That would be my only suggestion to Deuter to make this bag even better.
The bag has all of the other extras you'd expect from a high end backpack: adjustable straps with chest and waist belts, space for a hydration pack, a smaller front pocket with lanyard, and mesh side compartments for a water bottle or other gear.
Our most popular Life Nomadic article last year was our complete packing list. Since then we've learned a lot, made a lot of changes, and managed to pack a lot more into the same tiny amount of space.
There are a few areas where slight improvement could be made, which you'll hear me talk about in the video, but overall this collection of stuff represents everything a traveler needs to travel through just about anywhere on the planet, live comfortably, and keep connected.
I've consolidated most of the stuff I pack into an Amazon store, which you can access here: Life Nomadic Store. If you use that link, or the Amazon links below, I get a commission. Other good places to buy this sort of gear are ebay and outdoor shops like REI and MEC, although neither store carries most of the gear.
The tweed jacket was probably surplus to requirements. Especially as I was travelling to the humid climes of South East Asia. In hand luggage.
Fuck it, I’ll wear it on the plane.
Clearly I am not a very good minimalist – I’m too keen on my own appearance. But unnecessary tweed aside, I believe strongly in the principles of travelling light. True freedom comes from being able to move swiftly and unburdened at a moment’s notice, not lugging around a massive bag spilling pants and souvenirs.