My Minimal Travel Backpack Setup

My Minimal Travel Backpack Setup


So I’m traveling to Japan next week, and
wanted to try carrying everything I needed for the 2 week trip in a minimal and lightweight
carry on backpack setup. I’m keeping the total weight under 7kg to
keep it light and mobile as I’ll be carrying it from city to city. And really just sticking to the basics here,
with most of my clothes from Uniqlo. A couple cheap travel organizers. And holding only a couple electronics like
my camera, phone, and noise canceling earbuds to keep me connected for the 2 weeks. Hi I’m David and here my one backpack carry
on travel setup For the backpack I’ll be using the original
Aer Travel pack that I reviewed a while back. And what I really like about this bag is the
clean and simple design that doesn’t look too touristy, and the large main compartment
to hold the majority of my stuff. It’s not perfect with the shoulder straps
being a little stiff for my shoulders over a long period of time. And with all the extra zippers and pockets,
an empty bag already weighs almost 2kg, that really eats into my 7kg target. But those are just some minor concerns. Cracking into the main compartment. Most of my clothes are kept in these IKEA
packing cubes, which really help with keeping organized. Shirts and pants in one, and socks and underwear
in the other. Clothes alone can really add up in weight
and luggage space so when choosing my travel clothes I looked for items that were lightweight,
comfortable, simple to wash and quick drying. In the first cube I have 4 t-shirts, and 2
pants, in addition to what I’ll be wearing on the plane. And in the second I have 5 Airism boxer briefs,
and 3 socks from darn tough. This is much less than I would usually bring
for a long trip but laundry machines should be fairly easy to find at the places I’m
staying so I’ll just recycle through clothes. Some extras that I’ll bring depending on
the location and weather include a microfiber towel, a sweater, and a windbreaker. This combo should keep me warm enough during
colds nights. And relatively dry during rain. The jacket isn’t waterproof so if I’m
stuck out in a storm, I’ll also have an emergency plastic poncho. And if I’m still cold I can always purchase
additional items as necessary. While I’ll be carrying all my stuff in a
single backpack when travelling from city to city. For daytrips, I’ll leave the large backpack
behind and use this packable bag from eddie bauer instead. It’s small and light so I can just stuff
it away when I’m not using it. The bag comfort is decent when packed light,
but watch out for heavy or odd shaped items in this bag that will quickly make this uncomfortable
with its flimsy construction. So for daytrips I’ll just stick to carrying
a jacket and my camera bag inside here. While in Japan, I plan on filming a little
a bit, so I’ll be bringing my camera along with essentials like a spare battery, sd cards
and the charger. And also using a Joby tripod for mounting
it in place. I thought about buy a smaller and lighter
camera like the Sony RX100 mark 5. But that’s a lot money for me to be spending
on this trip so I’ll just tough out the extra size and weight of my G7 for now. The other electronics I’m bringing are fairly
simple. Like a charger, power bank, and cables. Where I did end up splurging a little was
on the Bose Noise Canceling Earbuds. I really like my other Bose QC25 headphones
but they weren’t worth the size and weight for me to carry on this trip. I also tried earplugs or the Etymotic noise
isolating earbuds as a cheaper alternative but I find earplug and noise isolating earbuds
do a poor job reducing those low frequency rumbles you get on a plane. So I ended up buying the QC20, and their noise
cancelation is amazing for commuting. The negatives are pretty significant with
it being very expensive, this in line adapter location can be annoying, and I’m a little
worried about build construction based on all the reviews I’ve read, but it’s worth
it to me for the peace and quiet on such a long trip. For my toiletries, I found this really neat
and cheap kit from IKEA to organize all my liquids. But in actuality transferring gels and creams
to the reusable bottles was a pain for me so I usually just end up getting travel sized
versions of the basics I need. And finally just some random accessories like
a lock and carabiners, and an extra compression sack that I keep in the bottom compartment
of my bag for my used clothing. So that’s a quick look at everything I’m
carrying for my 2 week trip to Japan. A pretty basic setup to keep things lightweight
and mobile, travelling from city to city. But hope you guys enjoyed this one. You know what to do. And I’ll see you in the next video.

100 thoughts on “My Minimal Travel Backpack Setup

  1. random question but…i've never heard of UNIQLO..is that a very popular clothes brand? Watching alot of travel reviews and seems like everyone is packing at least one t shirt from UNIQLO.

  2. Having been to Japan, backpack travel is definitely the way to go! There are many flights of stairs without elevators, and subways/bullet trains are more convenient when you just have a backpack that you can put on your lap if needed.

  3. We had problems trying to pack our backpack to Japan during winter as the jackets take up lots of space. Really informative video, thanks for sharing!

  4. Great video! I travel with a 30L backpack as well (Osprey Porter) and pack much like you do for a 2-week trip. I have a packable backpack too, but found myself just using a plain shopping bag during the day to carry my phone, camera, powerbank, small umbrella On my last trip, I bought a tote bag at a museum and used that a lot, especially for stuff I'd need on the plane so I didn't have to go to the overhead just to get the kindle.

  5. I was looking for a backpack to travel for a
    long time, this backpack it is exactly what I was looking for, the space inside
    the bag is bigger than I expected . It has lot of compartments and also has
    different spacious compartments for jacket, laptops and other electronics. I
    totally would recommend this bag to any nice person……Amazing Bag: https://amzn.to/2RG4Y4Y

  6. I spent two days in a Marriott and when I returned to my room for the second night the hotel mgmt reclaimed my room because all I left in the room were my clothes… I had used the backpack to carry my computer to the office. What a mess.

  7. This is a long shot but I'll try my luck :P. Do you do b-roll first then script or script first then b-roll? Such a great video!

  8. I remember when I went to Japan, clothes do not dry over night, it's very humid there, and many places do not have dryers. Not sure if there's anything you can bring to solve that problem, just a heads up 🙂

  9. Hey David! I hope u have some time to read my comment. I am moving to Germany next year and I wanna change everything I can. Getting a new laptop(I asked for help on that) cuz my current is getting obselete, buying new cloths and leaving all the used stuff back home and u are the perfect guy to help me with that, ur taste is so good , I love how u chose ur clothes and pls tell me where can I get clothes like that . I just found it channel by accident and it's the most useful I ever found. Thank u so much

  10. Yeah the 7kg rule on most Asian flights make it harder. My killer is the laptop plus the camera which adds to over 2 kg with a backpack it is easy 3.5 kg, leaving not much else for the rest. But yes you have nice clean setup.

  11. I guess the only big decision for me would be what footwear would cover all occassions over 2 weeks in another country. Am sure you could of slid some flip flops in the bag too but you'd have to really consider a good all round shoe.

  12. Loved this video. Now I want to leave for Japan too. I think having a non-waterproof jacket is a big thumb down. You should invest in something comfortable with a lot of pockets and which holds the rain. Other than that I would bring a hat and a sleeping mask even if it's generally already provided.

  13. If your pack has too many straps, pockets, zippers, etc, just cut them off. I cut the pockets off my hip belt, and shortened the hip straps to just enough, took the extra pull-tabs off the zippers. This lightened it up a few ounces. Also, I weighed all my clothes and took the lighter ones – a 3 oz shirt instead of a 4.2 oz shirt. It adds up! And then I sewed another water-bottle pocket on.

  14. you should look at tips of thruhikers for the weight, they have many tips to have the lightest bag as possible and after you can mix solutions for traditionnal light traveling

  15. nice video!!
    i suggest buying there instead of bringing everything tho:) japan is a really nice place that you wont feel difficult to get things you need.

  16. Fantastic video! Sitting here at Y&S FOOD! we all love to check out this sort of contents. We produce Travel & Food movies too, around the the world, and also we are continually looking for inspirations and also approaches. Thank You.

  17. Since you’re coming to japan you should be fine with what you have on you. The weather is pretty cold around now but I think you could layer and be okay.

  18. Awesome compact setup. Only thing missing in the clothes dept. Is a true waterproof jacket. No reason why not to carry one. I like the Ikea organisers and your clothes folding method. I saw a book about storing clothes like that once…something to do with Feng Shui. To me it just saves a ton of space and makes it easier to find things like they were in a mini wardrobe.

    I guess since you are travelling by air a folding or fixed blade knife is out of the question but if you hike as well it's essential. Maybe pick a legal one up in your destination country. Otherwise there are some good TSA safe multitool options out there without blades that are super super useful. Thanks for the vid ?

  19. You could’ve added an additional pair of shoes, even ‘lighter’ versions of Vans slip-ons or mocassins/ driving shoes. Alternating shoes helps combat shoe stink ?

  20. I really like this setup because it's minimal, yet you still got enough clothing. Most people don't even bring enough underwear when they do these setups lol Come on, you definitely need to at least stay freshy down there!

  21. Nicely done. As a backpacker, I would tell you to loose the compartmented clothing sacks- they only add weight and reduce space. The poncho seems like a good idea, but be prepared for wet sleeves- try an ultralight rain jacket instead; it can offer protection from the rain and wind. For two weeks, I’ll bet you could reduce your personal hygiene bag to something even smaller. Great video!!!

  22. Still too much stuff if u ask me, how many toiletries do you need? You realise Japan is a wealthy first world country where u can easily buy that shit when u get there. I literally just take a toothbrush with me and that's it. I can guarantee that that bag with all that stuff in it will 100% weigh more than 7kgs

  23. Too heavy and too expensive, better options available such as https://www.trekitt.co.uk/35403/products/lowe-alpine-at-lightflite-carry-on-40-anthracite.aspx?currency=GBP&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjP_SzsuS3wIVls13Ch0ROQ3PEAQYAiABEgJDBvD_BwE

  24. Your video is beautifully shot and produced. Keep up the good work, I carry around Timbuk2 authority pack I am thinking about using as a traveling case also you’re video is giving me some ideas.

  25. Cabin Zero is about 500-700 grams. A larger dual compartment packing cube with clean/dirty sides will save you more space and keep all the clothes in one place. Happy travels!

  26. Japan trip may not be good country for minimalist travel based on your asethics. You may need an extra bag for all the things you will buy.

  27. Hey David if you live different travel bags, i just got an amazing bag from Nomatic, called the Travel Bag. Take a look you wont be disappointed https://www.nomatic.com

  28. Bought AER backpack after watching this video. At first wanted to return bag, because it cost me £200, but now I think it was really great purchase.

    From the material, design and build it looks like it's going to last me ages. Also, design is really good, everything is organised and accessible.

  29. Nice but did you not want to take anything back with you from your trip? Japan has so many amazing things you can buy.

  30. did Hawaii for 3 weeks that way. Entering customs did raise an eyebrow though. but it's so worth it when you beat the rest of the passengers by 20 minutes out the door.

  31. I got those Bose ear buds a couple years ago for Christmas, and used them almost everyday for studying at school/the library for about 2 years. Now that I'm not in school, they're reserved for air travel because I don't feel comfortable listening to noise cancel headphones when I'm on a bus/train or walking around; gotta have spacial awareness. Mine are going strong; my brother's one the other hand, are starting to fall apart, but he's been using them on his daily commute.

  32. props to you mate ?‍♂️ i went to japan at the same time and took 2 large suitcases, a carry on suitcase and a backpack ?‍♂️ needless to say, getting from the airport to my apartment on the train was not exactly fun, esp when i had to use the stairs ?

  33. Awesome setup. I also have that Eddie Bauer bag and have used it during many trips!! It makes a great "day travel bag" when you don't need to carry much. It's held up well for me considering it cost less than $20.

  34. Good night, I follow your channel quite like it, I have a question, see if you can help me, I bought a Lumix DC-GH5. Which lens do I buy for vlog and photography?

  35. I am impressed. A youtuber that doesen't take the whole studio to his trip.
    It is always so silly when you see youtubers travel bag for a few days and they take 2 cameras, 2 laptops, 3 headphones, 2 smartphones, 2 mices and 1 keyboard, 3 powerbanks etc on their trip.

  36. Excellent video! I absolutly adore it. Keep on like this and have a peek at mine if you feel like it. =)

  37. nice video. enjoyed watching it.
    Continue please.Got a sub from me.
    I will be really thankful for it if you give some love back please ? ? ❤&✌

  38. A bugman is your typical big left leaning city dweller. He is usually obsessed with consumerism, lining up to purchase the newest iPhone or MacBook when it comes out, and using a smartwatch/smart home speaker for longer than the week after he bought it. Chances are he owns other throwaway smart gadgets as well. All his tastes in movies, music, expensive food, art, and more are determined by what review sites and blogs say.

    Everything about his personality and life is not defined by who he is, but by what he buys and his consumerist tendencies. He'll be subscribed to at least one, maybe multiple subscription services, he'll happily use social media and upload all of his information to the cloud, and he'll gravitate towards things that seem "rational" and use big words.

  39. Hi, David, do you have any recommend velcro for tech stuff? Normal one has longer hook & loop would scratch things. Thanks.

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