Packing my bag for a longer journey is always something special, as I know I will be using those clothes and that stuff over and over again… It is also difficult as it comes with two rules: 1) pack everything important, but 2) not too much and not too heavy! As some flight companies have baggage restriction to 15 kg, I want that my backpack weighs max. 15 kg plus my important electronics and adapter in my hand luggage (but I can fit it into my backpack as well so that I can walk around with just one big luggage if I need to). My backpack has space for 55 +15 kg and weighs itself already 4 kg. At the airport my backpack weighed 14,2 kg. Yeahhh, I made it! ^^ I highly recommend to bring your own airport backpack bag (into which you can wrap your backpack) as your backpack can get damaged so much by the conveyor belt.

Me and my backpack for the next 6 months
Me and my backpack for the next 6 months

What I brought with me on my trip (including the clothes I wear at the airport):

  • Very small sleeping bag
  • 1 ballerinas
  • 1 pair of sneaker
  • 1 pair of flip-flops
  • Adapter for all countries
  • Electronic devices
  • 1 power bank for my fast dying cellphone battery… (I know I should buy a new one but then I would have less money for travelling… ^^)
  • All chargers for all the technology
  • 3 bikinis
  • 9 panties
  • 8 pair of socks
  • 1 pair of flight socks (really recommendable for you, your feet, your legs and your health! I know what I am talking about being a doctor…)
  • 2 books (I just wanted to bring one, but got one as a present at my farewell party for this trip)
  • 1 notebook
  • Important documents: such as passport, driver’s license, vaccination card, health insurance, bank cards -> everything as a copy as well!
  • 1 padlock in case I am staying in hostels
  • 1 long trouser
  • 3 shorts
  • 2 leggings
  • 3 tights
  • 1 towel
  • 1 smaller backpack
  • 1 small bag
  • 2 skirts
  • 3 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 cardigan
  • 4 t-shirts
  • 5 tops
  • 2 scarfs (also for going to the beach)
  • 1 trunks
  • 2 shirts for doing sports
  • 1 sports bra
  • 2 bras
  • 1 sunglasses
  • 1 glasses
  • 1 pyjamas
  • Medication (hahaha, as a doctor I have nearly everything with me ^^)
  • 1 wash bag with hygienic products in small bottles
  • 2 dresses
  • 3 belts
  • 1 snorkeling gear
  • 1 belt bag for important documents
  • Some important jewelry that remembers me of my friends

You always should bring something to remember your home, your friends, your family. For me that is my jewelry. Every single piece means something special to me: my rings are from friends, my bracelets remember me of friends or special occasions, on one bracelet it is written “Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together” and necklaces from my hometown Berlin and my family.

Those friends who already know me for longer would think I would have brought my necklace with the Australian dollar as well. I always wore it back in Berlin to remember myself of my dream to go to Australia one day. As I believe this will happen pretty soon I decided not to bring it because I hopefully will finally make my dream to reality!

My necklace with the Australian dollar to remind me of my dream
My necklace with the Australian dollar to remind me of my dream

Now you know how much I brought, so please don’t mind if I always appear in the same clothes in the photos… I will wash them though. ^^ As my friend Karla Larissa already said: “I prefer to wear the same clothes at different locations, than to wear different clothes always at the same location.”

What would you prefer to bring on your journey?

Your happy travel girl in Bali,


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Julie was born in Berlin, Germany and never missed an opportunity to travel around the world, get in touch with foreign people and to learn new languages to communicate easier with locals. With her 31 years she visited already 42 countries and lived in 6 of them for longer (Germany, Canada, Belgium, Spain, Australia and Brazil). She is a medical doctor but decided to go see the world instead of working in a hospital right now. She shares her knowledge about travel medicine so that everybody can travel healthy around the world.