///   How to Live Out of a Backpack: Seasonal Kits

Survival Go-Bag /// VinjatekThis is a series of posts about ‘how to live out of a backpack’ as a vagabond, minimalist, nomad, expat, traveler or for everyday life as a lifestyle.

One does not need a home full of things to live. Just like ancient times, all we need is what we can carry on our backs.

-John Cain

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The trick to packing ultra-light while being well equipped is quite simple; pack only the necessities for your foreseeable future in regards to geography, activities, events and in this case the weather / climates.

So it’s not about arbitrarily packing the least amount of items as possible for the sake of it, but to leave out the ones you won’t need right away to pack for later.

Most people who pack for long-term often try to pack for every possible contingency and weather condition, despite geography or season. Packing full winter gear while planning months in South East Asia or too much summer clothing stuck in a European winter.

This is the primary reason why people pack too much for any type of travel or mobile lifestyle.

Living out of a backpack limits your available space and that’s somewhat the point of it, to minimize “stuff” in your life to just what’s useful and needed.

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So it makes sense to use that small but valuable backpack real estate for clothing for the seasons.

I tend to stick to tropical countries and so my clothing kits reflect that, so my packing is a selective strategy:



So I don’t exactly pack for winter but I am prepared for it, without being weighed slowed down by the gear for it.

Inversely, it would have heavier and warmer clothing with just a single pair of shorts and a couple of light shirts when I know I’ll be in a “winter” continent.

Just different clothing kits for the seasons.

How to Live Out of a Backpack:
Seasonal Kits

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Pew Pew Blam

Been doing this since your pre-prepared package post!

Specialist Zero

Been vagabonding for a few months now and have been lugging around this heavy winter coat that packs like a sleeping bag. Not worn it once while in Asia. I feel what you mean, I should have left this!

Row Reathrow

Can you do one of these series on something like multi-purposing gear?

John Tasco

New here – enjoy reading this post. I’ve been fortunate to travel all over the world and have used a variety of backpacks; some successfully and others not so much. First question, what are the cylinder containers in the top portion of your pack? If you answered this before, my apologizes as I missed it. Second, your pack is great but it definitely has a military appearance. As that gotten you unwarranted attention? I try and avoid any packs or gear that resembles military, especially spec ops military. I am currently using a Black GR1 (GoRuck). I didn’t want black,… Read more »

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