How to Pack a Hiking Backpack Like a GIRL!

As I prepare for a two month backpacking trip to SE Asia, I found it hard to thoroughly pack light while still having my necessities.

With my 55L hiking backpack that was filled to the brim and heavy as hell, I quickly needed to start all over.

Reevaluating it all, I realized the habit of packing an outfit for every occasion is embedded in our culture and not only is it nonsense, but would take a toll on me physically rather quickly with all that stuff.

As for other things I may need, the intention is to use what I have or worst case, buy it out there!

On the featured quick video, I’ll show you how to pack a hiking backpack like a GIRL, having all the necessities we need but still pack light for extended travel!

What is in my pack:


  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 pair of long jogging/workout pants
  • 1 knee length, cotton skirt
  • 4 short sleeve or sleeveless tops
  • 1 sarong: can be used a million ways including a head-wrap, towel, blanket, sheet, etc.
  • 1 light jacket
  • 1 pair of PJs: while I could have substituted a T-shirt & shorts, I really like comfy PJs
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 7 pair of undies
  • 2 bras
  • 4 pair of socks
  • Pair of comfortable sandals
  • Pair of hiking/terrain boots



  • Enough pads & tampons for two months! The most important need for women!
  • Feminine Clothes/wipes (many places around the world do not use toilet paper!)
  • A black pouch containing:
  • A plastic container used as a medicine box  (container helps keep medicines cool and from spilling/leaking)
    • Sunscreen
    • Bug Repellent
    • stomach medicines
    • pain relievers
    • antihistamines
    • heartburn meds
    • ear plugs
    • Airborne

Compartments in my pack will store:


** I did not pack any makeup EXCEPT my favorite lipsticks!


  1. I know the struggle. I haven’t worn make-up in a year now.. I brought 1 lipstick for date nights! Lol! Make sure you pack a first aid kit, a money belt, a day pack and paper copies of your passport, birth certificate and Driver’s License. And look into getting a water bottle that purifies water. We use the Camelbak All Clear, it’s like $100, but it’s worth it. I’m so excited for you!! 🙂

    • RachelTravels

      Thanks Amirah! I have a million copies of my passport, unfortunately, I left my license on home! I should be okay though.
      I was thinking about the water purifying tablets but not sure if it’ll make the water taste funny?
      As for the first aid kit, money belt, and lippy… Im good to go!

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