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!

Rachel Hill