A Flashpacking List

This post is to serve as a haunting reminder of all the stuff I brought but shouldn’t have on my trip.

When the idea to start backpacking came along I had only one worry: looking like a backpacker. I switched my primarily Yohji-hobo wardrobe over to techwear in order to get fashion and function out of a limited set of clothes. However, I guess when I lay it all out it doesn’t seem that limited.

While trying to find the top ten travel cliches I want to avoid, I found out that I had become one, a flashpacker, or a champagne backpacker, with brand clothes, expensive gadgets, and cool sunglasses.

Leading up to the trip I went ahead and started forming a capsule wardrobe which did and didn’t work sometimes. Here’s my packing list, please don’t base yours off of mine because in three months I’m probably going to be full of regret.


Tops: Not many, but maybe too many

Tops (starting from top left):

  • Uncle Milty Travel Vest
  • Icebreaker Merino Wool Long Sleeve (200 Weight)
  • Alexander Wang T-Shirt
  • Geurilla Group Grid Tank
  • Nike CombatPro Hyperwarm
  • Uniqlo Airism T-Shirt
  • Urban Outfitters Crop Top


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Bottoms: More Leggings, please


  • The North Face Purple Label Goretex Skirt
  • Some Korean shorts I really love
  • Julius Pleated Pants (super light linen!)
  • 11 by Bors Bidjan Saberi Cargos
  • Gyakusou Running Tights
  • Nike Leggings


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  • ACG 2-in-1 Trench Coat
  • ACG Liner
  • Gyakusou Hoodie


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The Rest: Things that don’t go with anything else

Misc Stuff I need:

  • Rosen Earheart Jumpsuit (I love this item, but it’s bulky! Ghost of future Samantha says this will be a mistake)
  • Rick Owen’s Lilies Tank Dress
  • Swimsuit
  • Nemuriale Kitty (makes falling asleep easier)
  • Pajamas I got off AliExpress for like $12


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Shoes & Bags: Only Three 😦

Shoes & Bags:

  • 11 by Bors Bidjan Saberi Neck Wallet
  • Aer Sling Bag
  • Gyakusou Gaiter Boots
  • Off-White x Nike Vapormaxes
  • Suicoke CHIN2-C


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Accessories: Edgelord Edition


  • Cav Empt Scarf
  • NotVodka Metal Bottle
  • Neighborhood Edgelord Fan
  • PupilTravel Bucket Hat (with koreaboo beacon from PEACEMINUSONE)
  • Passport Holder
  • GentleMonster Sunglasses
  • Glasses that are barely held together rn (buying new ones in Shenzhen)
  • Clothesline
  • IKEA packable shopping bag
  • Linen Travel Towel
  • Tactical Scarf (shemagh)
  • Havona Labs Cobra Belt


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Make-up: Everything in a Tube


  • Missha BB Cream and Primer
  • Benefit Roller Lash
  • UrbanDecay All Nighter Spray
  • TonyMoly SPF50 Tinted Sunscreen
  • Margiela Replica Rollerball: Sunday Morning
  • etude House Play Stick
  • Highlighter Compact
  • Beauty Blender
  • Brushes
  • TonyMoly Perfect Lipstick in Red
  • Tarteist Pro-to-Go Palette
  • UrbanDecay Potion Primer
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
  • TonyMoly Berry Tint
  • TonyMoly Stamp Liner
  • etudeHouse bling bling eye stick
  • etudeHouse 2-in-1 eyeshadow stick I forgot the name of
  • Chapstick!! (I have 6 more not pictured)
  • etudeHouse zero sebum powder
  • etudeHouse Disney collab blush
  • Naked concealer
  • Moonshot Cleansing oil and Water
Electronics: To iPad or not to iPad?


  • enevu Cube Light
  • Apple Watch Sport Edition
  • Sony a6000
  • Macbook
  • Macbook dongle because nothing works with this thing
  • iPhone X
  • AirPods
  • Travel Adapter
  • USB Battery Pack
  • nook

(at the time of writing this I’m waffling on also bringing my iPad along, doesn’t seem very minimalist of me, but I do need a MacBook because I will be coding on the go)

Things I did not photograph:

  • Mission Workshop Vandal Backpack (expands up to 65L)
  • as2ov wall pocket
  • Lay-n-Go Cosmo
  • Rumpl blanket (an absolute must)
  • Sleep Sheets
  • Travel Locks (will I need these?)
  • Bullet Journal and pens
  • Darn Tough Socks (a big deal for me because I hate socks)
  • 3 Bras & 5 Panties
  • Nylon Stuff Sacks
  • Foldable Yoga Mat (I will be teaching classes, but this doubles as a towel too!)
  • Mini-Hair Straightener
  • EagleCreek Compression Cubes that make this all possible
  • Selfie Light (the brightest flashlight I own)
  • All the chargers and stuff to make electronics go

All in all, everything fits into about 40L of my backpack, and is about 25 pounds so it’s not as terrible as it looks. I think it’s super obvious to everyone reading this that I work(ed) for Nike as almost half my wardrobe is Nike.

I can’t wait to revisit this post in a few months and see what I’ve shipped back home to my parents from abroad. I have a feeling that once I’m out of winter, a lot of the bulky items will go.



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