Two weeks ago, I gave you some of my best tips on traveling light but that was just the first part. Here’s the second:

Learn And Adapt

The best lesson on packing comes when you actually embark on your journey. The woes of not having enough shirts for change, versus┬áthe unsettling feeling that you lugged around a lot more than you actually needed. When you’re on the trip, these thoughts will come to you and you will learn from your mistakes (and that’s the best way to remember). But before you get another shot at packing right – and light -, you’ll have to survive the one you’re on. That’s when you learn to adapt. It’s never a bad idea to pack disposable goods instead of the quality stuff, because you’ll never know if you may find the need to throw it away to make more space.

The Three Travel Things

Bear this in mind, always. Whenever, or wherever you travel, there are three things you always need to keep close:

1. Passport or travel documents

2. Cash/credit cards

3. Phone (which is also your Google device, GPS and camera)

I was aware that my journey from KL to London would take about six months. The route was largely in rural areas, away from the urban cities. So in my case, I had to prepare for the worse – what if I go a week without finding a place to eat or sleep? Check out my packing list:

  • Tent
  • Cooking utensils
  • Portable water filter
  • Bicycle spare parts and tools
  • A pair of cycling shoes
  • A pair of sandals
  • Two pairs of socks (yes, two pairs ONLY)
  • One set of cycling gear (jersey, pants and bib)
  • One dri-fit t-shirt
  • A pair of shorts
  • A set of Long Johns
  • One mid-layer jacket
  • One windbreaker
  • A pair of waterproof trackpants
  • Protein powder
  • Dry foods (chocolate, power bars)
  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • Malaysian flag

If I got through six months on the road with just these, so can you! So trust me when I say packing light is possible wherever you are headed.

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