What Is In My Timbuk2 Aviator 28.5 Liter Travel Backpack?

Packing light is the most essential thing when you decided to do long term backpacking. Along with the packing light, you also need a good backpack to support it. I choose Timbuk2 Aviator travel backpack as mine.

I am always amazed every time I see a backpacker with their backpack and always couldn’t help my eyes to give a glance into their backpack, just to see how big and how many bags they brought, and of course I always wondered how they packed all of the stuffs inside the bag.

timbuk2 aviator backpack

Some backpacker wouldn’t mind to bring two bags, which they put it behind and in front of their body, some would choose to just bring one simple small backpack. All depends on how they maintain their body to hold such a bag. As for me, I never want to bring more than one bag, I guess it’s because I have a body so small it would be way better to not bring more than one, but I still bring one folding day backpack just in case I can leave my main bag and go around without it.

The longest trip I ever did was two weeks. That’s why I’m going to share about the bag I used either short or long trip. For short trips like 1 or 2 nights, I would only bring a small backpack and a couple of clothes, but long trip more than 1 week I usually used big backpack. Big backpack here refers to the big according to myself, but when I see other backpackers I always think that mine isn’t big at all.

I’ve been using North Face Angstrom 30 Liter for a couple years before I changed it to Timbuk2 Aviator 28.5 Liter Travel Backpack. I knew that I decrease the volume of the backpack, I do worry about it when I decided to change it, but later when I arranged all the stuffs inside the bag somehow it fits nicely inside of the bag without even take some stuffs out.

What is in my backpack?What are with me?

  • Backpack 28.5 Liter of Timbuktu Aviator Travel Backpack
  • A Packable day-pack (Eagle Creak)
  • 2 tank tops
  • 2 T-shirt [it could change depends on where or what travel I’m planning]
  • 3 shirts [it could change depends on where or what travel I’m planning]
  • 2 long jeans (make sure it is light)
  • 1 short pants cardio – quick dry
  • 1 sleeping pants (can use if I want to run or doing exercise)
  • 7 undies (in the beginning I wanted to bring 5 but I added 2 more)
  • 1 quick dry small travel towel
  • 1 windbreaker Packable jacket
  • Jug of water (I’m using Klean Kleen)
  • 3 socks
  • 2 shoes (Nike running light and the one I’m wearing is Vans)
  • Slippers
  • Laptop with charger
  • Phone with charger and earphone
  • External hard drive (not necessary but I need it)
  • Universal adapter
  • Stationary (Notebook, Pen, pencil, marker)
  • Bath tools (inside toiletries bag; Shampoo, Soap, Deodorant, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Face Cream, Body Lotion, Sun Screen, Talc, Laundry paper for wash the clothes)
  • Insect lotion
  • Grooming kit (razor, tweezers, small scissor, nail clippers, cotton buds)
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Medicine including Chili brand and Kapak Oil
  • Mini umbrella
  • Mini flashlight
  • Hat
  • Rain Coat
  • Penknife
  • Belt
  • Eyes cover for sleep
  • Ears stopper
  • Body Wallet for money (I’m using Body Wallet from WTVRBCPR)
  • Passport
  • Mail/documents
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sleeping bag
  • Medicine
  • Tissue (wet tissue if possible)
Additional items depend where I want to go or what kind of travel I’m in:
  • Scarf (Multifunctional)
  • Sink stopper (for stop the water in the sink so I can wash my clothes there)
  • Shoes rope (for hanging dry the clothes)
  • A small lunch box (folding cup and bowl) with Spork (spoon and fork)

What is in my backpack?

There are mostly what I always bring when I’m traveling. It looks a lot but somehow it fits into my backpack. I guess that’s what people said about the power of backpack organizing, just push it into the backpack. So guys, bring a lot with limited backpack is not a problem anymore, right?


I am a language trainer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. I love traveling, like a lot. I enjoy walking around, language immersion in different places, have a cup of coffee at some unfamiliar coffee shop, embrace the history or art in many different museums. I love coming across people and blending with new culture. I like having conversations with new people, blogging the stories and inspire people.

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