Backpack equipment for hitchhiking and travelling. It needs to be lightweight, small and functional. This is the travel gear I took for my hitchhiking trip.

Lightweight equipment for hitchhiking and travelling

What lightweight equipment for hitchhiking did I take? All the travel gear below I took in one backpack for my hitchhike trip in 2019.

Travel gear:

  • Backpack: Nomad Batura 55L Phantom
  • Tent: Naturehike Cloud-Up 2 tent
  • Sleeping bag: Cumulus Lite Line 400
  • Sleeping mat: Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm Max
  • Sheet bag: Lowland Silk sheet bag
  • Gas bottle: Coleman Self-Seeling
  • Small Gas burner: Naturehike
  • 2x Cooking pan
  • Lighter
  • Toiletry


  • Small drone: DJI Spark Drone
  • Small and lightweight camera: DJI Pocket
  • Laptop + charger
  • Smartphone: Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Travel gadgets


  • Jacket: The North Face Venture 2 Jacket – About €110
  • 3x T-Shirts (Tees)
  • 2x Long sleeve tees
  • 1x Fleece Sweater
  • 2x Jeans
  • 2x Shorts
  • 1x Swimming short
  • 7x Underwear
  • 4x High socks
  • 4x Low socks
  • Flip-flops

Cheap, small and lightweight equipment for backpacking

What are the most important requirements for my travel gear? And what did I take?

I am Dutch. Which means I don’t want to spend too much. So my equipment needs to be quite cheap. Although I like cheap, sometimes I need to pay more to get good quality.

For instance, I pay more for lightweight and small size products. It is important to save on weight. In the end, you need to carry every extra gram (or ounce) yourself.

Last but not least, the equipment for backpacking and hitchhiking needs be small. When hitchhiking you mostly want to keep your backpack as small as possible. This increases the chance of getting a lift.

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World Hitchhiker

Hi there! I am the guy behind In 2019/2020 I hitchhiked from Holland through 26 countries to Malaysia. In total I've hitchhiked more than 40.000 km in 36 countries.


Dave Barlow · May 20, 2020 at 6:57 am

I’m trying to find a legitimate supplier of the Naturehike Opalus 3.
I’ve tried to contact Naturehike but no joy.
Apologies if this is the wrong location for this.

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