What's in our backpack?


Camping gear

  • Coleman Tent, 3 pers. Way to heavy to carry while hitch-hiking....
  • Two sleeping bags that zip together for cuddling comfort
  • 2 blow up mattresses
  • 1 Spork
  • No plates, cups or pots. In reality we are never away from other people that will lend us these things
  • 1 washing line, used once
  • 1 Leatherman knife. Beautiful tool, never used.
  • 1 Simple first aid kit. ( Plasters, bandages, pincer, ORS, Anti-diarrhoea, Antihistamines, alcohol wipes, paracetamol, throat pastilles, Altitude-sickness medicine because of Nepal, Arnica, Rescue remedy)
  • Needle and thread

Other things, collected in our "hippybag"

  • 1 pouch of herbal tobacco mixture, we gave up smoking in November but don't want to miss out on some of the more social smoking habits
  • Palo Santo 
  • Incense and an incense-holder
  • Pretty shells, rocks and crystals
  • Jewellery making stuff like copper wire, putty, cord, feathers and earring-hooks



  • 1 Travel toiletries bag for us together
  • 1 Razor
  • 2 toothbrushes
  • 1 full sized toothpaste, travel sized ones last about two weeks....
  • 1 bar of biodegradable soap for body, hair and face. We keep it in a zip lock and break off a little piece each time we shower.
  • 1 small deodorant by Weleda, alcohol based, these are smaller than gas powered ones.
  • Toothpicks
  • Cotton tips for ears, you can't go for long without these before you turn into a crusty dirty person.
  • Waterless hand wash, more often referred to as prprsshp
  • Safety pins

Office supplies

  • 20 sheets of Groeipapier
  • 1 Seeds for change stamp for making business cards
  • 1 Notebook and pen

Food Bag

  • This changes all the time but we try to keep a little of:
  • Dates
  • Oats
  • Fruits like banana's and apples
  • Tea, usually herbal and local. In South Africa we drank Moringa or Honeybush Sceletium
  • Nuts of any kind as healthy snack or for salads
  • Vegetables: Butternut and sweet potato. They last for a long time and combine with a lot of other things in delicious curry's
  • Canned chickpeas, for salad curry or humus
  • Superfoods like Spirulina, Chaga and Raw cacao to make healthy drinks, teas and smoothies.
  • Garam massala 
  • Some fresh seasonal vegetables

Job's clothes

The best invention of this trip is a roll up vacuum bag to keep clothes in, it compacts all of these clothes in a roll about 20 cm diameter that fits in the bottom compartment of my backpack.

  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 pair of harem-pants
  • 1 breathing long sleeve
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 2 tank tops
  • 1 wind stopper jacket
  • 5 pairs of underwear
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • Flip-flips
  • Low hiking shoes 
  • 1 All purpose piece of cloth, it functions as towel, shawl and picnic blanket. "Always know where your towel is."
  • hip pouch

Hannelore's clothes

  • 1 Bra, but two would've been better
  • 1 Bikini
  • 5 pairs of underwear
  • 2 pairs of socks, one would've been enough..
  • 1 pair of harem-pants
  • 1 short skirt
  • 1 long skirt
  • 1 dress/long shirt
  • 2 leggings
  • 2 tops
  • 1 T shirt
  • 1 sleeping shirt
  • 1 long-sleeve
  • 1 Warm jacket
  • Shawl
  • Flip flops
  • Hiking boots