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The Nomadic Christian Packer's Essential Gear Guide: Lightweight, Versatile, Faith-Fueled

In this comprehensive guide, we have curated a selection of lightweight, versatile, and faith-fueled gear that will equip you for your nomadic adventures. From practical travel necessities to items that nurture your spiritual growth, each piece has been carefully chosen to empower you to live out your calling with freedom and purpose.


After reviewing multiple full time travelers, who limit themselves to only their carry on - we feel confident that these items are the essentials!


Whether you're embarking on a short-term mission trip or embracing a life of full-time travel, this guide will serve as your trusted companion, ensuring that you are prepared to face any challenge while keeping your focus on the ultimate prize – a life lived in faithful service to the Lord.


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Bible

  • Small Travel Bible

Women’s Clothes

  • 5-9 Tops

    • 1-3 Tank Tops (Lulelemon for durability)

    • 1 Active Top

    • 1-2 Long Sleeves / Thin Button Up

    • 2-4 T-Shirts

  • 5-6 Bottoms

    • 4 pairs of pants

    • 2 shorts

    • 1 long skirt – cultural etiquette

  • 2-3 Dressy Items

    • 2 to 3 Dresses with long one

    • Travel Romper

  • 1 sweater (lulelemon or marino wool- antibacterial)

  • 1-2 swimsuits (keep a single piece one for conservative countries)

  • 2-3 bras (sport, comfortable, normal)

  • 8-10 underwear

  • 6 pairs of socks

    • 1 hiking technical socks

    • 3 marina wool

    • 2 every day pair of socks

  • 1 large scarf (also serves as a blanket, conservative head covering in certain countries, etc)

  • 1 thermal top and bottom layer

  • 1 set of PJS

  • 3 pairs of shoes

  • 1 hat

  • 1 packable puffy coat (Pantagonia)

  • 1 lightweight rain jacket

  • 1 sunglasses

  • 1 buff

  • 1 pair of hiking boots* don’t often fit in carry on, so depends highly on travel style and space

 


backpacker with all nomadic supplies


Men’s Clothes

  • 7-10 Tops

    • 4-6 T-Shirts

    • 1 Tank Shirt

    • 2-4 Button Up Shirts

    • 1 long sleeve (Marino wool)

  • 6-8 Bottoms

    • 1-3 pants

    • 1-2 athletic/hiking pants

    • 2 casual shorts

    • 1-2 running shorts

  • 1 lightweight sweater (lulelemon or marino)

  • 2 Swim Trunks

  • 5-9 Pairs of Underwear (marino wool or Ex Officio)

  • 4-7 Pairs of Socks

  • 1 thermal top & bottom base layer

  • 1 set of PJs

  • 2-3 pairs of shoes

  • 2 hat

  • 1 packable puffy coat (Pantagonia)

  • 1 lightweight rain jacket (northfaace / windbreaker)

  • 1 sunglasses

  • 1 buff

  • 1 pair of hiking boots* don’t often fit in carry on, so depends highly on travel style and space


Winter

  • 1 winter coat

  • 1 gloves

  • 1 stocking cap

  • 1 hiking socks

 

Women’s Health, Hygiene

Make Up
  • eye brow pencil

  • highlighter

  • mascara

  • eyeliner

  • eyelash curler

  • makeup remover face cloth (Erase Your Face)

Styling
  • dry shampoo

  • volumizing powder (Puff Me)

  • scarf for heatless curl

  • foldable hair brush

  • tiny travel straightener

Menstrual
  • menstrual cup - because tampons can be hard to find



Mens Hygiene

  • hair trimmer

  • hair styling products

 

Both Health, Hygiene

  • Toothbrush with cover

  • Toothpaste

  • Dental floss

  • Razors

  • Soap bar case (breathable dry bag)

  • Bar of soap

  • Hand cream

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Deodorant

  • Contacts

  • Contact solution

  • Tweezers

  • Nail clippers

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Comb/hair brush

  • Small container of cotton swabs (cutips)

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug spray

  • Lip balm with SPF

 

Pharmacy

  • First aid kit in wallet hard case

  • Prescriptions (plus note from doctor)

  • Malaria pills

  • Azithromycin (for food poisoning)

  • Advil

  • Tylenol

  • Antihistamines (including reactine, benadryl, claritin)

  • Gravol

  • Tylenol cold & sinus

  • Midol

  • Electrolytes

  • Water tablets

  • Gas X

  • Imodium

  • Polysporin (antibiotic cream)

  • Altitude sickness pills

  • Wet wipes




 

Electronics

  • Cell Phones

  • Laptop

  • Computer Mouse

  • 2 External hard Drives

  • Cord case for chargers

  • Powerstrip

  • USB - cause you may need to print documents and not have a printer on site

  • wireless earbuds

  • corded headphones for plane

  • portable speaker

  • battery bank (10,000-40,000)

  • Kindle with standing case

  • Watches (smart watch, keep phone out of sight while traveling)

  • Fire TV Stick


Camera Items

  • GoPro

  • drone and controller

  • camera gear

  • charge box

  • canon camera

  • mic

  • camera batteries

  • 3+ SD cards

  • Tripod

  • ultrapod (tripod tiny for hiking)

  • Fire TV Stick

 

Kitchen

  • Chicken/beef stock

  • Instant soup

  • Instant coffee

  • Coffee filter from GSI

  • Bag filled with zip lock bags filled with spices (including salt, pepper, oil)

  • Reusable bag (Stashers)

  • Collapsible mugs (Sea to Summit) - double as extra food container

  • Water bottle

  • Collapsible Tupperware

  • Kitchen knife (A lot of Airbnbs have dull knives - but this is not TSA approved)

  • Spatula

  • Chopsticks

  • Foldable spork

  • Kitchen cloth because finding in Airbnb is hard


Travel Accessories

Passport Wallet

  • Headlamps

  • Combination lock by Masterlocks

  • File folders (keep all your documentation)

  • satellite tracker Garmin (great if hiking somewhere with no signal)

  • Steripen (water filter for hiking)


Personal Care & Comfort

  • eye mask

  • ear plugs

  • blow up travel pillow

  • waterbottle

Fitness

  • workout gear (exercise bands)


Laundry

  • Carabiner (Hero Clip)

  • Retractable Clotheslines

  • Clothespins

  • Laundry tabs or detergent

Miscellaneous

  • deck of cards (basecamp card co) with ice breaker questions

  • pens

  • scissors

  • sewing kit

  • microfiber towel

  • towels (packtowl)

  • sewing kit

  • jewlery box (store in pill box)

 

Backpacks and Day Bags

 

Pouches 

Organizers & Storage



Conclusion


As you embark on your nomadic adventures, may each item serve as a reminder of the unwavering presence of God, guiding your steps and filling you with the courage to boldly proclaim His love to every soul you encounter.


Remember, the true treasure lies not in the physical possessions we carry but in the eternal impact we leave behind – a legacy of lives transformed by the power of the Gospel. So, let us embrace this nomadic lifestyle with open hearts, steadfast faith, and a burning desire to be vessels of God's grace, leaving a trail of hope and salvation wherever our journey leads us.





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