Welcome to The Packable Life


Hi, I’m Noel. Thanks for stopping by!

I’m a minimalist traveler and ultralight backpacker who seeks out budget-friendly destinations. Through this website, I earn money to fund my adventures.

I created The Packable Life to help you:

  • Pack lighter
  • Travel longer
  • Hike farther

Ready to get started?

Here’s a list of my favorite posts to help you along your journey.

Travel Resources

A man sitting in a natural pool of water above Mooney Falls in Havasupai, Arizona

How to Start a Travel Blog in 2020: Travel, Create (& Get Paid)

My Carry-On Only Packing List for 2020: Pack Light, Travel Right

Ultra Minimalist Travel Packing List for a Week (Extreme Simplicity)

Road Trip Essentials: Interactive Packing List + 55 Must-Haves

50 Van Life Essentials: Best Gadgets, Gear & Accessories List

Complete Travel Resources Guide

Travel Guides

Hanoi in One Day: A 24-Hour Guide (Tips, Costs & Itinerary)

The Ideal Colorado Road Trip Itinerary (Ideas, Costs & Map)

Vietnam on a Motorbike: My 10-Day Road Trip (Route + Itinerary)

Chengdu’s Wenshu Monastery Neighborhood: What to Do (and Eat)

Denver in One Day (On the Cheap): A Local’s 24-Hour Itinerary

My Travel Journal

A man sitting on a motorbike in the middle of a muddy dirt road with a wooden shack to his right and jungle in the background

My Chengdu Street Food Marathon: 32 Snacks in 10 Hours

5 Days in Hong Kong: My Spontaneous, Wild & Itinerary-Free Trip

Traveling Sucks Sometimes: My 12 Worst Travel Stories

A Couple Traveling Solo: Why We Prefer to Divide and Conquer

Fostering Pets Abroad: Kittens Have Taken Over Our Apartment

Hiking & Backpacking Resources

8.8 lb Ultralight Backpacking Gear List | 2021 Optimal Setup

Essential Backpacking Gear: 15 Items I Can’t Hike Without

118 Gifts for Hikers 2021: Unique Gifts Ideas (Any Budget)

Backpacking Food: Meal Plan Tips & Ideas for Your Next Hike

Budget Backpacking Gear: Cheap 10 lb Ultralight Kit [Sub-$500]

Get Paid to Hike: 10 Hiking Jobs to Make Money on the Trail

74 Hiking & Backpacking Songs: Unique Music for Your Playlist

Complete Hiking & Backpacking Resources Guide

Hiking & Backpacking Trip Guides

A hiker with a hat on a winding mountain trail

Torres del Paine ‘O’ Circuit: Patagonia’s Top Trek (2021 Guide)

Columbine Lake Trail: Superb Hiking Near Silverton, Colorado

Huemul Circuit Hiking Guide (Route, Camping, Equipment, Weather)

Bukhansan National Park: Hiking Dobongsan’s Jaunbong Peak

4th of July Trail: Hike Nederland’s Gem (Arapaho Pass + Lake Dorothy)

Hiking & Backpacking Gear Reviews

Above view of muddy boots on a hiking trail

Osprey Exos 48 Review: A Formidable Ultralight Backpack

Montbell Plasma 1000 Alpine Down Parka Review

Solomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Review: An Elite Backpacking Boot

Montbell Permafrost Light Down Parka Women’s Jacket Review

Patagonia R1 Review: Regulator Fleece Pullover Hoody

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or feedback about my travel and hiking journey.