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

47 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 | 2020 Optimal Setup

81+ Gifts for Hikers: Unique Gifts for Any Budget [2020 Guide]

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

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 (2020 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

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