Hey! I am in the process of planning my next trip and wondered if anyone had any advice. On my previous backpacking trip (and think this is a common problem for many people) I packed quite a few items that I thought would be really useful but actually I never used them and they just ended up being a burden to carry. So I was wondering if anyone had a no bull***t packing list for someone travelling this region (Mexico down to Peru) for 6 - 9 months. Sadly I don't know what time of the year I will be going because of the pandemic but hopefully the items will stay roughly the same depending on the time of the year I am able to go. I will be doing the usual backpacker stuff, beaches, a bit of hiking, outdoor activities and having a good time!
Items that I'm most unsure about are a raincoat. Do I need both a raincoat and warm ultra thin/light jacket for hiking (not sure how much hiking I will do)
Trainers (or just flip flops cause that's all I wore even for hikes on my last 8 month trip)
My main concern is having to carry unnecessary weight around or have to abandon items!