Packing list for Round the World Travel

When we were preparing to leave on this adventure people asked me how we were planning to carry all of the stuff we would need for a year and I said, “A backpack” and they said, “Oh.” Maybe they didn’t care what we were bringing or it was too overwhelming of a question to ask. But if you are planning to ever travel long term or if you are curious about what one packs for a year long trip around the world, here is what is in my back pack.

Clothes

t-shirts (3) – just the cheap $5 Faded Glory Walmart brand tees.

When we spent 6 weeks in Southeast Asia in 2012 we bought special non-cotton t-shirts and while they dried quickly when we washed them by hand, they were not very comfortable and seemed to make us hotter than cotton t-shirts, although it could have been just because it was really hot there…

tank tops (2) – from Walmart and Old Navy, for sleeping in, wear under stuff, or by themselves if it is blazing hot and culturally appropriate to wear alone.

other shirts(1-2) – thin, button up thrift store finds

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fleece –  Alpine Design from Sports Auntority.

We will be mostly traveling  in summer or warmer climates, but it is always good to have something for the cold A/C on buses, trains, etc. and it may be cooler in the mountains in Laos and Nepal

cardigan – already owned, from Target.

I probably would be just fine with the fleece, but it has already been nice to not have to pull something over my head on planes and buses. And it looks nicer for evenings out.

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Jeans – there is a big debate about whether to bring jeans for round the world travel. They are bulky and they take forever to dry. But… they don’t need washed often and you can wear them when you want to feel normal and not like a dirtbag backpacker. Also, they will come in handy if it is cooler in some areas

Pants – Tan, capri style. Alpine design from Sports Authority. I like that they are cooler than long pants, but not as casual as shorts. I only wish they had a zipper pocket.

skirt (1-2) – I packed one navy striped maxi skirt that I got from Ross and plan to get as least one more along the way.

Surprisingly skirts are great for traveling, especially in hot climates. They keep you cooler and you look more respectable. Maxi skirts are great because they are long enough for going into mosques etc. My oldest daughter figured out a way to pull hers up on the sides to make a shorter skirt to keep her legs cooler and then untucked it when we went in to a mosque in Singapore. I unfortunately was wearing a shorter skirt that I borrowed from my middle daughter and had to wear a heavy polyester button up robe (It was very hot!)

*The awesome thing about traveling with teenage daughters is that we can share skirts. We each brought one skirt, but we have four skirts that we can alternate wearing.

comfy pants – I bought a pair of gypsy pants the last time we were in Thailand. I never wore them at home, but they are great for travel even if I do feel like a dirtbag backpacker in them, but sometimes that is a good thing. Plus, they are comfy.

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sport shorts – running shorts, whatever you call them, already owned from TJ Maxx.

These are great for sleeping in or lounging around the hotel/hostel on hot days. I was seriously tempted to wear them out sightseeing in Melaka where it was 90 degrees, but felt like 110. In some places, it is not culturally appropriate to wear short shorts, but so far in Taipei, Singapore, and Melaka, it seems to be OK. I don’t wear short shorts in regular life, but the heat in Southeast Asia is making me wish I had a non-sports pair.

underwear (6+) – I think I ended up bringing 9 pair of Hanes microfiber undies

bras (3) + sports

socks(3)

swimsuit

tennis shoes

walking sandals – Chacos.

I debated and debated about whether to spend $50 on shoes. In Hawaii, I just wear flip flops everyday. And I only brought flip flops and tennis shoes for 6 weeks in Southeast Asia and did just fine. But so far I am glad I have them. It has been nice to alternate with my flip flop when I get a hot spot on my foot. And they are very sturdy. But bulky and heavy, so I have to wear them on travel days

“nice” shoes – again, I spent a long time deciding on what to bring. I ended up choosing a pair of Patricia wedge style crocs  for their cushy bottoms and ability to get wet without being ruined.

flip flops – for showers and everyday wear, from Old Navy. They are surprisingly sturdy for costing only $2

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sunglasses

hat

sarong – I didn’t pack one because I plan to buy one along the way.

bandana

scarf – again, scarves will make great souvenirs, so I didn’t pack any, but have already bought one from a night market and will certainly buy more ‘cause scarves are pretty and fun.

belt – I lost my belt in the frenzy of getting ready to leave. Luckily, it was easy to pick up one for cheap at a night market.

Toiletries

shampoo

conditioner

face soap

body soap

razor

deodorant

toothbrush

toothbrush case

toothpaste

dental floss

makeup – Yes, I brought makeup. And yes, I wear a minimal amount pretty much everyday. Mascara makes me feel normal.

hair bands

bobby pins

hairbrush

nail clippers

nail files

tweezers

q-tips

lip balm

lotion

hand sanitizer

baby wipes

tissues

feminine products – I brought a Diva cup upon the recommendation of many female travelers. It has its good and bad points. Maybe some day when I feel like oversharing, I will write a post about it.

Medical

ibprophen

allergy medicine

allergy eye drops

eye drops

nasal spray decongestant 

antibiotic ointment

hydrocortisone cream

antifungal cream

acne medicine

thermometer

bandaids

Miscellaneous

earplugs

eye mask

sewing kit

safety pins

travel towel

ziploc bags

grocery bags – collected along the way

clothes pins

clothes line

insect repellant

sunscreen

luggage scale

locks and cable

passport

credit cards/cash

journal

writing utensils

alarm clock

flashlight

liner sheets – I planned to buy these in Southeast Asia. They were in every market in Vietnam. So far I haven’t come across any.

umbrella – we have already bought and lost one

packable day pack

mosquito net

Electronics

Kindle

phone

tablet

camera

book light/headlamp

portable charger

power strip/multi usb charging hub

rechargeable batteries and charger

memory card(s)

card adapter

charging cords

usb adapter

travel power adapters

headphones

headphone splitter

wireless card/usb reader

hard drive

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