What I am traveling with has changed quite a bit since I originally set out on the trip. I can’t stress enough how packing light will be a lifesaver (back really) once you’re on the road. You’ll find that there are plenty of items that seem totally critical to your trip that a week or a month in you still haven’t used.
As you run through my list keep in mind a couple of things. First I run a travel blog so my electronics section is far more exhaustive than most travelers will ever need. Secondly, I am currently traveling with clothes and gear for all the seasons I’ll be in. If you plan your trip to stay in only hot or only cold destinations you can cut out around half of the clothing. I also love to dive and am currently traveling with my scuba diving gear. My back has been urging me to rethink this one recently though so that gear bag may be up for a flight home here soon.
I got a lot of advice before I left that stressed the ability to buy things you don’t bring along the way. I absolutely subscribe to this advice now with just a few exceptions. If you are traveling to areas of the world where electronics are more expensive than your home country, make sure to bring everything you plan to use. Otherwise you’ll find yourself trying to figure out how to ship (import) something from home.
The only other area I’ve had trouble with buying goods locally would be with clothes. I’m a tall girl (5 foot 9 inches) and so far every country I’ve been to is made up of much shorter women. That means it’s almost impossible for me to by fitted clothes on the road. That’s why you’ll see quite a bit more clothing on my list than I’d recommend taking if you’re an average size.
Everything I’m Currently Carrying in my Backpack on my RTW Travels
Here’s the full list of what’s in my pack right now. To give you more details I’ve linked through many of the items to Amazon for the full listing information. Take it as a little more information or if you’re interested in helping me keep the lights on at FlipFlopsAbroad.com consider buying your travel gear through the site.
The Travel Clothes and Footwear I Pack
3 tank tops
2 pairs of khaki pants
1 pair of black pants
2 pairs of khaki shorts
1 pair jean shorts
3 long sleeved shirts
1 pair of sweat pants
2 pair of sleep shorts
3 sleep shirts
7 pairs of underwear
5 pairs of socks
3 pairs of flip flops
1 pair of hiking shoes / trainers
1 Scarf (is also a hat that I purchased in Cusco, Peru)
Gloves (made of Alpaca and purchased in Cusco, Peru)
2 pairs of sunglasses (one pair is always lost)
2 Sarongs (used for towels at the beach, blankets on buses and in hostels, and I wear them too)
Shampoo (small but not travel size)
Conditioner (travel size)
Toothpaste / tooth brush / dental floss
Lotion (small but not travel size)
Makeup (small zip lock – much not used)
Curling Iron (dual voltage)
2 brushes (1 large, 1 small for day pack)
|Osprey Backpack with Wheels – Yes, with wheels! Unless you’re planning on trekking regularly or long distances the convivence is more than worth the added weight. I find I need to carry it periodically but often times rolling it is just easier.
|Travel Smart by Conair 1875-Watt Folding Hair Dryer (dual voltage and folds down)
|Microfiber Travel Towel – You definitely need to bring a towel for beaches and pools. If you’re staying in hostels you’ll also need it there for the showers as towels aren’t usually provided. I like this one as it packs small and dries quickly.