Not (that) much baggage: my round-the-world packing list

Hear me breathe a long sigh of relief as I finish zipping up the last pocket of my backpack, thus ending a two-day marathon of packing frenzy: I am DONE, and – miracle of miracles – IT ALL FITS (just)!

It has been a puzzle figuring out what to cram into my 65-80L pack and small day bag, a challenge which is best summed up by this diabolical equation:

Given C, a 27-year-old girl, B, a 65 litres backpack, T, an 8-month long trip around the world, A-Z, a variety of countries, climates and activities ranging from glacier trekking in Patagonia and skiing in New Zealand to scuba diving in Malaysia, and Y, a need for camping gear including voluminous sleeping bag, sleeping mat and travel pillow: what does X, the unknown contents of B, equal?

In solving this problem, I was very grateful for the many travelers’ packing lists I could consult online and I now want to share my own with a view to helping prospective (and confused) round-the-worlders like me decide what to take.

So here’s what I’m bringing to my wonderlands:

 

Technology

 

RTW packing list technology

– 1 Asus EEE Netbook + charger

– 1 Kindle + charger

– 1 Fujifilm Finepix camera + charger

– 1 universal adapter

Clothes

 

RTW packing list clothes

 – 1 3-in-1 waterproof North Ridge jacket (purple) with zipped fleece jacket integrated

– 1 black Lafuma fleece jacket

– 1 technical winter shirt

– 1 long-sleeved trekking shirt

– 1 short-sleeved trekking shirt

– 1 polo shirt

– 2 short-sleeved tops

– 2 long-sleeved tops

– 1 thermal top

– 1 pair of technical jeans

– 1 pair of black trekking trousers

– 1 pair of grey convertible trekking trousers

– 1 pair of thermal leggings

– 1 pair of waterproof over-trousers

– 1 black skirt

– 2 summer dresses

– 1 pair of pajama bottoms

– 1 pair of shorts

– 1 pair of board shorts

– 1 bikini

– 1 multi-functional ‘chute’ (serving as scarf, bandana, wristband etc)

– 1 winter hat

– 1 brim sun hat

– 1 light scarf

– 1 pair of gloves

– 6 pairs of socks

– 7 X underwear

– 2 pairs of glasses

– 1 pair of prescription sunglasses

– 1 pair of walking sandals

– 1 pair of hiking trainers

(I ended up getting rid of the second pair of sandals in the photo. I’m aware that I might be carrying too many clothes – see my post about this and my pre-trip costs here), but having bought them I didn’t have the heart not to bring them. I’ll be giving some away or posting them back home if needs be…)

This is what my clothes look like all rolled up:

RTW packing list clothes rolled up

And now, reduced to a compact bundle by my Kathmandu compression sack:

RTW packing list compression sack
Some serious magics at work there!

 

Camping gear

 

RTW packing list camping gear

These are the main culprits for filling my bag up to the brim, but unfortunately they are needed for my South American tour. I should be able to get rid of them after that though (and can’t imagine how much lighter I’ll feel then)!

1 4-season sleeping bag

1 inflatable sleeping mat

1 travel pillow

Travel accessories and everything else!

 

RTW packing list travel accessories

1 toiletry bag

Small make-up, jewellery and hair clips bag

1 first aid and medicine bag

1 travel towel

1 silk sheet

1 mosquito spray (with 50+ DEET)

Sun cream

1 pocket mirror

1 headlamp

1 Swiss pocket knife

Earplugs

1 clothes line

1 universal sink plug

2 locks (one big, one small)

1 travel pouch for money and important documents

Photocopies of all important documents

1 raincover for my backpack

1 bag to wrap my backpack in during flights

1 (pocket) Spanish dictionary

A couple of small guidebooks

 

What do you think of this list? Anything I’ve missed out? Let me know in the comments below!

Camille

Hey, I'm Camille! I quit my life to travel the world in 2013 – and I haven’t stopped since! I have visited 40+ countries as a location-independent travel/lifestyle writer and digital marketer. I like hammocks, scooters, eating, and scaring my mother trying adventure sports! I was chosen as a top travel influencer by Influence.co, and have co-founded Helipad Marketing to help travel & lifestyle brands soar with killer online marketing.

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3 thoughts on “Not (that) much baggage: my round-the-world packing list”

  1. Hi!!
    Ive read that youve been to my country Argentina!!! Hope you enjoyed it!!
    Im about to go to Nepal (trekking to Everest Base camp), but i really dont know anything about backpacking. I bought a rucksack called Lowe Alpine, Annapunra 65:80, it looks amazing!! I am having lots of trouble in buying some stuff, like the sleeping bag, the hiking boots and the tent…
    Which sleeping bag did you buy and how much it cost? Ive seen some in amazon uk but they were pretty expensive. Yours is small and light??
    Also, ive read that you also have a silk sheet… why?? when do you use it??
    Do you have to put something inside of the sleeping bag??
    Hope you are having a great trip!!!

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