Probably one of the biggest questions I get asked about my trip other than ‘How the heck can you afford to do that??’ is ‘What the heck are you bringing with you??’
The answer is not a whole lot but actually quite a bit more than you’d expect.
I promise it’ll make sense by the end of this post.
I hope to answer all your burning packing questions and leave you thinking I’m a bit out of my mind. Which I’ll fully own up to.
So without much further ado I present to you my amazing packing list for long term travel – 3 years to be exact.
I waxed poetic a bit about my handy dandy backpack early on in the creation of this blog. It’s a Gregory Jade 38 (meaning it has a holding capacity of about 38 L) and is a just a bit bigger than your standard school backpack except with more support and cooler looking.
I’m not the largest of people, and I knew from the get go that I didn’t want to be lugging around 50 lbs of luggage on my back day in and day out. Not appealing sounding. So going with a smaller pack insured that I’d be forced to keep the amount of items I brought with me to a minimum.
3 tank tops (2 with built-in bra)
3 t-shirts (all quick drying material)
1 long-sleeved shirt (medium weight)
1 black dress
1 pair of yoga pants (can be used for hiking and sleeping)
1 pair of regular pants (fairly quick drying and can be cinched at the bottom to turn into capris)
1 pair of running shorts
1 Exofficio Women’s Chica Cool Hoody
1 black 3/4 length cardigan
1 quick dry Merino wool pullover top from Stoic
1 Marmot Women’s Precip Jacket that folds into its own pocket
All of the above clothes fit into an Eagle Creek packing cube! The t-shirt, sweatshirt, and pants outside the cube are what I plan on wearing on the plane so naturally they won’t be in my bag.
*Packing secret! Roll your clothes instead of folding them and you can fit so much more!*
1 sports bra
2 regular bras
2 pairs of regular socks
1 pair of hiking liners
2 pairs of Smartwool Women’s Hiking Socks
Razor and extra blades
LUSH solid shampoo
LUSH solid conditioner
Diamox (for altitude sickness)
Bobby pins (in tic tac container)
Diva cup/panty liners/tampons
Duck tape mini roll
Triple Antibiotic cream
Jewelry (in pill box container)
Hair ties and headbands
1 pair of KEEN Women’s Targhee II Waterproof Hiking Boot
1 pair of New Balance Minimus sneakers (weigh hardly anything)
1 pair of Havaianas Flip Flop
1 750 GB external hard drive
1 camera charger
2 spare camera batteries
2 spare GoPro batteries
Spare AAA batteries for headlamp
32 GB SD card for camera
8 GB SD card for camera
16 GB microSD card for GoPro
A few random GoPro accessories
Macbook Air charger
GoPro battery charger
Stuffable day bag
Paracord (I used this stuff at work all the time and it’s amazing. I’ll be using it as a laundry line, extra shoe laces if needed, and for any other tying needs that may arise.) See it all fits nicely!
13′ Macbook Air (not pictured here – forgot about it…oops!)
Face microfiber towel
Body microfiber towel (not pictured – I suck)
Surge protector with USB ports
Red Sox hat
Canon Powershot SX510 camera (not pictured b/c it’s taking the photo)
Unlocked 4S iPhone
Ear phones and case
Small 16 GB USB drive
Deck of cards
Sunglasses and case
Everything that’s going!
I’m wearing my hiking boots on the plane because they’re heavier (though still pretty light for a hiking shoe) and I’ll be able to fit my flip flops in my carry on for later.
My backpack plus shoulder bag weighs about 25 lbs. Hopefully I’ll be able to bring this puppy carry on the whole way (edit: I was able to!). That’s why I got this size backpack in the first place! And anything I forget or need I can simply pick up along the way.
When I write it all out it sounds like a ton of stuff…and I guess in reality it kind of is.
But then again it’s really not a lot considering this is almost everything I own.