Packing for Long-Term Travel

Packing for Long-Term Travel

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Deciding what to pack for any trip can be difficult. Deciding what to pack for a 7 month trip around the world can be downright daunting. Over packing means that you’ll have to carry additional weight throughout the trip or leave things on the road. Under packing means that you will have to purchase things on the road which could be easy or difficult depending on what you need.

We made our best guess as to what we will need during our trip. We are likely to have packed well in certain areas and not so well in others. Until we are on the road, experiencing life out of our backpacks, we won’t really know how well we did.

Clothing

Our extended trip required a lot of strategy when packing clothing as we will be in many different climates throughout the trip. From the heat of the equator, the chill of Patagonia and everything in between, we had to have versatile clothing that would fit into the confines of our backpacks.

To keep everything tightly packed and organized, we used packing cubes. These organizers are amazing for extended travel since you can roll your clothes tightly, zip up the packing cube and everything stays put. Additionally, you can search for things in your bag without having to rummage through all of your clothes to find it.

Lynn’s Clothes:

  • 4 tank tops
  • 6 short sleeve shirts
  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 sweater
  • 1 zip-up sweatshirt
  • 1 fleece
  • 1 jacket
  • 1 pair jeans
  • 2 pairs zip off pants
  • 1 pair shorts
  • 1 pajama bottom
  • 1 pair leggings (double as long underwear)
  • 1 sports bra
  • 1 standard bra
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 12 pairs underwear
  • 2 pairs tall socks
  • 10 pairs short socks
  • Lynn Clothes for Long Term Travel
  • Lynn Clothes for Long Term Travel Packed

Andy’s Clothes:

  • 6 short sleeve shirts
  • 2 undershirts
  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 hooded long sleeve shirt
  • 1 zip-up fleece jacket
  • 1 pair shorts
  • 2 pairs zip off pants
  • 1 pair jeans (decided to leave this at home)
  • 1 pair khakis
  • 1 pair long underwear
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 12 pairs underwear
  • 4 pairs long socks
  • 10 pairs short socks
  • Andy Clothes for Long Term Travel
  • Andy Clothes for Long Term Travel Packed

Electronics

We know that we likely over packed on our electronics for our trip. While these items are heavy and expensive, we had a hard time leaving these behind for several reasons:

  1. This is a once in a lifetime trip – we don’t want to miss out on documenting everything that we experience
  2. Our connection to our family/friends during the trip is through technology
  3. We are blogging throughout the trip so having gear is essential
  4. We need to book transportation and accommodations as well as research what to do in the cities we are visiting
  5. Don’t want to be limited to certain times that we can use communal computers

Computer

  • Macbook Air
  • Net Book
  • External Hard drive
  • Mouse

Photo

  • SLR camera with 18-55mm lens (not pictured)
  • 75-300mml lens
  • 50mml lens
  • Tripod
  • Camera timer
  • Camera charger
  • Spare camera battery
  • Speedlite flash (decided to leave this at home)

Video

  • 2 GoPros
  • 2 selfie sticks
  • GoPro bobber
  • GoPro camera case
  • FlowMow
  • Assorted GoPro mounts
  • Flexible tripod

Misc

  • 2 Kindles
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Cleaning brush
  • Portable battery charger
  • 4 memory cards
  • Flash drive
  • Memory card reader
  • Electronics Unpacked for Long Term Travel
  • Electronics Packed for Long Term Travel

Toiletries

We know that we will have to purchase additional toiletries on the road but wanted to start with a stockpile of items that we use or are likely to use during the trip.

Everyday essentials

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Body wash
  • Body puff
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Contact cases
  • Contact solution
  • Deodorant
  • Face wash
  • Moisturizer
  • Comb
  • Razor
  • Q-tips

Medicinal

  • Pain relievers
  • Anti diarrhea medicine (Pepto Bismo and prescription medication)
  • Dramamine (for motion sickness)
  • Malaria medication
  • Thai balm – we purchased this in Thailand and it is amazing! Cuts down healing time for bruises, stops mosquito bites from itching and heals cuts quickly
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Medicated ointment (to protect cuts from infection)
  • Rolaids

Misc

  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe
  • Spare contacts
  • Pocket pack Kleenex
  • Band Aids
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail file
  • Cuticle scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Dental floss
  • Hair ties
  • Mirror
  • Shout wipes
  • Oil blotting cloths
  • Wet wipes
  • Toiletries Unpacked for Long Term Travel
  • Toiletries Packed for Long Term Travel

Misc Stuff

We also packed a lot of stuff that wasn’t easily classified into nice, neat categories.

Lynn’s misc.

  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops
  • Hiking shoes
  • Purse

Andy’s misc.

  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip flops
  • Hiking shoes
  • Hat

Shared misc items

  • Money belt
  • Umbrella
  • 2 travel towels
  • Power strip with travel adapters
  • Reusable shopping bag
  • 4 travel locks (one for each of our bags)
  • 2 Padlocks (one for each of us to store our bags in a locker)
  • Backpack protector bags
  • Scuba certification cards
  • 2 pairs headphones
  • Headphone splitter
  • Miscellaneous Items Unpacked for Long Term Travel
  • Backpacks Fully Packed for Long Term Travel

Final Thoughts

We made the best decisions that we could when we were packing for our extended travel. Our only guides for packing were articles fellow long-term travelers posted and our longest term travel which was our 3 week honeymoon around Southeast Asia.

Once we are on the road for a few months, we plan to post a new article with an updated packing list. That way we can easily call out what we are glad we packed and what we would do differently if we were to do it over again.

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About the Author

Lynn

Bitten by the travel bug during a semester abroad in college, Lynn was able to travel around much of Europe on a shoestring budget. Her travel motto is "If I haven't been there yet, it's probably on my list". When she isn't daydreaming about her next trip, you can find her cooking in the kitchen, reading blogs on how to travel the world on points or spending time with her fluffy cat Gingerbread.