When you’re making your final decisions on your travel packing list, the key question to answer for yourself is:

“When it is 35 degrees and we’re running for a train/plane/taxi/tuk tuk/elephant, what do we want on our backs?”

Sharpens the mind towards the essentials, doesn’t it?  Funnily enough, most people find it a lot harder packing for two weeks in Spain than an extended round the world trip.  We’d also probably take more to Spain as well, apparently you can never have enough bikinis…

Anyway, we’re always desperate to take as little as possible with us on our adventures, why take stuff that you can buy en route for a fraction of the cost?  With that in mind, here is our tried and tested travel packing list, and we’re delighted.

So what do we take?  We’ve got two lists, one for Barry (male backpacking packing list) and Laura (female backpacking packing list).  First up, Barry!  A quick note to say that Barry carries the small carry on bag for planes which will be where we store our electronic items, thus the electronic items in this list are for two people! Read on for his comprehensive backpacking packing list!

My Travel Packing List

travel packing list60 Litre Berghaus Backpack 

We’ve used Berghaus for our main backpack for a couple of years now, and found them to be rugged and sturdy, even when we’ve exposed them to extreme conditions across the world from deserts to freezing mountains. They also cope very well being thrown into numerous cargo compartments of planes, trains and buses. We highly reccomend Berghaus and find them to be considerably cheaper than other brands out there.

Choosing the size of your rucksack is a tough decision, you’ll be carrying this around on your back so we wouldn’t reccomend anything bigger than 60 litres. We take this size as we carry a lot of equipment to create our travel films and articles, so if you’re not planning on doing this, you could take a smaller backpack.

We also carry a smaller backpack which is primarily used to carry our laptop and cameras, and any items we need for a day hike or day out and about. This is especially useful when we’re on a bus, train or plane for a few hours and we don’t want to leave our valuables unattended in a cargo hold.

It also means when we arrive at a destination, we can put our large backpack on our backs, and our small backpack on our front so we can keep an eye on it as we battle through crowds at train and bus stations. We prefer an 18 Litre Backpack as it is small enough to put on our front, but large enough to fit our laptop.

backpacking packing listQuiksilver Flip Flops

An absolute must for hot countries and for those beach escapes. I’ve gotten through a lot of flip flops in my time, but these flip flops from Quiksilver have lasted me years now and are really comfortable.

  • Light trainers

These trainers might seem like an odd choice, but there are times when flip flops just aren’t suitable and you don’t want to put on your walking trainers. I use these when we’re in cities, or the infrequent times we decide to go out for some drinks and something to eat in a nice place. They are light and fold away so take up hardly any space.

We choose to take walking trainers rather than walking boots when we travel. These Salomon walking trainers have taken me up mountains, across deserts and through rivers, and I couldn’t have done it without them! They are breathable, light and sturdy and take up much less space than a pair of walking boots.


  • Underwear x 7 (I particularly like this clever type of underwear)
  • White Trainer Socks
     (you need to look after your feet when travelling so good quality socks
    are a must!)
  • Wool Socks x 1 (if you are heading to colder climates, you need some quality wool socks)
  • 2 x Craghoppers Walking Trousers (I’ve found these trousers to be the most comfortable and best at allowing venitlation when it is hot, but they also work well in cold conditions with a pair of thermal underwear)
  • 2 x Shorts
  • 1 x Swimming Shorts
  • 2 x Long Sleeve Hiking Top (cover your arms when you’re in the sun with these long sleeved tops – save on sunscreen!)
  • 2 x T Shirts
  • 1 x Polo Shirt
  • 1 x Fleece Top / Zipper (perfect for layering underneath your waterproof when in cold climates)
  • 1 x Berghaus Waterproof Jacket (Combining a waterproof jacket with a fleece top has covered me for most situations on our travels. When it gets really cold you can layer up further with thermal underwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Hat (if you are prone to burning in the sun, take or buy a hat on your travels. I always wear one on treks in case my sunscreen sweats off)


  • Travel Insurance (THIS IS IMPORTANT – don’t leave without it! We strongly believe if you’re going on an adventure of a lifetime, you should take out insurance to cover you. Use the form here to get a free quote from the insurer we use for our adventures! If you need persuading to take out insurance, click here for our reasons why you should take out insurance)
  • Passports (and photocopies)
  • Passport Photographs (for visas)
  • Credit Card (with free cash withdrawals abroad – main source of cash with direct debit set up to pay off balance each month)
  • Credit Card (for purchases and backup)
  • Current Account (for cash withdrawals with small amount of cash in as a further back up)
  • Flight Confirmations
  • Proof Of Vaccinations
  • Drivers License (for your road trips)
  • 2 x Head Torch (these will be invaluable if you plan on camping, or go on any treks that start before sunrise. You will want to keep your hands free!)


Technology Packing List

Packing list round the world trip15 inch MacBook Pro Laptop Whilst we travel, we’re also working. As we document all our adventures on this very blog, we spend a lot of time on the road editing photos, writing articles and creating travel films. As a result we prefer this sturdy piece of kit and its not let us down yet! If you’re not blogging and just want to keep in touch with people and access the internet, then an iPad mini would do the job very nicely.

  • 1 x Kindle If you aren’t taking an iPad with you, then a kindle is an absolute must if you’re planning on spending a lot of time on buses and trains. The battery life is great, and if you’re planning on getting away from it all theres no better company than a good book.

  • Canon 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 28-300mm lens

We’ve recently upgraded to this brilliant camera to shoot our professional films, but it is bulky and heavy for those who just want a good camera to capture moments on their adventures. For something a little smaller, check out the Sony A7.

We’re not Apple fan boys, but we do love the iPhone for quick internet access, photos and video. In fact, if you don’t want to bring a seperate camera then the camera on the iPhone might do a good enough job for you!

  • Spare camera battery

  • Rocket Blower

Handy to clean lens of dust, sand and other exotic materials from your lens

Manfrotto Camera Tripod

We debated whether to take a tripod with us but it has come in handy in many situations. When we’ve reached the top of a mountain and no-one has been there to take a photo, we’ve used it. We also use it to shoot stars at night and timelapes. I’ve used Manfrotto tripods for years and for the price there isn’t much better out there in terms of build quality and weight. (this we debated for ages but decided to go with a small, lightweight, cheap tripod)


  • Crystal Deodorant rock (lasts forever apparently)

  • Razor (I want to grow a beard but Laura is having none of it)

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Hair wax

  • Shower Gel

  • Malarone malaria tablets First aid kit

Useful things

  • Silk travel sheet (for dodgy looking mattresses and sheets)

  • Duct tape (will fix everything)

 Sunscreen (very important for my pasty skin)

  • Clothesline

  • Combination lock (rather than a key padlock which we could lose)

  • Compression pack (to reduce the size of our clothes in our bags)

  • Sleeping mask

  • Ear plugs

  • Travel pillow

  • Small waterproof bag (for electronics)

  • Travel towel

Online Clever Things

  • Spotify premium account (£15 a month for a constant stream of new music which we can download onto our laptop/iPhones. Friends can also share playlists with us to keep us up to date)

  • Photobucket pro account (£20 a year to store photos and videos)

  • Prey for mac (to catch any nasty person who decides to steal our laptop)

  • Skype on laptop and iPhones

  • Twitter accountWorldly Nomads

  • Facebook pageWorldly Nomads

  • WhatsApp messenger for iPhone (great app that you can group message friends for free over wifi)

Looking For Accommodation Somewhere?

Wherever you’re travelling, if you’re looking for some accommodation ideas then we strongly recommend you check out Agoda.com. Whenever we’re making plans for a new destination, we always research the accommodation options first to check what’s available. That’s just our travel style. If you want to get some accommodation ideas for your adventure, check out the options below!



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So thats it, all of my worldly possessions as we travel! What do you think? Anything we’ve missed or recommendations let us know in the comments below!

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  • Hiking Dude May 30, 2012   Reply →

    Since you’re not going to be out in the wilds and can purchase stuff along the way, I’d consider these things:
    – 3 pair underwear
    – 3 pair socks
    – drop the shorts and swim suit since your zip-offs work for that
    – drop polo shirts and take 2 t-shirts (buy new ones as needed)
    – drop 3rd pair of shoes
    – a down vest is much lighter and packable than fleece, but more $$$
    – since you don’t expect cold rain, a light rain poncho goes over pack and body and weighs much less than raincoat
    But, I guess all that doesn’t really matter much when you weigh your electronics. 🙂
    Adding a bandana could be very useful for many things.
    Knives and liquids on planes can still be a pain.

    • Barry June 11, 2012   Reply →

      Thanks for the reply mate, much appreciated! I think I will drop a pair of shorts, and a couple of t shirts as well after your comments, I think I will need the three different types of shoes after all but you’re right – compared to the weight of the electronics it doesn’t make too much difference! Still can’t bring myself to drop any of the electronics though!

  • Alexandra May 31, 2012   Reply →

    Been on the road for 14 months while I’m not an expert on Men’s packing here are my tips.

    Geez you are bringing a ton of electronics! Careful those things are heavy!

    Less socks! You will be living in flip flops for most of southeast asia! Ditch a pair of trousers and a pair of shorts as well as polo shirts and 2 T-shirts you will want singlets for asia as well! It’s hot there you will be dressing like you are at the beach everyday even when in major cities. Ditch one of the headlamp and bring a leatherman instead! I also never leave home without a sarong! Useful in so many ways but I tend to buy one as a souvenir on my first stop. If you are too many for this than bring a bandana!

    • Barry June 11, 2012   Reply →

      Thanks for the feedback Alexandra, going to ditch a couple of t shirts and some shorts, and will definitely buy a leatherman as well (heard great things about them). I think a sarong will be pushing it for me, a bandana may be acceptable! Thanks again!

  • Mike May 31, 2012   Reply →

    You 1000% need to get yourself a STERIpen. We rock the traveler model, used it EVERYwhere in South America. On our 120 day journey through South America, we guesstimate that we saved approx 240 one liter plastic bottles from entering landfills. Not to mention the $360 (at $1.5 USD for a one liter bottle avg). BOOM!

    • Barry June 11, 2012   Reply →

      Great feedback Mike, I hadn’t heard of this before but it looks like an amazing piece of kit! We’re going to be spending a lot of time in South America so this will come in really handy – will try and get one this week before we go!

  • Rachel June 10, 2012   Reply →

    Everyone else has commented on the contents of your packs, but I just wanted to address the paid Spotify & Photobucket accounts. I made similar purchases before we left thinking I could just listen to music when I got online down under…um, not so much. Broadband speeds and data allowances are a *lot* lower in Australia and New Zealand, so if you were planning to rely on internet cafes or hostel internet access, photo sharing and music streaming will eat them up in no time (if your connection is good enough to support Spotify streaming, which often it won’t be) and get expensive quickly. Even something as simple as having a video ad playing unnoticed in one of your tabs will gobble the megabytes–install an ad blocker on your browser if you haven’t already. I strongly suggest getting a dongle for mobile broadband in each country (NZ Telecom and Telstra are the main providers–check out Indie Travel Podcast and Gran Tourismo for NZ and Aus specific info). I haven’t had to explore mobile broadband options in the US before, but all the major cellular carriers will probably offer them.

    Best of luck!

    • Barry June 11, 2012   Reply →

      Really great comment Rachel, good to hear of someone who has tried to use these services before! We were wondering about internet speeds, so I guess we’ll just need to see how we get on – we’re hoping we don’t have to stream very often as the paid account allows us to download, so hopefully if we can find decent internent once a month to download new music we should be ok! But you’re right, we’ve heard it can be very patchy internet! I guess we can always cancel if its not working out!

      We’ll definitely check out the mobile broadband options, particularly for NZ as a couple of friends did this too. We’ll have a listen to the podcasts you recommend, thanks so much for the advice!

  • Christina June 21, 2012   Reply →

    Just wanted to say hello – I stumbled upon your blog from Twitter, and noticed that we are also getting married and taking a backpacking honeymoon in 2012, as are you two!! Looking forward to reading about your adventures!

    • Barry August 18, 2012   Reply →

      Thanks Christina, good luck on your honeymoon too!

  • Ron April 10, 2013   Reply →

    Thanks for keeping this/posting this up mate, I’m planning a solo backpacking trip and this came in handy when starting my packing list!

    • Barry April 11, 2013   Reply →

      No problem Ron, glad you found it useful! When are you off?

  • Ben May 19, 2013   Reply →

    A separate daypack is always awkward and overall a burden. So many backpacks now come with a detachable bag you can use as a daypack and make it so much easier with only one piece of luggage.

    • Barry May 24, 2013   Reply →

      I guess it comes down to personal preference. We prefer to have our daypacks on our front so that we can store and see our valuables in front of us as we walk through crowded areas. If its strapped to the backpack on our packs its more exposed. We also always take our daypacks onto the bus, so that we can keep them close to us and have access to our laptop etc on long journeys. Some people prefer one bag, we like two!

  • Marc July 12, 2013   Reply →

    Nice list Barry, very similar to ours in fact..!
    I was really happy with everything we decided to pack for our travels… one thing I did find, was the Macbook Pro was pretty damn heavy mate, it’s amazing once you drop it in your pack it feels like it doubles the weight of your pack!
    In a perfect world I’d have an Air for travel and a Pro for work.
    The earphone splitter is pure Gold!
    We found so many times when we were killing hours on long-haul bus rides on the watching movies on the iPad… we’d turn around and half the bus was watching the movie over our seat backs lol.
    Enjoy your travel Guys
    Marc & Anna

    • Barry July 12, 2013   Reply →

      Totally agree on the MacBook Pro, if we didn’t already have it we would have got something lighter! Still, pretty sturdy though!

      So funny to hear your bus story with the movies, we had similar experiences as well, particularly when the only other option was the karaoke booming out of the TV at the front of the bus!

  • Alyssa Erickson July 22, 2013   Reply →

    First off, sounds fun! Thoughts:
    Too much underwear. Get x3 of synthetic or exoficio so you can wash in sink and dry out. Same with trainer socks- merino wool dries fast and performs well. Why kindle x2? silk sheets, and tech gear looks great! Seemed like you might need more warm clothes if you really are going to Antarctica. Do they have overseas health insurance? Might be a good idea. Also make copies of passport and credit cards and store in inside pocket incase of theft you at least have # of who to call, etc. and as far as shoes: what will you be doing while abroad? Unless you are trekking, I’d bring only flip flops and a multi-sport shoes like trail runners or comfortable trainers.

    • Barry July 25, 2013   Reply →

      Thanks for the tips Alyssa, we do go trekking whilst travelling so the hiking trainers have been really useful! We were ok for warm clothes in Antarctica, we went with Quark Expeditions and part of the deal is you get a big fleece and big jacket as well to keep!

  • Josh Jin September 10, 2013   Reply →

    Great list! Can I ask how do you pack your DSLR away when you move between hostels or cities or on treks and how do you carry it with you during the day (in your day pack or in your hand/around shoulder)?

    • Barry September 11, 2013   Reply →

      Hi Josh, good question! When we move between hostels and cities, I put the camera in its camera bag and then place this back in my backpack. I pack this at the top of the bag in case I need to get it out. During the day it depends what I’m doing, at tourist sites I’ll have it out all day. In cities, I tend to keep it in the backpack and take it out when needed. Normally when we arrive in a new city, I’ll spend the first day taking photos of the area so that I don’t need to take my camera every day after that when I’m out and about in a city.

  • Chris November 24, 2013   Reply →

    I’d probably drop the 2 long sleeve tops and take an extra 1 or 2 light cotton long sleeve shirts. Do the same job with arm coverage, with the added neck protection with the collar (plus can help you look smarter for those nights on the town).

    1 pair of shoes (rarely worn) and flip flops (or thongs here in Australia) usually do us for a trip as well.
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    • Barry November 25, 2013   Reply →

      I do like a cotton shirt, but I find the long sleeve tops I had much more comfortable when sweating in the heat, but the cotton shirt worked out well in the evenings!

  • Carrie April 3, 2014   Reply →

    Began packing for my own travels and this is useful thanks 🙂

    You did well to fit all the electronics in an 18L bag, I’ve gone for a 25L just for a tad more space but will need to take some sort of foldable day bag.

    • Barry April 4, 2014   Reply →

      Thanks Carrie, glad it was useful! Yep the electronics fit nicely into the 18l, we keep all the wires and chargers in our main backpack though so the 18l is just the kit we need on journeys.

  • Craig July 22, 2014   Reply →

    All about the electronics for the guys!

    • Barry August 5, 2014   Reply →

      Haha I know it does look like that doesn’t it Craig? I’m just too kind and offered to carry it all, maybe I should get Laura to carry some!

  • Stacey October 13, 2014   Reply →

    The answer to the question that is the first question on this website, is nothing, this is a honest answer,I would like to add a comment,I can’t help think it,but I have never read so much pr drivel in all my life,and it’s all the same useless mind numbing codswollerp on every website,from what I’ve learnt in all my years of traveling,is don’t trust anyone ,travel with the bear essential,and try to learn how to survive with no human help or no money to buy your way out of hunger or what ever problem your in,I’ll share a few more rules I’ve got,no watches or jewellery,no phones or I pads that included any electronic devices at all,if you do fill the need to have something Incase of exstream emergencies then take a g.p.s locater so you can get help if you think it’s needed..to be honest I’m tired and I’ve got to muc to tell,and I don’t usually type or mess,so sorry for my poor spelling and incorrect grammar ,so good evening nobody,and good buy everyone

    • j_bourne July 26, 2015   Reply →

      I also find that when I wake up with amnesia on a boat in the middle of the Mediterranean, I can rely on nothing except my hidden ninja/secret assassin training skills, before making my way to Switzerland to find numbered bank accounts that, fortunately, I have tattooed on my forearms.

      I would suggest to also take a gun, a garrotte, two sticks of C4, and at least three passports under different names.

      I think they might be closing in on you, Stacey.

      • j_bourne July 26, 2015   Reply →

        But to the writer of this article, thanks for your list! My girlfriend and I are preparing a similar four month trip and are trying to figure out what to buy (and pack). I’ve gotten some good ideas from your blogs and others. I replaced my Macbook Pro with a 12” Macbook, and my D90 with a GM1… which saved me like four pounds of equipment right away. Now to see if I can get everything to fit in a 33 L backpack + 20 L daypack, or if I need to upsize…

        • Barry August 3, 2015   Reply →

          Thanks for your comment, and good luck on getting everything into your 33L (we’re working on reducing our packing down as well!).

  • Cole January 7, 2015   Reply →

    Well Stacey seems like a ball of sunshine. Great post to find out a starting point.

  • Kayle February 8, 2015   Reply →

    So it’s true you guys are really big on electronics. ‘Cuz I rarely bring along a laptop on a backpacking trip even outside the country. I have a big backpack but I’m more on toiletries and personal effects. Maybe because I’m a girl? LOL

  • John Smith June 18, 2015   Reply →

    Dude you seriously need to bring a swiss army knife (what’s a man without his best friend, his knife)!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Barry June 20, 2015   Reply →

      Haha great suggestion John!!! I need to man up!

  • Sunil Jain August 4, 2015   Reply →

    What great tips. I found most powerful information about the travel package list for male and female backpackers, All the information is so useful for backpackers.Thanks for sharing nice information.

    • Barry August 4, 2015   Reply →

      Thanks Sunil, you are very welcome!

  • Katherine Hill August 21, 2015   Reply →

    This is a very detailed packing list! I am a photographer so I will definitely take my camera, lenses, extra battery and SD cards… for the rest I really will need few pairs of walking shoes and a good medicine box. I am going on a trip through Asia and I will catch the raining season I think. I will be moving a lot from place to place and I need to have a well packed backpack! I am very excited about my trip! Thanks for sharing this post! Greets!

    • Barry August 24, 2015   Reply →

      Sounds great Katherine, the camera and lens are what take up the most space and weight in my bag!

  • Mike August 23, 2015   Reply →

    How much did this all weigh when you put it together then?

  • MATTEO September 19, 2015   Reply →

    Follow this list only if you take ur dad credit card with you !!!
    Come on!!

    • Barry September 28, 2015   Reply →

      Hi Matteo, we’re assuming from your comment that you think that our reccomendations are too expensive? Aside from the technology part of the list, everything else is pretty reasonably priced and essential for a trip! As for the technology, this is our packing list that we use because we also work whilst we travel (updating this very blog!).

      If you don’t need to work whilst you travel, then you wouldn’t need the technology we have! Everyone is different though, and people who are keen photographers or videographers always ask us what we use, so here it is in this list!

    • James October 16, 2015   Reply →

      I agree with you! This is more a glam-backing list!

  • James October 16, 2015   Reply →

    Wayyyyy too much electronics! A go pro and a camera? Do you really need a laptop? Hostels usually have access to computers.

    Did a year in 2008, and it was an Ipod with a few movies, a paperback book which I used to swap with other travellers when finished, a deck of cards, point and click camera and a crap mobile phone in event of breakage or theft.

    Leave room in your pack for gifts on your travels rather waste space on technology, plus it makes you more introverted.


    • Barry October 22, 2015   Reply →

      Hi James, yep we do take a lot of electronics, but as we explained we also work when we travel (running this blog for starters!). So we definitely need a laptop to keep up to date with work. And yes we have a go pro and a camera, there is no way we’d take our camera into the water so the go pro comes into its own there. Plus it’s tiny so makes no real difference to our space!

      Everyone travels differently, and if you can travel with less than us then fair play to you! For us though, given we work on the road, this is what we need to keep things going!

  • Brez December 5, 2015   Reply →

    Hi guys, great blog and a useful list.
    Just come back from India and purchased a Sky Master 70 Wheeled Travel Pack/ Rucksack for the journey.
    The day pack zips onto the main rucksack, for when moving around , and also detaches and can be worn on your front. Nice piece of kit.

    Don’t think some people understand about the electronics required for your work but hey ho!

    Happy travels

    • Barry December 23, 2015   Reply →

      Sounds like a decent bag Brez, we’re big fans of the two bag combo.

      Yeh we tend to get criticised for taking too many electronics, despite explaining that we have to work whilst we travel! We could easily half it if we didn’t need to blog on the road!

  • Rita Burton February 3, 2016   Reply →

    Great suggestions! Everything mentioned is important to be included in the backpacking list. Thanks for sharing this helpful post!

  • Adveturous Aubrey March 9, 2016   Reply →

    Nice Article for those who love to travel and you have that great post in listing of your item. This could help a lot in a Backpacker and I’m glad to read all the list in this article. As a Pinay Backpacker I think your article is a guide for those backpacker around the world.
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  • Jenny April 22, 2016   Reply →

    Great article! Just wondering if you have any tips for keeping your tech stuff safe whilst travelling? I’m keen to take my Macbook and DSLR but just concerned about it potentially going missing! I will obviously have my camera on me during the day but don’t really want to lug my laptop about on day trips.

    • Barry April 22, 2016   Reply →

      Hi Jenny!

      Great question, and it’s a really difficult one to answer! The short answer is it depends on how secure we feel our accommodation is. We normally stay in private rooms, so if we feel the room is secure and we trust the owners/accommodation, we’ll usually just leave the laptop in the room. If we’re not so sure, I’ll just take it with me in my backpack but that is pretty rare. You can lock the laptop in your large bag and lock that to something in the room as well. I personally would never leave a laptop in a shared room, even in a locked bag that’s just me.

      Probably not the best answer, but its what we’ve done for years!

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