“On a long journey, even a straw weighs heavy” Spanish proverb

How does a girl decide what goes into her backpacking packing list? At first I thought to find the biggest backpack and fill it with as many of my material possessions as possible, after all travelling for an extended period of time will throw up all situations! But, after taking advice from many other travellers, I realised that one of the best things about travelling is the opportunity to simplify your life and be free of unnecessary material things one accumulates.

I thought sensibly and selected a fairly small but realistic sized back pack, one which I could comfortably carry across all types of terrain and methods of transport that we will encounter! After all, the last thing you want is to be held back from jumping on that speed boat to the next island or that cheap tuk tuk to the bus station due to a very large and restrictive bag, not to mention having more things to worry about losing!

So here is a summary of my female packing list and how it’s worked out for me! Click here for the male backpacking packing list!

My Backpacking Packing List


This will be one of the most important decisions you make, as the size of your backpack will impact on how much you take with you, how heavy your bag will be on your back, and therefore how comfortable you will be as you hop on and off buses, boats and tuks tuks across the globe. After all our adventures, I have finally settled on the size of backpack that best suits me! For me, a 45 Litre Backpack (With Wheels) is the backpack that best suits me. Not so big that it becomes uncomfortable and unwieldy, but large enough to carry everyhing I need. Plus it really makes you think about what is important and not to take with you.

I chose one that is a backpack but can also be wheeled along the ground. It gives me flexibility to swing it onto my back when I need to, and wheel it when I can! It also opens up fully like a suitcase, rather than a top opener which makes accessing everything far easier than having to pull everything out to get to the bottom. This is the bag I now use.

I also carry a smaller backpack with me, and use this as a day pack when we’re out and about in a city or on a trek. This is mostly used to carry daily essentials like water, maps, guidebooks, purse, phone, camera, kindle, sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses, scarf, snacks etc.

I also use this to carry my valuables when we’re travelling between two destinations. It means when you jump onto a bus, train or plane, you can put your large backpack in the hold/storage compartment and keep the most important things on you with the small bag. This includes taking it on buses and planes and putting it under the seat in front of me, or on sleeper trains I can put it next to my pillow and sleep next to it. You could always loop your arm through the straps if you wanted to me even more cautious.

Having this bag gives me piece of mind that my valuables are always close to me and in sight. It also means when we jump off a bus or train into a group of eager taxi/tuk tuk drivers, the bag can be put on my front to so no-one can access it without me noticing. This is the bag I’ve used the last few years, it was a bargain!


I’ve experimented with walking boots and walking shoes, and I prefer the lighter, breathable walking shoes for most of our treks. These Salomon Walking Shoes are most suitable for warmer climates, and they are perfect for daily activities in towns and cities as well as multi day treks. As they are breathable, I have no problem walking through rivers and streams with these. Yes your feet will get wet, but they quickly dry out. These are the ones I use!

For more relaxed walks around cities, or short day treks, I’ve used these Karrimor Walking Sandals for the last few years and highliy reccomend them. They are particulary good when its hot and you don’t want to wear your walking shoes, but your flip flops aren’t suitable. These are the exact ones I use.

A pair of flip flops is an essential item on your travels! They slip on and off easily, especially when entering and leaving temples, going in communal showers, hanging out on beaches etc. They’re also small, light and fit easily in your backpack.

Starting from the bottom up….

Trousers & shorts

When I go trekking, I’ve learned that I prefer to wear trekking trousers, irrespective of how hot it is! I’ve had some interesting interactions with various nettles, beetles and ants on my bare legs as I’ve walked through jungles (which I don’t want to repeat). These Craghopper trekking trousers have looked after my legs very well, they keep me relatively cool in hotter climates, and they’re lightweight for your backpack.

You also save on sunscreen as well, trust me you don’t want to be slapping on sunscreen on your legs every few hours on a trek, especially when the bugs are attracted to the smell!

    • 2 x pairs of shorts

Pretty self explanatory really, it’s up to you how many you take but I find 2 pairs to be enough (you can wash one pair whilst you’re wearing the other pair).

Dresses & skirts

  • 1 x kaftan (over the swimsuit type dress)
  • 2 x day dress (I went with a black cotton comfortable one)

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  • 4 x t-shirts
  • 2 x vest tops
  • 1 x nice top (to wear going out in the evening)
  • 1 x long-sleeved Berghaus trekking top
    Just like the trekking trousers, a long sleeved top is essential for me on treks and when we’re out and about exploring in the day time. It covers you from the sun (saving on sunscreen), and also protects from nettles, plants and insects.
  • 1 x thermal leggings and top
  • These thermal leggings and top are an absolute must if you’re heading to cooler climates, or if you are trekking up a mountain. It’s amazing how cold it can get on a trek, even in warm countries during summer, espeically if you’re getting up before dawn to trek. They are also good for sleeping in as well.

Cardigans & jumpers

    • 1 x black cardigan (goes with everything!)
    • 1 x fleece

It’s all about layers when you travel, and sometimes you’ll need a fleece under your waterproof jacket. These are lightweight and roll up small for your backpack!


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Underwear & PJs

  • 10 x underwear (I recommend small light ones which are quick drying!)
  • 4 x pairs of trainer socks (mixture of trainer ones and slightly thicker walking ones)
  • 2 x pairs of thicker socks (mixture of trainer ones and slightly thicker walking ones)
  • 2 sports bras & 1 bra (2 straps and 1 strapless – in hindsight a couple of sports bras would be better than normal bras for the heat and comfort when travelling!)
  • 2 x bikinis (probably only need a couple but I like having the choice!)
  • 1 x thin cotton long sleeve pjyamasshorts & vest top PJs


  • 1 x flexible belt (1 without restrictive holes to fit on every pair of trousers, shorts, dress!)
  • 1 x large scarf or pashmina (very handy for when you need to cover your shoulders when visiting a temple but don’t want to put on a jumper in the heat.  Also good when there is an unexpected tropical rain shower and to cover up from the sun if you’ve forgotten your sunscreen on an outing!)
  • 1 x travel towel (very handy on longer journeys when you just want to wash your face or have an unplanned dip in the sea or swimming pool!)
  • 1 x silk liner (for dodgy looking bed sheets or even just to protect yourself from the mozzies when no bed net is provided!)
  • 1 x sunglasses (inexpensive ones you won’t worry about losing or breaking and can be easily replaced at a local market!)
  • 1 x sunhat


  • 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)
  • Passport Tickets/booking confirmations (though we haven’t bothered printing many as most accept electronic reference saved on i-phone!)
  • Bring a few passport photos ready for use for visas (something we forgot and had to buy!)
  • 1 x Insect Repellant
    (with 50+ ‘deet’ to fend off the mozzies!)
  • 1 x Toiletry bag (with miniature shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, deodorant stick, linen wash, spare sunscreen, face wipes, face cream)
  • 1 x small make up bag (couldn’t go without my mascara and lipstick of course!)
  • 1 x anti-bacterial hand liquid
    (very handy to have in your bag to use before meals!)
  • 1 x first aid kit
    (a proper travel one from Tiso for example) Then other essentials such as malaria tablets (need to buy in advance for visits to malaria affected countries you’re visiting – we went for malarone as least side affects though expensive. Good tip is to order from Lloyds pharmacy online and collect) Ibuprofen, aspirin, rehydration tablets or powder, Diarrhea tablets, Savlon cream (to help soothe bites etc) and obviously make sure you get your vaccinations in advance!




Electronics Packing List

  • 1 x iPhone & earphones (very handy for iTunes/Spotify for music and for keeping in touch with home via facebook, emails, ‘whatsapp’, ‘viber’, Skype etc – we’ve had no problem finding free wifi in most places so far!)
  • 1 x Kindle (loaded with good books and travel guides!)
  • 2 x plug convertors


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So that’s it, my backpacking packing list! What do you think?  Anything I’ve missed that you think I need?  Let me know in the comments below!  Interested in what Barry has taken with him? Have a look at his backpacking packing list!

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  • Nick Smith July 17, 2012   Reply →

    That’s a great, detailed packing list!

    In my personal opinion, I would consider 4 x t-shirts, 3 x vest tops and 14 x underwear a little excessive.

    Maybe it’s because I’m a boy, but I could easily get by on 3 x t-shirts, 2 x vest tops and 7 x underwear.

    • Laura July 19, 2012   Reply →

      Thanks for the comment Nick! Agree I could get by with slightly less tops, but I’m loving having enough clean underwear for two weeks at a time! Thanks for the feedback :0)

      • julia June 30, 2014   Reply →

        Hi i have a “stupid” question: say you fly somewhere and you bring your 40 backpack. How Do you carry your 2. Small Backpack? Heavy to Wear two backpacks. Hugs Julia

        • Barry June 30, 2014   Reply →

          Hi Julia, good question! We wear the big backpack on our backs, and we put the small back pack on our front with our arms through the straps. It’s comfortable for us, and means we can keep our expensive items in front of us and in sight all of the time. Some people prefer to only have one bag, we prefer two.

          As for flights, we check the 40l bag into the hold of the plane and take the small bag as cabin baggage. Hope that helps!

          • Katie July 23, 2014   Reply →

            Just as tip you can get large backpacks that have smaller ones attached to the front with a zip, so you can get 55l on the back with a 10l on the front, when you don’t need to carry all of it you just have the 10l one or when you going from place to place you just attach it and carry as one 🙂 sell on amazon

            • Barry August 5, 2014   Reply →

              Thanks for the tip Katie, funnily enough Laura has just invested in one like that and we’ll have an updated packing list up in the next couple of weeks! It’s great, do you have one as well?

      • Maria July 4, 2014   Reply →

        Hi Laura,

        I am going on a 3 month trip. Would u recommend a 40L backpack? I wasn’t sure how long your trip was for when u out this list together. Thanks!

        • Barry July 7, 2014   Reply →

          Hi Maria! When we originally put this list together it was for a 1 year trip and numerous different seasons!

          How much you take depends on where you are going, what the weather will be like and what types of activities you are going to do. I would say that a 40l backpack is sufficient for many people for 3 months, but for others they may prefer a 60l. As you’ve probably guessed from our packing lists, we’re not the lightest of packers for our trips, but we don’t mind as we work as we go. You’ll find other packing lists where people take a lot less than us!

          So what I would say is pack as light as you feel comfortable with. You can always buy things on the road, but you might want to make sure you purchase a good backpack, walking shoes and/or sandals before you go and medication. Everything else you can probably get on the road! The less you take the happier you will be when you’re attempting to get off a bus or train at a station, you don’t want a heavy bag at that point!

  • Gina August 6, 2012   Reply →

    I always have the hardest time with shoes because they take up so much room. Sounds like you got that figured out well. 🙂

  • Lizzie January 27, 2013   Reply →

    What brand of compression sack did you use? It seems like a really good idea. 🙂

    • Barry January 28, 2013   Reply →

      Hi Lizzie! Not sure of the brand to be honest, but I think we only paid about $10 for two. If we were to do it again, we would skip the large compression packs and buy two or three smaller ones – it can be annoying having to open up the big pack to get one thing out!

  • Ligia April 6, 2013   Reply →

    Perfect packing list! Thanks for sharing!

  • @Earth2eartha May 9, 2013   Reply →

    This is a pretty good list! I ended up just bringing about 8 pieces of underwear though, but everything else you brought – I think I have on my list as well! Those compression sacks saved my life! Here’s my list if you wanna compare 🙂 http://tinyurl.com/cnbpz8u

  • Cristen May 20, 2013   Reply →

    Hi.. Great advice!… i got a 40L backpack and I feel much more confident that all of my things will fit.. Did you check you backpack in while flying? If so did you wrap it up or put it in a bag of some sort so the straps would not get eaten on the baggage carosel?

    • Barry May 24, 2013   Reply →

      We do check our backpack in but don’t wrap or put it in a bag. All we do is tie the straps on the back together around the two back straps which makes it easier to pickup for baggage handlers and means the straps don’t get caught on anything! Takes about 2 minutes in the airport.

  • gillian May 24, 2013   Reply →

    Compression packs are a great idea!… this may be a silly question but once opened
    how are they re-compressed, all the ones I have looked at require a vacuum, are there
    specific travel compressors? Any more info would be a great help.


    • Barry May 24, 2013   Reply →

      Hi Gillian! They are easily re compressed yes, all you need to do is seal the bag closed (kind of like a zip lock) and then squeeze the air out by lying on top of the bag. We’ve used them for a year and they still work now! No need for a vacuum thankfully.

  • Laura Whelan May 27, 2013   Reply →

    Hi Laura & Barry! Thanks for sharing! Great blog and photos! Backpacking list was exactly what i was looking for! 🙂

  • Peppy June 18, 2013   Reply →

    This is a really great list, thanks! I’m trying to choose a backpack for a 3 month trip (possibly longer) and it now seems that 60L bag will be surplus to my needs. Phew! Going to go for the 40+15L option!

  • Nwillow July 14, 2013   Reply →

    Hi, Im struggling to find a 40L pack which has the 15l daypack attached to it (Zipped on) , do they come in this form, or did you buy the 2 seperately? ID much rather have them both attached together so theyre easier to carry.

    Wheres the best place to purchase the backpacks?

    Great page btw, with everything i need in one place 🙂

    • Barry July 25, 2013   Reply →

      We had them separate on purpose, so that we could keep out valuable electronics in front of us in busy markets. Also made it easier when we took our small backpacks onto buses so we could work on our laptops, watch a movie etc!

  • Anna August 3, 2013   Reply →

    Hi Laura,
    Here it is, my list from my three months in South America: http://annaselundberg.com/2013/08/03/packing-list-for-three-months-in-south-america-what-to-bring-and-what-not-to-bring/
    Thanks again for the inspiration 🙂

  • Shawnel Macdonald October 8, 2013   Reply →

    Thank you so much for this list, it is great! I am going to Africa for two months and then hopefully heading to Southeast Asia for a month after. I have never done travelling to this extent, never mind backpacking! I have read quite a few “Packing Lists” online and a lot of girls bring a lot of shoes! I was just going to buy Keen sandals, because they are hiking shoes, sandals, water shoes etc. so they would fit all the criteria right? I was also thinking of bringing (along with my backpack), a cloth duffle bag (since it would be easy to roll up if i didn’t need it or easy to fill up if a bought things) and a smaller, purse-like bag for the important things (money, passport etc.). Do you think that is a good idea? Also I have seen on a few sites people bringing sleeping bag liners while they are staying in hostels/hotels… is that for if the sheets are gross orrr?

    • Barry October 12, 2013   Reply →

      Hi Shawnel! Sounds like a great trip you have planned, Africa and South East Asia will be great!

      Keen sandels are great for your destinations, we took closed hiking trainers because we were heading to cooler climates but if you are staying in warm climates they should serve you well! For your other bag choices, the simple things you need to think about are: how often will you be using them, and what will you be putting in them? What do you plan to use as a day pack and what will you have inside it? We normally take a small 18l backpack out with us during the day, with water, hats, sunscreen, maybe jackets, guidebook etc so you’ll need something comfortable for the day time.

      As for money and passport, we keep those on our body, not in a bag or purse. We mix it up between zipped pockets or just hidden on our person depending on what we are doing, we don’t ever have those things in our bags just in case.

      The sleeping bag liners are a debatable one – we don’t use them anymore, mainly because the hostels we choose are normally pretty clean. I think we used a liner once in our lives! Plus, depending on where you stay, a lot of hostels dont allow you to use them because (depending on what you believe) they actually transport fleas and other little creatures in the liner!

  • MissC.87 October 9, 2013   Reply →

    Hi Laura,
    I’m thinking of taking a 40 or 45 litre backpack so I can take it on flights and not have to check anything in. Are you able to take your bag on flights? I saw from a previous comment that you check it in. Is that because it can’t be taken on board flights or because you choose not to?

    • Barry October 12, 2013   Reply →

      HI there, we check our backpacks in because we have larger bags than the 40 to 45 litre bags! Just a personal preference for us – it doesn’t bother us that we have to wait a few minutes to get our bags after a flight, but other people are all for carry on! We choose to take on board our small 18 litre backpacks because thats where we carry our laptops and cameras. The same goes for buses: large backpacks in the hold (nothing of value there) and small backpacks with us on the bus!

  • Holly November 6, 2013   Reply →

    Might sound like a silly question. But where is ur smaller backpack when ur using the 40lt bag?? Is it folded up inside ? 🙂

    • Barry November 7, 2013   Reply →

      We normally only use the 40l when we’re moving between cities, so when we do that we put the smaller backpack on our fronts! This is so when we’re on a bus, we can dump the big bag in the hold and not worry about it, and keep all our expensive items (laptop, cameras etc) on us in the bus as we travel in the small backpack.

      Once we arrive, we leave both bags in the room and I take my small backpack with camera in for exploring! Hope that helps!

      • Holly November 7, 2013   Reply →

        Perfect thanx 🙂

  • Jenny November 9, 2013   Reply →

    ok this might seem harsh but you could easily half what your carrying. We can all really learn a lot from guys on how to cut down our wardrobe when backpacking especially as we tend to struggle with the excess weight. so i”m going to make a suggestion for following readers on areas i’d advise on cutting weight. i’ve done allot of long term backpacking trips and heavy bulky bags are a nightmare, they wear you down and make it harder for you to spontaneously catch that spare tuck tuck or gondola seat. trust me when i say you need the same for a fortnight trip as 6months if your in hot climates. Wash your cloths as you go every time you get in the shower it should dry overnight if its not to humid. So these are the items i’d hack

    -1 x 18 litre back pack (just use your satchel type handbag, as a girl its more versatile)
    -1 x walking sandals (just use your ‘nicer’ pair but get comfortable nicer pair)
    -1 x flip flops (you’ll only really want them for the beach so buy them as you go if this arises, there so cheap)
    -2 x 3/4 length trousers (just take one pair)
    -2 x pairs of shorts (just take one pair)
    -1 x pair of jeans (jeans are heavy and few travellers ever end up wearing them, if you really like denim for cities opt for denim cutaways (shorts))
    -1 x kaftan (use a sarong its more versatile and means you don’t need your pashmina or scarf )
    -3 x night dresses (just bring one and if possible chose a day dress that can be worn as both)
    -4 x t-shirts (bit excessive, i would only bring two)
    -3 x vest tops (bit excessive, i would only bring two)
    -2 x long-sleeved tops (you right that this is a great item but you only really need one)
    -1 x nice grey light hoodie (cardigan and fleece is enough and jumpers are bulky and weigh quite a bit so its and easy weight saving item to hack)
    -1 x waterproof jacket (unless you really planning to be in wetter climates, monsoon seasons, or mountain trekking. most people are better just picking up a cheep umbrella or a disposable poncho )
    -1 x nice light neutral colour jacket (heavy and bulky just wear your cardigan)
    -14 x underwear (five max, just wash them)
    -3 bras (i agree but definatelly two of these should be shorts bras (one wight, one black works well) and as a girl sometimes its just nice to have one normal bra you feel sexy in)
    -3 x bikinis (2 max)
    -1 x shorts & vest top PJs (just use you day tops (clean obviously, but you should be fine to wear the same tops)
    -1 x cotton trouser & top PJs (just use your day wear if you really want something on your legs)
    -1 x Toiletry bag (ok these are the items i’m not bother with taking- miniature shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, toothpaste, deodorant stick, linen wash, face wipes, face cream) now these are things you want so what i suggest is if you are travelling with a group don’t duplicate, get full size ones and each take one item, or if you are by yourself consider not bring these with you but buy them once you there, conditioner, body wash, face wash and face cream you really wont want at all. your face will have so much suncream on it when traveling that face creams are a bit redundant, get a two in one shampoo when you get to your destinations each time you arrive and use it as all types of soap (face/cloths cleaner too).
    -1 x small make up bag (get your point but keep it as minimal as possible)
    -1 x Nikon D3000 DSLR (way too bulky and kickable. i’m actually a photographer as a profession and i don’t bother with carrying an SLR unless i’m on the job, a camera is only a tool having a bigger camera wont make you photos much better, travel photos are normally spontaneous so your really not going to be taking advantage of an SLR when its stuck on automatic, just get a good compact camera and if you want your photos to look better concentrate on considering composition and lighting)
    -don’t forget you need your chargers for electrical items so were possible try to own electricales that use the same chargers or else you end up with loads of wires
    -1 x travel hairdryer (ok like you said its a ‘luxury’ item, but if your staying in hotels they normally have them and even better if your staying in hostels the places are normally falling down with all the girls carrying them so just borrow, you normally make loads of friends traveling so this really wont feel weird)
    -Bring a few passport photos is a brilliant suggestion it always catches you out if you forget. also photocopy your passport it comes i handy at the embassy if you lose your passport.

    ok sorry if this sounds mean but i’m just hoping to help readers out so i hope its useful to some people. think of it this way most girls have a huge wardrobe but wear 10% of their cloths 90% of the time same with what we bring backpacking so its best to really thinking about each item before you pack it because you’ll be stuck carrying it. If you are backpacking for a really long time you tend to buy some cloths as you go along. always leave home with decent amount of spare room in you bag and post things home if you find out you don’t need them. I once went travelling with a backpack weighting 3kg for 3 month (asia) yes i was mad but it really was great and i didn’t need more (a lot more was hacked that in this list cull (cloths basically consisted of 2 dresses, sarong, cardigan and one change of underwear)). Good luck and happy travelling.

    • Barry November 10, 2013   Reply →

      Hi Jenny, thanks so much for the detailed comment! You win the prize for longest comment on our blog ever!

      Seriously though thank you for the alternative suggestions on our packing list, they will be very useful for those who like to travel lighter than us. We’re about to embark on our travels again in the coming weeks, so we’ll be posting an updated version of our packing lists and I imagine we will be cutting down on some of the clothing items above so watch this space! Thanks again for commenting!

  • Anna @ Fitness à la Anna December 9, 2013   Reply →

    Awesome packing list – I am just getting ready to go on a 6 month trek around the world, trying my best to keep my packing list as minimal as possible!
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    • Barry December 9, 2013   Reply →

      Haha good for you Anna! Definitely pack light, we are currently reviewing our list ready for our travels next year to Japan and beyond, we’ll be packing even lighter this time! Have a great trip!

  • Sarah March 27, 2014   Reply →

    Thanks for your packing list suggestion! Very helpful, although I also packed quite a bit lighter (and didn’t even use all of my clothing). Clothing is very cheap depending on the country–so if you forgot something, it is likely possible to purchase clothes elsewhere.

    The only other suggestion for the women’s packing list would be: tampons. Maybe this was already mentioned, but tampons are almost impossible to find in some parts of the world. And this is especially annoying if you are in a hot, tropical location! 😉

    And tissue. You can usually buy this in country, but then it is useful to take with you on trips away from touristy areas or cities. Most places in the world (at least the few that I have been to) do not usually have toilet paper available/especially in public restrooms.

    • Barry March 31, 2014   Reply →

      A couple of great tips there Sarah – thanks! We due to update our packing lists after the last 2 years of travelling and will add these things in! Thanks again for commenting :0)

  • Amanda April 10, 2014   Reply →

    A little late to the party, but this list is currently saving my life AND my sanity, as I try to pack for my trip to SE Asia in 15 days!! I like to think I can figure these things out on my own, but sadly, I’d probably end up trying to stuff a pair of heels into my bag if I didn’t find a list that did not include that ;). Thanks again, you rock!

    • Barry April 11, 2014   Reply →

      Haha thanks Amanda, packing can be pretty stressful! And as for the heels, maybe you’ll be invited to some fancy cocktail party and just wish you had a pair ;0) enjoy SE Asia, we love it there!

  • Rachel July 9, 2014   Reply →

    Great list and good call on the 40 litre rucksack! I’m considering investing in something around the 45-55L mark for my next trip, as I get too tempted to over-pack with my 70 litre one. I’m also thinking I could probably get by with 2 bikinis rather than 3, but I use travel detergent a lot when I’m travelling, so I don’t have to take as many clothes! Other than that I think the clothing list is spot on really 🙂

  • Rhianne December 21, 2014   Reply →

    Hi Guys, this is a hugely helpful blog, including all the comments from everyone. Thanks v. much! The one thing that seems to be missing for me is a beach towel. Do you just use your travel one? I’m thinking it would be dirty after a day at the beach or lying out somewhere, so no good for then using when you want to shower off back at your room. Or do most hostels/hotels in SE Asia provide towels? I’m not planning to stay anywhere fancy when I set off early Jan so hadn’t expected this, and nowhere in Indonesia seemed to when I travelled round there a few years ago. Maybe I should just man up, take one towel and shake it out?! But sand in particular can be clingy… As you can see I’m in a bit of a quandary with this so any guidance you can provide would be much appreciated! Thank you! Rhi xx

    • Barry December 30, 2014   Reply →

      Hi Rhianne, thanks for stopping by! To take a towel or not is a big deal for travellers, personally we don’t take a big one, and we have a small travel towel for when there really is no other option. The places we stay across the world tend to offer towels as an option, sometimes as part of the price and sometimes as an addition. Personally I don’t think its worth the additional space, if you need something to lie on on a beach then a sarong is probably a good option to have, and that doubles up as a towel and something to wear. Good luck on your travels!

  • KCaj January 21, 2015   Reply →

    This list is not for those who wanna travel light lol.

    • Barry January 27, 2015   Reply →

      Nope it’s not a light packing list, but we didn’t say it was ;0)

  • Jessica February 9, 2015   Reply →

    I’ve never traveled like that but I am planning on doing that a few years from now with my the hubby, as soon as he finishes school and we save up enough to travel for at least 3 months (but hopefully for 6!). If you don’t mind me asking, how heavy was your biggest backpack? I am trying to get an idea and trying to find out if I should join the gym starting tomorrow to get used to lifting heavy weight Lol. I still have a lot of research to do and planning, but oh boy, I already can’t hold my excitement, even though I know we won’t be doing that for at least the next 3 years. Thanks in advance!

    • Barry February 23, 2015   Reply →

      Hi Jessica! I think the heaviest my backpack has been is around 12kg, that’s because I store my electronics in my small backpack. Best to pack what you think you need, and go for a walk for a couple of hours with it on your back where you live. You’ll quickly figure out if its too heavy for you!

  • Ginger Morgan August 25, 2015   Reply →

    The list rocks! I love to move a lot and when I travel I usually go tracking or to explore the nearby towns and paces so I have a 40l backpack and also a 20l small one. I really appreciate this list. I always forget something that is important so it is really handy to have a good traveling checklist. Bringing passport pictures is a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing this. Soon I will be on the move so I will use the traveling checklist for packing my backpack. Greets!

    • Barry August 27, 2015   Reply →

      Thanks Ginger, glad you found the list useful!

  • Jillian September 21, 2015   Reply →

    I leave for a RTW trip in a little over a week and this list is extremely helpful. Thanks for taking the time to create such a detailed packing list!
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    • Barry September 28, 2015   Reply →

      You’re welcome Jillian and enjoy your adventure!

  • Janna Kimmens October 14, 2015   Reply →

    This post is amazing – very well written and a great reminder for everyone who likes to forget things and then regret it. I will definitely come back when I need to pack for my next adventure. Thanks for sharing! <3

  • Verona February 23, 2016   Reply →

    Weighs not ways. There is more than one way to skin a cat. It weighs a tonne!
    “On a long journey, even a straw weighs heavy” Spanish proverb

    • Barry February 23, 2016   Reply →

      Verona – thanks! Can’t believe we missed that, we’ve changed it now! Thank you for letting us know :0)

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