I try to remember whatever I bring in my backpack will be packed on my back. Packing light is definitely the way to go, especially if you are like me and have no shoulder or back muscles.
Be it 4 weeks or 8 months the amount of clothes you bring should be reasonably similar, you are travelling with your wardrobe on your back so you can’t take every single outfit, just a good range of casual, sports and evening attires… so you are prepared for any occasion. Wherever you travel there will always be a laundry available so you can wash your clothes or even hand wash along the way, this means you should really pack to have enough clothes for around 2 weeks.
Our current 8-month trip is chasing the summer season making it is easier to pack. My summer clothes are very light and small and I roll pack everything.
So here is my list:
I am travelling with a “Black wolf” 75 litres backpack. One of my old flatmates gave it to me, as she didn’t need it anymore and it was near new. My old backpack was a hand-me-down Kathmandu bag which wasn’t designed for women so this was definitely an upgrade!
This bag is great for women, you can adjust the back straps to your size and have the weight comfortably sitting on your hips. There are a lot of internal compartments, a rainproof cover and a separate shoe compartment, which I love. Wearing the bag it looks really wide but that keeps the centre of gravity further forward which in my opinion is better for women.
This time I have rolled my day bag (usually worn on my front) and packed it inside. It is handy to have the smaller bag just in case of any day-trips or short-stays. I have packed my big bag 80% full leaving me room to buy more clothes or souvenirs along the way. If I ever need extra space then the day bag will come to my rescue.
- 12x Tops
- 6x Dresses
- 5x Shorts
- 1x Skirt
- 1x Leggings
- 1x Jeans
- 1x Jumper
- 1x Beach kimono
- 1x Waterproof Jacket with inner fleece jacket
- 1x Sports bra
- 3x Bras
- 10x Underwear
- 4x Socks
Most women love bags, shoes or make-up…. Me, I love bikinis! I’m obsessed. I can hear Brett telling me off because I have packed too many bikinis!
- 5x Bikinis
- 1x mask and snorkel
- 1x Jandals (this is what we call flip-flops in NZ)
- 1x Running/Walking shoes
- 1x Small heeled sandals (at least one pair of nice shoes you can dress up with)
- Polarized Sunglasses (Ray Bans) – If your trip consists of going to the beach nearly everyday like us, it’s worth forking out on a good pair of polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes from the glare of the ocean. I don’t know what I’d do without them!
- Small side bag to carry my any important valuables – phone and money
- Jewellery – Keep it light; I usually wear all the jewellery I own with a few little nice things packed away for special occasions
- Brimmed hat
- Hand Fan
- Sarong doubles as a lightweight beach towel
- Waterproof phone case
- Hand sanitizer
- Mosquito repellent
- Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Body wash
- Sun block
- After sun
- The pill (especially in Zika virus territory)
- Small Manicure set
- Wet wipes
- Nail polish
- Tangle teaser
- Hair ties and bobby pins
I am not one to wear a lot of makeup, so my makeup bag is very minimal.
- First aid kit plus any medication e.g. antihistamine or inhaler
- TravelTap filtered water bottle – removes virus and bacteria from unclean water source. Red cross approved.
- Lightweight dry bag to keep electronics alive
- Karabiner – super handy
- Small rope for washing line – we use a tent string
- Sleeping bag
- Mosquito head net – If you are like me and mozzies love your blood, then you will need one. Especially if you sleep in a forest or near still water.
- Sleeping bag liner – Easier to wash than your sleeping bag
- Travel adapter
- Padlocks – One will do for each bag and the hostel lockers
- Dirty washing bag – keep em’ separate or all your clothes will smell funky
- Microfiber shower towel
- Shit phone for emergencies
- Head torch
- Needle and thread for buttons and tears along the way
- Reusable ziplock plastic bags – we always steal plenty from the airport.
- Earplugs – In hostel dorm rooms there is always a snorer! We need our beauty sleep girls.
- Sleeping eye mask – Again in dorms people will be turning lights on at all hours. Be prepared and it won’t faze you.
- Fanny pack – In high pickpocket zones I wear this under my clothes with valuables.
- Secret bra pocket – Similar to above, this attaches to the bra to keep small amount of money/passport copy/credit card hidden in case of an emergency.
- Super glue – very small and fixes everything!
- Pack of cards
Check out our Electronics to see the full list of tech essentials including the Photography equipment we use.