Packing for a Round the World Trip
So it time to go! Your dream of roaming around faraway lands is about to happen but first you have the difficult task of deciding what to bring with you. However long your trip, it is important to make like a good scout and “be prepared”, while avoiding the temptation of over packing.
Admittedly, I am an over packer. On my first big backpacking trip to Asia I filled my bag with so many clothes that I nearly fell off a motorbike taxi because of the weight of my backpack. That same week on a local bus journey, my thighs became bruised by the sheer weight of my bag on my lap. And there were times that a short walk to a hostel or bus station that was five minutes away became a half hour endurance event as I struggled and sweated under my heavy load.
Travel is made more simple and comfortable with a lighter load. You will value comfort and versatility in your clothes, and this is possible without forgoing how you look. It about making good choices and getting the most out of everything that you pack.
Trying to condense all your material needs into one bag is a challenge. But it also a chance to simplify your life and to shed the unnecessary stuff that we all accumulate.
The difficulty in packing for a cross continental or round the world trip is that you will be travelling through different climates and terrain. While you don want to be arriving in each new city with a shopping list, take comfort in the fact that most necessary clothing can be bought abr adidas shoes oad and often for a fraction of the price at home.
Below is a suggested list for the average traveller. Most backpackers will stay in hostels or guesthouses so camping gear is not included.
Nor does the list include gear for high altitude trekking. If you plan to do some hiking, it important to have good quality gear with you that warms you in the cold and prot adidas shoes ects you from wind and rain. This list focuses on keeping you cool, because most independent travellers go to the tropics.
And remember the Spanish proverb: “On a long journey, even a straw weighs heavy.”60 litre backpack Different compartments are handy so you can separate your shoes from your toiletries and underwear.
15 litre backpack This can work as a daypack for holding essentials such as your camera, passport and sunscreen.
A satchel bag It won take up much weight but is handy for day trips and going to the beach.
3 x t shirts
3 x vest tops
1 x long sleeve top Light cotton to w adidas shoes ear in the evening time for warmer countries.
1 x light shirt which can double up as a jacket.
1 x fleece for colder climates
1 x light hoodies Light in weight and try a neutral colour so it matches everything.
1 adidas shoes x cardigan in grey or back to match everything2 x 3/4 length trousers Light in weight for wearing in hot climates.
1 x walking trousers Combat style are handy with the extra pockets. Get ones with zip off bottoms that turn into shorts.
2 x pairs of shorts
1 x jeans These are a controversial item and open to debate. Jeans are often too sticky for the tropics but sometimes it nice to blend in with city life or while on a long haul flight. If you are really trying to keep weight down, they are a non essential item.