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Packing for an around the world trip

Now that I have traveled around the world I can confidently tell you how I packed for this trip, and hopefully help you pack for your next big adventure!

This is an extensive blog but I have broken it down on prepping, essentials, most used items, worthless items, suitcase, and medication.  You’ll also find links to the products I used and recommend.

Prepping

Here is everything I packed when I took off:

  • Electronics
  • Steri pen
  • All meds
  • 1 hoodie
  • 18 pairs of underwear
  • 1 microfiber towel
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 dress
  • 1 pj set
  • 2 pairs of leggings
  • 4 long sleeves
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 5 tanks
  • 3 rompers

Notes and add-ons:

  • I changed pjs a few times throughout my trip
  •  In Peru I bought an alpaca sweater because it was freezing in Cusco and a lightweight Northface rain jacket.  Both ended up being used the rest of my trip extensively.  Although I don’t know if you can find an alpaca sweater, I would definitely recommend getting a rain jacket.IMG_2824
  • Two pairs of shoes were totally enough for me, my running shoes were my go to and I used Haviannas for everything else in-between. IMG_2610
  • I brought plenty of underwear because I knew I could go weeks without washing my clothes, but not undies.
  • As my trip went on I donated clothes, tossed them, and replaced them with cheap stuff from H&M
  • I bought a scarf in Turkey that I used the rest of my trip as a hijab, to cover my shoulders, as a scarf, a blanket, etc. etc.  I highly recommend bringing one versatile scarf.IMG_1570Essentials
  • 3M earplugs – these are the most comfortable of the several types I tried
  • Eye Mask
  • Chapstick brand chapstick
  • Headphones
  • Hoodie
  • Nivea Hand lotion

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Most Used

  • Steri Pen – at first I thought this was overkill but I ended up using it A LOT.  It was mildly annoying to carry around in places I didn’t need it, but the times I did need it – it was a lifesaver.  Best bonus, the beautiful apartment I rented in Malta didn’t have potable sink water so instead of lugging massive six packs of two liter water bottles up three flights of stairs (ok there was an elevator) I just used my pen every time I filled up my water bottle IMG_3274
  • Travel towel – omg I used this for everything….at every hostel, as a yoga mat, as a beach towel, as a blanket in the New Delhi airport.  It is basically like a large shammy, it is lightweight and dries very quickly and almost never smells. FullSizeRender 2
  • Mini Travel Backpack – this thing was so great, it weighs about 2 oz and folds up and can easily be smushed into a suitcase.IMG_2240
  • Grocery / Laundry bag – similar to the backpack, it folds up, is lightweight and can also be smushed. FullSizeRender 4
  • Ziploc bags – quart and gallon size.  I put all of my toiletries in them, and they were great for wet clothing.
  • Neck pillow – without a doubt the most annoying thing to carry around, but completely worth it over 50+ flights, trains, and busses.  I recommend the memory foam.IMG_2783
  • Ebags packing cubes – Do not take a trip without these; life changing.FullSizeRender

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Useless Items

  • Selfie stick – I never got the hang of it, I rarely take selfies and it was kinda heavy, I gave it away.
  • Bug Net –  I bought a bug net but didn’t bring it since it was too big.  I did not need it at any accommodation.  There was only one place in Africa that it would’ve been nice, but for that one night I survived without one.

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Suitcase

I packed in a Delsey international carry-on (pictured below)which I can HIGHLY recommend.  The only issue I had was that outside the US they weight – and mine was over the 8-10kg carry-on allowance, so I had to check it anyway.  In this case I upgraded one size to the 25″ Delsey carry-on (pictured above), it was still small enough to carry but I checked it due to weight. IMG_0185

The Delsey line is expensive but both suitcases stood the tests of constant travel, dirt roads, being tossed around, sat on, and every possible travel situation.

Why did I use such a small suitcase?  I am one girl, alone.  I wanted to be able to carry my bag in any instance, or drag it with ease up steps like these:IMG_2538

Why didn’t I use a backpack?  First I am the sweatiest gal you’ve ever known, so that is gross.  Also, that’s too heavy for me.

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Medication

Medication was huge!  I looked a little overzealous carrying a gallon sized ziplock of meds with me, but it came in handy not only for me, but several people I met in hostels.  Here is what was in my med bag and what got used.FullSizeRender 3

This is the one area that I would not skimp – I have said this before and I will say it again – wherever you are going, they likely will not have what you are looking for in a local pharmacy.  Different laws, different strengths of meds, etc.

  • Cold meds – all used
  • Bug bite stick – used multiple times
  • Bug wipes – used all but 1 pack and didn’t get Zika
  • Sunscreen – tore through that over and over and had to buy on the road.  I found that Neutrogena Wet Skin was the best brand
  • Anti-diarrheal – helped lots of folks
  • One prescription of antibiotics – Used
  • Doxycycline for Malaria – Didn’t get malaria
  • Advil – helped myself and others
  • Sleeping pills – Used for long flights and jetlag
  • Rehydration salts – I got pedialyte for kids, gave 2 packets away, never used it
  • Bandaids – used them and gave away
  • Sterile needles – I read on other travel site to pack these in case of a medical emergency requiring a vaccination in a developing country.  I never, ever used them, but I was really glad to have them when I thought I was going to get rabies from feral dogs in Nepal.

Good luck!

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