Packing for this trip was challenging, and we learned a lot by talking to other travellers, reading online, and then ultimately screwing up and making changes as we go.

We needed to pack for summer in Europe, fall and Winter in Asia, and autumn in the South Pacific – for work and play – casual and smart.

You can watch our packing video here, on youtube!

His – 11.5 kg main pack, 5 kg day pack

Clothing

  • 4 “Icebreaker” Merino wool t-shirts (doesn’t smell when you sweat!) http://ca.icebreaker.com/en/
  • 1 cotton tank top
  • 1 button-up shirt for dressing up
  • 1 collared shirt for dressing up
  • 2 long sleeve shirts (worn together for warmth)
  • 1 pair convertible khaki dork-pants
  • 1 pair jeans
  • 1 pair sweatpants
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 4 pairs boxers
  • 4 pairs socks (wool)
  • 1 rain jacket

Shoes

  • 1 pair flippy-floppys
  • 1 pair Teva M2 sport sandals
  • 1 pair Merrel hiking shoes

Gear

  • 1 pack cover for rain
  • 1 turkish towel
  • Osprey Farpoint 55L backpack
  • Pacsafe portable safe 5L
  • Good water bottle!
  • Baseball cap
  • Tilly cap

Toiletries

  • Deoderant
  • Body groomer/shaver

Hers – 9 kg main pack, 4 kg day pack

Clothing

  • 4 sport bras
  • 1 “fancy” bra
  • 4 pairs underwear
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 3 tank tops
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt
  • 1 pair jeans
  • 1 pain leggings
  • 2 pairs shorts
  • 1 pair capri leggings
  • 1 bikini
  • 1 one-piece bathing suit for surfing etc.
  • 1 casual dress
  • 1 “fancy” dress for going out to dinner

Shoes

  • 1 pair cheap flip-flops for in showers
  • 1 pair Ipanema sandals
  • 1 pair Merrel sport sandals
  • 1 pair Keen hiking shoes

Gear

  • 1 pack cover for rain
  • 1 turkish towel
  • Osprey Farpoint 55L backpack
  • Good water bottle!
  • Tilly cap

Ours

Electronics – for blogging

  • Laptop
  • Charger for laptop
  • USB keys, spare SD cards, 4 TB hard drive
  • Camera
  • Go Pro
  • GoPro mounts and chest strap
  • Battery chargers for cameras
  • Cables to transfer data off cameras

Electronics

  • Unlocked phones
  • Chargers for phones
  • Power banks (small – about to break, will leave behind, and large)
  • Portable speaker (soooo key to make friends!)
  • Travel hair straightener

Other gear

  • Mini flashlights (SO useful for coming home late/leaving early at hostels)
  • Headlamp (hands-free for trips to outhouse)
  • Duct-tape on a pencil
  • Sleep mask
  • Ear plugs
  • Bag locks
  • Mini water purifier
  • Nail brush
  • Sink stopper (for laundry in hostels)
  • Deck of cards
  • “Exploding Kittens” card game
  • “Watch Your Mouth” game
  • A few thank-you cards and maple candies for hosts
  • Sewing kit
  • Laundry detergent sheets
  • Soap sheets
  •  Waterproof moneybelt
  • Selfie-stick
  • Sunglasses
  • Power adaptor
  • 2 pens
  • Spare headphones
  • A good attitude!!

First aid

  • Sterile gloves
  • Kleenex
  • Band-aids
  • Alcohol pads
  • Burn cream
  • Immodium
  • Tylenol
  • Prescriptions from the travel Dr (malaria pills, antibiotics etc)

Toiletries

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Cosmetics for Hillary
  • Travel sunscreen
  • Deoderant
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Travel facewash, shampoo etc.
  • Shaving cream