RTW Trip

The Packing List

February 21, 2008

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Marmot Diva 2000 cu in BackpackAh! It’s time for another list. My packing list seems to be never-ending at this point. I’ve been told that you should decide on everything you want to take and then discard 2/3 of it, but of course, I consider myself to be an excellent packer :) so I’ll probably take most of the following…

Marmot Diva 2,100 cubic inch backpack (from France ’06 trip) a $70 pack!
REI Packable pocket daypack (it literally folds up into a pocket)

Diesel shoes
2 pair Havaianas flip flops
1 pair jeans
1 pair North Face hiking pants
1 pair of cargo khakis
3 pairs shorts (2 short, 1 long)
1 fleece
1 Columbia windbreaker with hood
7 tanks
3 tees
2 long sleeve tees
1 bikini
1 sports bra
2 bras
7 undies
4 pairs of socks
1 beanie

Toiletries etc.
REI toiletry bag
shampoo / conditioner
body wash
toothbrush / toothpaste / floss
nail clippers
face lotion
face sunscreen
Burt’s Bees chapstick
Malaria meds
Misc. travel meds
mini-roll of TP
Antibacterial hand gel
REI Quickdry towel

Electronics/Fun Stuff:
ipod charger
phone charger
Swiss Army knife/usb drive
headlamp (way cooler than a flashlight)
camera battery charger
extra 1 GB SD card
universal adapter

mini clothesline
laundry kit
collapsible water bottle
Reading book
moleskin mini journals
money belt
pack lock
visa photos
insurance info
Moleskin 2008 info journal

The only thing I’m indecisive about is whether to take my Nike running shoes. The Diesels are way smaller than running shoes & just as comfortable. However, I would rather have my Nikes if hiking through mud is involved and they also have better arches. But they’ll probably just be extra weight 99% of the time… yay or nay?

UPDATE: Visit the Post-travel Packing List

  • Stefanie
    November 6, 2009 at 11:43 am


    I found your post very helpful, thanks so much! I’m going on a world trip myself together with my sister and we used your list as a guide.
    We’re also keeping track of our adventures in a blog (although we’re just starting off!)

  • robyn
    March 23, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Ditch the jeans if you are worried about weight. They are heavy and will take forever to dry! Also, way too many tanks. Take less clothing, do laundry, and buy what you want!
    (watch out for cotton, the higher the cotton content the longer it will take to dry. look for clothing that you can wash in the sink and will dry overnight.)

    Looks like awesome fun!!

  • Simon
    March 9, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    That is so much to take in one bag.

    Gonna have to get me one of those backpacks…

  • Ryan
    March 3, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Just ran across your blog post. I will be making a long expedition soon, and I actually like your packing list. I will use a lot of it for my trip too. Thanks for the info, and good blog!

  • Sassy
    February 26, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    I would take the Nikes for sure. More durable, better foot support and all around just a better “go anywhere, do anything” kinda shoe. But I’m sure the Diesels are getting major points for their style factor.

    PS- I envy your gutsy ways. I REALLY want to take a big trip like this, but I would need a partner in crime and I just don’t know how to get up and walk out of a job when I have no certifiable reason (like having another job). ANyway, here’s to hoping I find the guts sometime soon. Thanks for your inspiration!

  • Bean
    February 25, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Take ’em, take ’em! (She took them.)

    And she forgot to add the wonderfully perfect REI purse she bought last weekend:

    The women’s REI Chock Shoulder Bag in Chianti.

  • JP
    February 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Woot! Woman, this is totally going to rock! *HUGS* Cheers!

  • Nigel
    February 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Take the Nike’s. Might as well get rid of any doubts… If you don’t end up needing them in the mud, you’ve only carried more weight. If you don’t take them the first time you slip you’ll swear at yourself! :)