Yes, we are each taking one big bag for our year long trip. One bag each. For a whole year. Around the whole world. Yikes!
D is taking a Karrimor Trail 35 and I am taking a Quechua Forclaz 30 Air backpack. We’re trying not to stuff them TOO full, so that they don’t split all over the floor at Heathrow Airport. Here they are, completely packed. Mine (the purple one) weighs around 6kg, and D’s weighs about 7kg.
Hopefully these two bags contain everything we will need for a whole year travelling around the world. We decided to chase the warmer weather in all the countries so that we don’t need to take warm weather gear like scarves, hats or coats.
Our packing list has been a work in progress over several months. I’m hoping that we have everything, but there is a great saying that goes: “Take half the stuff and twice the money”.
Debit and Credit Cards
Spare Passport Photos
Photocopies of Passports
Wallet and Purse
Scuba Diving Logbook
Roll on Deodorant
Tiny Playing Cards
Travel Power Adaptor
Sterile Needle KitMisc
Small roll of duct tape
A few ziplock bags
Long sleeved T-shirt
Foldable Ballet Flats
This is the complete contents of my bag, everything else is in D’s bag. It looks way less laid out on the bed than it does when it’s all packed up. I’ve found that having packing bags to separate clothing helps when trying to find things in my bag in a dark dorm room.
- Underwear bag – I have enough intimates to last me a week plus some tights, a camisole and two pairs of socks.
- Clothing bag – All other clothes except the outerwear you can see in the picture.
- Shoes – I have flip-flops and foldable flats as well as the trainers I’ll wear on the plane.
- Scarf – Also great as a cover-up on the beach and a modesty cover in churches and the such-like.
- Huge microfibre towel.
- Outerwear – A checked shirt, a cardigan and a hoodie.
- Money belt.
- First aid kit – Also includes things like medicine.
- Zip-lock bags – I mean obviously.
- Toiletries – Solid toiletries in the green bag and liquid ones in the clear bag.
- Wires – All the USB to Micro USB leads you could wish for, plus the mini tripod.
- Playing Cards – Yes, they are tiny. And super, super cute.
- Jewelery – One necklace, one watch and a collection of stud earrings.
- Door lock – A handy gizmo to lock almost any door.
- Diary – To keep track of flight and hostel bookings, so no trekking to find wi-fi to figure out what the hostel’s address is.
Confession Time: We are not just taking those two bags. On top of my huge rucksack, I do have one tiny day bag. In it, it’s got everything I’ll need at the airport and on the plane so I don’t have to go fishing about whenever I need something.
Apart from the obviously necessary passport and purse, I have my phone, a Kindle Fire (+ headphones) and a portable charger. The blue bands are travel sickness relievers that used to work when I was younger and felt ill on long drives, but I haven’t needed since I started doing all the driving.
So that’s it. We’re all packed up and ready to go! The next time you hear from us, we’ll be in a different country, a few time-zones away. Hopefully the weather will be lovely, the hostel will be expecting us, and we will still have all of the possessions we left the UK with.
Tchau for now!