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The Packing List

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sunny 27 °C


I know I've spent a lot of time looking at packing lists so here's ours for those interested.


Jenn: Asolo Navigator 60 Elle - front loading with attached daypack - packed, weighs approx 27 lbs


Rob: North Face Backtrack 70 - front loading with attached daypack - packed, weighs roughly 35 lbs


Anica: MEC 20L Teeny Genie - top loading - packed, weighs 5-6 lbs (no more than 10% of her body weight and although meant for older kids, because of her height, this fits her wonderfully) - hers is blue though


  • ************** JENN'S PACKING LIST ***************

4 pants (2 capris and 2 zip-offs - all Columbia)
2 skirts (1 just below knee and 1 ankle-length - light cotton)
1 pair of pajamas (Old Navy - spaghetti strap tank and light cotton pajama pants)
5 t-shirts
1 white cotton long-sleeve shirt
1 patterned long-sleeve shirt
1 black mid-weight zippered fleece (Columbia)
1 light rain jacket
4 bras (1 sport; 3 regular)
7 pairs of underwear
3 pairs of short light cotton socks
1 water/trekking shoes (Salomon)
1 sandals (Teva)
1 cheapie flip flops (for showers etc)
1 swimsuit (tankini)
1 coverup (long sleeve light cotton chocolate brown - good as extra shirt to throw over t-shirts in evening)
1 sun hat
1 scarf (for covering head where appropriate)

Metro100 by Pacsafe (I /love/ this purse - so comfortable, lots of room for such a small bag and safe)


wallet (small coin purse type)
camera, flash drive, cellphone, portable hard drive (see Electronics)
lip balm, lipstick
sunscreen stick
antibacterial hand gel

  • ************** ROB'S PACKING LIST ***************

2 pants - both zip-offs (Columbia and Wind River)
1 short-sleeve microfibre shirt (Columbia)
1 long-sleeve microfibre shirt (Columbia)
2 microfibre t-shirts (Columbia)
2 regular t-shirts
1 pajama bottoms
1 pair microfibre swim trunks (Salomon)
2 pairs socks
3 pairs travel underwear
4 pairs regular underwear
1 water/trekking shoes (Salomon)
1 sandals (Tevas)
1 cheapie flip flops (for showers etc)
1 sun hat
1 lightweight fleece (Columbia)

  • ************** ANICA'S PACKING LIST ***************

2 pairs long pants (convert to capris)
2 pair capris
3 pair shorts
2 dresses
1 short sleeve top
2 long sleeve tops
3 t-shirts
1 tank
1 pajamas (short-sleeve T and shorts set)
1 swimming suit
1 midweight fleece (MEC)
1 rain jacket
4 socks
7 underwear
1 sandals (Columbia)
1 running shoes (very lightweight Adidas)
1 cheapie flip flops (for showers etc)
sun hat

small pencil case with pencil crayons
foldable frisbee
foldable kite
inflatable ball
card set
magnetic Chinese checkers
"Baby" (stuffed doll)
pealess whistle with lanyard

  • ************** EVERYONE'S PACKING LIST ***************

- 3 sleep sheets - silk and lightweight - for use in hostels and in any questionable budget hotels
- small mini-LED flashlight
- cable locks for Jenn and Rob's packs
- combo locks for compartments
- 2 large microfibre travel towels for Jenn & Rob
- 1 medium microfibre travel towel for Anica
- 3 sunglasses
- 2 ultralight travel umbrellas
- 3 Eagle Creek 2-sided pack-it cubes
- Swiss Army knife
- small pair scissors
- small roll of patching tape
- small sewing kit
- universal drain plug
- woollite packets
- clothesline
- neck money purse (which Rob will carry)
- 2 light tote bags with drawstring necks (good for laundry)
- collapsible cup
- virtually indestructible spork
- virtually indestructible pill box
- TIDE sticks (2)
- ziploc baggies
- compass
- mosquito coils
- mosquito coil holder (very light, can hold pieces and can be hung up)
- 1 twin size mosquito net (very light - for Anica)
- Steri-pen (water purifier) + extra batteries
- 3 nalgene water bottles

- cut down guidebooks (Eyewitness and Rough Guide)
- full India Rough Guide
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (to read nightly to Anica)
- 3 books - 1 each - to be exchanged/replaced along the way
- Rough Guide waterproof & tearproof maps
- notebook - Jenn
- pen
- solar calculator

- lipstick, eyeliner for Jenn
- special extra-sensitive sunscreen for face - Jenn
- tampons (obviously for Jenn)
- razor for Jenn
- razor and shaving gel for Rob
- deoderants for Jenn & Rob
- toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss
- tweezers, nail file, brush, pumice stone, clippers
- earplugs
- shampoo (1 small nalgene bottle for everyone)
- conditioner (1 small nalgene bottle for everyone)
- liquid soap (1 small nalgene bottle for everyone)
- exfoliating scrub (1 small nalgene bottle for everyone)
- 1 scrubbie
- small hairbrush

- Cipro, Zithromycin, Lariam, Fluconazole (the last just in case)
- Children's Advil, Migraine Advil, etc
- Imodium, Senokot
- Rob's asthma and allergy medications
- Jenn's epi-pens
- waterproof band-aids, blister bandaids, blister sticks, neosporin
- sunscreen, insect repellent, after bite stick
- anti-fungal rash cream
- small First Aid Kit (to be replenished as needed)
- ORT packets (rehydration salts - 3 for emergency use)
- earplanes for Rob and Anica

- iPod + charger (has music, games, short films, movies and downloaded rough guides)
- Canon 600 digital camera (small) + 1 - 2 G and 1 - 1 G memory cards + charger
- portable hard drive by SimpleTech
- Toshiba Libretto laptop (decided to leave dvd drive (docking station) at home - have virtual one I used to load all the discs we want with us) + cables + extra dongles


- 4 GB USB flash drive
- Nintendo DS Lite + case with game cartridges and headphones
- plug adapter with surge protection
- extra batteries for camera, laptop and Nintendo DS lite
- cellphone + charger

- passports
- visas (China, India, Egypt, Vietnam - will get others as travel)
- extra passport photos
- tickets (copies of e-tickets)
- copies of passports and all other important papers
- international drivers licenses
- vaccination records
- health cards
- credit cards
- cash
- travellers cheques
- CAA membership
- hostel memberships
- pouch for Peugeot rental in Europe
- proof of insurance (World Nomads)

Posted by jennrob 11:27 Archived in Canada Tagged packing

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Wow, that is so much and yet so little for a year of your life. It looks great, and it makes me so excited and happily envious. :o) You are all going to have such a fantastically, wonderful time.

by sabrinagb

It's not the whole kit and caboodle - we'll obviously have to buy some clothes for colder weather come Europe (and maybe even before) - but luckily, our first stop in Europe is Spain with gorgeous (and quite inexpensive) clothes and shoes /and/ from what I've heard we should be able to buy things earlier in Egypt and Jordan if we need them (we certainly won't be fashion plates but we'll keep warm!)

Thanks for commenting :) I can't believe we're almost at the three week countdown.

by jennrob

re tampons: have you ever tried a menstrual cup? I've been using a Diva Cup for nearly 3 years, and I really like it. And it's very small!

by freunion

And you might need different clothes for the UK! We've been having very strange weather this summer! Primark is dead cheap tho!

by LottieL

Freunion, I've tried a menstrual cup but I've never been able to get them to work for me. There's also the question of having decent water with which to clean it, etc, but thanks so much for the suggestion!

by jennrob

Lottie, we'll definitely need different clothes for the second part of our trip. And then for the different seasons in that part of the trip. Yay on the dead cheap though! Thanks for the rec.

by jennrob

Thank you so much for sharing this list! We are planning our RTW trip now for a departure in early July 2012 - with a couple of kids in tow and a resolution to pack really light. We'll probably end up making some major adjustments to our wardrobe as we go from a Peruvian Winter to SE Asia! All the best and Thanks Again!
Anne (anvl.travellerspoint.com)

by annevl

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