I have to say, nothing has caused me so much stress during the planning stages of my trip as trying to work out what to bring with me has.

I am a serial overpacker – I always have been and so I was dreading having to make the decision on what to bring. To minimise anxiety, I want to be prepared for EVERY little thing that could possibly happen. For example, a few years ago I visited Los Angeles for a week. On said trip, I brought with me an enormous suitcase, filled with something like 25 possible outfits. Yes, for a ONE week trip! Even I know it’s ridiculous. But yet I still did it…

So trying to be ruthless for this just about killed me.

I still know I’ve overpacked, but I don’t want to limit myself to any less than this. I can always send stuff home if I find it’s too much when I’m out there.

Here’s what I’m taking with me:


packing list trousers shorts and pants

  • A pair of long trousers
  • Pair of 3/4 lengths
  • Shorts
  • Shorter shorts
  • TINY shorts to sleep in.

Packing list t shirts

  • 2 long sleeved tops
  • 1 cardigan
  • 3 tank tops
  • 2 strap tops
  • 1 short sleeved top
  • pretty scarf!
  • I’m also taking a dress with me which isn’t shown.

The hardest part for me was actually narrowing down which swimwear to take… I normally take more bikinis away with me on holiday than I do underwear, and have been known to take 20 pairs for a 2 week holiday…

  • Pretty pink bikini
  • Pretty flowery bikini
  • 2 pairs of board shorts. (Probably unnecessary but I ADORE them and want to take them)

RTW packing list

  • My running shoes
  • Flip flops
  • Hat (which may also be unnecessary but I LOVE IT and wear it everyday)
  • Sunglasses (which I expect to lose within about 10 minutes of leaving. Seriously)

Aaaand my underwear and socks!


Packing list technology

  • 13″ Macbook Pro with charger
  • Super rugged case for my Macbook — I can highly recommend this case, you can throw your laptop around all over the place and it’ll still remain safe.
  • Iphone with USB charger. I didn’t unlock my phone before leaving so this will just be used to connect to Wifi networks.
  • Kindle Keyboard 3G with charger — this version of Kindle is great for travellers as it includes FREE global 3G.
  • Canon 550D with charger.
  • 18-35mm lens.
  • 55-250mm lens.
  • 50mm f/1.8 lens.
  • Canon Powershot SX220 with charger and case.
  • Memory card case with 5 spare SD cards.
  • 1TB external hard drive – It’s kinda big, but it’s not too heavy so it’ll do.
  • Worldwide adapter plug.

Everything else!

Medicines –

I’ll preface this by saying that I am the BIGGEST hypochondriac in the world. A few years ago I would be taking an entire pharmacy with me on this trip, but I think I’ve managed to narrow it down reasonably well..

  • 5 months worth of malaria tablets. I wondered whether it was necessary to take them to SE Asia with me. My mum wouldn’t let me go without. I condensed them all into a tiny pill bottle so they don’t take up much space.
  • First aid kit
  • Travel sickness pills. A lot of them. I get motion sickness in swimming pools!
  • Paracetamol
  • Immodium
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Benadryl
  • Sudafed
  • Rescue Remedy – in case I experience Fear.

Toiletries –

  • Make up – Eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara.
  • 5 months worth of contact lenses – This is the thing I’m most bothered about. I chose dailies over monthlies, which means they are taking up a LOT of space. But the dailies were half the price, and I lose/drop them so many times that I’d be screwed with monthlies. I guess as I use them up they’ll take up less and less space..
  • Tweezers
  • Tangle Teezer hairbrush
  • lots of hairbands and hair clips
  • Hairspray
  • Deodorant
  • 2 solid shampoo bars
  • 1 bar of soap
  • Diva cup
  • Suntan lotion
  • Insect repellent
  • Razor with spare blades
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Travel detergent

Random bits –

  • Padlock
  • Small bag to keep laundry in
  • Travel towel
  • Sleep sheet
  • Money belt
  • Duct tape
  • Small notebook
  • Diary – It’s SO beautiful, I love it!
  • Few pens
  • Umbrella

And here is everything altogether!

And all of this fits into my 46l backpack! I am also taking with me a 20l daypack, and a pretty camera bag, which rolls up and fits in my daypack.

And that’s it!

So, tell me that I’m taking too much stuff! Is there anything I really need to cut out? Anything major that I’m forgetting?! Let me know… :)

And just a quick note to let you know that I update my packing list on a yearly basis. Here’s what was in my backpack after a year, and after two years

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