The big trip is days away, and one of the main thoughts running through my mind is, what do I need to pack? My first round-the-world trip was a huge failure in terms of packing light (who the hell brings Dr. Martens and a Barbour jacket?) but it taught me a lot about what to bring and what to leave behind. So, to help everyone else out there wondering what to take on holiday, my all-seasons travel checklist should help. This is the complete list of EVERYTHING I’ll be bringing on our five month trip, but if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to comment below.
Osprey Farpoint 70 Backpack
When I look for a backpack, I always check with other bloggers for their recommendations – after all, who hits the road more often than travel bloggers? After reading so much about the Osprey Farpoint from Goats on the Road, Penny Caravan and seeing it top the list for Best Backpacks on The Wire Cutter, I knew I could be on to a winner. What attracted me to the Farpoint was the high-quality finish and the little touches that I know make a huge difference – padded shoulder straps, suitcase-like front loading and a detachable day pack. While I think the 70L capacity may be a little too much, I’m happy to have the extra room to take home some souvenirs, though if you’re looking to slim down the Farpoint 55L is a great alternative.
Berghaus waterproof jacket
This light, amazing bit of kit is my pride and joy. The Berghaus Arran 3-in-1 jacket is completely waterproof, breathable and has a cosy, zip-off fleece layer, making it ideal for all seasons. The inside of the jacket also has an argentium lining, a fancy new technology that helps to prevent odour. Considering some of the hikes we intend to go on, I think this is the perfect bit of kit for a sweaty beast like me. It can also be scrunched up into a small ball for packing (save the detachable fleece layer which I can wear on the flight).
Admittedly it’s pretty difficult to pack for every season, and it’s certainly held me back from packing super light, like this guy, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t be smart with what you bring. One great tip is to ensure that all the clothes you do bring can have multiple uses, e.g. the sweat wicking red t-shirt above doubles as a great running top, hiking top and even as a casual top to wear throughout the day.
- 5 x T-shirts
- 1 x Long-sleeved shirt, for any fancy places
- 1 x Short-sleeved shirt
- 1 x Peter Storm long-sleeved top, quick drying and ideal for chilly weather hikes
- 1 x Berghaus short-sleeved top, sweat wicking, with more of the argentium tech for fighting odour. I recently wore this on a 5K run and it doesn’t even need to be washed yet – it smells fresh as a daisy
- 1 x Pair of jeans
- 2 x Shorts
- 1 x Waterproof trousers
- Swim shorts
- 1 x Running trousers, these will be essential to wear as a base layer on cold weather hikes where jeans would get wet and restrict movement
- Thermal gloves (touch-screen compatible for taking snow selfies), for cold hikes and winter weather
- 7 x Underwear
- 5 x Ankle socks, for hotter destinations
- 2 Regular length socks
- 1 x Merino wool socks
- 2 x Running socks, also useful for long hikes
- Asics running shoes, these will double as hiking shoes
- Flip flops
- New Balance trainers, these will be my everyday kicks and are comfortable enough to walk in all day, no worries
As a travel blogger and someone with an interest in photography, a lot of the gadgets I’m bringing along might not apply to you, as will some of the driving accessories. You can also shed a lot of extra weight by not bringing a laptop, or you can switch from a DSLR to a slim point-and-shoot camera.
- Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod, the best lightweight (200 grams) tripod I could find, will be handy for night photography, video or landscapes
- Headtorch, for arriving late in camp or going to the loo in the dead of night
- HP Pavillion Laptop, not the lightest bit of kit, but a reliable old thing, with water-resistant laptop sleeve
- Canon 600D
- Spare camera battery
- Garmin Sat Nav, with a mini-SD card containing Australia and New Zealand road maps and hard case
- ND Filter and remote, for long exposure photography (so excited to try this out)
- Go Pro Hero 4 Session, with accessories
- Samsung phone
- Headphone splitter, to listen to music and watch movies together
- 2 x Universal travel adapters
- 2 x SD Cards
- Multi USB car charger
It’s not the most exciting part of trip planning, but ensuring you have every little bit of information to hand is essential to not going insane later on in the trip. By printing off a paper copy, we’ll avoid frantically searching for hotel bookings and hunting down Wi-Fi signal for any reservations we’ve made – wrap this up in a water-resistant document folder and you are good to go.
- Water-resistant document folder
- Passport photos, two different sizes for visas
- Passports, with photocopies
- Copy of all documents, hotel bookings, flight etc. in case we can’t access internet
- Travel Insurance, we went with Holiday Safe as they include gadget cover
- Credit Card
- Travelex, excellent exchange rate, load on currency card
- Debit Card
- Vaccination document
- Driver’s Licence
- Revolut, zero-fee card that gives you the perfect rate, lets you send money and withdraw £500 a month cash in any country for free. So far this card has worked perfectly
I’m keeping it all pretty minimal as I don’t need much. I reckon you should always try and pack as few liquids as possible, as you can almost always buy these for cheap when you arrive at your destination. A good money-saving tip here is to find a container for your first aid kit yourself (ours is a converted nail care case, top right), as a pre-made kit is usually more expensive and often quite bulky.
- Moisturiser, because skin is important
- Shower gel
- Hair gel
- Malarone tablets
- First aid kit, stuffed with plasters, tweezers, electrolyte powder, Lemsip, antiseptic cream etc
- Deet 50%
- Immodium, because its essential
- Throat lozengers & immunity tablets, for long-haul flights
- Wash bag, with hook to hang
Some of these handy items are tailored to our needs in Australia – like the head net – but the rest are quite universal. If you are travelling for a long time, hand washing your clothes in the sink and using the clothes line can save you a lot of cash, while the packing cubes are fantastic for keeping everything organised – wading through your whole bag every time you want to find something isn’t fun, believe me.
- Pegless clothes line
- Waterpoof rucksack cover
- Combination padlock, because losing your key would be all too easy
- Microfibre towel, obviously
- Night mask & ear plugs
- Swiss army knife
- Money pouch
- Packing cubes, helps to compress everything and makes it easier to find
- Running arm band for phone
- Head net, defends against midges and mosquitoes in the Australian Outback
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