Are you planning a round-the-world trip? If so, you’ll need to pack carefully to make sure everything you need is with you. This packing list will help you get started. (Links to previous blog posts on packing tips can be included as well).
There are a few things to keep in mind when packing for a round-the-world trip. Firstly, make sure your luggage is sturdy and built for long trips – you don’t want it breaking or fall apart halfway through your journey. Secondly, pack light! You’ll be doing a lot of lugging around, so the less weight the better. Finally, plan your outfits ahead of time and try to mix and match pieces so you don’t have to bring too many items.
The rule in lightweight packing is one to wash, one to wear, one spare. This is possible but can be hard work. If you can carry it, take extra.
t shirts – vest or short sleeve, depending on preference at least 3
long sleeve top, jersey or heavy jersey
button-up shirt in cotton or linen
pants or shorts, at least 4 pairs, one can be jeans
shorts, can be swim shorts
linen or lightweight pants
leggings or running tights
trekking or yoga pants if needed
a large scarf for winter or summer
socks, at least 3 pairs. You won’t wear socks very often in hot climates.
underwear at least 5 pairs, ideally a few more
bras and crop tops/ sports bras, at least 4 as these can be hard to wash and dry.
PJs or use one of your T shirts/leggings/shorts
a dress, if you enjoy wearing dresses, substitute for one of the pairs of trousers/pants/shorts.
light sweater or fleece
waterproof jacket if you will be outdoors in rainy climates, or trekking
a heavy fleece or down jacket for very cold climates
belt, possibly an anti-theft belt
rash guard for sun protection
goggles or snorkel and mask if you own your own and would rather not hire these items
sarong or cover-up
comfortable shoes for walking or travel days, could be hiking boots or shoes, or running shoes
rubber thongs, essential for showers and tropical downpours
dress shoes if required
solid shampoo bar
conditioner if needed
contact lenses or reading glasses if needed
secure strap for glasses
sunglasses / prescription / polarized
secure strap for sunglasses
contact lenses solution
reef safe sunscreen
lip balm with UV protection
solid body lotion bar or butter
zip lock bags
makeup if needed
shaving soap of some sort
nail clippers or scissors
perfume/fragrance/cologne if required
tissues or wipes
travel adapter plug
cables and chargers
sleep mask/ear plugs if needed
large travel towel
large travel towel
a small torch or head torch
security items such as a door wedge or anti-theft bag
wash bag/make-up bag (this one is superb)
dirty laundry bag or plastic bag
wet bag or plastic bag
shoe bags (these are quick and easy to sew from old T shirts)
backup battery packs/power banks
other essential documents
hat for sun and for cold, must have a brim of some sort
reusable shopping bag or beach bag or daypack
Be sure to weigh your bag and look into carry on size and weight requirements. These do vary between airlines.
If all else fails, buy when you arrive at your destination.
We hope this video was helpful.