RTW Packing List

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We get asked all the time, “How do you pack for an RTW trip?” That is a great question!

We thought we knew, we read RTW packing lists from every blogger out there.  We had a reason for everything we were packing, or so we thought…This is a good list for those looking to take a 2+ month trip around the world or just several countries.

UPDATE: These were items we originally left with for on our 2-year trip. We now travel with 2 checked bags and 2 carry-on bags. Our travel style has changed, we like having more clothing options and we have really upgraded our camera equipment since leaving home (click here to see our photography gear).

The Best Bags for an RTW trip

Hannah’s Backpack: North Face Router 40

Hannah sent her 65 Liter Osprey backpack home as we had too much stuff and now is carrying this on her back.  The North Face Router has 3 lockable zippers.  As opposed to our other backpacks that can’t lock.  Much happier with this backpack than our old arrangement. Both of our computers, all external hard drives, chargers & cables, camera tripod, and an emergency set of clothes are carried in this pack. See below to see what is all in Hannah’s electronics backpack.

On Adam’s Back/Hands: Osprey Sojourn 80 Liter Wheeled Backpack

We got ourselves down to just one checked bag and just under the requirements for airlines, it’s on the heavy side but the bag has very good weight distribution and if needed it can convert to a backpack. We are yet to find ourselves using the backpack straps.

Carry on Camera bag: Ruggard Outrigger 45 

We also carry on all of our camera equipment, check out what is all in Adam’s camera bag here. For our day trips, Adam carries a Lowepro Event Messenger 100 camera bag which he swears by, check out here what he carries in and why he loves it.


Women’s Packing List for an RTW trip

Bottoms

RTW Packing List Bottoms gear for our RTW trip

  • 1 pair of prAna jeans, I wear these often! Sometimes cuff them, or leave them long. They wash well, keep their color, comfortable, and dry quickly.
  • 1 pair of denim shorts
  • 1 denim jean skirt
  • 1 pair of “elephant pants” comfortable pants bought in Thailand for $4 wear them as pajamas, and all day in Africa during long drive days.

Active Clothing

RTW Packing List Active clothing for our RTW trip

  • 2 pairs of workout capris- They not only fun looking but super comfortable & soft and they breathe! My black NorthFace capris go with everything, dry quick, and also super comfortable.
  • 1 pairs of workout shorts, rarely wear as my prAna capris are much more comfortable.
  • 1 sports bra, black goes with everything!
  • 1 workout top with built in bra
  • 1 active dress, has built in bra, super comfortable, breaths on those hot travel days, and dry’s super fast 80% polyester.


Tops

RTW Packing List

  • 4 Victoria Secret Pink brand t-shirts super light and dry fast (pink, orange, purple, and green) my FAVORITE top in my pack 60% cotton 40% polyester
  • Long sleeve t-shirt, keeps me warm with blasting AC
  • 1 – 3/4 length shirt, 1 works when need to be a little dressy, and the pink one is lightweight GAP one that I just love
  • 2 tank tops,100% polyester really light and dry quick, more dressy than cotton tanks
  • 3 tank tops, cheap $3 ones from Thailand
  • 1 white cami to go under shirts
  • 1 zip up sweatshirt, wear this DAILY.  Airplanes/airports/hotels blast the AC and I pop this on.  Also 60% cotton 40% polyester

Other Clothes

RTW Packing List

  • 2 bras, love my Victoria Secret Nakeds one you don’t even know you are wearing anything, keeps me really cool & comfortable 72% nylon
  • 1 sports bra
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • 8 pairs of underwear, favorites are Victoria Secret Lacie’s (100% nylon) and No Show they dry super fast and are cute too
  • Leopard silk robe, staying in hostels with shared baths this comes in handy- Sent back as we didn’t have shared bathrooms enough to justify it.

RTW Packing List

  • 4 bikini’s, do I need to explain?!?!?

Shoes

RTW Packing List

  • 1 pair athletic shoes
  • 2 pairs of sandals

Accessories

RTW Packing List

  • 2 bracelets
  • 2 Sunglasses
  • Jawbone UP to track how much we walk
  • belt
  • Hairdryer, travel edition so it works worldwide – not pictured
  • Mini hair straightener – not pictured
  • Small makeup kit ( foundation, concealer bronzer, 2 eye shadows, mascara, 1 nail polish colors) – not pictured

 Men’s Packing List for an RTW trip

Bottoms

RTW Packing List

  • 1 pair active shorts
  • 1 pairs shorts gray, with pickpocket proof pockets added in Nicaragua
  • 2 swim shorts
  • 1 pair pick-pocket proof pants

Tops RTW Packing List

  • 1 dry-fit long sleeve, necessary for surfing & cold weather
  • 1 Helly Hensen long sleeve 1/2 zip, 57% Merino wool/43% polyester
  • 2 dry-fit short sleeve shirts
  • 1 dressy dry fit polo (for those fancy hotels & boarder crossings)
  • 3 tank tops, rotate new ones in as they are $3 here in Thailand
  • 5 t-shirts

Other Clothes

RTW Packing List

  • 5 pairs of  ExOfficio boxers– quick drying, comfortable, and long lasting
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • hat
  • Electric razor – not pictured
  • belt


Shoes

  • 1 pair sandals
  • 1 pair tennis shoes, his feet are huge he only gets one pair

OuterwearRTW Packing List

We started the trip with a fleece for Adam as well but since we are chasing summer, for the most part, we sent it home. We plan to buy a replacement as we need one since it was used so infrequently and took up a lot of space. We may do the same for Hannah’s fleece too.

Toiletries for an RTW Trip RTW Packing List

 

  • Medicine Pack (thermometer, Tylenol, Band-Aids, Neosporin, malaria pills, laxatives, TD pills, ibuprofen, cold medicine, allergy medicine, a few others too, oh and a pair of rubber gloves in case it gets messy)
  • Bathroom Supplies (shampoo, conditioner, soap, hair de-tangler, Moroccan oil, toothpaste, floss, ear swabs, razors) – not pictured
  • Bug spray – not pictured
  • Face sunscreen 30spf – not pictured
  • Body sunscreen 15spf – not pictured

Misc items for RTW Trip

RTW Packing List


 What Electronics to Pack for an RTW TripRTW Packing List

 *Note the bag pictured above is our old technology backpack not the North Face bag we currently have*


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Have you taken an RTW trip? Have any items to add to our RTW Packing List? We will continue to update our RTW Packing List as we continue our travels.

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14 thoughts on “RTW Packing List

  1. Which one of the Osprey range is your 70 liter backpack, the Aether? I’m a big fan of the Osprey brand, in general. I’ve had a couple of their bags in the past and have found that they perform really well, they’re built to do the job.

    • Your right, BUT we still technically have backpacks but with wheels now. Just some cheapo bags from Bangkok, we are going to get the nice ones at REI once we are back in the USA.

  2. Hannah, I disagree with Trevor on the compression sacks. It’s not about having too much stuff, it’s about keeping your bag organized and being able to separate dirty clothes from clean. Plus you will probably acquire things along the way. That said, my pack is lightweight too, probably about 14lbs.

  3. Not to brag but I carry a total of 16 liters weighing about 12lbs. Its been a year of world travel so far. You just don’t need that much.

    • We only have 1 checked bag for both of us and it’s 20kg, for 2 people I think that is really good. We have packing cubes, which I couldn’t live with out. Adam has rather large feet, 15 so only 1 pair of shoes & 1 pair of sandals for him. Thankfully we only need sleeping bags in Africa, which we will be picking up soon.

  4. Less stuff is better, easier said than done I suppose!

    Compression sacks are a must have.
    I’m so glad to have my nifty clothesline, it’s the kind with little beads on it so you don’t need clothes pins for clips. I’ve had to do hand laundry in the hotel/hostels more than expected.

    A USB rechargeable Steripen. I buy bottled water often but sometimes it’s not accessible. Great to use whenever in doubt.

    A splitter for the outlet so that you can recharge 3 electronics simultaneously! Keeping the laptop, phone, camera battery charged is always a daily task.

    • Couldn’t agree more about compression cubes/sacks there are space saver! Our clothesline also has the beads to use as clothes pins, wish it had more beads though! We thought about a steripen, do you have a favorite brand? We are looking at a mini outlet too, bc its crazy how many chargers we have! Thanks for the tips!

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