IT’S BEEN 9 MONTHS ON REMOTE YEAR…AND
I’VE FINALLY GOT THIS FIGURED OUT!
When I left, I brought enough pairs of underwear to last for a month and with a backpack packed within a backpack. I had packing cubes and now I don’t (gasp – I know I can
Which is why I’m not writing this blog post at the beginning of the year…I’m writing it toward the end. Because, how could I have possibly told you what to pack on your round-the-world trip when I was a round-the-world newbie myself? I couldn’t have. But now? Idk…I still feel like I don’t know what the actual eff I’m talking about, but I can tell you what stuff has made the cut.
So, here it is…9 months of round the world travel…and the essentials that are still in my suitcase after 9 months of purging replacing, etc.
STEP #1 – THE GEAR…
Eddie Bauer Drop-Bottom Rolling Duffel – I purchase this new before I started my round the world travels and this bag is a champ. I bought it because I knew that my other suitcases weren’t going to last the year. My last two suitcases have busted because of broken wheels or broken handles. There was nothing wrong with the rest of the bag. So, when I was making this purchase, I was looking for something with supremely sturdy wheels and a sturdy handle, and damn, have the wheels and handle held up so far this year. I’ve legit watched people in my group who have had their luggage break on travel day when we’re at the airport. And it’s no fun. Some of the bonuses that I have loved about this bag as I’ve traveled abroad this year? I love the hard-sided back panel area, which they call the “drop-bottom”. It allows me to tuck away items that might need a little bit more protection in transit, and a place to put dirty shoes or laundry without getting all my clothes dirty. I also love the color of this bag (mine’s green, so it’s super easy to identify on the baggage carousel), the sturdy material and zippers (I have put them through the ringer this year), and the super-reinforced duffel handles. They’ve been super useful for lugging my suitcase around, whether that’s been hoisting it
Kelty Redwing Women’s 40 Daypack – This was one of those
EcoCity Crossbody Bag – It was my personal item, but really…it was just an awesome purse to have with me on my adventures! It’s casual, durable, zips closed and has the crossbody strap that is essential in a purse when you’re a travel. Plus, it was big enough to toss snacks and a water bottle in!
STEP #2 – THE CLOTHES…
1 pair of long pants – I brought two and considering we’re basically in summer for a year, it’s been unnecessary to have 2. One pair is the sweet spot.
2 Shorts – I have a pair of jean shorts and a pair of dressier khaki shorts, and it’s a great combination.
2 skirts (one short, 1 long) – The short skirt is great for more casual events and the long skirt can be dressed up or dressed down.
1 dress or romper – I’ve been traveling with both, but I’m actually finding a lot of overlap between the instances where I wear them. You could probably get away with one or the other.
Workout gear – I workout a lot so this is a big category for me…
3 Workout tops – I tend to just
workoutin sports bras a lot!
5 pairs of workout bottoms – 1 pair of shorts, 2 pairs of capris, 2 pairs of leggings
6 sports bras – These are easy to pack, and they get sweaty
afwhen you wear them. So I brought a lot! Maybe it’s overkill, but when you’re working out 5-6 days a week, it’s necessary.
15 pairs of underwear
1 regular bra
5 pairs of ankle socks
4 pairs of hiking socks – This feels like a lot now, but when I was trekking Machu Picchu, this felt very necessary!
Trail Running Shoes – I’m obsessed with my Sportiva trail running shoes. I purchased these
Teva Sandals – I really only brought my running shoes,
Also…I had very few moments where I wish that I’d brought more than these 2 pairs of shoes and flip-flops. I really don’t think it would’ve been necessary.
STEP #3 – THE TECH…
DSLR Camera – If you’re a photography aficionado…you’ll want your DSLR. Photography is an opportunity for me to express my creativity, disconnect and really feel like I’m capturing my experiences. I could totally have taken all my photos with my
Laptop – Because #digitalnomad. Gotta make a living.
Bluetooth Speaker – Water resistant, super durable, loud, indoor/outdoor modes, good bass. This one was a
Mini Travel Surge Protector – This was one of those little things that made a hell of a difference. It was a small surge protector. But when you have only 1 adapter per country, you really need to take advantage of the 1 plug that you have. This surge protector allowed me to turn my 1 plug into 3 plugs with 2 USB ports. It made all the difference.
Amazon Fire Tablet – If you read as much as I do (seriously…check out my 2018 reading list) and are as much of a movie fiend as I am, it’s a must to have a tablet with you. This thing was my companion for so many things, but particularly for my Miracle Morning and on travel days!
Beats Solo3 Noise Cancelling Headphones – Noise
STEP #4 – PERSONAL CARE…
Steripen and LifeStraw – Because high-quality water isn’t readily available in so many places throughout the world, having the ability to purify your own is so freaking necessary. I thought by the end of this year, I would come to prefer one form of purification over the other, but honestly, they both have their uses! And I definitely don’t think it’s a bad idea to travel with both!
Turkish Towel – Quick drying, comfy, and it can double as a blanket or scarf! I love my
Conair Collapsible Hair Dryer – In many of the places we’ve visited this year, we’ve had hair dryers. I didn’t use them much, but periodically I did. It’s in the places we haven’t had readily accessible hair dryers that I’ve really realized how important it is to have one, even if you don’t use it much. That’s why I’m so happy I brought this collapsible travel hair dryer with me!
STEP #5 – FITNESS…
The Empack by Evolved Motion – If you’re a world traveler who thrives on fitness and how it makes you feel, you need an
Simply Fit Resistance Loops, Sliders &
Beachbody OnDemand – My go-to workout system! No need to bring DVDs and no need to come up with a workout on your own or even go to a gym. Workout from your living room or
STEP #6 – MISCELLANEOUS MUST-HAVES…
Luggage Scale – Super useful for guaranteeing depression and separation anxiety from your favorite items. Also, if you’re experience is anything like mine, you’ll become very popular on travel day loaning it out to your friends! Overage fees are no-joke!
Travel Wallet + Passport Holder – This is something that might seem insignificant, but this was one of those purchases that I almost returned and/or didn’t bring, but that I have been so supremely happy with! This travel wallet isn’t anything special, but it has a little handle, zip close and is big enough for me to put my wallet/keys inside, and to store my boarding pass and passport on travel day. I LOVE this wallet. And even if you don’t get this exact one, get something like it!
Planner + Pens –
Money Belt – I honestly haven’t used this much, but I thoroughly enjoy having it still. It provides me with peace of mind and an option to feel more secure in certain environments. For example…my a bunch of people in my community went to this big drum show in Buenos Aires called La Bomba. Many people in the crowd were getting pickpocketed, but me? I didn’t have any problems because I had worn a loose fitting shirt under which I had put all my personal belonging and cash within my money belt. It was wonderful!