the blog

welcome to 

Personal, Travel

December 19, 2019

Full Packing Haul – World Travels Round Two

Full Packing Haul for world travels round two


I bring you – my backpack closet for the next five months. Traveling the world is a planning feat in itself. Packing to travel the world is a whole other challenge.

Nate and I traveled the world and lived in backpacks from May 2018 through May 2019 (367 days, 25 countries, 70+ cities). We learned A LOT through that process and literally started planning our next packing decisions before we even arrived home. I am far more confident in my choices this time around.

This blog post is designed for two purposes

1. Help those who want to travel the world, or travel long term (where you’re living in a suitcase or backpack) choose quality, versatile products. And to give you a place to START the planning process.

2. For those who dig my style and trust my #influence, to shop some of my fav products. I am NOT working with any of these companies (I wish), but I did use some affiliate links (if you make a purchase via one of my links I earn a teeny tiny commission).

I’ve separated the wardrobe into sections, and YES, I include bras as well because you NEED versatile bras as well.

You can find my fav travel bags, purses, and luggage for function + style. Some photos are NOT the actual items linked. Strictly for image creation. But all ACTUAL items are linked if the item or something similar is available.

My goal with this round (2020) was to NOT sacrifice my style for function. In 2018-2019 I went ALL function and missed having my style. So yes, we’re bringing the hoop earrings and pointy toed nude flats this round. The world truly is not ready for me.

Let’s dive into the packing:

Outer Layers (3)

outerwear for world travel packing haul

North Face Thermoball Hoodie [had to go in store for this color]

Patagonia Frozen Range 3 in 1 Parka in Sage Khaki

Old Navy Distressed Jean Jacket For Women

Dresses (2)

dresses for world travel packing haul

Forever 21 hi-low racer-back dress [got for $12 six years ago – dress it up or down, swimsuit coverup, throw a belt around the waist. So good]

Asos Native Youth Volume Maxi Smock Dress in Stripe [if out of stock, they’ll show similar dresses]
Great for a modest option and multi-seasonal

Shoes (5)

shoes for world travel packing haul

Essex Lane Eleanor Loafer in light brown leather. Only flat you’ll ever need.

Reef Sandals Cushion Bounce Vista

Cougar Kensington Rain Boot

Vivobarefoot Primus Lite

Hiking/running shoe – Norvan LD GTX Women’s Shoe (wanted a waterproof shoe but NOT a hiking boot)

Bottoms (8)

3 Pants

Rigcage Straight Ankle Jeans – washed black (not currently available, but similar styles are).

American Eagle Mom Jean

Mountain Hardware AP Scrambler Pant

pants and leggings for world travels

3 leggings

Fabletics – Trinity High Waisted in Black (thicker and more compressive than power hold + warmer).

Fabletics – Power Hold 7/8 legging in black

Not pictured (added late) P’tula Stealth Edition Leggings in 23″ (LOVE THESE)

I love me some leggings. All the colors, all the patterns, all the mesh. BUT with traveling and using capsule wardrobes, simple and versatile is really best. So I went for two pairs of black leggings that can be worn hiking, working out, with a tee and jean jacket, or with sweaters and rain boots. ALSO, one must consider durability. Mesh does not travel and wash well for long periods of time. I found this out the hard way in round one. I went through TEN pairs of leggings via trial and error last round. The conclusion aggressively pointed to plain, black, comfortable leggings. Go figure.

shorts for world travels

2 Shorts

Nike 2 in 1 black shorts – I also have the grey on grey but trying to only bring one.

Columbia (have had these for four years. They’re a godsend and Columbia does not make these anymore but might have something similar. I will cry the day these give out).

Tops (13)

sweaters for world travel packing haul
Tops for world travel packing haul

2 Sweaters

H&M Mock Neck Wool Knit Sweater (not exact, but closest I could find, and H&M has tons of great sweaters)

Aerie Sunday Soft Quarter Zip – grey (may not be available but Aerie sweatshirts are amazing). Just needed something cozy to throw on, wear every day.

3 Long Sleeve

Aerie Ribbed Long Sleeve – I LOVE this top. A solid basic long sleeve is a staple and can be worn during EVERY season. Winning.

GapFit Breathe Long Sleeve Hi-Low tunic – white (not currently available – not pictured above, white long sleeve taking its place)

Patagonia Capiline Midnight Crew Base Layer (not for style, but for function – therefore not pictured)

3 T-shirts

Aerie Oversized Boyfriend Tee (available colors and graphics change often – the black I have is currently not available)

Fabletics S/S Crew Neck Camo Tee – Great with leggings, jeans or for a workout. Imagine it under a jean jacket. Just so good.

Late addition found at Walmart for $7.88 in the kids section…my new fav Lion King “Hakuna Matata” (see photo of packed tops).

2 Shirts

Aerie Boyfriend denim button-up

Classic Lightweight flannel [mens, from an REI garage sale. Elbows have holes in them and I freaking love it].

4 Tank tops (no photos)

Victoria’s Secret Sport – no longer available – had for 5-6 years now

Reebok  – (might be phased out, but I found them for years at Dicks for $10) – white

Tunic from Target ages ago

Black flowy crop – got wholesale

See packed photos.

Swim & Accessory

swim and accessory for world travel packing haul

Aerie Swim – I live in Aerie swim suits. I love their high waisted bottoms and structured bandeau + scoop neck tops. Actually bringing two swimsuits from Aerie. The blue one in the packing photos is discontinued.

Women’s Mesh Inset High Waisted Bikini Bottoms


It is important for me to have bras that can be worn with multiple cuts of shirts, and as a sports bra or normal bra.

Here are my favs for a good price. All three have a deep back, front, and straps that can become cross or racer back, which is ideal for me.

Everyday Bra by Fabletics

GapFit Seamless Low Support Plunge Bra – I have real small tatas so this is fine for me. PERHAPS if you’re larger than a C cup this would not work as a sports bra.

Athleta Renewal Bra – This was my saving grace last time around the world. I wore this thing to its death. It IS durable. But I basically wore it EVERYDAY for a year. So…it’s worn out.

Other than that, I like Old Navy sports bras. I don’t need much.


All socks are Darn Tough or Smart Woollinked are women’s crew hiking socks.

Best Travel Backpacks and Bags

Opsrey travel bags and packing cubes
electronic and carry on bags for world travels

Peak Design Everyday Messenger – Nate uses and LOVES this bag for his electronics, books, headphones etc.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack – I used this 2018-2019, largely because the drone took up so much space. But since droning is illegal most places and ours was confiscated in Morocco…I didn’t need space for it this time.

Kamrette Avana shoulder/crossbody bag – this bag is HIGH QUALITY, customer service was amazing and it works as a classy everyday purse (it’s large) or a laptop/camera/planner bag. Perfect for travel – has shoulder strap + shorter, hand/shoulder option. Very affordable in comparison to other stylish camera/electronic bags.

Osprey Farpoint/Fairview 65 L Roller Backpack – We had backpacking backpacks last year. The updated version with a rolling options is THE BEST for versatility. This also had more compartments, which was important for me this time around.

Osprey Packing Cubes I used two large for clothing, and a medium for underwear/bras and swimsuits.

Osprey Ultra Lite Stuff Pack – Our old Osprey packs had a day pack attached. So we got these little guys just in case we need something for day hikes and whatnot.

Osprey Straight Jacket Compression Sack 20LThis is what my sweaters, 3-in-1 parka and other winter items go in. It’s UH-Mazing.

How it’s all packed

Annie Miller's bags packed for world travels

(above) This is EVERYTHING packed into my two bags.

electronics bag packed for world travels

(above) Breakdown of the “electronics” bag (Kamrette Avana bag) – laptop, planner, notebooks, hard drive, camera, lens, podcast mic, noise canceling headphones, and appropriate cords and chargers. In the top photo, you can see the Avana bag zipped up.

denim jacket for world travels in osprey pocket

(above) Main pack outer pocket – Praises for having more than one gaping pocket in this Osprey backpack. My treasured denim jacket fits perfect in the outer pocket.

mesh zip compartment of osprey bag packed

(above) Mesh zip compartments – flats (or sandals which I was wearing during this shoot) in one pouch, socks in the other. My shortie socks have not arrived yet.

pocket of osprey bag with items for world travels

(above) Main pack top pouch – Vivobarefoot Primus Lite shoes + a dress. Perfect for stuffing anything that will fit, really.

osprey bag packed for world travels

(above) Main Osprey Pack – Above, you can see my main pack completely packed on the left, and everything from the MAIN COMPARTMENT on the right. Mesh pouches and top pouch are shown previously.

In the main area (which I will break down shortly), we have make up, toiletries, brush, undergarments and swimsuits, tops, bottoms, a dress, rain boots, trail runners, jackets, sweaters and accessories like a scarf and hat…its all inside the Osprey packing cubes and compression bag. Magical, I know.

swimsuits and undergarments in medium packing cube for world travels

(above) Medium packing cube – underwear and bras (not shown) and swimsuits. Hand for size reference.

pants and leggings for world travel with gray packing cube

(above) Large packing cube grey – Pants and leggings.

large teal packing cube and items for world travels

(above) Large packing cube teal– Tops & shorts (tanks, t-shirts, long sleeves, and button ups).

jackets and sweaters for world travel

(above) Inside the 20L compression sack – This is like Mary Poppins, I know. But it is real life. Patagonia 3-in-1 Frozen Parka, Northface Themoball (packed into it’s hood), sweaters Underarmour sweatpants, and beanie.

Aerie hoops and Fossil watch

(above) Aaaaaand my accessories. Because I like to feel classy. Yes, hoops are classy.


That’s what’s coming with me around the world for a second time!

Join my mailing list for weekly blog and podcast updates. You may or may not get VIP discounts as well. Just saying. Join the fam.

Love this post? Pin it for later!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

I'm an adventurous introvert from Vancouver, Washington who lives on sleep + "me time." I'm a lover of lifting weights, dinosaurs, real talk and traveling with my husband. I am here to help you move better, lift more, bust the myths of the fitness industry, and inspire you to love the process.

Hey you,

The name's Annie & you're reading my thoughts. Let's get acquainted. 

the whole story >







creep the categories

Mobility, workouts, methodologies.

Tools so you can do hard things.

Behind the scenes. Keepin' it real.

Photo diaries + travel guides

Tips & tricks for entrepreneurs

Weekly actionable takeaways

looking for something specific? find it here




brands I love

working against gravity

Fre skin care


blue light blockers

klassy network

code: fdba saves you 15% off


save $50

code: ANNIE saves you 20% off

You love my style, trust my reviews, and want more Annie Miller Concepts vibes in your life? Shop my favorite brands. You get awesome products and yours truly gets a little kick-back.


code annie

free flexy gains

3 Day Mobility + Core

free download

free biz gains

Ideal Client Avatar Creator

free download

level up

for free

how about you

view all free resources

tell me more

let's do more

These aren't your "normal" emails.

get the weekly wisdom or daily dose

You will hear from us shortly :)