So you’ve decided to travel the world. First off, congratulations!
This post is specifically for the ladies as we have quite a few details to consider when choosing our round the world packing list.
Before we get into what I actually brought with me around the world, there are some considerations to be made.
These determine things like;
Below I provide some background on my situation just so you understand the context of my packing list.
We planned to travel slow – a month in one place at a time with a few 4-6 week faster moving pockets here and there (like in Europe). This is because I am a digital nomad, which means I needed to work on the go. My business also requires that I have access to weights and gym equipment. I needed to be able to lift weights and create content. It is much cheaper to buy a month gym membership than to pay 3 weeks worth of drop in fees. Needing to workout daily also meant my attire needed to be multi-use. Think athlesiure – I needed clothing that could go from the gym straight to the town.
This also meant I had an entire carryon full of electronics that I guarded with my life. See my electronics post here. I was packing several thousands of dollars on my back (also why you need to strongly consider travel insurance. We use World Nomads because they’re really just the best for the adventurous type).
Knowing we’d have some 4-6 week faster moving pockets of travel, we packed LIGHT. After our three week trip to Spain, nine months prior to our RTW trip, we knew we wanted to pack WAY lighter.
So, we mostly planned slow travel but needed to be light for those more mobile time periods. We also were NOT following the weather. Being from the gorgeous Pacific NorthWest we love having seasons. If you plan to just follow nice weather you will be able to pack lighter than we did. On top of that, we like to explore. This means hiking worthy shoes AND winter boots + warm, layer-able clothing options. Yes, you can always pack less and buy as you go, but I am a prepared freak and wanted to take as much multi-use clothing as I could without having to buy things along the way. But you do you. To each his/her own.
Now for the details. Below you will find EVERYTHING we brought. The clothing and accessories are mine. The electronics were dispersed between my husband and myself which you will also see in this post.
First off, I took out the mustard dress and sweater because I had enough sweaters, needed room and the likelihood of wearing the dress often was just not real life. So they stayed home.
Starting with the SHOES and working our way up:
Reebok cross trainers (everyday wear + lifting shoes)
Adidas Terrex Agravic Speed in coral (hiking/running/everyday wear)
Chacos Barbary Waterproof Boot in nickel gray (hiking/winter)
Born Sandal in light brown (warm weather, dress up)
Patagonia nano air in medium (color no longer available) – (lightweight, breathes, and packable)
Patagonia nano storm in black, medium (winter/fall – waterproof)
1 White Athleta long sleeve (sleeping, working out, layering, everyday wear)
1 Gray Crewneck Wool Sweater (layering, breathable)
1 Eddie Baurer Cowl Neck Sweater (Layering, warm)
1 Cotton T-shirt
5 Cotton or dry-fit Tanks (for working out + everyday wear)
1 neutral, nice, light weight tunic/tank top (for nicer occasions) – from Target
1 Longline Cardigan (for nicer occasions and warmer weather) – exact product was from Charolette Rouse, asos is linked.
1 Black high-low racerback dress from Forever21 (multi-use, best freaking dress ever and doubles as a swim coverup or nighty).
Below you can see me wearing the dress during our Spain extravaganza. Also, the sandals were super cute from Euro Soft but tore my ankles to shreds…so they didn’t make the RTW cut (no pun intended).
Below I am in San Sebastian Spain wearing the Eddie Bauer pants as well as the cowl neck sweater and the Patagonia ball cap.
1 pair of Adidas Sweatpants (sleepwear and winter)
2 Swim Suits (Both pictured below – wanted both to be athletic but classy, and simple as I’d be wearing only these exclusively all year)
Socks (5 pair)
Why wool? It’s warm but breathes and doesn’t hold smells. All needed when traveling long term and working out daily…
Underwear (12 pairs)
1 C.C. Beanie (in rust)
1 Lululemon Vinyasa Reversible Wrap Scarf (this thing is freaking amazing, mine is black on one side and small stripes on the other – as pictured).
1 lightweight fringe end black scarf (doubles as a sarong)
1 Rose Colored Guess Brand
1 Black (not-pictured – from Target)
You’ll notice I didn’t bring and hair product, or straightener, curling wand, or brush. We buy toiletries as we go and It is not worth carrying the weight of the hot tools around in my opinion. As long as the airbnb’s and hotels have a blow dryer, I’m good.
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