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May 31, 2018

Packing List for Round The World Trip [WOMEN]

WHAT TO PACK FOR TRAVELING THE WORLD

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.

  • WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
  • WHAT TYPE OF BAG ARE YOU LIVING OUT OF?
  • WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO DO WHILE TRAVELING?
  • HOW OFTEN WILL YOU BE TRANSFERRING LOCATIONS?

These determine things like;

  • the coats and layers you’ll need,
  • shoe selection,
  • the allotted space you have to fill,
  • how light your bag needs to be,
  • what electronics you’ll need to bring (which will likely need to be in a carry-on) etc.

 

THE BIG PICTURE

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.

In conclusion we needed:

  • A LOT of electronics (separate post about that here)
  • To pack light as far as clothing
  • Multi-season options (winter in Europe and South America)
  • Active wear in addition to “normal clothing.”

 

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.

CLOTHING, ACCESSORIES, TOILETRIES

RTW packing list for female nomad

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)

Jackets

Patagonia nano air in medium (color no longer available) – (lightweight, breathes, and packable)

Patagonia nano storm in black, medium (winter/fall – waterproof)

Tops

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)

  • 2 Reebok Women’s Heather Jersey Tank (in mediums, White and Light Gray – I like longer tanks)
  • 2 Victoria’s Secret High Neck Racer Backs (in XS, Gray and Black)
  • 1 Light Peach Low Cut Tank (because ya girl needed something besides black gray and white)

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.

Dresses

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).

Bottoms

2 Pants

  • 1 Mountain Hardware (caramel color – heavier and durable)
  • 1 Eddie Bauer lightweight (purple – almost like scrubs)

Below I am in San Sebastian Spain wearing the Eddie Bauer pants as well as the cowl neck sweater and the Patagonia ball cap. 

Round the world packing list for females

3 Leggings

3 Shorts

  • 1 Nike Workout Short
  • 1 Columbia Dry-fit (Hiking/everyday)
  • 1 Gap Gray Linen (sleepwear and nicer occasions/everyday wear)

Sweats

1 pair of Adidas Sweatpants (sleepwear and winter)

Swimwear

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)

 

Best Swimwear for Round the world travel women

American Eagle Aerie Swimwear for Women - black zip

Undergarments

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…

Women's wool socks

Underwear (12 pairs)

  • 7 pairs of seamless thongs
  • 5 pairs of night time panties (keeping it so real okay?). You get to pack what YOU need.

 

ACCESSORIES

Headwear

1 C.C. Beanie (in rust)

1 Patagonia baseball cap

6 headbands

Best Thick Headbands for Women

Round the World packing list

Scarfs

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)

Sunglasses

1 Rose Colored Guess Brand

1 Black (not-pictured – from Target)

TOILETRIES

Makeup

 

Skin Care

My all time favorite brand, Fre Skincare’s 123 Set. It’s the only thing I use on my face, and you can get 20% off when you use my code: FDBA here.

Best Travel Skin Care Set - Fre Skin Care

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.

Well there you have it!

Everything pictured went into my Osprey Farpoint 55L.  Like I said, you can see an in depth breakdown of our electronics and bags we used for carry-on’s by clicking here.

**some of the links on this page are affiliate links and I may make a little extra cash if you use them**

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