It’s not easy to do a world trip and pack lightly. There are so many things to think of. But as you travel more often, you will slowly get the hang of it. I remember my first time packing for a six month trip through Asia. Here I was stuffing all these crafty so-called “travel-essentials”, such as a spork and other outdoor gadgets, in my already heavily bulging backpack. I was packing my bag as if I was going full Bear Grylls, surviving merely on plants and sleeping in caves deep in the Vietnam rain forest. Obviously, this wasn’t the case. I returned home, unpacked my bags and, to my surprise, found many items that I hadn’t even seen or touched in my time in Asia. So to spare you the trouble of lifting extra weight (you can do this in the gym), here’s a list of things we packed for our world trip.
25-30 litre cabin luggage (we have a 28-litre Pacsafe bag and a 30-litre Thule bag that we also use as camera bag)
Note: while this list is A LOT more compact than we used to pack before, we are still struggling with packing as light as we possibly can. We experience this as an ongoing process and it will take some time to adjust the list exactly to our (ever-changing) needs. Perhaps the biggest challenge for us is how we can cut down even more before leaving on our adventure next year. The ultimate goal is to ‘only’ travel with our carry on bags.