Making a Round the World packing list has been one of the hardest parts for me when planning our adventure. The thought of carrying six months worth of clothing, shoes, accessories, toiletries and tech stuff in one large backpack and one carry-on daypack truly frightened me to my core.
I’ve had to throw the ‘style blogger’ part of me out the window and seek out clothing and accessories that will work in a myriad of destinations, climates and occasions. I want to be comfortable, dry, and not look like a total tourist (but hey, I am and I will probably look like one most of the time).
I’ll be sharing my Round the World packing lists in a few parts because there is way too much to cover in one post. Up first is for clothing and accessories. Next, I will be sharing toiletries and first aid supplies, technology and carry-on essentials in three separate posts.
Round the World Packing List: Clothing and Accessories
In order to keep my options streamlined and my head from going crazy, I chose a color palette of black, gray, khaki, white and army green so that each piece could work with everything else in my bag. I, also, really embraced the “athleisure” trend focusing on non-wrinkle, moisture-wicking materials and layers to keep me cool and fresh.
- Osprey Womens Ariel 65 Backpack in Vermillion Red – Even when I am carrying 30 pounds of weight in this pack, it is comfortable and easy to manage. I got fitted at an outdoors store and I am glad that I did because I felt most comfortable wearing the small backpack size, but needed the “medium” back insert for the pack to sit in the right spot at my hips and and back.
- Osprey Daypack – This is my carry-on bag that will hold all of my in-flight essentials and things I want to keep on me at all times (passport, license, medicine, etc.). I chose this version because it attaches to my larger pack very easily. It is adequate and will do the job.
- 4 packing cubes (Large, Medium, Small and Extra-Small) – Even if you aren’t traveling with a backpack, you should use packing cubes. They keep your items organized and somehow create space in your luggage.
- Compression bag – To decrease the size of my coats, these work wonders!
- North Face Down Jacket – To keep warm at night on safari, hiking and more, plus it packs down super small. My husband got the men’s version (twinning!)
- North Face Waterproof Rain Jacket Parka – I love this rain jacket because the hem is longer so you won’t get your butt wet when sitting down. Plus the hood folds into the collar so you can tuck it away when you are not wearing it.
- Athleta Green Anorak – The gold zippers were the selling point on this one and I liked that this would make an outfit a little dressier. The hood also folds into the collar on this jacket as well.
- North Face Poncho Sweatshirt – This is going to be my go-to cozy, wear on every flight and cuddle-up piece. The material is very soft and the collar is big enough to curl up in during long flights and train rides.
- 1 Lululemon zip-up jacket – For workouts, hikes and more
- 2 long sleeve, moisture-wicking shirts (1 gray and 1 white)
- 2 short sleeve, moisture-wicking shirts (1 gray and 1 dark gray)
- 2 moisture wicking tanks with built-in bras (1 gray and 1 black)
- 2 cotton, v-neck t-shirts (1 gray and 1 white)
- Gray, sleeveless tie-back tank – No real necessity here, but I just bought it and really liked it. Maybe I’ll do yoga in Bali wearing it!
- Wrap-around cardigan – To wear when I need to keep warm and cover up in traditional cultures or venues like a church
- Black long-sleeve sweatshirt – Seriously, the softest sweatshirt you will ever own. I, also, think you could swap this out with a hooded sweathshirt.
- Chambray shirt – Because I never, ever leave home without it
- 3/4 sleeve black dress and 3/4 sleeve gray dress – For sightseeing, dinners and winery visits in Europe and South Africa
- Green shirtdress – Wrinkle-free and SPF+ 50 protected
- Black maxi dress – For dinners, dressier occasions and potentially as a beach coverup
- Black skinny distressed jeans – My “dressy” pant for sightseeing, going to lunch and dinner
- 2 pairs of hiking/active shorts (1 black and 1 green) – Have SPF 50+ protection, lots of zippers and a comfortable waistband
- 2 pairs of hiking/active pants (1 black and 1 khaki for safari) – Have SPF 50+ protection, lots of zippers and a comfortable waistband
- Black running shorts – For workouts and hiking
- Black cropped yoga pants – For workouts, hiking and general to and fro
- Black skirt (with built-in shorts)- The bow makes this a skirt a little dressy. Plus, it has SPF 50+ protection.
- Comfy jogger pants – For lounging, airport travel and sleep
- Underwire bra
- Comfort bra – This version packs up super small so I threw it in at the last minute
- 2 sports bras – One from Lululemon and one from Athleta
- 10 pairs of underwear – The BEST I’ve found for working out and active stuff
- 2 pairs of hiking socks – I am able to wear the kids version which saves me money!
- 3 pairs of moisture-wicking running socks
- 2 pairs of ankle socks
- 1 pair of ActiveLayer long underwear in heather gray (top and bottom) – For sleeping in colder climates and hiking. I typically would choose black but read a few blogs that mosquitoes in Africa are more attracted to blacks and blues.
- Black flats – These are amazing because they are so supportive, comfortable and have a rubber sole with traction. I’ll be wearing these out to dinner and nicer spots mostly in Europe, South Africa and Australia. They are so small I can throw them in my purse too.
- Black Nike tennis shoes – For all airport travel, sightseeing and easy jogs
- Waterproof hiking/trail shoe – Since most hiking shoes are very bulky, I have a hard time really loving any of these types of shoes. However, I know I need them for support and to keep comfortable on our hikes. So after trying and buying a few pairs, I am happy with my choice and like that they are black, gray and white to match my color scheme since alot of hiking boots are the color of dirt 🙂
- Black Teva sandals with ankle strap – For water sports and walking around hot climates like India, Nepal and SE Asia
- Black rubber flip flops – For the beach, walking around at hotels and lodges, and less than stellar shower floors
- Two-piece bikini (top and bottom)
- One-piece swimsuit
- Scarf – To keep warm on airplanes, colder climates and “fancy-up” my dresses
- Red bandana
- “Sporty” watch with an army-green band to match my color scheme
- Baseball cap – For bad hair days and plane rides
- White running hat – For workouts, hikes and water sports
- Stretchy workout headband
- Crossbody purse – I like to keep my passport, phone and wallet in front of me so I searched near and far for the right crossbody bag ultimately choosing this one because of the three zippered pockets, great price and stylish look. I will mostly carry this in the beginning of our trip and stowing it away in some countries.
- Passport case – with a gold monogram of course
- RIFD-safe wallet
- Turkish towel – As a coverup or towel for the beach, blanket or scarf
- Foldup Resuable Tote – For the beach, to pack a picnic, carry groceries and wine or just about anything
- Tassel earrings – I know, this may seem a little strange but I feel totally glam when I wear these earrings. We will be celebrating Thanksgiving with our cousins when abroad and the holiday has typically been a black-tie dress code so I wanted “something” to make me feel fancy!
After months of planning and packing and buying and returning, I feel confident with my Round the World Packing List and the clothing and accessories I have chosen. With that being said, I may find that some items were unnecessary or that I couldn’t live without X, Y or Z. Therefore, I will update this list when needed!
Can you believe that entire Round the World packing list fit into one backpack and one daypack? I couldn’t either! Make sure to come back from my Toiletries/Cosmetics/First Aid, Technology and Carry-on Packing Lists.