What do you have in mind when you think of a trip around the world ?
Clothes? Visas? Flight tickets? Money? Time? – I think the answer should include all of them and not only. But if there is will and a bit of luck, the other aspects can be less significant.
The short answer is “a backpack”. If your curiosity has been satisfied, read no more 🙂
We started with a draft plan and a goal: experience other cultures and find a place to call home.
Should that place be 50km away, 500 or even on the other side of the world, we definitely won’t need the stuff we have here. So start selling and getting rid of all that junk piling in your wardrobe or garage! Therefore bye-bye motorcycle, bye-bye car, boards, and other little things that give you the fake feeling of comfort in a sedentary life.
But now back to the question: what do we NEED for such a trip? Luckily we’re not the first or the only ones going on such an adventure, so we started looking around for advice. We’re definitely taking each-other.
To sum things up, we’re taking a backpack full of (hopefully matching) clothes, some light gadgets and some cosmetics. We saw people doing it with a small backpack (40-50L) for commodity and ease of hitchhiking, some other use 2 small backpacks of almost equal sizes (one in front and one in the back) and some recommending some bulky big ones which are more suitable for hiking/camping. After watching several videos about packing for round the world trips (both by women and men) I was convinced to buy this one. 70L flight-safe backpack, with front opening and weighing just 1.8Kg, including a smaller day-trip backpack, fully integrated and wearable in front of the backpack as well: Osprey Farpoint 70
Here’s a draft of the list we’ll take with us, and we have it almost complete (but we welcome any advice):
Medical kit: Painkillers, patches for cuts/blisters, Oxygenated water / alcohol , Antibiotics /flu / cough, nose drops, something against fever, herpes, dysentery, water purifying pills we have from a friend
Camping (not much here): hammock (maybe), chute cord (few meters), ear plugs, sleeping sleeve (silk liner), small sleeping bag/blanket
Cosmetics: Cosmetics bag, toothbrush, toothpaste, Solid soap, solid shampoo, deo stick, cotton buds, lip balm, hand cream, small+Large microfiber towel, wet tissues, toilet paper
Kitchen / cooking: Swiss knife (multitool), spork, plastic bowl (optional), water bottle, waterproof lighter
Shoes: Trekking shoes/partially waterproof, sandals / flip-flops
Legs: 3 shorts, 1 jeans, 1 convertible pants (with zipper), belt with plastic buckle, 5 pairs of underwear, 5 pairs of socks
Body: 4-5 t-shirts, 1 long sleeved shirt (collar+ pockets), 1 long sleeved shirt (thermal), 1 polartec/windproof sweater, light scarf, gore-tex rain jacket.
Electronics: small power adapter (multi) + USB*2, Surface 3 tablet + TypeCover + charger, ebook reader + charger, GoPro + selfie stick + batteries + remote + charger + memory cards (micro SD SXDHC ), small photo camera for pictures (micro SD), external HDD 1TB Transcend StoreJet 25M3 (because I dropped it and survived), backup battery, short USB cables for charging (lucky to get them with the battery)
Others: maps (Nokia Here all downloaded to phone), plan (guidelines), National Geographic guides on the ebook reader, flashlight Petzl Tikka, notepad / diary + pen(s) for when the inspiration hits, marker /for hitchhiking signs, security cord/cable for backpacks (hand made, 6m), luggage locks for zippers and cord (TSA approved), clothes separator zip-bags (lightweight, made in China, bought from ebay for 5$, shipping included).