Our World Trip Travel

Packing for our World Trip – Our list and tips for you!

Three months out

A few months before leaving for our trip we started looking into what backpacks, clothes and essentials we would need for our one year trip around the world. It was overwhelming but exciting at the same time. We did lots of research and then dedicated a little corner of our living room to start packing our stuff together.


What we looked for:

  1. A good suspension system was essential since we plan on doing treks along the way.
  2. We looked for a front loading pack which would allow us to open it more like a suitcase. This gives easy access without unpacking the whole bag for one item.
  3. A pack that is versatile, allowing us to both trek, and travel with. It needed functionality without being too bulky or covered in loops and straps.
  4. We tried really hard to get carry on size hoping to have our packs with us as much as possible due to airlines consistently losing our bags.

We spent a few weeks visiting REI looking at and trying on backpacks. After a few weeks of intense online research and trying on different packs in the store we went along with Kelty Redwing 40LOsprey Kestrel 48L. We also brought a technology backpack WANDRD 31L which we won during a giveaway a few days just before flying out! It was God’s gift to us. We really needed it, but didn’t have the budget for it.

Many people bring much bigger packs for a trip of this sort, however, we consciously decided to get smaller ones. We believe in mas o menos being minimalistic, and we know that as humans we tend to think we need more than we actually do. Our goal was to force ourselves to think critically about what we brought, and to pack only the essentials. Additionally, having smaller bags translates to less weight which is very important.

Here are some other great packs we considered that might work for you depending on your fit or preferences:

1. Osprey Farpoint 40L

2. Osprey Waypoint 55L

3. Tortuga Travel Backpack 44L

4. Deuter Transit 50L

5. Osprey Women’s Kyte 46L


Alex’s Pack

Osprey Kestrel 48L




   Katie’s Pack

Kelty Redwing 40L



  • active cap & 1 warm hat & 1 sun hat
  • short scarf
  • simple earrings
  • 2 necklaces to dress things up
  • A few hair ties & bobby pins
  • 2 bandanas



  • Chaco’s (great for around town, short hikes & walks)
  • Trail Running Shoes Brooks Cascadia 12 (So much lighter than bulky hiking boots! Great ankle support & light-weight)
  • Flip Flops (great for when you are taking a shower or at the beach)

Technology Pack


Medical Kit

  • Badger Sport Sunscreen
  • Organic Bug Spray
  • Spirulina-nutrient dense, antioxidants, helps with allergies
  • Probiotics -help boost your immune system and help with unfamiliar germs and bacteria
  • Digestive Enzymes-help the body absorb more nutrients and improve gut health
  • Ibuprofen-headaches
  • Pepto Bismol-Nausea, Heartburn, Indigestion, Upset Stomach and Diarrhea
  • Anti-itch cream
  • Advil Cold & Flu
  • Essential Oils (Lavender-soothing & great to relieve mosquito bites, Peppermint- focus & nausea, Tea Tree- for cuts, bites)
  • Activated Charcoal-effective for food poisoning/digestive distress.
  • Bandages

There are pharmacies everywhere and it’s not hard to get what you need if you accidentally forgot something or you got sick. It’s not expensive and very accessible, but it is very nice to have a basic medical with you.

Travel Essentials & Other

Tips on Packing

1. Pack for the type of trip you are going on. We knew that we were going to be doing many treks & outdoor activities, therefore, we brought more active and quick dry clothing items. If you going to be visiting more museums & sites vs. outdoor activities then you might want to bring more casual clothing.

2. Pack for the weather & country. We chose to chase summer around the globe and that means our wardrobe consists more of lose & less bulky items. We did not expect South America to be so chilly, so we definitely needed to pack more warmer clothes & less shorts!

3. Pack & buy clothing items that have a good color scheme and you can mix & match with. We chose to buy colors that are easy to work with for example, light grey, dark grey, navy blue, maroon, dark green, & khaki. These also are harder to get dirty and are great for mixing and matching.

4. Don’t forget that even if you forgot something or need something there’s always stores that you can find to go shopping at. It might be even cheaper abroad and better quality. 

5. Lastly, don’t pack last minute. Take time to think through the things that you will need and what you really want to bring and what you want to leave out.

If you have any questions about any of the gear we packed with us please comment below or send us an email we would be happy to help out!

As you are well used to by now all the links to Amazon are affiliate links and if you end up liking any of the items a purchase using one of the links helps us travel longer!

Love you all 🙂

Alex & Katie

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