What To Pack For A Whole Years Worth of Travel

After already having traveled for a full year around South East Asia, I know exactly how much easier life on the road is when you’re not lugging around a backpack the same size as you. Whilst most of what I have noted below is actually not necessary, it is convenient to have. So have a look, take notes and learn from my mistakes.

Weighing it below 20kg, this is what I packed in preparation for a year’s worth of travel around the world.


Packing the bare minimum means that you can buy clothing at your destination that is culturally appropriate.

  • 3 Skirts/pants that cover the knees
  • 6 Plain sleeved tops (Surprisingly, I struggled to find plain tops overseas)
  • Rain jacket
  • 1 Pair of jeans
  • 7 Pairs of undies
  • 2 Bras
  • 3 Pairs of socks
  • My favorite hat (not necessary)
  • 1 Pair of flip flops
  • 1 Pair of hiking/walking shoes


I suggest buying cleansers and skin care products at your destination. This is because I find they are not only cheaper, but also climatised.

Saying this, I recommend taking your favourite makeup. I have very pale skin and consequently was forced to search high and low for a matching skin tone in India.

  • Insect repellent (you can buy this overseas but I still like to take a bottle)
  • Sunscreen (usually, it can be expensive overseas)
  • Castilles soap
  • Handful of feminine hygiene products


  • Travel compact towel
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Adaptors (universal ideal)
  • Pocket torch
  • Spare  batteries (not necessary)
  • Dry bag (could get away without but if you have one, why not?)
  • Rain cover for bag
  • Travel clothes line
  • Swiss army knife
  • Door stop (mainly for girls)
  • Travel locks
  • Duct tape
  • Technology charges
  • Nail clippers
  • Photocopies of all you travel documentation
  • USB’s for travel documents and backing up photographs


Most of the items below are readily available overseas – and at a cheaper price than in Australia. Despite this, I chose to pack the following items for convenience and in preparation for being caught off guard by any unanticipated illnesses.

  • Anti-malarials (as required)
  • 2 x Antibiotics (bowel and general)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Gastrostop
  • Hydrolyte
  • Anti-nausea tablets
  • First aid kit (travelers or basic)

Carry On Luggage

  • Technology – camera, laptop, phone etc.
  • Travel Documentation – passport, flight, insurance certificate, vaccination card etc.
  • Light jumper or cardigan
  • Wallet



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