I’m a man of pretty simple tastes when it comes to clothing. I try to blend simplicity, form, and function. I’ll throw in pastel pants, seersucker shorts, or a bow tie from time to time, but by and large it’s a pretty straightforward wardrobe. Each item usually serves a purpose, and even before this trip, I tried not to own many more clothes than I needed. This was a little easier when working from home the past 2.5 years, because I was able to really avoid buying extra items unless I had a void.
One of the biggest goals for packing for this trip is finding things that were functional, versatile and somewhat fashion-conscious. I sweat pretty easily, so I wanted things that would dry quickly, help repel odors and keep me somewhat dry as we travel through warmer climates. The quick-dry factor also helps when I need to do a quick laundry session, keeping me from having to pack more backups.
This is what I — as a relatively low maintenance dresser — packed in one carry-on to travel around the world for an extended period of time (>6 months). It clocks in at 40L and 22 lbs. I’ll update this list as our travels teach us what was missing, unnecessary, or overly optimistic.
Clothes and Shoes:
To see a full explanation of why I’ve chosen each of these items, head to the annotated clothing and shoes packing list.
1 pair of Amphib pants from Eddie Bauer
1 pair of Amphib shorts from Eddie Bauer
1 pair Barracuda shorts from Columbia
1 pair of swim trunks from Kanu Surf
1 medium-weight hoodie from Uniqlo
1 long-sleeved cotton button down from H&M
1 pair gym shorts
1 compression undershirt
4 pairs Terramar ProMesh Boxer Brief
1 pair non-technical underwear
5 pairs socks (4 ankle, 1 high hiking socks)
1 pair compression socks from Sockwell
CMUK walking shoes
Karrimor KSB 300 Men’s Hiking Boots
Old Shower Shoes
Timex Ironman sport watch in black
Toiletries & Cosmetics:
To see a full explanation of why I’ve chosen a hair trimmer, head to the bottom of my annotated clothes list, the rest is pretty self-explanatory.
Toothbrush w/ cover
Bags & Travel Gear:
To see a full explanation of why I’ve chosen each of these items, head to the annotated gear and bags packing list.
Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack
Pacsafe Pouchsafe backpack
E-Bags Packing Cubes – Set of 4
Valeo Stretch Bands
Door anchor for stretch bands
Moleskine ruled, soft-cover notebook and pen
Xtreme Canteen Stainless Steel 32 oz. water bottle
Sea to Summit Travel Liner
Sunland Microfiber Towel
Misc refill items
Sunglasses and croakies
PacSafe Travelsafe 12L (for both of us)
Door stop (for both of us)
First aid kit (for both of us)
To see a full explanation of why I’ve chosen each of these items, head to the annotated tech packing list.
MacBook Pro w/ case + charger
iPhone w/ case + charger
Kindle w/ case + charger
1 multi-USB wall charger
1 universal adapter
Brainwavz IEM earphones
In Kelly’s pack:
We don’t need two of everything. This is what Kelly is carrying for both of us. Check out her full list for specific brands and details.
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