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Kieron’s Round-the-World Packing List

Kieron’s Round-the-World Packing List

For some reason, the two of us left the packing for our round-the-world trip until the very last minute. You would have thought we would have learned from previous trips not to make this mistake but fortunately it doesn’t look like we’ve forgotten anything major yet! What can we say? Packing for any kind of travel just isn’t our favorite thing in the world.

We did prepare packing lists weeks in advance and started buying things for our journey but that’s about as far as we got. The fact our first international destination is the USA contributed a lot to our procrastination – we know that we can top up our packs with the things we need for about half the price it would cost in Australia.

What we learned:

  • We had to keep telling ourselves that although we’re traveling for several months, we only need to pack for 1-2 weeks on the road. We’ll just have to do laundry on a regular basis so that we’ve got clean clothes to wear.
  • Packing cubes are essential when you’ve got limited space in your pack.
  • Anything forgotten is easily replaced when on the road!

Anyway, on with the list!



  • T-Shirts (6)
  • Collared Shirts (2)
  • Tanktops (2)
  • Hooded Jumper (1)


  • Jeans
  • Gym Shorts
  • Board Shorts (2)
  • Denim Shorts
  • Black Shorts
  • Family Guy Pyjama Shorts – pretty cool, huh?
  • Underwear (9) – not pictured
  • Socks (4) – not pictured
  • Sunglasses – not pictured


  • Running Shoes
  • Nike Sneakers
  • Thongs (or Flip-Flops/Slippers for anyone that’s not Australian!)


Being a freelance web designer, technology is an important part of my packing list. All of this is housed in a Lowepro Fastpak 250 backpack.


  • 15” Macbook Pro with Charger
  • HTC Desire with Charger
  • iPod Shuffle with Charger
  • Canon EOS 450D
  • 10-22mm Sigma Lens
  • 18-200mm Canon Lens
  • 50mm Lens
  • Kit Lens
  • GorillaPod
  • Memory Card Case with Spare Memory Cards
  • Camera Cleaning Equipment
  • LaCie Rugged 1TB External Hard Drive
  • Skype Headset
  • International Adapters x 3 (USA/Europe/Asia)
  • Double Adapter

The Rest

Since Amy worked in a pharmacy, she was responsible for the majority of our travel medications so some of our essentials might be missing from my list but will no doubt be on her’s.

The Rest


  • 6 months of Thyroid Medication (with cooler bag and icepack) – having to carry this around is a nightmare as it takes up so much space but unfortunately it is essential. I’ve got hypothyroidism after receiving a dose of radioactive iodine a few years ago and need to take these tablets on a daily basis.
  • Multivitamins
  • Motion Sickness Tablets
  • Hydralite Oral Rehydration Solution

Toiletries (in Clarins Bag)

  • Deodorant
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razor and Spare Cartridges
  • Ralph Polo Blue Cologne
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Piksters
  • Hair Wax
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm


  • Passport
  • Spare Passport Photos
  • Photocopy of Passport
  • International Drivers License
  • Tickets/Hotel Confirmation Receipts/etc
  • Lonely Planet Guides – Las Vegas and New York


  • Spare Roll of Toilet Paper
  • Sharpie Pen
  • Notepad and Pens
  • Electrical Tape
  • All in One Tool (Screwdrivers/Knife/File/etc)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Business Cards
  • Insect Repellent
  • Mini Torch
  • Travel Clothesline
  • Travel Tissues
  • USB Car Charger

There are still a few things I need to pick up including a baseball cap and another pair of lightweight pants. My pack weighed in at 15.6kg, well underneath the 20kg limit that we’ll encounter on most flights and so far I don’t seem to have missed anything – definitely a good thing!

What do you think of my packing list? Am I missing anything important?


  1. Posted August 7, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I love packing lists!

    Looks good, and can’t think of anything you’ve forgotten. 🙂

    • Posted August 8, 2011 at 8:40 am | Permalink

      Thanks Lauren. The biggest challenge so far is definitely the unpacking and repacking at every destination – really want to settle in somewhere for a while and not have to worry about doing that!

    • Posted August 8, 2011 at 9:01 am | Permalink

      I’m having to unpack EVERYDAY as I always seem to have the things I need most at the bottom of my backpack….

  2. Posted August 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    I’m curious about your thoughts on the 18-200mm?

    I’m thinking of adding it before I leave on my travels next month!

    I haven’t even bought a backpack yet…and reading this totally reminded that a backpack is kind of uh, important.

    • Posted August 8, 2011 at 8:43 am | Permalink

      I love the 18-200mm – it’s the lens that’s on my camera most of the time because it’s so versatile and means I don’t have to carry the whole kit around with me. It does have its downsides (it’s bulky and not the fastest) but I would definitely recommend it.

      And yes, you probably should go out and buy a backpack pretty soon! The longer you leave it, the more likely it is that something will go wrong!

  3. Posted August 8, 2011 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    I echo Lauren’s comment – I like looking at these lists, and they’re food-for-thought about what I’d like to do, too.

    I read the article/debate “backpack vs. suitcase”, too. Most of my planned ravel is urban with visits to family and friends in various cities around the world, which made my own decision to stick with my small rolling suitcase an easy one to make. It’s a little beat up after years of travel around the world, and no doubt, the roller will get even more of a workout next year.

    • Posted August 8, 2011 at 8:45 am | Permalink

      Agreed – we used other packing lists as inspiration to create our own.

      Definitely stick with what suits your needs the best and if you do need to change/upgrade when you’re on the road then it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle.

  4. Posted August 8, 2011 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Oh I love packing list… looks like you got everything you need. I think I packed just as much and am trying to cut things out but can’t seem to do so. Im happy with my 40L though… so it’s all good!

    • Posted August 8, 2011 at 8:49 am | Permalink

      Out of curiosity, is your 40L pack jammed full every time you pack it? My luggage is equivalent to 65L I think and it always seems pretty full although I’m sure I could squeeze more in if I really needed to.

  5. Posted August 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Great list, guys! You remembered a lot of things I forgot. And I never knew how handy rehydration salts were until I came here. I will add it to my list for when I travel around Oz later this month! And like you said, anything else you need can be bought for super cheap in the US. For girls clothes, Forever 21, for guys clothes pretty much everywhere else.

    • Posted August 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

      Yep, a rehydration solution are always one of the first things in our packs! Getting enough fluids when you’re traveling is tough at the best of times so being able to replenish easily is vitally important.

  6. Posted August 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    What backpack are you using? I was looking for one with wheels, similar to what you have there.

  7. Posted August 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Ahhh! I love/hate packing lists. I’m a chronic, terrible, horrible overpacker. I’m the type of person that packs 7 outfits for a 3 day trip because “I like options”. Needless to say, I’m going to have to snap out of that shit really quick. I’m surprised by the amount of stuff you were able to fit in such a small pack!

    • Posted August 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      We’ve always been overpackers too but I think you will learn to cut back when you’re on the road. A lot of these clothes will soon be thrown away/replaced – and it got a whole lot harder to fit when we got to warm weather and the jeans, hoodie and extra pair of shoes needed to squeeze in there.

      Amy’s list will be a lot of interest to you I’m sure – should be up in the next few days. 🙂

  8. Posted August 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Very comprehensive and well thought out! For cleaning your clothes though try and get a tube of liquid washing detergent. In France we have available a brand called “Genie” and it is genius!!

    • Posted August 9, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

      Thanks John. We just did our washing tonight for the second time – think we’ll try to stick to washing machines where possible, our clothes just didn’t feel clean enough when we washed them in the bathroom sink.

  9. shannon
    Posted August 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Good packing list, its something I’d pack

    I have a backpack finally… I found my little roller suitcase to be a bit tight but then I don’t suppose so will my backpack but what have you.

    Two things I noticed you will be packing mini torch and all in one toolkit, those are good to have but do you plan to check your luggage or carry it on? You won’t be able to get the mini torch past TSA it is strictly prohibited; not sure about the toolkit but you probably want to check with the TSA website.

    • Posted August 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

      Both the torch and the multi-tool are checked-in each time we fly and that’s the only way we would do it. We tried carry-on during a recent trip to Asia and lost deodorants, shaving creams and all sorts of aerosoles in the Philippines because they were flammable – it became a major pain!

    • shannon
      Posted August 13, 2011 at 2:30 am | Permalink

      I have considered the checkin of my luggage but the airlines charge you a fee and what if they lose it? Not that it has happened to me which kind of makes me wonder about everybody else who cries about their lost luggage. YES I have heard of luggage getting delayed though (and the airline sent a courier to deliver it at the door too).

      I have an 85L backpack according to the tags, it doesn’t look as big as some of the other 85L bags I’ve seen/tried on but we’ll see if that is doable, you check yours in so making sure it fits is not an issue for you but geeze I would hate to be without my stuff if it happened.

    • Posted August 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

      Yeah the airlines do charge a fee – I honestly haven’t thought too much about what happens if our checked bags get lost or delayed because anything that’s important/valuable is in our carry-on bags.

      Would an 85L backpack be allowed as carry-on? My camera backpack barely squeezes in under the size requirements – the last airline was 9″x14″x22″ (H+W+L). Hopefully it does fit for you though but I would at least make sure you’re flexible enough to check it if you get airline staff who are having a bad day, etc.

    • shannon
      Posted August 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

      Generally speaking the 85L bag does not fit as carry on of course and I have seen some pretty big 85Ls that would definitely have to be checked.

      Of course I never put valuables in my checked luggage, but deoderant, shampoo, shaving razors/shaver/kit, etc clothes if all that gets lost you have to replace it.

      My medications and essential supplies I’ll need for the enroute trip plus one day is in my carry on (at least I try) that means I need to also stow at least one change of clothes should I be separated from my checked luggage. You can only fit so much in a carry on too.

      heh I had an gate agent even tell me my carry on approved bag had to be gate checked, I showed her the tag she insisted anyway and I told her that I wasn’t paying for it to be checked and she said no problem and slapped a tag on it and out & under it went.

      The luggage industry & the airlines need to come up with a standard with a symbol that identifies that the bag is absolutely carry on approved and no questions should be asked… but that’s just me.

  10. Posted August 11, 2011 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Haha, I totally pack the same way. Make my lists starting weeks in advance (the longer the trip, the farther in advance) but don’t bother tossing everything in my bag until the night before (or even the day of, depending on flight!).

    Looks good for your first stops! Because seriously, if the locals can use it (whatever you are looking for) then I am sure you’ll be fine too:-).

    • Posted August 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

      I seriously thought that packing would get easier as we went along but I’m tossing things in more than I did when I first packed. But yep, so far, so good. Just need to upgrade a few t-shirts and that’s about it!

  11. Posted August 12, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    I am loving the packing list I’ve been meaning to do one myself. I know you have a macbook pro (very posh) But I find my netbook indispensable, also my kindle I love reading and also the internet (if painstakingly slow) has helped me out a few times for directions phone numbers etc. Sadly I don’t own a smart phone and if I did data allowance is ridiculous. Anyway good job. xx

    • Posted August 12, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

      So long as you’ve got some kind of computer that’s fine – I travel with the Macbook because I use it for my work and because it’s nearly 2 years old. Data roaming on our smartphones is turned off all the time so that we don’t incur extra costs but when you can get wifi in a cafe or airport, it becomes a lifesaver!

  12. Posted August 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    been following this blog a while and this post is what i’ve been waiting for. will definitely get some tips here when i start doing my own planning, which is pretty soon! safe travels!

    • Posted August 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      Great! Glad I could help – let me know if you have any questions, I’d be glad to answer them for you.

  13. kim magee
    Posted January 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Love looking at packing lists also, found yours doing a search for reviews on backpacks, interested in the EXPLORE PLANET EARTH CARACAS ROLLER 85L TRAVEL PACK which is in the top pick, did you use that pack? was it any good? did it survive without ripping or breaking in any way?

  14. Posted January 12, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Yes that’s the pack we used – it definitely did the job for us and it survived a lot of travel. However it’s not the best to throw on your back so opt for a dedicated backpack if you plan on doing that a lot.

  15. Posted June 27, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Great post just found your site, can’t wait to read more.
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