As you might expect, it’s rather difficult to pack for a four-month trip around the whole world. Will it be cold or hot? City or country? Fancy or rustic? All will apply at some point. Given this, the temptation to over-pack was strong, but the memory of heaving my fifty-pound backpack all over Australia as a fresh-faced university student made me resolved to pack light.
An Interactive Contents of my Suitcase
All of my clothes are lightweight, moisture-wicking, and quick to dry. Most of it would be considered technical gear, suitable for active outdoor activities like hiking.
- Merino wool top, long sleeve (by Icebreaker)
- Merino wool top, short sleeve (by Icebreaker)
- Polyester-merino blend top, long sleeve
- Polyester top, long sleeve (by Patagonia)
- Durable pants, polyester-cotton blend (by Fjallraven)
- Light-weight pants, nylon (by Columbia)
- Board shorts
- Merino wool underwear, five pairs (by Icebreaker)
- Socks, various weights and materials, five pairs (by Icebreaker, SmartWool)
My trip is going to start cold (winter on the ocean and in the mountains of Central Asia) and end hot (summer in Croatia and France), so layers are key. I’m only bringing one pair of shoes, flip-flops aside, because extra footwear is heavy and takes up a lot of space.
I need a good camera and computer in order to keep this blog updated. I’ll be keeping them close at all times in a bag with extra security features to prevent theft.
I have taken my big backpack to dozens of countries over the past 10 years, and it’s never failed me. It originally had a basic zip-on day pack, but for this trip I decided to replace it with a more robust and secure backpack by pacsafe. Since the big backpack is plenty large enough, I’ll just stuff the daypack inside when I’m on the road.
I love to read, especially while travelling. In the past, I always carried a travel guidebook, a novel, and a backup novel in case there were no English-language book stores. This time, I’m taking my Kobo eReader pre-loaded with enough books to get me through the first bit of my trip. I figure a two-week ocean crossing offers the perfect opportunity to sink my teeth into some of the greater literary works (translation: long and boring). Here are some of the books I’m taking with me:
- Various Lonely Planet guidebooks
- Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
- The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
- The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
- The Glass Closet by John Browne
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
- Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong