Because people seem to love packing lists (and since I love lists in general), I’m going to start sharing some of my travel packing lists with you here.
Here’s a look at what currently travels with me:
Kelty Redwing 50 (blue) — This small, compact backpack has traveled around Europe with me for 3 months, and Asia for nearly 2. I love how small it is (it keeps me from over-packing), and love that it unzips fully to be front-loading. There are also some extra side and front pockets that make organizing easy.
Eagle Creek packing cubes — Like to be organized? Then you HAVE to start using packing cubes. They come in multiple sizes, and usually fit together, puzzle-like, in any size bag. I use anywhere from 3-5 when I pack: one for shirts, one for shorts, one for skirts, etc.
Hoboroll — I love my packing cubes, but sometimes you need something with even more compartments for things like socks and underwear. I use a Hoboroll by Gobi Gear for all these miscellaneous items. It’s divided up into 6 compartments and has compression straps so that you can shrink it down.
Pacsafe Slingsafe — This little backpack really packs a punch. With anti-theft features like slash-proof material and secure zippers, this bag is perfect to carry around just about any city. It even fits my 11-inch Macbook Air.
OE Acadia Backpack — The Acadia backpack from Overland Equipment is my new go-to carry-on backpack. It has a separate laptop sleeve for easy access at the airport, and plenty of other small pockets. I also like that it’s quite slim — meaning there’s no problem fitting it under the seat in front of you on a plane.
Donner bag — Also by Overland Equipment, my new favorite travel purse is the Donner bag. It’s big enough for everything I would want to take with me for a day (my camera, wallet, Kindle, a scarf or sweater, etc.), and I also love the side pockets for water bottles or an umbrella.
Cocoon silk sleep sheet — We’ve all experienced questionable sleeping situations on the road. A silk sleep sheet is the answer — it acts like a lightweight sleeping bag, meaning you don’t have to actually touch those sketchy sheets or mattresses. These also take up virtually NO space in your bag.
Micro fiber towel — Traveling with a quick-dry towel is a must for most travelers. I never go on long trips without mine. Even if I’m staying in a hotel where towels are provided, having a micro fiber towel can be great for the beach.
Keen Whisper sandals — Good for hiking or just walking around in a city, these lightweight Keens are my go-to if I don’t want to take sneakers but still want to have a shoe that will keep my toes protected.
Teva Tirra sandals — While not the cutest sandals out there, my Tirras are my most comfortable travel sandal. They’re not super clunky, and don’t look terrible when you’re wearing them out and about.
Crocs Adrina Flat — Okay, so I hate most Crocs shoes. I think they look ugly and obnoxious. But I was convinced to try a pair with the promise of supreme comfort. I found the Adrina Flats which don’t actually look like Crocs at all (and don’t have the name branded on them anywhere you can see it), and they ARE, in fact, incredibly comfy.
For keeping charged up
Belkin SurgePlus Travel Charger — With 3 regular (US) outlets and 2 USB outlets, I never travel with out this surge protector. (It also comes in super handy when I find myself in a hotel room or hostel with too few wall outlets.)
I visited Iceland for less than a week in March, 2012. Here’s what I took with me (and yes, I fit a winter coat AND boots into my backpack!).
I headed to Europe for 8 weeks in summer 2012, hitting up Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the UK — meaning lots of different types of weather!
It’s bound to happen eventually if you travel often — the dreaded multi-season trip, where you have to pack for more than one climate in just one bag. Here’s how I fared packing for a trip to both Scotland (in winter) and tropical Belize in one go!
Southeast Asia seems like it would be easy to pack for: hot temperatures and plenty of beaches. But don’t forget that many countries in this part of the world are slightly more conservative. Check out what I packed for 6 weeks in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.
From the handbag I use, to how I keep my Macbook protected, to my new favorite iPhone case/charger, check this post out to discover what sort of gear I travel with beyond just my backpack.
People often ask me what kind of camera(s) I use to capture photos and video footage on the road. Check out this post to find out what I’m currently using!