Travel Packing Essentials

I am currently on my first long-term trip around the world. I was a bit nervous starting this adventure, especially with the packing piece.

Our travel plans changed last minute, so I had about a month to spend planning and buying the things I needed with me on the road and decide what could stay.

I knew I wanted to be pretty minimal, and it would be a necessity since I didn’t want to check any luggage. We have a lot of friends that travel, so what was constantly said was, “whatever you think that you will ‘need’, cut that in half”.

A bit stressful trying to plan destinations that you’ve never been to and then what to pack on top of that!

Before I left San Diego, I created a video detailing what I thought would all fit into my bag. You can view that here. However, the list below is what actually made it into my backpack.

This is still a learning process for me, so I will be doing another video and post after the travels to give a review of what worked and what didn’t.


Packing List:

45L carry-on travel pack: Pacsafe Venturesafe EXP45

Foldable Day Pack

Eagle Creek: Travel Safe TSA Lock


Electronics + all chargers:




Clear Toiletry Bag:

Other Essentials:

  • Passport
  • ID
  • Debit Card + Credit Cards
  • Cash (USD)
  • Leather Purse (Large and Small)
  • Swell Waterbottle


Hope all of this info helps in your journey! I will be doing a follow-up post after all of the adventures to let you know what worked and what didn’t (for me)! You can check out my “what I thought I was going to bring” video here.

Any questions or suggestions are always welcome! 🙂


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