Long-term Travel: Packing Carry-on Only

Everything we’re bringing on our around the world trip fits in two Osprey Porter 30L main backpacks and two Osprey Daylite 13L daypacks. We wanted gear that was lightweight, durable, functional and would allow us to travel carry-on only! This video shows how everything fits into these packs and our full RTW packing list is below. 

His & Her Clothing Packing Lists

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Rachel’s Clothes

Short Sleeve Shirts 
Long Sleeve Shirts
Cold/Foul Weather 
Socks & Underwear
  • Bathing Suit
  • Beach Hat
  • Cami (to sleep in)
  • Boyshort (to sleep in)
  • Bula Multipurpose Head Cloth
  • Arcade Adventure Belt – https://amzn.to/2wpm1zb

Peter’s Clothes

Short Sleeve Shirts
Long Sleeve Shirts
  • Unbound Merino Long Sleeve Crew Neck
  • Wool & Prince Button-Down Oxford
  • Bluffworks Meridian Travel Shirt
  • Denali Sunshirt – https://amzn.to/2PJaxil
Cold/Foul Weather 
Socks & Underwear
  • Lowa Tiago GTX Lo
  • Bedrock Cairn Adventure Hiking Sandal

Electronics Equipment

Click here for our detailed blog post about RTW Travel Electronics

Cell Phones
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus

Photo & Video Equipment

Click here for our detailed blog post about RTW Camera Gear

Primary Cameras
Camera Accessories
Action Camera
Action Camera Accessories
Gimbal Stabilizer
Audio Capture
Tripods & Selfie Sticks


Medical Kit

All of this fits into a small TRIPPED compression packing cube.

  • Medical Gloves
  • Bandaids – various sizes
  • Gauze Wrap – small
  • Gauze Pad – several different sizes
  • Triangular Bandage
  • Q-tips
  • Butterfly Closures – various sizes
  • Bandage Tape
  • Survival Rescue Blanket
  • DripDrop Electrolyte Powders – https://amzn.to/2Nti1nY
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Plastic Tweezers
  • Thermometer
  • SeaBands – motion sickness wrist bands – https://amzn.to/2wtwo4f
  • Motion Sickness Patches
  • Sting Relief Pads
  • Burn Cream
  • Antibiotic Pintment
  • Individual packets of:
    • Excedrin Extra Strength
    • Aspirin
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Diotame – antidiarrheal for mild cases of travelers diarrhea, nausea, gas, indigestion 
    • Diamode – another antidiarrheal
    • Antacid – acid indigestion, heartburn, upset stomach
    • Medi-Lyte – electrolyte replacement
    • Meclizine – prevention and treatment of nausea, vomiting, dizziness due to motion sickness
    • Diphen (Diphenhydramine) – antihistamine
  • Prescription Drugs
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Michael · June 3, 2018 at 3:26 pm

Peter, I look forward to following your adventures (and am quite envious). Was curious if you thought about carrying a lightweight kindle to have a lot of books available, or are you assuming you’ll just read on your phones? I may have a spare kindle if you change your mind. Also, you might want to think about some of those small foam earplugs. They take up no space and literally weigh nothing (and by “literally” I mean of course they technically weigh something, but not much). Good luck on your journey.

    Peter · June 5, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Hi Michael! Thanks for the comment and for the offer to use your Kindle – greatly appreciated! We have the Kindle app downloaded on our iPhones and plan to read from there. Rachel’s iPhone 7 Plus is so large it almost feels like a Kindle! We use the app called OverDrive, which is offered by our public library and allows you to download audio and eBooks for free.

    Ear plugs are definitely in our bathroom kit. Between those and the eye masks we’re hoping we can get some sleep on planes, trains, etc., and in hostels. Time will tell!

    Thanks for following along…we’re only 1 month out as of today!

Mom · June 3, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Absolutely amazing what you two fit in you packs. That compressions sac is so neat. Maybe you could teach some of at home how to pack. :^)

    Peter & Rachel · June 5, 2018 at 6:40 am

    The compression sacks are definitely helpful. Being able to fit all of our cold weather gear in to half the space really made a difference!

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