What in the world do you pack for a trip to the other side of the world, let alone a 12 month trip, in a backpack?? I have recently tried to figure this out and this is what I have found!
Travelfashiongirl.com is awesome for lists and since I am a list person this is my go to site when I was packing! I also just came back from a sailing trip in the BVIs which is similar climate to Southeast Asia and took some notes from that trip. For example I learned I do not need to dry my hair everyday air drying is okay as long as I have one hot tool (curling iron/straightener). I also learned that jean shorts are a must have item, dresses are not fun to wear a backpack with and soft t-shirts are my go to.
I am using the Osprey Farpoint 55 Liter with detachable day pack, I love this thing! I got it specifically for our trip to Asia but have used it for 3 vacations since purchase and it is going to be great over there. Here is a before pic and I have outlined what I have put in it for our 12 month adventure.
Passport and 10 copies
Pictures of all receipts for flight tickets, hotel reservations, credit cards, ID and dive card – Google drive is awesome for this stuff
9 tops– 5 casual 2 nice 2 workout
7 bottoms– capri leggings, jean shorts, black nice shorts, adventure shorts (moisture wicking) and 1 maxi skirt, 2 workout shorts
3 jackets– rain, zip up, and sweatshirt type
3 shoes– beach flops, nice sandals, tennis shoes
1 dive skin
3 bras– 2 fancier sportsbras and 1 wire– I anticipate wearing the sports bras a lot due to the heat
4 swim suits
1 scarf that can also be a blanket or cardigan (for the planes, trains, ferries etc)
Tampons– I heard they do not sell them in Asia so I have stocked up
Medic bag from REI
Steri-pen– in case we cant buy bottled water
Hand wipes for cleaning surfaces
I have packed ALL of this in my backpack, I know its amazing, by using the wonderful e-bags packing cubes. They are awesome little gadgets and I highly recommend them!
Well I think that’s everything! I will be keeping notes on how well these items suit me over there and if I need to update anything I will let yall know :)
We are currently planning out the month of April and Bali is high on our list, does anyone have recommendations on where in Bali to stay or if theres an island you like better in Indonesia? Let us know in the comments below!!