We've been traveling steadily for six years and we've tried every packing item, new gadget and hottest travel gear on the market. From backpacks to carry-ons and finally settling into rolling duffels, we finally feel that we are qualified to give you a comprehensive travel packing list of travel gear you should take in your backpack or luggage.
If you are lost at what you should carry, follow along with this travel packing list, and you'll be prepared for any situation without having to cart along a ton of suitcases. Are you ready to travel? Packing for travel can be a daunting experience. Especially if you are planning on a long trip around the world or at least more than a two-week vacation to the Caribbean.
Dave and Deb's Ultimate Travel Packing List
While many people travel with carry-on luggage only, we all feel that it is next to impossible when you are going on an extended trip. Especially if you are going to put some adventure into your travels and if you are going to hop around the globe through different climates and situations. When going on an around the world journey or an extended backpacking trip through several countries, you can't just tie on a sarong and slip on some flipflops to hang out at the beach. You'll need a lot of different travel gear including hiking boots, travel gear for warm and cold weather, and you'll appreciate some of the comforts of home. So, here is a comprehensive packing list of the items we bring with us on the road.
Travel Gear for your Packing List
Pro Tip: Pack clothes that can be easily mixed and matched. We use all complimentary colours so all items can be worn with each other. I can mix and match shirts and skirts and look like I'm wearing a different outfit each day.
Pro Tip: When checking in at the airport, take your computers out of your carry-on bag and put them in a collapsable tote bag (we fold it in the front pocket of our carry-on. That way if you are asked to weigh your luggage, it will be light. Computers are heavy. We then use our tote to store heavier travel gear and what we'll need accessible for a flight like headphones, Advil, tissue or and eye mask.
Read: 7 Tips for Stress Free Travel - here you will find a travel packing list of what we take in our care package on the plane.
Packing List for Him and Her...
It can be difficult summarizing a packing list for two people. We originally thought we'd just include one person, but then we realized that we both pack our bags a little different, so we thought we'd break things down into two columns where we pack different items like clothes. I think this is a comprehensive enough list that anyone will be able to get some ideas from.
We used to dress more backpacker like and a little bit like bums. But when we mix our travels between Europe, South East Asia, South America and North America, we like to look smart in cities and have function for treks in the jungle. We now carry a little bit more than we used to, but we love feeling good every step of the way.
Adventure Travel Gear
When packing for a specific adventure we do have very different travel gear. If we are going into the backcountry, we carry sleeping bags and tents, if we are climbing a mountain like to Mount Everest Base Camp, we have a completely separate packing list, but the items below are staple items that we pack in our bags for all types of travel.
Electronics Packing List
You probably won't need all of these electronics, but we are running a travel blog. Plus Dave is a photographer and we create a lot of videos, so this is a quick list of some suggested gear that you can pick and choose what works for you.
To view a complete list see: Electronics Packing List.
Besides the usual toiletries that you'd use like antiperspirant, shampoo and prescription medication, here are a few staple items that you should have on your toiletries packing list.
Click the link - For a complete list of our first aid kit for long term travel