One Bag Around the World for 1+ Year

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What would you pack for twelve months of travel?

That is just the question Rikka asked herself before starting to travel for a year.

Picking and choosing what to carry along for a year means that every decision is critical. A wrong choice could mean carrying something you didn't need for a year or missing something you don't have for a year. Then again, you can pick up most things on the road, but you'll always remember that shirt you left at home.

What is impressive about this packing list is that Rikka posted an updated packing list, one year later with all the pros and cons of her various items and what she swapped in and out during her year of travel.

My second favorite part about this list is that her choice of carryon, the Mei Voyageur, comes with little in the way of organization and you have full control on how you utilize your packing cubes and space. Luggage with less built-in compartments gives you the freedom to pack how you want and gives you slightly more space.

Love the roll-up tote. You always an extra bag on hand for carrying laundry around or food depending on where you are staying. Sometimes a day bag doesn't cut it. Hard to safely carry a box of orange juice, a carton of eggs, and some fruits or vegetables in a day bag.


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John Farrell
Carry-On Travel Backpack:

Mei Voyageur

Mei Voyageur

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Capacity 48
Weight 1.6
Dimensions 36 x 20 x 56
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Packing List
  • 2 Pairs Comfy Sneakers/Walking Shoes, Waterproof, Odor Resistant (Naturalizer BZees)
  • Pair Dress Up/Down Shoes (Minnetonka)
  • Flip Flops (Airwalk)
  • 3 Pairs Underwear (EOfficio)
  • 2 Bras (EOfficio) and Sports Bra (Xersion)
  • 4 Pairs Socks (Smartwool)
  • 5 Tank Tops (2 Icebreaker, Xersion)
  • 2 Short Sleeve Shirts (2 Xersion)
  • 2 Longsleeve Button Down Over-Shirts
  • Sweater/Sweatshirt (Icebreaker)
  • 2 Pants, Skinny, and 1 Wide (EOfficio)
  • Leggings (Icebreaker)
  • Black Dress (Ibe)
  • Swim Shorts (also for sleeping and everyday wear)
  • 2 Bikinis
  • 2 Lightweight Scarves
  • Multipurpose Heavy Scarf (doubles as satchel/purse/handbag)
  • Rain Jacket (Quikpac)
  • Pair Sunglasses w/ Case
  • Pair Eyeglasses w/ Case
  • Pouch with Inexpensive Jewelry
  • Gloves and Earmuffs (will probably leave behind in Iceland)
  • Superabsorbent XL towel (Packtowl)
  • Wash Cloth (Salu)
  • Makeup
  • Hard Perfume
  • Multipurpose Unscented Soap (Dr. Bronner's)
  • Razor w/ 4 extra blades (Schick)
  • Shave Oil (Somerset's)
  • Deodorant
  • DIVA Cup and Wash (forget about tampons/pads!)
  • Hair Paste (Joico)
  • Toothpaste
  • Foldable Toothbrush
  • Contact Lens Solution, Case, and Eyedrops
  • 8 Contact Lenses
  • Oilbased Sunscreen (Riemann)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • DEET insect repellent lotion (Ultrathon)
  • DEET insect repellent wrist bands (Evergreen)
  • Nail File
  • Small Manicure Set
  • Clothesline
  • Laundry Detergent Sheets
  • Tide Pen
  • Sink Stopper
  • Mini Sewing Kit
  • Waterproof Smartphone Cover
  • Pair Headphones w/ Case (Sol)
  • Digital Recorder & USB Cable
  • 4 Slot USB Port
  • Smartphone Car & Wall Chargers
  • Travel Plug w/ USB Input
  • Solar Charger (XTGSOL 500)
  • Waterproof Digital Camera (Olympus) and Charger
  • Floatable Camera Strap
  • Gripping Camera Tripod (Joby)
  • Tablet/Laptop w/ Keyboard, Cable, Cover, and Mouse (Surface Pro 2)
  • Windows Phone (unlocked)
First Aid Kit
  • EmergenC
  • Imodium
  • Ibuprofen
  • Malaria pills
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Ear Plugs
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Bandaids/gauze
  • Neosporin
  • Tweezers
  • Safety Pins and Baggy Ties
  • Contact Card
  • Pouch w/ important travel documents (passport copies, prescriptions, tickets, etc.)
  • Wallet
  • 2 Money/Coin Pouches
  • International Travel Translator
  • Blog and Personal Business Cards
  • 2 TSAapproved Baggage Locks
  • Antitheft bag net (PacSafe)
  • Sleeping Liner (Silk)
  • Lightweight, Rollup Tote
  • Day Pack (Rick Steves)
  • Collapsible Water Bottle (Platypus)