Video: What we have packed for a year of backpacking around 20+ countries

We are heading off overseas for around a year and will be visiting 20+ countries including USA, Fiji, New Zealand and many countries in Europe. Find out what we have packed in this little (and very rough) home video. Dave spends most of the time patting the dog and looking at his phone as I go through some of the things we have (over)packed.

What we have packed things in:

Clothes for Shannon:

Okay I know I have totally over-packed on the clothes front but trust me when I say this list of clothes has been culled at least 10 times. I’m bringing:

  • 10 casual tops
  • 3 skirts
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 pair jeans
  • 4 dresses
  • 1 pair of Vans (walking shoes)
  • 1 pair runners
  • 1 pair of thongs (flip-flops)
  • 4 pairs of bathers
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • 2 pairs of sunglasses
  • 1 hat
  • 2 pairs gym leggings
  • 2 gym tops
  • 1 sports bra
  • 2 every day bras
  • 10 pairs underwear

Clothes for Dave:

  • 8 T-shirts
  • 1 dressy shirt
  • 4 singlets
  • 1 long sleeve shirt
  • 4 pairs of shorts
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 2 pairs of gym shorts
  • 1 pair runners
  • 1 pair thongs (flip-flops)
  • 1 pair dress shoes
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 10 pairs of underwear
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 2 hats
  • 1 Belt

Toiletries for Shannon:

  • Makeup (foundation, bronzer, blush, eye shadow, mascara, eye liner)
  • Mini Hair straightener
  • Light-weight travel hairdryer
  • Deodorant
  • 1 pack face wipes
  • Tooth brush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • 5 hair ties
  • 3 bottles dry shampoo (I actually can’t live without this stuff! I’m going to have to stock up as we go along)
  • 1 small bottle baby powder (I will use this when I run out of dry shampoo for my hair – it works the same!)
  • 1 tube paw paw cream
  • 1 pack shavers
  • Medication
  • Microfibre travel towel

Toiletries for Dave:

  • Deodorant
  • Cologne
  • Tooth brush and toothpaste
  • Shaver
  • Hair product
  • Soap
  • Microfibre travel towel

Things like sunscreen, shampoo and conditoner we are planning to either use what the hotel/hostels has or buy them along the way.

Electronics (for both): 

  • Travel adapters
  • Phone and phone charger
  • Laptop and laptop charger
  • Camera and camera charger
  • 3 SD cards
  • Noise cancelling headphones

Other crap (for both):

  • Passports and travel wallet
  • Padlocks
  • Small everyday bag
  • Photocopies of important documents
  • Laundry bag
  • Travel money cards
  • International Sim Cards
  • Small first aid kit
  • Notepad/pen
  • Water bottle



Shannon Clarke - Editor, The Wild Hideaway

Shannon is a travel and lifestyle writer with a keen taste for global adventure – whether it be snorkeling in the waters of Fiji, or exploring the art and architecture of Barcelona. When Melbourne calls her back home, she spends most of her time exploring and planning weekend road trips. To fund all of her trips, Shannon is a freelance writer and marketer – she was named the Australian Young Marketer of the year in 2017!

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