Our RTW Packing List

by Kim on December 26, 2010 · 3 comments

Happy holidays everyone!  Brian and I stayed in Portland this year instead of traveling back to our families in Ohio, and it was a little bittersweet.  We don’t mind missing out on the exhausting cross-country Christmas travel but severely miss our friends and family back in the Midwest.  Mom and Dad D, Mom and Dad P, Mamaw, Papaw, Granny, Jessi, Scott, Ashley, Lauren (Harper), John, Michael, Matthew, Max and the rest of the P family: we miss you guys more than you will ever know. 

There was a holiday bright spot, my sister Amanda came down from Seattle to spend the weekend with us.  We ate loads of sugar cookies, drank mimosas, read magazines, and sang Christmas carols for three days straight!  (Amanda, you can thank me now for not posting that picture I took of you in your adult footie pajamas). 

Anyway, the true reason for this post is to talk a bit about travel gear.  I mentioned in an earlier post that Brian and I are slowly going through the process of getting rid of our stuff.  It makes the holidays a bit awkward, since we don’t want to take on anything new unless we’re going to use it on our around the world adventure.  Well, check out the gifts we got this year- they’re all things we can use on our trip.  Thank you families for supporting our dream and gifting us with things you’ve never even heard of before. 

Here’s the details on the schwag:

“Where To Go When”edited by Joseph Rosendo. A book for inspiration.

The Rough Guide First-Time Around The World.A book for planning.

The 4-Hour Workweekby Timothy Ferriss. The title speaks for itself.

Eagle Creek travel cubes to save space in our backpacks.

Patagonia long-sleeve capilene. A great underlayer when it’s cold out.

Two quick drying travel towels.Squeeze, roll, and dry

A talking translator. This was a surprise but is awesome!  I’ve already learned to say “how  much is the taxi?” in five different languages.

A silk sleep sack. For when I’d rather not sleep on those sheets.

A travel journal.To capture my thoughts.

Four pairs of quick drying undies. Wash ’em in the sink and they’re dry the next day.

3 pairs of Smartwool socks.Warm and wonderful.

A Kindle(!!). Good for long bus and train rides and for saving space in our packs.


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Jessica Lettene February 9, 2011 at 6:24 am

Travel stores have these combination electric plug converter that are good for the different outlets you’ll encounter. If you are serious about the Kindle, you’ll need to plug it in occasionally to recharge it.


margot April 15, 2011 at 2:07 am

That is A LOT of stuff, and my guess is that you’re going to feel heavy as you travel an weighed down. Aren’t 2 normal bras plenty? And you do not need a mosquito net! Overkill! You’ll have them at hotels/hostels where they are needed. If you go on any sort of organized or semi-organized trek or trip, they will be provided. And if you really decide you need your own (which I never have in over 40 countries), you can buy one wherever you are.

I personally can’t imagine traveling with a computer. I know that you want to write, but how awful to travel with something that’s heavy and sensitive. You’ll quickly learn that it’s liberating to not be that wedded to your possessions. Obviously, you hope everything will be fine with your backpacks. But, it’s liberating to not have anything so precious that you’ll be super sad if the bag gets stolen, if your hotel room is robbed, if the entire bag gets soaked with water, etc. All of these things are common. There is internet EVERYWHERE. Really. I’ve been in remote hill tribes with barely any electricity, and there is internet access for travelers in some random hut. You can blog and write just fine from an endless supply of internet places. And lots of cheap hotels will have free internet.

And there’s probably lots of other stuff (3 pairs of pants for a guy?) that you can cut out and won’t miss at all. You really won’t want extra weight and bulk. And you’ll want to be able to buy stuff where you go. Wherever you go, you’ll find cheap clothing that’s appropriate for the climate where you are.


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