My round the world packing list (in carry on!)


My packing list for my upcoming round the world trip is something I have desperately been trying to get right. It’s literally had me pulling my hair out over for the last few months, mainly since my decision to pack light and travel with a carry on (40 Litre!) sized backpack. As well as this, our round the world trip is covering over 20 countries with such a variety of climates, from the hot beaches of Brazil, the Philippines and East Africa to hiking in the Himalayas, Patagonia and the Andes Mountains.

So yes, I have recently been slightly regretting my decision to travel with a carry on sized backpack. But I’m 100% sticking with it as I know it will all be worth it when I’m away!

Now with only a few weeks left to go until we leave London (and after about 5 practice packs – sad I know) I think I am finally happy with my items of choice.

And here they are!

1. The Backpack

Shaun and I will both be travelling with an Osprey Farpoint 40 Litre backpack (i.e the best backpack ever). I absolutely love this bag I’m practically obsessed, it looks good AND it fits so much inside, but with only a 40L capacity it also makes sure I can’t overpack (which I definitely would do if I had space to!)

The Osprey Farpoint 40

2. Clothes

I’ve tried to pack as few clothes as possible, but bearing in mind we are starting in South America, where we will be going to extremely cold climates as well as really hot, choosing my clothes has not been an easy decision! I would have packed even less clothes if I was visiting an area with just one climate. I have packed clothes that can be layered in cold places as I know I get cold really easily!

Large packing cube for clothes

All of my clothes (excluding underwear and jackets) fit into 1 large packing cube as pictured above. Here is what I’m taking:

  • 3 x t-shirts
  • 2 x vest tops
  • 2 x long sleeve tops (1 thin quick-dry material & 1 thermal)
  • 1 x thin shirt
  • 2 xshorts (1 loose fitting & 1 sports pair)
  • 1 x jeans
  • 2 x sports leggings
  • 1 x thick leggings
  • 1 x thin trousers
  • 1 x dress
  • 1 x shawl/ scarf
  • 1 x thick hiking socks
  • 1 x hoody
  • 1 x warm waterproof coat
My jackets – 1 hoody and 1 warm coat

Next is underwear and any miscellaneous clothing items. The below items are all going in a medium sized packing cube:

  • 10 x underwear
  • 5 x socks
  • 2 x bralette / bra
  • 1 x sports bra
  • 1 bikini
  • 1 beanie hat
  • 1 headband
  • 1 thin gloves
  • Pocket sized raincoat
Large & Medium packing cube

3. Shoes

After my last big trip, my plan was to find just 1 pair of shoes that I could hike in as well as wear day to day. And although I believe I have found that perfect shoe (at laast, thank you Teva!), I am also throwing in a pair of old flip flops and some plain black pumps.

  • 1 x Teva Arrowood: Kinda like half trainer, half hiking shoe – These will be my everyday shoe, they are suitable for anything – hiking, running, walking around cities… and they look good with everything! They are waterproof and ridiculously light. I love these shoes
  • 1 x black pumps (or converse/vans) – These practically go flat and I thought it would be useful to have a spare pair of shoes, for example after a trek if my main shoes are all muddy
  • 1 x (very old) pair of Havaianas flip flops – ’cause you always need a pair of flip flops. I wore these almost everyday on my last round the world trip!

4. Electronics

Since getting into travel blogging, the amount of electronics I carry has increased however I have tried to keep this as minimal as possible.

Laptop and electronics packing cube

My third and final packing cube is for my electronics. Except for my laptop, these all fit into 1 small packing cube:

  • Laptop
  • Samsung Camera
  • Selfie stick
  • Ereader
  • Ipod
  • iPhone
  • Spare old phone
  • Charging cables for all the above
  • Headphones
  • Head torch
  • Worldwide charger
  • Action camera (this will be carried in Shaun’s bag)
  • Portable speakers (also will be carried by Shaun)

5. Other

Lastly, here are the other bits and bobs that will be coming with me:

And it all fits!

Amazingly, as you can see in the above photo it does all fit! It was a bit of a squeeze but it’s even got my day rucksack inside. The coat (when I’m not wearing it) can also be strapped to the outside of the bag.

And that’s it, that’s everything I’m taking with me on my round the world trip! If you think I’ve missed anything please let me know in the comments below!

Please note that we will be travelling to South America first, so the above packing list is mainly with that in mind. I expect some of the warmer layers may be thrown away and replaced with clothes more suitable when I get to Asia.

My round the world packing list, in carry on!
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Hi, I'm Zoe. Welcome to Zo Around The World! I have an obsession for travel and exploring new cultures. Myself and my boyfriend Shaun have travelled to over 50 countries in 6 continents around the world. Since 2013, we have left our home twice to travel around the world long-term together, on budget backpacking trips to many amazing places including South America, Asia, The Caucasus and Australasia. In this blog you can read all about our travels, including detailed itineraries and how we managed to travel so cheaply!

10 thoughts on “My round the world packing list (in carry on!)

  1. Uhhh, i may try that backpack once my 60L decathlon’s one dies, although, Ive had it for 7 years now and still going strong 🙂 i think you did a great selection job. Can’t wait to read your new adventures,so jealous! (In a good way)


    1. Yeah when you’re ready for a new backpack I definitely recommended the Osprey Farpoint 40! 🙂 and aw thanks 😀 I’m so excited for my adventures and writing all about it! 🙂

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  2. Your packing list post is so useful (and realistic and doable – something a lot of posts I’ve been reading aren’t). Thanks!!


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