Packing List

After many months of revising our packing list, we have (I think) narrowed it down to these items.  We were hoping to take only what we could carry on our backs, but after the kid’s school curriculums came in the mail, we have now decided to drag along a small rolling suitcase.  That way we can bring some extra books and a few cherished travel guides with us.

Our dining room has turned into a staging area.  Clothes, electronics and toiletries are piling up.  It is crazy to think that the items we will use for almost a year can fit into such a small area. Oh, it feels so good to simplify!


After trying on many different sizes and styles at our beloved REI, the following packs seem to be just what we were looking for.

  • Tony chose  the REI XT 85
  • Amy chose the Osprey Ariel 65
  • Alex and Tyler will each carry the REI Meteor
  • Nick will carry the REI Comet

Tony and Amy will also each carry backpacks (Kelty Redwing 3100 and North Face Surge) on their front side to use as carry ons and daypacks.


  • 2 laptops (1 MacBook and 1 MacBook Pro)
  • Nikon 40D Camera with an extra flash, an 18-200mm lens and a travel tripod plus a variety of small point and shoot cameras that the kids can use
  • Ipods (one for each person for those long bus rides and flights)
  • Nintendo DS (one for each kid..again, for those long bus rides and flights)
  • Kindles (2)
  • GPS (for the many hours we will spend geocaching)
  • Translator
  • Flip video recorders (2)


  • Raincoats (REI Kimtah jackets for the adults, North Face Resolve jacket for Alex and Marmot PreCip jackets for Tyler and Nick)
  • North Face Glacier 1/4 zip fleece shirts for everyone (this is my favorite clothing item ever and I never go anywhere without one!)
  • Fleece pants (North Face for Amy…of course, REI for everyone else)
  • Long underwear (North Face for the adults and REI for the kids)
  • Zip off pants (kids only…we adults cannot stand the thought of wearing these for the next 11 months regardless of how convenient they are!)
  • Track pants (for everyone…we all need comfy stuff)
  • Capri/pants (for Amy…North Face again…they are water repellant and they can either be long pants or roll up and button to turn into capris)
  • Shorts (a variety of dri fit, athletic shorts and hiking shorts…we each have 3-4 pairs)
  • Shirts (some cotton t-shirts, but mostly dri fit, and one tank top for Amy…can’t travel without my cotton ribbed tanks!)
  • Swimsuits and swimshirts
  • Baseball caps and beanie hats
  • Socks (smartwool is our favorite)
  • Underwear (Exofficcio quick dry)
  • Bandanas
  • Belt with hidden zipper for stashing money (this will be worn by Tony)
  • Dress (Exofficcio…to also be used as beach cover-up)
  • Shoes (Asics trail runner shoes or tennis shoes, Keens for everyone, Flip flops for the adults and Alex, and Crocs for Tyler and Nick…who couldn’t live without his trustworthy crocs)


  • Air compression sacks
  • Alarm clock
  • Baseball gloves, balls, wooden bat
  • Batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Cable locks
  • Deck of cards
  • Duct tape
  • Eagle Creek packing pouches (lots of different colors to organize small things)
  • Football
  • Fork/spoon combo
  • Frisbee
  • Goggles/masks
  • Headlamps (5)
  • Laundry soap
  • Leatherman
  • Money pouches
  • Rope (for a laundry line or emergency purposes)
  • Rubber bands
  • Safety pins
  • Steripen
  • Sunglasses with straps
  • Sleeping bags
  • Silk sleeping sheets
  • Towels (quick dry)
  • Travel scale
  • Velcro straps
  • Waterproof pouches
  • Zip ties (these can be used in the strangest circumstances…for instance, to hold the windshield wiper on after it breaks in a rainstorm…yes, our dear friends had to do this while traveling with us in Costa Rica)
  • Ziploc baggies (of all sizes)


  • Brush
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Ear plugs
  • Face care (wash, lotion)
  • Hand sanitizer (wipes and gel)
  • Insect repellant (herbal and sawyer controlled release deet)
  • Kleenex packs
  • Lotion
  • Nail clippers
  • Q-tips
  • Razors
  • Sewing kit
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Tampons (I have been told they can be hard to find)
  • Toothbrushes (sonicares for everyone!)/Toothpaste
  • Tweezers

First Aid Kit:

  • Antibiotics (for adults and kids…just in case)
  • Bactroban (antibiotic ointment)
  • Bandaids
  • Benadryl
  • Charcoal tablets (for upset tummies)
  • Cold care (homeopathic)
  • Cough drops
  • Decongestant/Nasal spray
  • Eye drops
  • Emergen-c
  • Flu care (homeopathic)
  • Itch Relief cream
  • Malarone (filled prescriptions for all 5 of us…we are in and out of malarial zones during our entire trip)
  • Motrin
  • Neosporin
  • Tylenol
  • Vitamins


  • Copies of birth certificates, marriage certificate, credit cards
  • Driver’s licenses
  • Extra passport photos (10)
  • PADI dive cards (Tony, Amy and Alex)
  • Passports (and copies)
  • Yellow Fever Certificate

Amy’s personal pouch: (this is all packed in a small Eagle Creek packing pouch and it is always with me on airplanes and in our day packs)

  • Anti-bacterial gel and wipes
  • Brush
  • Bandaids/neosporin
  • Burt’s Bees lip gloss (my absolute fav)
  • Dental floss
  • Gum
  • Hair band
  • Motrin
  • Nasal spray
  • Pen
  • Tissue
  • Tylenol

This is a pretty detailed list of the items we are taking.  Sometimes I have thoughts that we are taking everything except the kitchen sink, but then other times I think that this is potentially all the stuff we could use during our travels.  When it comes time to really packing everything, I will let you know if this changes at all.  I am a little obsessive about being prepared when we travel, so I am trying not to go overboard for this adventure.  I know we can buy things on the road, but I want to start out with a good amount of supplies.

Also on this list is the kid’s school curriculums, extra books that aren’t available on the Kindles and a few travel guides.

Each person will have their own colored Eagle Creek pouch to put their Nintendo DS (for the kids), Ipods, headphones, colored pencils, notebooks and book they are reading if it isn’t on the Kindle.  It is so much easier on the airplane to hand each child their colored pouch rather than digging for all their needed items in the bottom of the carry on.


2 responses to “Packing List

  1. What a great list. Love those Eagle Creek pouches!

    • Thanks so much for posting on our blog and for following us! We are having so much fun traveling, but are soooo behind on our blog. Since we posted last, we have been to Peru, Argentina, Chile and now we are in New Zealand! We keep saying that we will catch up, but the end of the day comes and we are exhausted! Hopefully we can get caught up in the next week or so 🙂
      Anyways, as for packing goes…the Eagle Creek pouches have been the best! Also, their compression sacks have been one of our “must have’s” for this trip. We left home with each of us carrying our backpacks, 2 carry on backpacks and 1 suitcase. We are 3 months into the trip and are sending home the suitcase and also the sleeping bags that we “had to bring”. While we did use the sleeping bags, we don’t need them and they take up too much space! My best advice is to PACK LIGHT!! If you don’t have it, you can buy it somewhere!
      Good luck getting your final plans together. Would love to keep in touch and can’t wait to follow you on your blog!

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