Packing is an art. If you’re backpacking, every pound counts and you have to pack smart. Deciding what to bring can be a challenge, especially if you’re planning to visit several places with different climates. In this feature post, I list all of the items I packed in preparation for a year long trip.

Packed

I’m still on the road and adjusting my packing list as I go. Here is what I started out with:

Tops

3 x t-shirts
3 x tank tops
3 x technical fabric tops

Cotton shirts

Tank tops

Technical fabric tops

Long Sleeves

Rain jacket
Hoodie
Two thermals
One light cover up

Rain jacket

Hoodie

Long sleeve thermal shirts

Light sun / bug cover up

Bottoms

Jeans
Convertible pants
Sweatpants
Sporty capri pants
Skirt
2 x cotton shorts

Jeans

Convertible pants

Cotton shorts

Undergarments

2 x bathing suit
2 x sport bras
2 x regular bras
10 x underwear
6 x sport socks
2 x warm socks

Bathing suits

Shoes

J-41 Women’s ‘Crimson’ Vegan Slip-on Sneakers

Sandals

Footware

Tech Stuff

Laptop + charger + case
Camera
SD car reader
15GB SD card
4GB SD card
Flexible ball mini tripod
ipod Nano + headphones
PhotoTrackr Lite

Tech stuff

Other

Silk sleeping bag liner
Adventure towel
Deck of cards
Money belt
Compass with thermometer and whistle
Reading light
Travel diary
Vegan Passport

Moo cards
Hat
SteriPEN Adventurer Handheld Water Purifier

Other

Toiletries and Accessories

Hair brush
Hair straightener
Tooth brush
Tooth paste
Aveda be curly curl control
Tide to Go stain remover
Laundry soap sheets
Deodorant
Sun screen
SPF  lip balm
After sun cream
Hand sanitizer
Lush shampoo
Contact solution
Contact case
Contacts
Lip balm
Diva Cup
Mirror
Concealer
Tinted facial moisturizer
Face powder
Mascara
Lipgloss
Eyebrow tweezers
Nail clippers
Razors x 2
Band-Aids
Backup earrings
Sunglasses
Glasses case
Altitude sickness pills
Malaria pills
Sewing kit
Elastics
Bobby pins
Headbands

Backpacking Toiletries and Accessories

That’s all for now. I’d love to know what other people pack when traveling. Feel free to comment with advice on how to keep your bag light.