Though I’ve come to consider myself a savvy packer over the last few years with frequent trips to NYC, southern California and the occasional jaunt abroad, I quickly realized upon googling ‘packing for long term travel’ that preparing for this adventure would be unlike anything I’d faced before. Not one to sacrifice style for comfort, I just didn’t (and still don’t) understand the popularity of “convertible” pants or anything with a cargo pocket! Could there really be no mention of joggers in modern day international travel blogs?? Before spiraling into total madness at the thought of trekking through urban Europe and Southeast Asia in hiking boots I stepped back and made a list of factors to consider while packing for this trip:

     – I’ll need to prepare for a complete range of climates including rain (United Kingdom) and cool temps (Norway) to extreme heat and humidity (Egypt and Asia).

     – I’ll need to be able to easily carry everything on my back if needed. Nothing ruins a trip faster than a sore back and defeated spirit from schlepping a heavy pack around all day.

     – Laundry is my friend. With downtime planned throughout my trip as well as washing machines available at many of my pre-booked Airbnb stops, throwing a load of dirty socks in the wash (or hand washing a top or two in the sink) will be pretty easy.

     – Lastly and most importantly, if I won’t wear an item at home in California, I more than likely won’t wear it in Spain or Australia. (I mean, let’s be real.)

Keeping the above points in mind, I set out to essentially pack for 26 seven day trips. By removing the intimidating ‘long-term travel’ label and instead focusing on easy layers and pieces I already frequently wore, I was able to pull together the below items to all conveniently fit in my new carry-on sized Osprey 50L Convertible Bag (pictured in the top left) that will take me from the rainy streets of Dublin to the beaches of Dubrovnik and beyond.

Packing List

Unfortunately there’s not a lot of extra room for souvenirs, but at the end of the day memories are what really matter, right?

xo Carrie