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How I Packed For a Year of Travel

Memories of backpacking around Europe with a heavy backpacker bag & not-so-functional-but-hipster-looking carry-on luggage still haunts me to this day. Just picture a 5 feet Asian girl being swallowed by all her things that she thought she’d needed for a month and a half of Eat, Pray, Love style soul-seeking travel.

Fast forward to this year as I look at what’s left of my possessions after selling everything from my car to my clothes to my 5 pound dumbbells. HM, not much is left, good. So what of these things should I bring with me on a year around the world?

What I’m packing for a year of travel:

 

CLOTHES

  • BOTTOMS

    • 2 Pairs of jeans
    • 1 Leather jegging (SWAG, SWAG, SWAG)
    • 1 High-waisted tan pants
    • 2 Yoga pants (for that booty lift)
    • 1 Jean shorts
    • 1 Black shorts
    • 1 Workout shorts (which I’ll sleep in more than workout in)
    • 1 Flowy shorts
  • TOPS

    • 1 Grey tank
    • 1 Burgundy crop tank
    • 1 Black tank
    • 2 Grey crop tops (I need color in my life asap)
    • 1 Grey workout tee (sleeping in it more than working out)
    • 1 Grey turtleneck no-sleeve shirt/tank?…OMG fashion is hard
    • 2 Thermals (one grey, one black)
    • 1 Grey long sleeve (grey must be the color of my soul)
    • 1 Grey sweater
    • 1 Black turtleneck (to bring out the inner Steve Jobs in me)
  • DRESSES

    • 1 Grey turtleneck dress
    • 1 Black t-shirt dress
    • 1 Grey dress (I’m afraid to keep typing out the word ‘grey’)
    • 1 Grey bodycon dress
    • 1 Blue flowy t-shirt dress
  • SHOES

    • 1 Pair of sandals
    • 1 Pair of hiking shoes
    • 1 Pair of heeled sandals
    • 1 Pair of running shoes
  • UNDERGARMENT

    • 10 Undies
    • 7 Bras
  • OTHER

    • 2 Hats (one straw, one black)
    • 1 Beanie
    • 1 Scarf
    • Yes the beanie and scarf are both grey, YOU CAUGHT ME.

HYGIENE

  • 1 Hanging toiletry bag (stuffed as much beauty products as I could)
  • 1 Makeup bag (my everyday go-to products only)
  • 3 Toothbrushes (to switch in and out after countries with unclean water)

TECH/GEAR

  • 1 Universal travel adapter
  • 1 Mac charger
  • 1 iPhone charger
  • 1 iPhone headphones
  • 1 Bose noise cancelling headphones
  • 1 Gorillapods (one mini, one big)
  • 1 Rode mic
  • 1 Polaroid camera + 3 packs of polaroids
  • 1 Portable battery pack
  • 1 External hard drive
  • 1 UE mini boom
  • 1 Wacom tablet
  • 1 Macbook pro

SURVIVAL

  • 1 Pack of medicine from mom (thanks mom!)
  • 1 Word lock
  • 1 Moleskin notebook
  • 1 Passport book, with passport
  • 1 Wallet

ACCESSORIES

  • 1 Daypack
  • 2 Glasses (one sunglasses, one computer-reading)

See how everything fits into my backpack and carry-on here.

What and how do you pack for a year of travel around the world? Here's my complete packing list, carry-ons only! | CupofTJ.com

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