What We Packed For A 4 Month Trip

When we made the decision to go travelling before settling back in the UK permanently, we knew we had to get clever with our packing.

It’s been a constantly evolving process to become smarter packers. It’s learned behaviour to pack a lot, I think. Growing up, we both went on family holidays with the car bursting at the seams and suitcases strapped to the roof rack. For our 3 week honeymoon in 2011, we took 3 suitcases and a 50 litre backpack full of clothes. I literally had an outfit for every day and every evening of the honeymoon. I clearly didn’t think they had washing machines in America.

Suffice to say, we’ve slowly got better over the years and we’ve also made ourselves be better too. Neither of us really like packing or lugging our stuff around. That coupled with the trend of us liking to visit multiple places on trips, means generally a lot of moving around and lugging stuff.

So when we decided to take the plunge, quit our jobs and go travelling, we knew there was no way we were lugging unnecessary crap around.

We sabotaged ourselves slightly, in that we have chosen to visit places in different seasonal climates. Australia and New Zealand will be in their winter when we visit, with the coldest places expected on New Zealand’s South Island. Hence, there are thermals, gloves, hat and jeans on the packing list. We could’ve planned a trip entirely based on warm climates but we have prioritised visiting places that have been on our to visit list for 10+ years. And if that means 2 seasons to pack for, so be it.

The List

So, here’s what we packed…

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  • Shoes: Walking shoes, canvas pumps and sandals

    All my clothes for 4 months travelling
  • Lightweight, waterproof jacket
  • Fleece
  • Gloves & Hat
  • Thermal top and leggings
  • Lightweight scarf
  • 7 pairs underwear & 3 pairs socks
  • PJs (shorts & top)
  • Walking trousers/shorts (the legs zip off)
  • Leggings
  • Casual cropped trousers
  • Jeans
  • Casual skirt
  • Tops: Shirt, 2 vest tops and 5 tops
  • Swim gear – bikini, swim shorts and rash vest


  • Shoes: 2 pairs walking shoes (1 for hiking & 1 for city walking)
  • Lightweight, waterproof jacket
  • Body warmer
  • Fleece
  • Jumper
  • Gloves & Hat
  • Thermal top and leggings
  • 7 pairs underwear & 3 pairs socks
  • PJs (trousers & t-shirt)
  • Cap
  • Walking trousers/shorts (the legs zip off)
  • 1 pair shorts
  • Jeans
  • 2 shirts
  • 4 t-shirts
  • Swim gear – shorts and rash vest


  • Laptop
  • Tablet
  • Kindle x2
  • Phones x2
  • Phone charger x2
  • Headphones x2
  • Document wallet (for passports, cards etc)
  • Sunglasses x2
  • DSLR Camera
  • Camera spare battery
  • Samsung S5 spare battery
  • Anker power charger for iPhone
  • DSLR Camera battery charger
  • Kindle/tablet charger
  • Watch charger
  • UV camera filter
  • Travel plug x2
  • Head torch x2
  • Wet bag
  • Day backpack for city walking
  • Travel clothing line


  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush x2
  • Dental floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Body/Hair wash
  • Razor x2
  • Shaving gel/oil
  • Face cream
  • Deodorant x2
  • Hand Cream
  • Sun lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Tinted moisturiser
  • Hair accessories (headband, hair clips)
  • Hairbrush
  • Medication
  • Vitamins
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
Our 35L bag


All in a 35 litre backpack and a 50 litre backpack. We tried so hard to pack into 2 carry on bags but we were both over the 7kgs airline weight limit for carry-ons and we were at maximum capacity in terms of space. We didn’t feel comfortable being at capacity at the outset and the 50 litre backpack adds a lot of wiggle room if we pick up bits of food etc that we transport between locations.

Our 35 litre backpack also doubles as a daypack for day hikes.

We also purchased a backpack for our time when we’ll be in cities as a day bag. We snagged the REI Stuff Travel Daypack, which I absolutely love! It folds into a small pouch that can be tucked away when we’re moving between places and don’t want to deal with an extra bag to carry.


Sufficient for Our Needs

The clothes we have packed are sufficient for a week’s wear and are a good mix for the warm and cooler climates we’ll be experiencing. We will utilise washing machines in our accommodation or local launderettes on the trip and also purchased a travel clothes line so we can dry our clothes without too much bother.

Our beloved Eagle Creek compression cubes

We utilised Eagle Creek compression packing cubes for our clothes, which I have to say are a-may-zing! We discovered packing cubes far too late in our travelling lives and only recently purchased our first set in December 2016. They were a game changer – I loved being able to organise and compartmentalise our clothes. We realised for this trip though, we would benefit hugely from compression cubes as a way to utilise every single last spare inch of packing space.

We have also used a small packing cube for our electronics cables, head torch, chargers, spare batteries etc. There’s nothing worse than having to organise all the wires that come with modern day life and this packing cube has saved my sanity. We also use velcro strips to tie our cables up as there’s nothing that irritates me more than tangled cables.

Another item I bought, which I read about whilst trawling through blogs about what other people pack when they go travelling was an Eagle Creek bag for my shoes. Obviously, I’m only going to be wearing one pair at a time and I really didn’t like the thought of the grubby soles of my shoes touching other things in the backpack. It pleases my inner germ-a-phobe greatly

My shoe house for the trip!

that the shoes have their own house (and yes I could’ve just shoved them in a plastic carrier bag but this bag is a long term investment given how much we’ll be hiking in the Lake District in the coming years).

I’m happy with our final list of gear. We are covered for the climates we’ll be experiencing, we have everything we need in terms electronics and toiletries. I’m not taking any make up apart from tinted moisturiser and no hair dryer/hair straighteners. Chances are in 95% of the places we stay, I’ll have access to a hair dryer and I’ll just have to learn to like kinks in my hair because hair straighteners are just way too much of a luxury to take.

It’s not the most extreme we could have been but our packing for this 4 month trip is the leanest we’ve ever gone for the longest we’ve ever been away, so I’ll consider that a win!


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    1. Thanks! I find lists like this helpful too, so I thought I’d take the plunge and write my own. We’re starting off in Europe for about a month. Then we’re off to Australia, New Zealand, Japan & finishing off in Hawaii. It’s a trip we’ve always wanted to do and thought moving back from America to the UK was the perfect opportunity to do it!

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