2 PACKS, 4 PEOPLE: OUR PACKING LISTS FOR LONGTERM TRAVEL.

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Before we left, I wanted answers. What on EARTH do we need for longterm travel? HOW will we carry it? Is two pairs of socks enough? And do we need a towel?  I needed a packing list for longterm travel.

This definitely caused me panic before we left – what do you actually need for longterm travel?! Well, now we know. Everyone packs differently, and carries/wheels different kinds of bags. But here are the unedited lists and unpacking of what is actually in our bags, and what we will do differently next time…

PACK #1: GAVIN’S

On top of carrying his and Harry’s clothes, Gavin takes the lions share of weighty items, carrying all of our shoes, the two cases of electronics, our bulky rain jackets and less-often used cold weather clothes, the boys Budding Builders Lego pouches (on travel days), and the dirty laundry bag…

  • Pack: 75L Macpac Genesis Aztec
  • Weight: 14-15kg checked in
  • Clothes: Gavin and Harry’s clothes (2x small e-bags; 2x medium e-bag packing cells)

CLOTHES: GAVIN’S PACKING LIST

Clothes displayed from adult pack for longterm travel.
Clothes displayed in packing cells from adult pack.
  • 2x Macpac travel shorts
  • 1x swimming board shorts
  • 1x Kathmandu ‘Flight’ long trousers
  • 2x cotton t-shirts
  • 2x Kathmandu merino t-shirts
  • 1x Macpac long sleeve shirt
  • 1x Macpac merino hooded pullover
  • 2x Kathmandu ultrafine merino singlet
  • 7x underwear
  • 2x socks
  • 1x Nike sneakers
  • 1x Birkenstock sandals
  • 1x Haviana jandals (flip-flops)
  • 1x Macpac pack-a-mack rain jacket
  • 1x medium sized Macpac travel towel

CLOTHES: HARRY’S PACKING LIST

Child packing list for longterm travel
Child packing list for longterm travel
  • 1x Macpac hooded sweatshirt
  • 1x Macpac long travel trousers
  • 1x swimming vest and shorts
  • 2x tank singlets
  • 5x t-shirts
  • 1x long sleeve top
  • 5x shorts
  • 7x underwear
  • 2x socks
  • 1x pyjamas
  • 1x sneakers
  • 1x jandals (flip-flops)
  • 1x Macpac pack-a-mack rainjacket

PACK #2: SARAH’S

I have the medical kit and washbag; laundry powder and Scrubba washing bag; tea/coffee and any non-perishable foods that we have at the time (and shhh! My packing list is definitely not quite as refined as Gavin’s!). Here is my packing list for longterm travel. Remember though, we were planning for travel in warmer weather. (The light singlet came in handy on an overnight train in Uzbekistan; and carrying a long-sleeved top paid off whilst staying in a yurt at alpine temperatures in Kyrgyzstan!).

  • Pack: 65L Macpac
  • Weight: 12-13kg checked in
  • Clothes: Sarah and Oscar’s clothes (2x small e-bags; 2x medium e-bag packing cells)

CLOTHES: SARAH’S PACKING LIST

Clothes displayed from adult pack for longterm travel.
Photo of packing cubes as part of packing list for longterm travel
  • 2x Kathmandu travel shorts
  • 2x Smitten Merino dresses
  • 1x Smitten Merino Capri top
  • 1x ultra-light long skirt
  • 1x swimming costume
  • 2x Lululemon long trousers
  • 3x cotton t-shirts
  • 1x Icebreaker merino t-shirt
  • 1x Kathmandu long sleeve shirt
  • 1x Glassons cardigan
  • 1x sarong
  • 1x Icebreaker ultra-fine tank singlet
  • 7x underwear
  • 3x bras
  • 2x socks
  • 1x Nike sneakers
  • 1x Birkenstock sandals
  • 1x Haviana jandals (flip-flops)
  • 1x Macpac pack-a-mack rain jacket
  • 1x medium sized Macpac travel towel

CLOTHES: OSCAR’S PACKING LIST

Child packing list for longterm travel
  • 1x Macpac hooded sweatshirt
  • 1x light cotton trackpants
  • 5x t-shirts
  • 1x long sleeve top
  • 5x shorts
  • 1x tank singlet
  • 1x long sleeve swimming top and shorts
  • 1x pyjamas
  • 7x underwear
  • 2x socks
  • 1x sneakers
  • 1x Crocs sandals
  • 1x Macpac pack-a-mack rainjacket

So there you have it – the official list of what we set out with. Not too much has changed over the year of travel, though we did end up buying some warmer clothes for alpine temperatures in Kyrgyzstan… and we did replace a few things along the way – though tried to stick to the general rule of adding something new to a pack meant we had to get rid of something else!

Check out our other posts to see what else you need (it’s more than just clothes!)…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top