The Ultimate packing list for adventuring around the world

A picture of everything we are bringing!

Some items were upgraded since the photo was taken.

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I underestimated how many new purchases we would need to make for this upcoming trip. Owen and I joked that we seem to have a lot of trouble spending money on things that last e.g. a high quality bag vs. a one time use plane ticket or Michelin star restaurant.

Our new gear costed $2988.90 USD – $400.96 USD in store credits/gift cards/not real cash – $997.25 for a new Macbook I would have bought anyway – $518.78 for a gifted drone and SD card = ~$1071.69 that we paid for ourselves.

New Purchases in USD, Store Credits, Wish Cash, Parental Generosity, etc

Backpacking Gear:

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Ivy’s Backpacking Backpack: REI Traverse 65L – $249 USD

Got this baby as an upgrade from my usual backpack for traveling (Osprey 40L). I’ve had this bag since I trekked around Europe during my study abroad in 2014 and used for countless trips since. Since I am planning to do multi-day backpacking trips (I mean outback in the wilderness, carrying my own shelter and food), I knew I needed a bigger, more structured bag meant for days of hiking.

After trying on everything 60-65L in size at REI which included the Osprey Aura 65 and Osprey Ariel 65, Gregory Deva 60, REI Trail 65 Pack, and Deuter Aircontact 60+10, I settled for my REI Traverse.

The Ospreys have very tight hip belts that poked at my hip bones. I almost went for the Gregory but I was between sizes. The XS rode up a bit on my hips while the S left gaps around my shoulders. The Deuter sat too straight and changed my center of gravity.

The REI Traverse 65L has a bottom opening (great to not take out everything out from the top when trying to get something out from the bottom), a rain cover and a day pack included, and amazing compression straps at the bottom to compress the backpack so that it’s easier to carry.

The best decision here was going to an REI store to get measured. If I’m going to be carrying around this backpack for year, it better fit right!

Ivy’s Sleeping Bag: Mountain Warehouse Extreme Down Sleeping Bag  – $102.83 USD

Ivy’s Sleeping Pad and 2 pillows: Klymit Static V Recon and 2 Klymit Pillow X Inflatable  – $108.81 [Paid in Wish Cash]

Owen’s Sleeping Pad and Tent: Nemo Tensor Insulated Sleeping Pad, 20 Regular and Nemo Hornet Ultralight Backpacking Tent, 2 Person – $231 USD [Bought on sale at REI and using >$100 of REI credits]

New Shoes and Socks:

Ivy’s Sandals: Teva Women’s Original Universal Sandal $54.15 USD [Paid in Wish Cash]

2 Hiking Boots:

Oboz Women’s Sawtooth Mid BDRY Hiking Boot $110 USD [On Sale at REI]

Oboz Men’s Sawtooth Mid BDRY Hiking Boot $110 USD [On Sale at REI]

4 REI Hiking Socks: ~$45 USD

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Matching Hiking Boots! (Gross)

Digital Nomad Gear/Electronics

Ivy’s new work computer: Macbook Air 13.3/1.8GHZ/8GB/128GB – $997.25 USD

2 Magic Keyboards – $200 USD [Paid for using an Apple Gift Card from buying a Macbook on Cyber Monday]

Ivy’s Logitech M570 Mouse – $24.14 USD

Owen’s Logitech M720 Mouse – $33.62 USD

2 Nextstand Laptop Stands – $44.94 USD ($22.47 each)

Ivy’s 46cm Gel Wrist Support – $12 USD [Paid with Wish Cash]

Ivy’s new Refurbished Kindle – $59.99

For Documenting our Trip

Eocean Tripod – $25.99 USD

DJI Spark Fly More Combo with 64 GB MicroSD card – $519.78 USD [Bought at Best Buy last minute]

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We first bought a Mavic Pro Clone of Wish for about $60 USD [Paid in Wish Cash] but the camera quality was so terrible (see above) and it was so hard to fly that we decided to splurge on a DJI Spark [$359.99 USD]. Owen’s parents were very generous and gifted us the new drone! It’s small so easy to carry when traveling and the Fly More Combo comes with all the extras we needed.
Because we might make mistakes:

Coleman Waterproof First Aid Kit – $26 USD [Paid with Shop Your Way Points]

2 Tile Trackers – $34.4 USD or $17.2 each

The Rest of our Packing List

Backpacks + Daypack


65L REI Backpack purchased at a REI garage sale years ago + an attached 20L day pack.


REI Traverse 65L and 30L Marmot Calistoga

Eddie Bauer Unisex-Adult Stowaway Packable 20L Daypack that I purchased in Ottawa and has been my go to laptop bag. However, I’m now upgrading to a 30L Marmot Calistoga so that I can carry more things and have a few more pockets for organization. A Stowaway backpack also has no padding – hoping to not bruise my personal laptop.

3 Pairs of Shoes – Running, Hiking, Sandals/Flipflops (Guess I’m not going anywhere fancy):


Running Shoes: Saucony Omni 16 that were once my marathon running shoes

Hiking Shoes: Oboz Women’s Sawtooth Mid BDRY Hiking Boot

Sandals: Teva Women’s Original Universal Sandal


Running Shoes: New Balance Men’s 1080

Hike Shoes: Oboz Men’s Sawtooth Mid BDRY Hiking Boot (Yes the male version of mine)

Flip Flops: Teva Men’s Flip Flops

Jackets – Down, Rain, Fleece:


Down Jacket: US Polo Women’s Puffer Jacket

Rain Jacket: Eddie Bauer Women’s Rainfoil Portable Jacket

Fleece: An REI fleece jacket


Down Jacket: The North Face Men’s Aconcagua

Rain Jacket: Something off Amazon

Fleece: Marmot Fleece

Other Clothing

Other Clothing Ivy Owen
Jeans 1 2
Sweatpants/leggings 2 1
Hiking/Waterproof Pants 2 0
Shorts/Skirts 4 2
T-shirts/Hiking Shirts 7 6
Long sleeves/Sweaters/Dress shirts 4 3
Dresses/Rompers 5 0
Swim Gear
Bathing suits/Kimonos 2 1
Total Articles of Clothing 27 15


2 quick-dry towels
DJI Spark Drone + Fly More Combo
2 head lamps + 1 handheld Lamp
Underwear and Socks
2 TSA Approved Luggage Locks
2 battery packs
2 kindles
1 small camping cooking pot/bowl – HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Coleman Waterproof First Aid Kit
2 International Travel Adapters
Power Inverter
KT tape pack
1 set of Knee Compressions – best purchase that supported my marathon runs + hikes
Wine Opener
2 Water bottles
3 Diarrhea Pills – prescribed by my doctor
Bluetooth Speaker – as small as possible
2 Baseball hats
Personal Hygiene Bags and products (Face wash, toothbrushes etc)


Mostly thanks to our travel compression bags

Not included in picture: Our daypacks with all our electronics, drone + accessories, and tripod since we will have them as carry on.

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2 thoughts on “The Ultimate packing list for adventuring around the world

  1. Hi Ivy! This looks super exciting. How much did your bag end up weighing? Also I saw you guys were planning to do some work whwhi traveling NZ. What do you do? Thanks!


    1. Hey Melissa! My bag ended up weighing about 15kg! I did some contract consulting work for a startup trying to break into e-commerce since I worked at a shopping platform before. Owen is now contracting for another startup as a software engineer.


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