What we are packing for long term travels/ backpacking

Well, as today marks the 1 month point before we head off on our long term travels around the world it is time to get serious about what we intend to take! We have been doing a lot of research, buying and collecting things here and there in the search to get the right balance between being prepared and getting stuck carrying around a backpack that is way too heavy…so here is our list! Feel free to comment with any further tips on what we should add or leave out!

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Firstly, Backpacks!

We did a lot of research and asked around, did a few trials runs and decided on: Osprey Farpoint 70l.

This is a kind of mid-sized bag as the total capacity included the 20l day pack in 70l. It has some great features on there including the integration of the day pack, different back sizes available and the ability to cover the main straps for when the bag goes in the hold and clips to carry your/ or another day pack in front of you. We feel these are the best backpacks for travel all round!

It is also quite reasonably priced at around the £100-120 mark.

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Find it here: OSPREY Farpoint 70 Backpack, Charcoal, M/L

Sleeping equipment

Tent

Sleeping bags

Travel pillow

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Clothing:

Flip Flops

Comfortable trainers

Lightweight and waterproof hiking boots

Quick dry pants and shorts with zip pockets

Quick dry t-shirts

Swimwear

Comfortable underwear and socks

Baselayers

Climbing shoes

Down Jackets

Waterproof jackets

Safety:

Locks

Wallets/ money belts

First Aid kit

Safety Alarm

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Accessories

Quick dry compact towel

Backpack Cover

Packing cubes

Dry sacks

Guide book

Journal / sketchbook

Eye covers and ear plugs

 Washing tablets and universal plug stopper, drying line

Sewing kit/ duct tape

Extension lead

Medication

Torches/ Flash lights

Pen Knife/ Multi Tool

Electronics

Laptop

Hard laptop case

Cameras, spare batteries, spare memory cards

(See our photography set up here: Ultimate Photography set up for Travel)

Chargers

Portable chargers

Adapters

Lifeproof IPhone case

Hard Drives

Cloud Storage (Sugarsync)

Kindle

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Documents

Passport

Scans of passports, visas, Drivers Licence, health cards

Insurance documents

Confirmations for first few nights

E-Tickets for flight

Banks set up/ multiple cards and accounts

Folder for all docs

Buy when out there

Mosquito net

Toiletries

Cheap clothes

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Specifics we recommend

EasyAcc Power pack

Charges your phone up to 5 times and you can charge two things at once via the USB ports!

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Find it here: EasyAcc 2nd Gen 10000m Power Bank

GoPro

Hands down the most versatile, protected and compact camera out there for all your adventures. We swear by it!

Read about our Go Pro set up here: Best GoPro accessories for travel

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Find it here: GoPro HERO4 SILVER

Wild Country zephyros 2 tent:

Really lightweight at only 1.81 kg and top quality. Mid range price and best value

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Find it here: Wild Country Zephyros 2 (Green)

Thule Gauntlet Laptop case:

Best case out there to protect your expensive laptop, hard on the outside and padded in the middle

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Find it here: Thule Gauntlet 3.0 Envelope Sleeve for 13-Inch MacBook Air – Black

Lifeproof iPhone case:

Waterproof and shock proof, keeps your phone safe on your adventures!

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Find it here: Lifeproof fre Cover Case for iPhone 6 – Black

Snugpak 2 Season Travelpak Sleeping Bag

One of the cheapest out there that offers a great range in temperature as well as packing down really small and compact. Plus a built in and removable mosquito net

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Find it here: Snugpak Travelpak 2 Sleeping Bag – Black/Blue, Left Zip

Dry Sacks

Keep all your electronics and documents dry with good quality dry sacks, you
can even pack your clothes in them too

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Find it here: Waterproof Fold-Drybag 4 Pack – Classic

Decathlon for cheap and quick drying T-shirts and pants

Your stuff is going to get ruined anyway and outdoor places like Decathlon offer
the same stuff but so much cheaper. We picked up quick drying t-shirts for a few pounds each.
They are great for keeping cool and easy to wash on the go, and really light too. Stay away from the cotton stuff as it is heavy and hard to dry!

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A great website we found that has a large collection of reasonably priced backpacking equipment is:

www.gapyeartravelstore.com

Check out our long term travel plans here:

Epic adventure from UK to NZ!

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Disclaimer: This post has a few affiliate links, which means that if you buy a product after clicking through the link I get a small percentage to keep us travelling! But everything on here are things we have actually bought and used!

Nicola Hilditch-Short

Nic is one half of the Roaming Renegades, a passionate traveller, climber, adventurer, photographer and artist who has a B.A in Fine Art and M.A in Design & Art Direction.