29 Aug 2017

His Packing List

RTW Packing List for Him

The Backpack

I chose the Tortuga. It is a compact bag with plenty of pockets to keep everything organized. It also has adjustable straps to make it customizable to what is most comfortable for you.


  • 4 Airism T-shirts – 2 blue, 2 white
  • 2 Cotton T-shirts
  • 2 pairs of shorts – One pair of Gap casual shorts.
  • 1 pair of Gap gray travel pants – I wear these to work regularly, They are comfortable and dry quickly.
  • 2 long sleeve linen button downs – One light blue and chambray.
  • 1 sweater – This was casual enough for everyday use but could also dress up an outfit to go out for dinner.
  • 2 Swim Trunks
  • 1 Rain jacket – The lightweight kind that folds up well
  • 5 pairs of socks – Going to warm places meant that I planned to wear sandals a lot.
  • 5 pairs of underwear – These pack up small, dry fast, and are cheaper than the popular exofficio version.
  • Belt- This one is simple but also has a zipper pocket on the inside to hide a little extra cash and a copy of our passports.
  • Eyeglasses
  • Sunglasses


  • 1 pair trail walking shoes – I picked Merrell Moab Ventilators as a nice cross between a true hiking shoe and something I’d feel okay treking around downtowns in.
  • 1 pair sandals – I picked Teva Pajaros after trying on a bunch of pairs, since they’re both comfortable and durable, with good support.


  • Shampoo
  • Contacts
  • Contact solution
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Toothbrush
  • Sunscreen Stick – easier for travel than liquid sunscreen.
  • Bug Spray Stick
  • Deodorant
  • Comb
  • Electric razor
  • Pepto
  • Hand Sanitizer

Odds and Ends

  • 1 travel pillow – When you’re doing over a dozen flights, several trains, and who knows how many buses; comfortable sleeping and a fancier pillow while traveling will make or break your experience. I used this one. It is a splurge but it will hopefully make the 35 hours in the air between Hawaii and South Africa more bearable.
  • 1 eye cover – See travel pillow.
  • Ear plugs – See travel pillow. I used these while I was working in an open office with some chatty co-workers. Whenever I needed to concentrate, I could put these in and get to work. Hopefully they stand up to trains and planes just as well.
  • 1 water bottle – collapsible is really wonderful. Now that I’ve had one, I’ll never go back.
  • 1 travel towel – we looked at The Wirecutter for recommendations (as we always recommend) and they suggested a high-end linen towel to avoid the smell issues associated with synthetic travel towels. We went with linen towels but at a fraction of the cost. I’ve tried this one out already and I love it. It also rolls up much smaller than the synthetic towel I originally planned to take.
  • 1 small flashlight
  • 1 collapsible cup – a nice Sea to Summit cup for when you need wine on a train, or in a park, or some other beverage you’d like to share.
  • Laundry cable
  • Laundry detergent sheets


  • 1 Kindle – My many-years-old Kindle Touch is still kicking.
  • 1 smart phone – A Pixel, so it can have Google Fi worldwide service (one flat rate for data anywhere) and because it has the best camera out there right now.
  • 1 phone charger
  • 1 plug adapter
  • 1 Macbook Air – We debated about whether we’d need a laptop, and ended up deciding it would make a lot of research/planning/blogging a lot easier.

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