RTW: G’s Packing List

I packed 8 months of travel clothes into a carry-on size backpack.



Osprey Porter 46. I must have gone through a new pack for every trip we’ve taken. Most resemble the backpacker’s pack — you know, the ones you see all throughout Europe for first time backpackers. Yup, those. So the Osprey is a bit of a departure and thank goodness for that. A big requirement for me was that my backpack had to be carry-on size and front-loading for easy access.

Packing Aids include: 

  • Northface Borealis Daypack
  • Crumpler 3 Million Dollar Home Camera Bag
  • Eagle Creek Packing Envelope
  • eBags Packing Cube



  • 4 t-shirts
  • 1 s/s button-up shirt
  • 1 l/s button-up shirt
  • 1 base layer (Patagonia Capilene 2)
  • 2 tank tops
  • 1 thin layer hoodie
  • 1 Patagonia Men’s Simple Guide Jacket



  • 1 denim
  • 1 convertible cargo pants
  • 1 pairs of shorts
  • 1 athletic shorts
  • 1 pair swim trunks



  • hat
  • sunglasses (Raybans)


  • 1 pair of Keen Newport H2 (ugly, but so functional)
  • 1 pair of Reef sandals
  • 1 black sneakers


  • 6 pairs of underwear (Mainly Exofficio)
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1 quick dry travel towel



I recently posted my gadget list of devices I believe is essential for travel, more importantly, for long-term travel. And since Q’s packing Toiletry and Medicine for the both of us, I’ve got all the gadgets. Here’s the list (again) in short.

  • Nikon D90 w/ 18-105mm & 35mm 1.8 lenses
  • Canon S95
  • Kindle Touch 3G
  • Netbook Acer Aspire Timeline X 11.6″
  • Droid Incredible 2
  • iPod Touch
  • Garmin Nuvi GPS & iPod car adapter for road trip through New Zealand



  • TSA lock (2)
  • TSA lock with cable (1)
  • GorillaPod
  • camera / iPod Touch & iPad / Notebook / Droid charger
  • car adapter for iPod touch (for NZ road trip)
  • Dicapac waterproof camera case
  • Retainers (very important to maintain that smile)



  • passport
  • extra passport photos
  • air tickets
  • driver’s license
  • bank card + credit card
  • cash

Total weight: 23 lbs

You probably noticed that I didn’t pack any toiletries or medication. You can find that on Q’s packing list since I’m carrying the gadgets.

For this kind of long-term trip, I found that it’s worth investing in packing cubes and quality travel clothes that are quick dry (like my Exofficio underwear and sports socks).

So there’s my list!

And here’s how everything looks packed up!

So what do you guys think of my packing? Did I forget anything or pack too much?

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36 Responses to RTW: G’s Packing List

  1. Sheherazade Draw January 3, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Nice list. :)
    Is your Osprey Porter the 46L? I’ve been looking at both the 46L and 65L.

  2. Nguyen A Nancy January 3, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    AWESOME!!! Very good to know because I can barely pack for a weekend trip :p Hope you guys are having fun :)

  3. Chris (Smitty) Smith January 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    Motherf…. I’ve lost my roots. I wasn’t able to do 12 days in France without a “king-sized” Samsonite suitcase, a day pack, and a carry-on (well… the carryon did carry almost every piece of photography equipment I own…).

    Madagascar in a year. Since I’ll only need shorts, packing should be much lighter.

    Looking forward to watching you folks travel the globe!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin January 4, 2012 at 1:25 am #

      Holy cow. Madagascar?! Can’t wait to see your photos of their beetles!

  4. Lis - Travel Tips January 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    Seems about the same as mine – and I’m a girl! Though I don’t bother with denim, too heavy, too hard to clean. And you’re in NZ with out merino – check out a Kathmandu sale – you are pushing your luck with our summer! Hope you haven’t been too wet!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin January 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

      What summer? It’s been raining everyday! =P Hoping for the best the next few weeks.
      I have wool socks. Does that count? :)

  5. Technosyncratic January 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    Oh my…. our packing list is WAY bigger than this! :P

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin January 4, 2012 at 1:26 am #

      Yeah. Never hurts to pack light. you can always pick stuff up along the way.

  6. Tom Pinit January 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    Man I love these kinds of posts. Thanks for all the details Gerard. I love the Exofficio boxers as well (took 2 pairs to Italy for 10 days, lots of sink washing). We also have the Eagle Creek envelopes and packing cubes. It would have been cool to see a photo of your pack fully stuffed with all that…stuff :) Did you just go with earbuds for your music devices (i.e. no noise-cancelling headphones)?

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin January 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

      No noise-cancelling headphones, too bulky. I’ll try to take a picture of the bag fully stuffed along the road. Thanks for the idea!

  7. MoneyForTravel.net January 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    My wife could learn a thing or two from you.

  8. Anonymous January 7, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Wow you sure are the expert at packing. I can’t think of anything that you’re missing or that you packed too much of! I’d like to see what Q packed!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin January 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

      Thanks. You can thank Q for that. And she just posted her list up!

  9. Two Go RTW! January 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    Great list — but wondering if you find travelling with the Kindle and the iPad redundant? Or do you prefer the former for reading because of the e-ink?

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin January 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

      I think it could be redundant. But reading on a Kindle is so much better w/ the e-ink display. And since it’s less than a pound, I didn’t think it was too much more I was carrying.

  10. Alexandra January 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    Gerard, I’m quite impressed! Packing is a challenge I have yet to master. I’d love to see a post about Q’s packing list too–ya know, girl to girl. :) Oh, and by the way, Canon S95, very jealous! ;)

    • Alexandra January 8, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

      Oh and another thing, I’ll be curious to hear how the packing cubes work out for you–I’ve been looking into getting some.

      • Gerard ~ GQtrippin January 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

        Q just posted hers. You can get the new Canon S100 and I’ll be jealous of you! The packing cubes have been working out great. Especially for my backpack since it doesn’t have any compartments.

  11. LAbackpackerChick February 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Wow! that’s alot of stuff! it all fits comfortably in your bag? i’ve considered the Porter 46 but it didn’t seem heavy duty enough for long term travelso i’m now looking into the Farpoint 55 which is supposed to still be carry on sized.

    how are the shoulder straps holding up on the Porter?

    good post! :-)

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin February 11, 2012 at 2:12 am #

      Yeah. Keep in mind I kept my electronics in my daypack. The Farpoint should be another good bag considering it’s made by Osprey as well. The backpack straps are holding up quite well. It’s well padded and pretty comfortable. The waist strap helps with support as well. You will feel the weight after 15 minutes of walking though. That is probably the case with many bags this shape.

      • Labackpackerchick March 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

        I keep going back and forth but the attached day pack has now officially sold me on the 55L Farpoint. hope your trip is going well!

  12. Anonymous April 20, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    Which camera do you find yourself using more the Canon S95 or the Nikon D90? I am having trouble leaving my DSLR behind but would love to not carry it around. Also on the Nikon which lens have you been using more the 35mm or the 18-105mm?

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin April 20, 2012 at 10:58 am #

      We’d probably say s95 to be honest. It’s even gotten better shots sometimes. The DSLR comes in handy on days for sightseeing. But other than that, the s95 is great for casual use. As far as lenses go, I tend to use the 35mm more because I love the sharp photos I get with it. Great for food and street photography. For sightseeing, the 18-105mm goes on. You can honestly get by with the s95 about 75% of the time.

  13. travellingbelle August 27, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    Hi there, i’m about to embark on a 12 mont + RTW adventure and i’m struggling to see how everyone can use a 40-50 L pack. When I look at my gear it is compulsory for me to take a sleeping bag for my african tour leg (1 kg down bag) and also, my SLR has two very big and heavy pro lens. Also, my travels will involve travelling from Nepal (-15 degree celsius) and India (+40 degree heat). I have gone through to a 67 L Osprey pack (53L internally and a 15L day pack) i guess my main question is do you use the day pack you purchased for packing your belongings as well? Have i been slightly ‘soft’ by inveseting in 70L pack instead of the 55L equivalent? Any tips you can give would be fabulous! http://www.travellingbelle.com

    • Alex August 27, 2012 at 9:18 am #

      hi there! congrats on your upcoming re-release into the world!
      the good thing about your trip is that you’re going to the most trave gear intensive places first which means you can shed yourself from tons of weight after africa and nepal!
      are you taking an overland tour in africa? because if you are you dont have to worry too much abotu having a heavy pack at the beginning of your trip because you’re stuff will just sit in the truck most of the time if you pack strategically.
      check out a packing list i created today for my website about Africa:
      take a backpack you can lose after nepal, or better yet donate it to someone else when you’re there! the key to cold areas is layers!
      as for your day pack, ideally you wouldn’t it use it to stuff clothing if you can avoid it.
      hope this helps! if you have any more questions, feel free to message me, this is my specialty and i’ve been all over Africa on two trips! :-)
      use GQTrippin’s advice about the eBags to stuff your clothing, makes a big difference!

      • Gerard ~ GQtrippin August 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

        Thanks for replying back Alex! I don’t think I really have much to add since I haven’t done an overlanding trip through Africa. I would have trouble fitting all my stuff into my bag if I had to carry a sleeping bag as well. I’d probably give away the sleeping bag after you don’t need it anymore. My main pack just carries the clothing, and the daypack carries most of the electronics. That’s how we’re able to make it work. Hope that helps!

  14. Brian November 26, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    I think less is more , especially when you have quality clothing ,,,but might go for the http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/product/backpacking/farpoint_55 as it has a detachable day pack …..

  15. neanyoe November 27, 2013 at 5:40 am #

    Hey G! I’ve been reading through your guys’ site all night here at work, helps a lot! esp with this packing one, I think I’ll check out REI for anything new/comparable since my backpack is a lot bigger.

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin November 27, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      Cool! Yeah man. Carry-on size is the way to go. Don’t forget I had the Osprey AND my Northface Borealis Daypack (which was able to carry a lot too). Happy plannings man.

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