Women's Around-the-World Minimal Packing List

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Women's Around-the-World Minimal Packing List

Kepler Great Walk, New Zealand

Kepler Great Walk, New Zealand

Dread packing? Me too! It's overwhelming!

How do you pack for a round-the-world trip?

My husband Adam and I were midst preparing to leave it all and travel the world for two years. We had a general idea of where we wanted to go, but no set plans. What kind of clothes would I need? What kind of weather were we getting ourselves into? I had to be prepared for everything.

With some good music and time in front of my closet, I made one decision at a time.

I traveled for 2 years with this packing list below to over 19 countries.  

If I can do it, you can too! Use my list below as a guide. You got this, lady!:)

 This packing list will guide you in packing for:

  • Carry-on luggage only

  • All weather- hot and cold you may encounter

  • Covering you for many months and years!

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A note about my list: On this trip, Adam and I focused on camping, backpacking trips, and hiking. I decided hiking pants were more of a necessity than jeans. I also packed more workout style clothes than casual clothes. If this isn't your style, that's okay! Use my list as a guide to help you with your packing. I also used my own list for our four months in Europe with a carry on.

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WOMEN'S MINIMAL PACKING LIST

FOR ROUND-THE-WORLD TRIP

LUGGAGE

1: 40L GoLite Backpack

*MY EXPERIENCE:

We used a 40L backpack because we had a lot of camping gear we took with us. If I were to do this again, I would skip packing the camping gear (if you need a tent, you can rent one) and I’d pack a 30L backpack. We took backpacks for back packing trips out in the wilderness and also a lot of blogs said it’s easier to have in your lap on packed buses. For me, I disagree. Now, if we’re not planning to go backpacking in the back country, I always take my carry on rolly bag. With a backpack, you tend to heft your pack on and off your back a lot and I prefer saving my back and using the rolly bag now.

CLOTHING

Tops

1: light rain jacket with hood

1: HH fleece pullover

1: long sleeve

2: casual t-shirts

3: tank tops

1: work out t-shirt

*MY EXPERIENCE:

I used the “layering” technique. I was ready for hot muggy weather with 3 tank tops. I was also ready for cold weather and I could layer a tank top with a long sleeve, with the fleece pullover, with the rain jacket. The fleece keeps you warm and the rain jacket is the wind breaker and protects you from the water. If you need anything more, you can always buy it wherever you are, like gloves, hat or scarf. I bought my gloves, hat, and scarf in rainy and cold Denmark.

Bottoms

1: pair hiking pants

1: pair yoga capris

2: casual shorts

2: work out shorts

*MY EXPERIENCE:

This set-up of bottoms worked really well for me. In cold places (like New Zealand), I used the yoga pants as extra warmth under my pants. But, they weren’t really necessary (especially in humid Southeast Asia) so I gave away my pair of yoga pants along the way.

Unders

1: bra

2: pairs of underwear

2: pairs socks

2: sports bras

1: pair of wool Smartwool socks

*MY EXPERIENCE:

Again, this set up worked really well for me. Underwear is the fastest and easiest clothing to clean in a bathroom sink with soap and water and then hang dry. I did this whenever needed. Also, two pairs of socks worked well for me because they were really just for working out in hot places. I love my pair because I’ve had them for three years and have never gotten holes in them!

Accessories

1: Buff (headband/hat/neckguard)

1: pair wool gloves

1: swim suit

2: sarongs (you can get these along the way)

2: scarves

*MY EXPERIENCE:

The Buff: A buff is my favorite piece of gear because you can use it in hot and cold weather in so many ways! It’s a long column of stretchy material that you can wear: 1. As a headband. 2. As an ear warmer on cold days 3. As a sun block for your neck on hikes, 4. As a hat in cold weather by tying the end to cover your head. 5. As an arm sweat band. 6. As a rag for unexpected happenings. It’s awesome, and packs light and small!

Sarongs: Sarongs are awesome to have. You can get these along your trip for less than $5 each. And, they can be used in so many ways: 1. Skirt or dress for fashion, 2. To cover your shoulders or knees at temples, 3. Bathing suit cover up, 4. Scarf for warmth, 5. Practical souvenir to remember your trip with.

SHOES

1: pair of Chacos

1: pair of Montrail trail running sneakers

1: Road ID Shoe ID

*MY EXPERIENCE:

Shoes were so hard to decide on! But, they are heavy and take up a lot of space. I dwindled my options down to a pair of Chacos and a pair of trail running shoes.

Chacos: I chose Chacos because I could use them for several purposes: 1. Everyday wear, 2. In spontaneous water outings in rivers, oceans or streams, and 3. In public showers at campsites.

Trail Running Shoes: I chose trail running shoes because they would also cover me for several purposes: 1. work outs, 2. hiking shoes with more traction than running shoes, and 3. Warm shoes in cold weather with socks on.

Road ID Shoe ID: This is a must have for us for safety precautions. We each got a velcrove shoe ID so if anything happened to us, if someone found us, they had our emergency contact information available on our shoes.

JEWELRY

1: Qalo wedding ring

1: watch (so I didn't have to rely on my phone's charge for the time)

1: pair of earrings

1: necklace

*MY EXPERIENCE:

Qalo ring: I left my wedding ring at home with my parents, because I didn’t know where we were going and I didn’t want to bring any unnecessary attention to myself. Also, I didn’t want to worry about my ring while we were abroad. I really like the Qalo one. However, sometimes if I wear it without taking it off it makes my skin peel underneath. I found a cheap one on our travels at the Acropolis in Greece. This can be a fun treasure hunt for you on your travels, too! Find a new travel ring you love:)

Watch: I chose to bring a watch for the sole purpose of knowing the time and having a morning alarm for early flight wake-ups without relying on my cell phone power. Our phones spend a lot of time being on airplane mode or off to conserve battery power.

Earrings and Necklace: I chose one pair of earrings and a delicate necklace that would match every outfit. Along our travels, I got tired of them, so I traded them out for new finds:)

MAKE UP

1: stick of mascara

1: eyeliner

1: blush

1: concealer

*MY EXPERIENCE

This is all I carried. In hot humid places, you didn’t want to wear much anyway. If I needed more, I went shopping. Shopping for makeup in other countries is a cultural experience in itself seeing what other women wear and how they shop around the world:)

NECESSITIES

1: towel

1: lotion

1: face lotion with sunscreen

1: chapstick

1: retainer (you know I work that retainer!)

1: toothbrush

1: toothpaste

1: floss

1: pair of glasses

1: year's worth of contacts

1: bottle of contact solution

1: contact lens holder

1: bottle of ibuprofen

1: hair brush

1: stick of deodorant

1: travel shampoo

1: razor

3: hair bands

6: bobby pins

1: tweezer

1: cosmetic scissors

1: nail clippers

q-tips

contraception

feminine hygiene items

ELECTRONICS

1: cell phone

1: cell phone charger

1: portable charger

1: laptop

1: laptop charger

1: outlet adapter for all countries

*MY EXPERIENCE:

Portable charger: It’s really important to carry an extra cell phone charger with you. Your cell phone always dies when you need to figure out how to get home for the night! Having an extra on you can be a life saver!

Adapter: We each carried an international adapter that can change the type of plugs you plug into with each country. This is important to have!

Laptop: If you’re in a couple, we recommend each having your own laptop. Adam and I attempted to share one laptop and the other person could use the ipad. This was good in theory but not in reality. We both work way faster and more efficient on a laptop than ipad. We’d argue who would use the laptop first and for how long. And , we’d also stay longer at coffee shops because we took turns with the computer. We finally bought another laptop in Malaysia and it made a huge difference for our marriage, our efficiency on projects, and minimizing our time in coffee shops.

EXTRAS

1: book

1: journal for memories

1: pen

1: sunglasses

1: small/foldable purse

1: 501 Questions: A Travel Game

*MY EXPERIENCE:

Purse: I found a cross strap purse that had everything I needed: 1. A cross strap so someone couldn’t easily yank it from me. 2. It had interior pockets I could stash my passport and money if needed. 3. It could fold flat or be rolled into my luggage. 4. It could fit my DSLR camera and lenses for a day trip out.

Book: I’m a paper book girl. Lots of hotels and hostels have lots of book options to trade in your read book for a new one. I didn’t want a Kindle to worry about one more thing to keep charged.

501 Questions: A Travel Game: This is our new game we wrote and published that includes over 500 awesome conversation starters. We realized on our travels we’d turn to scrolling our devices during down times. However, the richest moments and memories we have from our travels are when we talk to each other and the new people we meet and have meaningful conversations. Our book is compact and light to carry with you on every adventure (or you can get it on Kindle) so you always have fun questions to spark fun new conversations with your travel pals. You can get it in Kindle and paperback on Amazon here. Thank you for supporting us!

Documents

1: official marriage license

1: passport

1: copy of our passports

1: list of emergency contacts

1: shot/vaccination documentation

*MY EXPERIENCE:

Marriage License: Adam and I had just gotten married a year before so I took our marriage license just in case I forgot to change my name on a credit card or something I forgot about. We never needed it, but I took it just to make sure.

OUTDOOR GEAR

1: Kelty 2 man tent

1: Thermarest sleeping pad

1: silk liner

1: inflatable pillow

1: headlamp

1: spork

1: camelback water bladder

1: roll toilet paper (does come in handy!)

*Adam carried more of our outdoor gear. Check out his packing list for more camping gear we packed.

*MY EXPERIENCE:

Tent, Sleeping Pad, Pillow: We took camping gear thinking we’d do a lot of backpacking trips. We did, however, in our year of traveling abroad, we spent way more nights in hotels, hostels, and our campervan in New Zealand. If I were to pack again, I’d leave the tent, sleeping pad, inflate-able pillow, and water bladder at home. You can rent or buy a tent and sleeping pad and sleeping bag if you need to (we bought sleeping bags in New Zealand for some camping trips). And for water for hiking trips, you can pack a big water bottle.

Silk Liner, Headlamp, Spork, Toilet Paper: I think everyone should carry the: 1. Silk Linder, Headlamp, Spork, and toilet paper with you. Headlamp: Good to have if the power goes out where you’re staying. Spork: For a spontaneous snack! Toilet paper: Some bathrooms do not have toilet paper in Southeast Asia. Silk Liner: Protection from questionable sheets or overnight ferry sleeping situations.


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20 Fun Questions & Trivia for Chilling at the Beach

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20 Fun Questions & Trivia for Chilling at the Beach

20 Fun Questions for at the beach. NuventureTravels.com

Hanging out at the beach and want some fun conversation starters? Here are 20 fun questions and trivia to spark new conversation with your beach pals while you chill and listen to the waves crash on the sand.

These questions come from our new question game 501 Questions: A Travel Game where you can get over 501 awesome conversation starters!



20 Fun Questions & Trivia for Chilling at the Beach

Would You Rather:

1. Swim in the ocean or at the pool?

2. Play volleyball, go for a walk, or read and nap on the beach?

3.  Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef or scuba dive a shipwreck right now?

4. Get sun burned so bad your first day at the beach that you can’t be out in the sun again or have it rain every day on your trip?

5. Forget your sunglasses or your sunscreen?

If You Could:

20 Fun Questions and Trivia and Conversation Starters for Chilling at the Beach. NuventureTravels.com

6. Go parasailing for free right now, would you?

7. Either swim with dolphins or a whale shark tomorrow, which experience would you choose?

8. Have someone serve you any food and drinks on the beach right now, what are all the goodies you’d order?

9. Travel to three countries this year, which ones would you choose?

10. Relax your entire trip at the beach, how would you spend your time?

 
 


Tell Me About:

11. The craziest moment you've ever experienced at the beach.

12. The most embarrassing bathing suit situation you've ever had.

13. Your dreams. Do you dream in color or black and white?

14. The coolest thing you've found on the beach.

15. One of your favorite trips to the beach.

Travel Trivia:

16. What country has the most coastline in the world?

Answer: Canada

17. What state in the U.S. has an area called the Treasure Coast?

Answer: Florida. The Treasure Coast is on the Atlantic side of the state and got it’s name from treasure found from the Spanish Treasure Fleet that was shipwrecked in a hurricane in 1715.

20 Fun Questions and Trivia and Conversation Starters for a Trip to the Beach

18. What's the largest mammal in the ocean?

Answer: The blue whale. The whale is known as the largest animal to have ever existed by getting up to about 100 feet long and weighing 100-150 tons!

19. What ocean has the deepest point on Earth that we know of?

Answer: The Pacific Ocean has the deepest point on Earth that we know of. This area is known as the Mariana Trench. It’s located near Guam.

20. How tall is the world’s largest sandcastle and what country was it built in?

Answer: The Guinness World Records states the world’s tallest sandcastle is 54 feet and 9 inches tall and was built in Duisburg, Germany in September 2017. The record states, “It took 168 trucks over a week to deliver the sand!”

20 Fun Questions and Trivia for on the Beach. NuventureTravels.com

We hope these questions spark fun new conversations while you’re chillin on the beach! Get 501 more awesome questions with our new game 501 Questions: A Travel Game! Find it on Amazon in Kindle or paperback. Have fun! -Lindsey & Adam Nubern


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20 Fun Questions for Traveling with Kids

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20 Fun Questions for Traveling with Kids

Traveling with kiddos? Tired of the whining “Are we there yet?!” or everyone sucked into their devices? Here’s 20 fun questions to spark new and fun conversations with your kids on the road and make the time fly by. These will have you laughing together and making fun new memories! These questions are just a few from our new game 501 Questions: A Travel Game:)


20 Fun Questions for Traveling with Kids

Would You Rather:

1.     Explore a castle or a cave?

2.     Take an elephant or camel ride?

3.     Have a rocket backpack or light speed shoes to travel on your trip with?

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4.     Get a hug from a panda bear or monkey?

5.     Meet a hibernating alligator or hibernating bear?

 

If You Could:

6.     Make the clouds rain down anything, what would they rain down?

7.     Speak another language, which one would you choose?

8.     Travel back in time, which time would you choose in history?

9.     Be free from doing one chore, which one would it be?

10.  Throw a party and everyone you invited came, who would be the first three people you’d invite?

 

Tell Me About:

11.  Your top three pet peeves.

12.  Your favorite family vacation you’ve been on.

13. One thing you’re thankful for this year.

14. Your secret talent.

15. Two people you admire the most and why.

 

Travel Trivia:

Our fav world traveling fam- The Moreheads! You can follow them on Instagram @more_ahead!

Our fav world traveling fam- The Moreheads! You can follow them on Instagram @more_ahead!

16.  What is the fastest animal on earth?

Answer: The Peregrine Falcon, which reaches speeds of 200 mph (322 kmh) while in a dive.



17. True or False? Australia has more people than kangaroos.

Answer: False. There are about two kangaroos for each person in Australia.



18. What’s the most spoken language on Earth? Is it English, Spanish, French, or Mandarin Chinese?

Answer: Mandarin Chinese.



19. Can you name two animals that can change their color?

Answer: Some species of frogs, octopus, foxes, hares, fish, chameleons, lizards and seahorses.



20. What country has the world’s largest food fight every year where people throw tomatoes at each other? Is it Italy, Spain, or Greece?

Answer: Spain at La Tomatina Festival.


20 Fun Questions for Traveling with Kids. Lindsey Nubern. NuventureTravels.com

We hope these questions spark fun new conversations with your kiddos on your trip! Get 501 more awesome questions with our new game 501 Questions: A Travel Game! Find it on Amazon in Kindle or paperback. -Lindsey & Adam Nubern


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20 Fun Questions for the Airport & on Your Flight

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20 Fun Questions for the Airport & on Your Flight

20 Fun Questions for the Airport & on the Airplane

Stuck in airport security? Your flight get delayed? Looking for a fun way to pass the time?

Here’s 20 fun questions and trivia to spark new conversations to make new memories and have the time fly by in the airport and on the plane! Have a blast with these!

We could have totally used these during our flight delay in Germany. They kept delaying us hour by hour until past midnight and they legally had to give us a hotel overnight. The Germans around us kindly interpreted each announcement to us and we all bonded over beers and pizza at the hotel into the wee hours of the morning. These would have broken the ice hours earlier:)

The view from our flight from Denver, CO to Seattle, WA! Amazing!

The view from our flight from Denver, CO to Seattle, WA! Amazing!

Would You Rather:

1.     Choose pretzels or peanuts on your flight?

2.     Have the aisle, window, or middle seat?

3.     Have a baby wailing next to you or the kid behind you kicking your seat for the whole flight?

4.     Have the most turbulent ride you’ve ever had but get to your destination early, or have a smooth ride and be five hours late?

5.     Be a pilot or air traffic controller?

 

If You Could:

6.     Find yourself sitting in first class next to someone famous, who would you want it to be?

7.     Win an airplane ticket to anywhere in the world to take today, where would you want the destination to be?

8.     Do the safety announcement, how would you make it more entertaining?

9.     Order anything on the menu, what would be your first three choices?

10.  Fly over any part of the world on your flight, where would you want to fly over to see it from above?

 

Tell Me About:

11.  Your most embarrassing moment on a flight.

12.  The most interesting conversation you’ve ever had on a flight or you’ve overheard on a flight.

13.  Your top three pet peeves of what other passengers do on a plane.

14.  Your most memorable flight.

15.  The craziest delay you’ve had for a flight.

 

Travel Trivia:

16.  In what country did the first commercial flight take place?

Answer: USA from St. Petersburg, Florida to Tampa, Florida in 1914 covering over 18 miles in 23 minutes.

 

17.  In what country did duty free shops start?

Answer: Ireland.

 

18.  What country boasts the busiest airport in the world?

Answer: USA, with Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

19.  How much did the first airline ticket cost?

Answer: $400 (equivalent to about $10,000 today) in 1914 for the first commercial flight from

St. Petersburg, Florida to Tampa, Florida.

 

20.  How many hours is the world’s longest commercial flight?

Answer: 18.5 hours from Singapore to New York. The next longest flight is 17.5 hours from Auckland, New Zealand to Doha, Qatar.  

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We hope these questions spark fun new conversations on your trip! Get 501 more awesome questions with our new game 501 Questions: A Travel Game! Find it on Amazon in paperback and Kindle! -Lindsey & Adam Nubern


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20 Fun Conversation Starters for Airport and Airplane. NuventureTravels.com

GET MORE FUN QUESTIONS!

Get 501 more awesome conversation starters in our new game 501 Questions: A Travel Game! Have a blast with these on all of your adventures!

"Such great conversation starters!" -Tracy K., TheMoneySmartNomad.com

 
 

“This is gold! It transforms conversations into something with more meaning, more intention!”

-Joy Morehead, @More_Ahead

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