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As mentioned in my post How to Pack for Long Term Travel, I use one of three packing strategies for my current stage in my indefinite travels.
I refresh and replace as I go!
As my destinations and interests have changed in the past 3 years as a permanent nomad so does my packing list.
My Long Term Travel Packing List
While my long term travels in Central America required a Round the World inspired packing list and strategy, my current ambitions to scuba dive in the top destinations has me packing based on my interests: beaches and diving.
I always include a couple of ultra-versatile pieces for the other random activities I do, but generally my long term packing list at the moment consists of summer clothing – I’m a sun chaser!
When I stop to live somewhere for several months, then I buy things on location and ditch certain items when I leave.
I follow the Maximista Packing List as a guide taking a 15 piece capsule wardrobe, which is more than enough. I always begin each trip segment as a Maximista and end up with an Essentials packing list within a couple of months.
- 1 Long Sleeve Top
- 5 Sleeveless Tops
- 1 Tunic Top
- 1 Maxi Dress
- 2 Summer Dresses
- 1 LBD Dress
Outerwear / Layers
- 1 Hoodie
- 1 Water Resistant Jacket
- 1 Leggings
- 1 Long Sleeve Layer Top
- 2 Bathing Suits
- 10 Underwear
- 3 Bras
- 2 Socks
In order to make your packing easier, consider these 6 factors in choosing your travel clothing.
Accessories and Toiletries
- 1 Travel size mani/pedi kit
- 1 Travel size hair brush
- 5 No rip hair ties
- 5 Mini hair clips
- 1 Pack of bobby pins
- Travel size baby powder
- Travel size shampoo/conditioner
- Full size Cetaphil body moisturizer
- Full size Cetaphil Face Moisturizer
- Full size St. Ives face scrub
- Travel Size leave in conditioner
- Lancome anti-wrinkle eye cream
- Neutrogena sun block
- Tooth brush
- Small toothpaste
- 1 Mini Nail Polish
- 1 Razor
- 1/2 Foot Scrubber
Check out these 5 steps in choosing toiletries for a RTW trip.
Electronics and Other Gears
- 1 laptop
- 1 phone/camera/kindle/mp3 player
- 1 portable wifi router
- 1 portable power bank charger
- 1 point and shoot camera
- 1 universal adapter
- 1 extension cord
- 1 underwater camera case
- 1 mask and snorkel
- 1 fins
- 1 fish ID guide
- 1 rash guard
- 1 pointer stick
Lugagge and Additional Gear
- Osprey Meridian 22 Wheeled Backpack (backpack straps removed)
- Osprey Daypack (attached to wheeled backpack)
- AmazonBasics 4-Piece Packing Cube Set
- 1 Headlamp
- 1 travel towel
- 1 sleeping liner
Remember: This list varies and sometimes I can have more dresses and less tops, different toiletries as they get used, or just two pairs of shoes. Learn more about creating a capsule wardrobe to travel carry-on only to any destination.
Are you surprised to see any items on my list?
For more tips and ideas on long term travel packing, please read the following:
- Long Term Travel Tips: Transitioning from Hot to Cold Weather
- What Travel Shoes Should I pack for a Round-The-World Trip?
- RTW PACKING LIST: Your Ultrimate Guide for Around The World Travel