Packing one backpack per person for 72 days is no easy task! Here’s what we decided was essential.

Inside Shellie's backpack


  • Osprey Exos 58 backpack
  • Super light-weight daypack
  • Warm weather sleeping bag
  • Inflatable mini-pillow
  • Head lamp/flashlight
  • Cable combination lock
  • Small padlock
  • Knee brace
  • Sunglasses
  • Googles
  • Whistle


  • Closed-toe sandals
  • Hiking shoes
  • Flip flops


  • Convertible pants/shorts (2)
  • Shorts (2)
  • Long-sleeved shirt 
  • Short-sleeved shirt (5)
  • Rain jacket
  • Fleece
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Long underwear
  • Underwear (6)
  • Socks (6)
  • Headscarf (for Muslim countries)
  • Baseball cap
  • Sun hat


  • Drugs: Acetazolamide (altitude sickness), Atovaquone-Proguanil (malaria), Azithromycin (stomach bugs), ibuprofen, melatonin (jet lag), Pepto-Bismol tablets
  • Toiletry bag: comb, dental floss, deodorants, hair brush, make-up, nail clippers, nail file, Q-tips, toothbrushes
  • Plastic bag: bug repellent cream, lip balm, conditioner, lotion, shampoo, soap, sunscreen
  • First aid kit: band-aids, dressings, Neosporin, tape
  • Quick-drying towel (for shower, beach)
  • Extra toilet paper rolls (2)
  • Detergent packs
  • Mini-hair dryer
  • Facial wipes


  • Panasonic DMC-G5 camera/videocamera, lens 45-175m, extra camera battery, extra SD memory cards (3), case
  • Retractable headphones in case
  • Multi-continent power converter
  • iPhone water-tight case
  • i-Pad with power cord
  • USB adapter
  • iPhone


  • Paper copies of itineraries, passports, extra passport photos
  • MedJet cards, medical insurance cards
  • Credit cards (2), cash
  • Passport holder
  • Passports

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