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Packing is one of my favourite things to do. I pondered what to pack for a round the world trip with kids for months, and I actually packed and repacked for at least 3 months before leaving. I think I packed and repacked all our bags four or five times. Every time I did Randy made fun of me, but I don’t care!! With each repack I did a better job, and the pile of “stuff” got smaller. I’d rather repack more times than bring along too much stuff!
We’re spending our year-long RTW trying to chase the summer as much as possible. However, we’ll end up in a few places that’ll require slightly warmer clothes. I’ve tried to keep my packing list as versatile as possible to account for whatever weather we may encounter.
The kids’ll carry most of their own stuff, but not all of it. Currently their packs are about 10lbs each. This is a bit heavy for extended walking. I’m able to take out the 2 small packing cubes from each girl’s bag, and redistribute them between mine and Randy’s packs (meaning I get the 2 smallest, and he gets the 2 medium sized ones!). This cuts the weight down to about 6lbs, which is perfectly reasonable for them to carry for extended periods of time. The only time they’ll have to carry the extra weight is through the airport.
These are all the items for one girl, unpacked (to the left) and packed up (to the right). The running shoes and clothes beside it are for the plane. The sandals and “city hat” will live in my backpack. I’m missing a fleece zip-up hoodie (which goes in my pack) and the stuff able down jacket (which goes in Randy’s pack).
When I look at their clothes all laid out, it seems like a lot! I’ll likely end up ditching a bit of it along the way. They just get so dirty when they travel that I keep leaving it all in. If I think it’s too much once we’re on the road, I’ll send something back with my mom when she visits in October!
Everything packs into 3 eBags packing cubes, in their REI Tarn 18 backpacks. Although we absolutely LOVE these, they’re not available in Canada (sad face), but they are available in the US (happy dance)!! We also have the Osprey Jet-18 and love them too. The torso is a bit longer than the REI packs, so they’d work well for kids that are a bit bigger than my tiny little peanuts!
Since we’re gone for a year I wanted to bring some games. We can play these as a family, the girls can play them together, or on their own. I’ve spent a bit of time collecting small card games, and then we’ve added a few of our favourites. They’re packed in Mom’s pack.
Along with their big packs, the girls each have their own cross-body bag. These are very similar to what we always take for the plane. You can find that (short) packing list HERE!
When I started packing for our RTW (months before we left!) I knew I wanted minimal clothing that was all comfortable to wear. I didn’t really set out to create a capsule wardrobe. When I laid it all out however, I realized that’s exactly what I’ve got! It’s a collection of very specific items, all in a couple colour families, that all goes together.
My goal was to stay below 33 items of clothing and accessories not including bras, socks & underwear.
The total comes in a 29 (including the one pair of earrings I’m wearing, not including any of the under-wear).
Obviously there’s a lot more in my bag besides the clothing!
Are you looking for a great travel backpack for women? Check out this post from Melissa at The Family Voyage. It’s really comprehensive and covers the best packs out there!
Do you think I’ve got too much packed? What do you think I could leave out?
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