What I packed for one year of travel

This list shows what I packed for one year of travel. This is everything that I brought with me on my one-year long trip and it’s roughly 1/4 of what I own.

I’ve given everything that I’ve taken with me careful consideration and have tested most of it out at great length to ensure that it is indeed perfect for the trip.

Please bear in mind, I’ll be going through Europe, where it’s rather cold this time of the year, as well as Asia, where it tends to be a lot warmer and I packed clothing with both climates in mind.

what i packed for one year of travel
This is everything I brought with me

What I packed for the trip



what i packed for one year of travel
Eagle Creek Pack-it Sac, earphones w/ pouch, charging cables, adapter, MacBook charger


  • 4 replacement toothbrush heads
  • safety razor, extra baldes
  • toothpaste
  • bar of soap
  • oil
  • vinegar and water in a 30ml spray bottle
  • dental floss
  • bobby pins
  • hair ties
  • 100% pure eyebrow cream
  • small angled brush
  • small wooden hair brush
  • diy deodorant in 60ml nalgene container
  • diy lipbalm in 60ml nalgene container
  • sunscreen in 60ml GoTube
  • arrowroot powder
  • tongue cleaner
  • menstrual cup
  • tea tree essential oil
  • oregano essential oil
  • tweezers
  • nail clippers
  • ear cleaner


  • REI jacket with synthetic filling
  • outdoor Research rain jacket
  • 5 t-shirts (Everlane + thrift)
  • jumper
  • 2 tank tops – 1 tank top
  • long-sleeve thermal top
  • linen shorts
  • 2 basic black leggings 1 basic black legging
  • thermal leggings
  • 3 pairs of socks 2 pairs of socks
  • 8 pairs of underwear – Get 20% off with my link. MeUndies are my favorite! I only ever get them in the packs that they offer or when they are on sale.
  • sneakers (Xero Shoes Prio)
  • sandals (Xero Shoes Z-trek) – They broke in May 2018, I fixed them up with denal floss and wore them till the end of September 2018. A free replacement pair has since been sent to an address in Austria as I am unable to receive mail on the road. The new pair will be retrieved at the end of the trip.


  • neck warmer
  • gloves
  • 2 headbandsΒ  (Prana) + 1 headband (since June 2018)


  • 2 passports (old & current)
  • passport photographs
  • REI pack-able travel towel
  • reusable & packable tote
  • klean kanteen water bottle
  • spork with pouch
  • handkerchief
  • sunglasses
  • optical glasses with pouch
  • wallet
  • calendar
  • vitamin D3
  • vitamin B12
  • stainless steel chopsticks (since July 2018)
  • stainlss steel container (since August 2018)
  • produce bags (since March 2018)
what i packed for one year of travel
Everything fits neatly into the backpack.

That’s it! That’s what I packed for one year of travel. If you are interested in seeing the clothing that I brought then you can watch my travel wardrobe video in which I am going through my wardrobe, piece by piece. A while ago I also made a video about everything I have in my toiletry bag and while what I ended up bringing with me on this trip differs slightly from the last it may still give you a better idea on what it is I am bringing πŸ™‚

What’s not in my backpack?

Please note, I didn’t put my jackets, yoga mat as well as sneakers into the backpack. Both of my jackets do indeed fit into the backpack. I am currently wearing both of them whenever I go from A to B due to the cold weather and plan on packing both of them away as soon as I am in warmer places.

I only brought sandals and sneakers and will be wearing the sneakers most of the time, especially whenever I go from A to B and they, therefore, don’t need to fit into the backpack. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough space for my yoga mat and I, therefore, hand-carry it whenever I am moving between places.

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  1. January 25, 2018 / 2:34 PM

    Wow Nina, this is amazing!! I have a question about the safety razor, since you will be travelling both across Europe and Asia. Is your backpack used as a carry on bag? If yes, what about the blades?
    I have been thinking to get a safety razor for a while, but I am always concerned that the blades won`t be allowed in my carry on as I go through airport security. I usually use an electric epilator, but I find razors to be much better for travels, so I was wondering about your experience with it! πŸ™‚

    • Nina
      January 25, 2018 / 3:33 PM

      Hi Jenny, I’ve had my safety razor for a couple of years now and have taken it in my carry-on on 10+ flights to various places both within Europe, Asia and the U.S. and only in CHINA (while I was passing through) did they kindly ask me to throw out the blade. Blades can be bought for really cheap at heaps of stores, so replacing it isn’t costly or extremely difficult πŸ™‚

      On all the other occasions it was fine and I always traveled with blade and razor. I think that most people simply don’t know about these razors anymore. My guess is also that when it goes through the security scan it probably shows up as one solid item and not made out of 3 parts. When I went through CHINA they were extremely strict and the staff member probably just knew about safety razors πŸ™‚ Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

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    • Nina
      March 26, 2018 / 5:04 AM

      I am so glad that you enjoyed this post! I’ve been wanting to share it for so long and I was so thrilled to finally get around to it! πŸ™‚

  3. April 14, 2018 / 10:57 AM

    Thanks for helping out, fantastic info. “Courage comes and goes. Hold on for the next supply.” by Vicki Baum.

    • Nina
      April 14, 2018 / 11:03 AM

      Sure thing! What a wonderful quote btw!

  4. Gab
    December 14, 2021 / 3:32 AM

    Hi! Do you prefer the backpack to a rolling suitcase?

    • Nina
      April 18, 2022 / 10:09 AM

      Hey Gab, definitely baackpack πŸ™‚

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