How to pack for 6 Months: Summer AND Winter!

This is by far the most common question I’ve been asked and it was the hardest thing i had to try and organise before going away.

Stress levels were absolutely peaking before i went away. i started packing welllll before i was meant to leave and i literally couldn’t figure out how i was meant to pack EVERYTHING i NEEDED for 6 months into one 65L backpack. But let me tell you guys and gals. What ever you think you need half it and then half it again. Like I’m not kidding, be effing brutal.

 

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This was my list of things i originally packed:

Clothes:

  • 1 x Puffer jacket
  • 2 x Thermal jumpers
  • 3 x Long sleeves (lol why 3)
  • 1 x Hoodie
  • 1 x Soft shell jacket (didn’t initially pack this but brought later in Chile)
  • 1 x Rain jacket
  • 2 x Bike riding jerseys
  • 6 x Exercise tops/singlets
  • 2 x T shirts
  • 3 x Leggings
  • 2 x Shorts
  • 1 x Denim shorts
  • 3 x Dresses/skirts
  • 1 x Jeans
  • 1 x Hiking pants
  • 1 x Scarf/beanie/gloves (inners and over layers)
  • 1 x Neck warmer/face mask thingy
  • 6 x Bras
  • 10 x Undies
  • 10 x socks
  • 2 x hiking socks
  • 1 x PJS
  • 1 x hiking boots
  • 1 x sneaker
  • 1 x thongs
  • 1 x sandals
  • 1 x down pair of booties (WHY!!)

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Electronics:

  • Phone and charger
  • Go-pro and charger and batteries
  • Tripod
  • SLR camera
  • I-pad and charger (would’ve loved a laptop!!!)
  • SD card adapter

 Toiletries:

  • Tooth brush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Hair brush and comb
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume
  • Moisturiser
  • Tweezers
  • Shaver
  • Baby powder
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair ties
  • Sun cream
  • Bug stray and bite cream
  • Lip balm and cold sore cream

Other:

  • 2 x pairs of sunnies
  • 1 x hat
  • 1 x bike helmet
  • 1 x head touch with batteries
  • 1 x solar charger and battery packs
  • 1 x diary and pens
  • Wallet with 2 x credit cards and cash
  • ID and passport
  • Student card
  • Sandwich bags
  • Plastic bags
  • First aid kit

Camping gear:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Blow up pillow
  • Plates
  • Cutlery
  • Pot
  • Camping Stove

Yeh if your thinking the same thing i am looking back at that list, i agree. WTF. How did i fit all that in my one small 65 L bag? and WHY did i pack 3 long sleeves and 10 bras!!!

ahhhhh such a rookie!! okay heres what i wish id packed and what i ended up carrying after ditching over HALF of my stuff whilst over seas. Trust me, if you have to squish everything into your bag with your foot, or squeeze it closed, you’ve got too much! seriously you’ll be packing and unpacking it EVERY DAY! and it doesn’t fit as nicely the second, third fourth time you unpack it.

Here what i should’ve packed and what i actually needed:

Clothes:

  • 1 x Puffer jacket
  • 1 x Thermal jumpers
  • 1 x Long sleeves
  • 1 x Soft shell jacket (that doubles as a rain jacket)
  • 1 x VERY small compact rain jacket.
  • 1 x Bike riding jerseys (omit this if not riding)
  • 2 x Exercise tops/singlets
  • 1 x T shirts
  • 2 x Leggings
  • 1 x Shorts
  • 1 x Denim shorts
  • 1 x Dress
  • 1 x Jeans (this is totally up to the individual, I didn’t need them)
  • 1 x Hiking pants (again optional, i didn’t need them i just wore leggings, if your going to bring hiking pants, then omit one of the leggings)
  • 1 x Scarf/beanie/gloves (inners and over layers)
  • 1 x Neck warmer/face mask thingy
  • 2 x Bras
  • 6 x Undies
  • 3 x socks
  • 2 x hiking socks
  • 1 x PJS
  • 1 x hiking boots
  • 1 x sneaker
  • 1 x thongs
  • 1 x sandals

Electronics:

  • Phone and charger
  • Go-pro and charger and batteries
  • Tripod
  • SLR camera
  • I-pad and charger (bring a laptop instead, trust me it would’ve been worth it, especially if you wanted to write a blog like me!)
  • SD card adapter

 Toiletries:

  • Tooth brush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Hair brush and comb
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume
  • Moisturiser
  • Tweezers
  • Shaver
  • Baby powder
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair ties
  • Sun cream
  • Bug stray and bite cream
  • Lip balm and cold sore cream

Other:

  • 1 x pairs of sunnies (you will break/loose/destroy these, so bring a good but not great pair, cause they will be getting replaced haha)
  • 1 x hat
  • 1 x bike helmet (omit if not riding)
  • 1 x head touch with batteries
  • 1 x solar charger and battery packs (omit if not off grid camping)
  • 1 x diary and pens
  • Wallet with 2 x credit cards and cash
  • ID and passport
  • Student card
  • Sandwich bags (bring these or buy them trust me!!!)
  • Plastic bags
  • First aid kit (probably not necessary, but always good to have)

Camping gear: (omit this if your not planning to camp, but i used this stuff ALOT, took up alot of room but saved me lots of money!!)

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Blow up pillow
  • Cutlery
  • Camping Stove and a pot that doubles as a bowl.

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TOP TIP!!!

Bring packing cubes, but don’t bring ones that compress your stuff, just the ones that help organise your stuff! If you have to compress your stuff you’ve got too much!

So thats it theres my list! I’m sure there is still things i didn’t need, but i did end up using every item in my pack in the revised version. You will wear the same clothes over and over, but it doesn’t matter cause everyone you meet your meeting for the first time. They don’t know that you’ve worn that same shirt for the last 5 weeks! Don’t be scared of not having enough, you can always buy what you really need/forgot, but if you have too much and you actually like the stuff, saying goodbye to it can be quite challenging. Honestly learn from my mistakes. I STILL had too much stuff even after the cull. If you can pack less do it!

Also check out my video Youtube for more info on what i packed/over packed, and my trip trip planning!

 


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