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Posted on: Apr 11, 2016,  Categories: Fashion & Beauty, Lifestyle & Events

So for those who might not know, I’ve quit my job and am leaving to go travel the world!

It’s now less than a week to go before I start my Round the World trip so I thought I’d share with you, what on earth I packed for that long a journey. Hope this helps any of you with how and what to pack for such an adventure.

As I’ve only a 55L backpack, I have to ensure I pack light. I’m going across various climates too, from the cold mountains of Nepal to the sunny climates of Thailand so I need to ensure that what I’m taking works across the different months and countries.

how to pack for round the world trip holiday backpack clothes months year

First of all, I’ve bought an amazing rucksack as well as some waterproof compression dry sacks by Exped. The four different sized dry sacks help compartmentalise my luggage and also keeps everything dry and tidy. I’ve used the largest, a 13L one for my clothes. Look how small it has condensed! So basically this is everything I’m taking with me clothes wise for the 7 months of travel.

how to pack for round the world trip holiday backpack clothes months yearApart from these, I have three other dry bags:
1) Medication
2) Electronics
3) Underwear
and outside of that, I’ve a few other bits and pieces:
1) Day bag (with camera, book, food, sunglasses, tissues etc)
2) Toiletry Bag (Lush shampoo bar, Dr Bronners (showergel/shampoo/laundry wash), Mosquito spray, Suntan lotion, deodorant, toothbrush&paste, small jar of Coconut cream)
3) Miscellaneous e.g. glasses, microfibre towel, sink plug, swimming cossie, hairbrush, documents
4) 3 pairs of shoes = 1 pair of tough sandals, 1 smart barefoot foldable flats (similar one here) and some tough waterproof but lightweight hiking shoes (similar here)

Make up wise, I have allowed myself only 3 items, a small concealer, an eyebrow gel and a self sharpening eyeliner.

So back to the clothing! Firstly, here’s what I’ve got as outerwear…

how to pack for round the world trip holiday backpack clothes months year

I have two jackets. One fully waterproof blue jacket that rolls up into a small mesh bag (similar one here) , a warm feather purple jacket that folds into a pocket that zips up as above (similar one here) and also pictured above a pair of grey walking trousers that again folds into its own pocket, and also has zip off legs so it can transform into a pair of shorts. Whilst out shopping, I made sure to look for things that would be easy to pack, work well and were also durable.

For warmth, I have the following:

how to pack for round the world trip holiday backpack clothes months yearThe two jackets as mentioned above, a base layer (leopard print – oh yes, but as it’s underneath, no-one’s going to see it) and a micro fleece.

For pants, I’ve packed only the North Face trousers mentioned above, these shorts and a pair of light khaki trousers, both from Primark. I’ve added a Merino wool baselayer leggings that I’m using as PJs but I can also wear underneath trousers for when it’s super cold.

how to pack for round the world trip holiday backpack clothes months year

Don’t forget the major trick is to roll roll roll! Honestly, it saves so much space. I’ve packed two t-shirts, one long sleeved top and one dress.

how to pack for round the world trip holiday backpack clothes months yearAlso in there is one light cardy for the evenings and temples to cover up, one shawl, one Merino wool black baselayer that also can be worn as a t-shirt, and a Merino wool black vest top.

how to pack for round the world trip holiday backpack clothes months year

So that’s it! I’ve been quite strict with myself, the only thing I’m going overboard with is medication, in which I’d rather be more safe than sorry! Don’t forget, you’ll be able to shop on the way too so if you do pack light and find you might need a few things, there’s no need to fret. It’s better than leaving a trail of clothes when you’ve overpacked behind you!

Thanks for reading and hope you found this post useful. Ciao for now – world, here I come! x


Posted on: Mar 31, 2016,  Categories: Fashion & Beauty, Lifestyle & Events

dr martens newcastle ss16 range blogger pastelsI’ve previously blogged about the pretty pastels with Dr. Martens new S/S16 range out now but I simply had to pop in to their Newcastle store to check out their new arrivals.

dr martens newcastle ss16 range blogger pastels

dr martens newcastle ss16 range blogger pastels

dr martens newcastle ss16 range blogger pastelsI hadn’t been in the store for a while, so I was surprised by the sheer amount of beautiful new shoes they’ve got in. There’s everything from gorgeous heart prints, pastels to some amazing kick ass floral boots. How beautiful is this white heart handbag?! WANT!

dr martens newcastle ss16 range blogger pastels

dr martens newcastle ss16 range blogger pastelsThe pretty pastel range is gorgeous and I adore the little satchels!

dr martens newcastle ss16 range blogger pastels

dr martens newcastle ss16 range blogger pastels

dr martens newcastle ss16 range blogger pastelsThese two newbies are high on my lust list:
dr martens newcastle ss16 range blogger pastels

dr martens newcastle ss16 range blogger pastelsAnd for those looking for something a bit special, check out this design by a Northumbria student, hand painted on display. Oh and the new Adventure Time shoes!

dr martens newcastle ss16 range blogger pastels

dr martens newcastle ss16 range blogger pastels adventure timeFor me, I had fallen in love with this super cute Blue Moon pastel shoe in soft Virginia leather, so couldn’t resist picking them up.

dr martens newcastle ss16 range blogger pastels

dr martens newcastle ss16 range blogger pastelsThey are just so cute and perfect for this spring. It comes in pastel pink too. You can pick it up directly here.

If you want to see the new collection for yourself, make sure you visit drmartens.com or pop into their Newcastle store.

Thanks for reading and ciao for now x