Capsule Wardrobes

I’ve never been great at packing and always over-pack, so before we left, my friend Clare helpfully told me about capsule wardrobes. Being a bit of a tomboy, I’d never heard of one. Essentially, a capsule wardrobe is a limited number of items that you can mix and match to create multiple outfits. I found some on Pinterest and discovered that the ideal number of items for a round-the-world trip is about 20-25. It took a few attempts but you can see what I packed (and a few items I added along the way) here…

capsule wardrobe

Then I suggested the capsule wardrobe concept to Peb. His first attempt was frankly dreadful, but the second attempt has worked pretty well. Here’s his…

Mens capsule wardrobe


When you’re going on a round the world trip, you need a good rucksack. After a lot of research about which are the most lightweight, we opted for two Ospreys. Peb has the Kestrel 68L and I’ve got the (much smaller!) Tempest 33L. His has tons of pockets and straps to attach things, and a rain cover. Mine is designed for women, you can choose from small, medium, or large, and it has an air panel down the back for breathability. There’s also a lot of ways you can attach things to the outside (hats, jumpers, shoes, neck pillow, etc). We also added a small hand luggage rucksack along the way.images (1)

Packing List

There’s a lot of “packing lists” out there, but this is what we’ve found indispensable so far…

  • Dry bags! These are vital as not only do they keep your stuff dry, they also help you organize your rucksack.
  • Washing line that twists so you don’t need pegs (literally one of the best things we have with us)
  • Travel pillow (the beanbag type, much more comfortable than the inflatable ones)
  • Torch
  • Gerber-type knife/combi tool (preferably containing scissors and a can opener)
  • Sewing kit
  • Adaptor plugs (expensive to buy when you get there)
  • Binoculars
  • Universal sink plug
  • First aid kit
  • Eye mask and ear plugs (vital if you’re staying in dorms)
  • Lightweight travel towel
  • Journal and pen
  • Scrap paper or notebook
  • Travel hair trimmer (we got this one, it’s been great…)
  • Washbag incl. tweezers and nail clippers
  • USB in-car charger (double if possible) and charging cables
  • e-reader preloaded with lots of books
  • Lightweight laptop (if you’re going to be working) I went for this one…
  • iPod and headphones
  • Mosquito net (depending on where you’re going)
  • Insect bite cream and repellant spray
  • Lighter

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