Fashionable Packing for a RTW Trip

HOW TO PACK FOR A ROUND THE WORLD TRIP (AND STILL LOOK CUTE)

This is something the internet seems to be severely lacking: A comprehensive list of what to bring on a round the world trip if you want to maintain some semblance of style. At home in the United States, I typically wear simple-ish clothing but I am used to have a lot of accessories and makeup and hair products to dress up the look. When traveling, you want to be AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE. My top tips are to stick to a color scheme (mine is black and white) so everything goes together. Also ONLY bring those elusive “comfy yet cute” ‘items. Don’t bring anything that you don’t LOVE. If you don’t feel great in it at home, chances are you won’t wear it while traveling either. But remember, don’t bring anything flashy. Although we want to look cute, it’s important not to look very wealthy – trying not to be a target here, thank you very much.  Let’s break down the clothing I chose to bring: 
*We are “chasing summer” during our travels so no hardcore winter gear is  necessary for us*
 
Outerwear:
– Jean jacket (can be bulky but I wear it often and can tie it around my waist during travel)
– Super thin rain jacket that can fold into its own pocket (I love the Columbia Women’s Switchback II Jacket, Black)
– Kimono/shawl – perfect for a beach cover-up or adding a layer at a temple
 
Tops: 
– 2 tank tops
– 1 sleeveless croptop (for nights out)
– 2 short sleeve shirts
– 1 long sleeve shirt
– 1 fleece (can be worn as shirt or a pullover)
– 1 athletic tank top
 
Bottoms: 
– 1 pair skinny jeans (They take up a lot of space in my pack but let’s face it, there is just no comparison – jeans can be reworn for several days without washing and black skinnies always look chic)
– 1 pair cropped leggings
– 1 pair denim shorts
– 1 pair “travel pants” – lightweight but durable and good for hiking – these can be very ugly but if you find a pair that fit your shape well and are a good color (hello black), they can be pretty cute – I like Columbia but mine are older so I couldn’t find a link for you guys πŸ™
– Pajama shorts (loose and boxer-like)
 
Dresses: 
– 1 short sleeve casual dress
– 1 sleeveless casual dress
 
Shoes:
– Leather sandals
– Nike sneakers (plain black and white – wearable with jeans OR leggings OR even a cute dress) – I chose THESE Nike Womens Flex Experience RN 6 Running Shoe Black/White because they are affordable and simple and still on trend
 
Undergarments
– 11 pairs underwear (female underwear are so lightweight and small that you really can’t overpack these)
– 1 lace bralette – Free People is my go-to!
– 1 regular bra
– 2 sports bras
– 7 pairs good quality socks – Under Armour is my fave brand
– 1 Bikini (OBVIOUSLY)
 
Accessories
– Simple, non-flashy jewelry that you will wear everyday
– Sunglasses – bring your cute but cheap pair, NOT those beautiful Fendi glasses
– 1 hat – I struggled with what hat to bring on my trip but I settled for a beat up baseball cap
– 1 Purse – I chose a canvas crossbody bag with a graphic – cute but very casual
– 1 lightweight backpack/daypack that folds into a pocket – I like this Leaper Outdoor Nylon Ultra-light 20L Folding Backpack/ Travel Daypack
 
Gear:
Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Backpack – This is on the smaller side for a round the world pack but I’m up for the challenge! Always remember: your belongings will expand to the amount of space you allow them.
The Pack Hanging Backpack Organizer – THIS. This thing has saved me. It’s like putting a set of drawers in your backpack. If there’s one takeaway from this post, it. better. be. this.
– Lots of small pouches for organization (ie: a pouch for makeup, a pouch for medication/medical supplies, a pouch for chargers/earbuds/adaptors, etc.)
Obviously I had to pack lots of other miscellaneous things (tweezers, bandaids, a year’s supply of sanitary products…) but I won’t bore you with THOSE details. Let me know if you have any other tips! I’d love to hear them πŸ˜‰ 
 

FASHIONABLE PACKING LIST FOR A ROUND THE WORLD TRIP - for the long term female traveler

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