We packed everything into two 60L bags. They were a bit overkill for the amount of stuff we had, but we already had them, and didn't really think it was justifiable to get another set of packs. We didn't ever really find them too big to carry around, and it meant we had room to spare for souvenirs etc. As Jerome mentioned in an earlier post, we used packing cubes which made living out of backpacks very easy. We had two sets, one yellow, one orange, so that we could easily tell what was in each one, and it was simple to just pull out what we needed even if we were at a train station.
Ziplock bags - Small, medium, and a few 2.5Gallon Ziploc bags, we used them alot!
Silk sleeping bag liners - Didn't use these as often as we thought, but were handy to have.
Swiss army knife - Used for many things!
Travel clothes line - Used this to dry our clothes in many places we stayed.
Quick Drying Towels
Day pack - We had one small day backpack that we used that fit into our big packs on travel days.
Lock and lock wire - For securing our packs. We never used it - and probably wouldn't bring again.
Money Belt - Also never used it.
Notebook and pens/pencil - Used to keep a daily log of all our adventures.
Playing Cards - Didn't use until the last week, and then used alot!
Metal Travel Mug - Useful for water and tea when we were staying places with no dishes.
Package of Tea filters - So we could make our own tea anywhere.
Small Pocket Notebook - Had removable pages, really handy for notes and directions
Kit of useful things in an Altoid Tin - Included: Sewing Kit, binder clips, caribeanners, safety pins.
- We didn't have very much use for them this time, but I'd bring it again.
TOILETRIES - All contained in a toiletries bag that hangs up
Shampoo - We started w/ 2 travel bottles and added from hotels
Hair elastics, band
Laundry soap - Liquid woolite which worked well until it exploded, we'll go powder next time.
Bar soap in container - We bought more soap along the way as we ran out
Kleenex - Brought 6 small packages, stocked up as needed
Electric Razor - So Jerome could shave easily with no shaving cream.
ELECTRONICSPower adapter - Multi adapter for all the plugs
Extension cord/splitter - A 3' cord that split 1 into 3 outlets
Chargers for things - Phones and Camera
Cameras - We brought 2, it was really handy to be able to get both our points of view.
Phones - After debate we each brought our phones, which was good as one broke. We were able to buy sim cards almost everywhere we went, to give us maps and information we needed.
Small flashlight - Small windup one. Came in very handy on many occassions.
Small tripod - Fit in Jerome's pocket, and helped us take some great night photos.
Extra Camera batteries and cards - We brought 4 camera batteries (both camera's take the same ones) as well as 3 32GB cards and 1 4GB card. We bought another 32GB Card on the way.
Earbuds - A pair for each of us
Pouch for cords etc - Had a small pouch to hold all of this stuff
Extra phone batteries - We had second batteries for our phones.
Note: Everything but the golf shirt was quick dry.
2 Smartwool next to skin T-shirts
4 pairs Ex Officio underwear
5 pairs socks
2 pairs long pants - including 1 pair of zip offs
1 pair of Shorts
2 Button up T Shirts
1 Golf Shirt
2 bras, + 1 sports bra
1 Tank top
1 Zip up light fleece hoodie
1 Dressy jacket
Note: Everything was quick dry.
4 pairs Ex-officio boxers
5 pairs of socks
2 pairs pants - including 1 pair of 1 zip offs
1 pair Shorts/bathing trunks
1 Smartwool Next to Skin Long sleeved Shirt
2 Northface quickdry t-shirts
3 collared T-shirts
1 long sleeved shirt
These teas we got in London and Switzerland at the start of our trip and we carried them with us and drank them throughout our whole trip. They migrated between our backpacks.
Some delicious tea from Mariage Freres in Paris. We didn't open this on the trip.
It was carried in Laura's backpack.
Wooden dice to play backgammon with, and a tiny wooden turtle I got for my Birthday in Hallstatt.
The dice were carried in Jerome's pocket and well used, and the tiny turtle was carried inside the Marriage Freres tea tin.
Two tiny containers of salt from the Hallstatt salt mine - the oldest in the world!
They came in handy in Italy when we both caught a cold and used the salt for gargling!
A pair of small wine/liqueur glasses from Prague.
Carried in Laura's backpack carefully wrapped up in socks.
A very well packed carpet from Morocco. Which was carried in Laura's backpack
A neat expanding chess set from Morocco that was carried in Jerome's Backpack
A cool damascene plate from Morocco. Carried in Jerome's backpack wrapped in our desert scarves.
Cactus silk thread from Morocco. Carried in Laura's Backpack.
Shortbread from Marks & Spencers in London picked up on our way home.
We stocked up on tea from Twinings in London before we came back too!
And some Harrod's Tea too.
And on the recommendation of Jerome's Aunt Kathleen, we picked up this amazing plum pudding which we brought home and ate at Christmas with our family!