Quitting my job. Telling my family. Moving out of my apartment. Nothing leading up to my one-year trip around the world was quite as scary as figuring out what to pack.
Nobody wants to get stuck wearing the same thing every day—especially when you are visiting amazing places and documenting your every move in photographs to be cherished for years to come. But you also do not (I repeat, you DO NOT) want to be weighed down by excessive baggage. When you’ve finally saved up and taken the leap to a year of freedom, few things make you feel less free than having too much stuff. Someone once told me, “The longer the trip, the less you should pack.” And after two trips around the world, I could not agree more. To minimize my luggage and maximize my fun, this is what I packed for a year of travel.
Lisa Marie Fernandez Poppy Bandeau Bikini ($400)
Leica DIGILUX 3 7.5MP Digital SLR Camera ($1900 and up)
Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive ($67)
Lifeline Trail Light Dayhiker First Aid Kit ($10)
Landing Gear TSA Lock Heavy Duty 3-Digit Combination Luggage Padlock ($11)
Ted Baker London Joei Patent Metal Bow Leather Passport Holder ($49)
Have you traveled for an extended period? What were your essentials?
Opening photo: Dewey Nicks