What’s in our backpacks?

One year around the world with two backpacks. Below is what we initially packed, but I am sure as we travel along to each country we might throw out items we don’t need or pick up additional items that we require.

Amrine’s Pack

  • REI Grand Tour 80 Travel Pack
  • PacSafe Messenger Bag
  • Baggu bag (This collapses into itself- will use for beach bag, picking up food in the market, salsa shoe bag, day pack, etc.)
  • Packing cubes


Clothing Items

  • 5 Tank Tops, 1 work out tank top
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • 1 lightweight sweater
  • 1 grey Maxi Skirt
  • 1 pair of jean shorts
  • 1 pair of leggings (sleeping, working out, travel day clothing)
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 infinity scarf
  • 2 sundress’
  • 1 small nice dress (for dancing!)
  • 2 multi-way bra
  • 2 sports bras
  • 7 pairs of underwear (3 are ExOfficio brand)
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1 bikini bathing suit
  • 1 pair of running shorts
  • 1 pair of running shoes
  • 1 pair of converse (they’re just so comfortable!)
  • 1 pair of Burju salsa shoes (the most necessary item haha!)
  • 1 pair of flip flops (beach and showers!)


  • 1 year supply of contacts
  • Glasses
  • Contacts Holder (Thanks Liron, so cute!)
  • 3 oz Contact Solution
  • Lush Shampoo and Conditioner (and containers to put them in)
  • 2 Refillable 3 oz bottles for liquids
  • Q-tips with holder
  • SunBum Chapstick
  • Tampons and pantyliners
  • Midol, Advil, Biotin, Allergy Pills (Hayfever blows)
  • Nivea Face lotion
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant stick
  • 2 disposable razors (these will be picked up along the way when needed)
  • SunBum Suncreen (best sunscreen I have ever used!)
  • 6 Hairties ( I always lose these and I guarantee I will have to buy more along the way)
  • 1 hairclip
  • Quick Dry Towel (thanks Alison for the gift, these are great!)
  • Small hairhrush
  • 5 Band-aids (I am so accident prone and I am willing to bet I will use one of these within the first week-obviously will pick up more as needed)
  • Diva cup
  • Tweezers
  • Compact Mirror
  • Makeup: Mascara, Eye curler, small bottle of foundation, blush
  • Earrings: Anchor studs (RI represent!) and Silver hoops (just because we’re slumming it doesn’t mean I cant still accessorize!)
  • Pandora ring in place of wedding ring (Diamonds attract attention and thieves…no thank you!!)


  • 2 Journals (1 for general writing and 1 for writing down our expenses each day to keep track of what we spend and where)
  • Gluestick (I plan to glue tickets, maps, events, etc in the journal as a keepsake)
  • 1 Pen and 1 pencil
  • Nalgene waterbottle
  • Sunglasses (Cheap $5 pair from Claires- I am pretty sure these will be lost at some point in the trip and I’ll have to pick up a new pair)
  • Small clutch for going out (no need to look like a traveler on date nights or in the clubs!) ( I never used this and sent it back to the states!)


  • Passports (old and new- VISAS!)

Electronics for both of us

  • Kindle and hardcover case
  • Earbud headphones
  • Headlamp
  • Ipod (I used this same Ipod in college, lets hope it lasts for the trip!)
  • Panasonic Lumix camera
  • Go Pro
  • Selfie Stick
  • Portable Speakers ( We will be the life of the party in the hostels!)
  • Laptop
  • Charging cables
  • Unlocked cellphone ( Iphone 4 and Blu cellphone)
  • Amrine’s Zip Fit Bit (I already had this- I am curious to see how much walking we will do each day!)IMG_0066

Oscar’s Pack

  • REI Trail 40 L Backpack
  • Packing cubes
  • Small Backpack for during the day


Clothing Items

  • 1 bathing suit
  • 7 pairs of boxers
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • 7 T-shirts
  • 2 nice going out shirt
  • 1 long sleeve shirt
  • 1 belt
  • 1 pair of khaki shorts
  • 1 pair of running shorts
  • 1 pair of Jeans
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • 1 brown pair of shoes
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 1 pair of sandles
  • 1 rain jacket


  • Nail clippers
  • Lush Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Axe Spray
  • Face Lotion
  • Travel Charmin
  • Wilderness super concentrated body wash
  • Hair gel
  • Quick dry towel
  • Razor
  • Toothbrush (sharing toothpaste obviously, no need to double up!)


  • Waterproof Deck of cards
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterbottle
  • RI coozies, blue and red (Thanks Fabs!)


  1. fernando Garnica
    April 24, 2016 / 5:45 pm

    when I was young, many years ago, I traveled from Chile to England via Ocean Liner, It took 33 days and many stops. I am wondering if you guys will fly over the oceans all the time

  2. Katie Cooper
    October 15, 2015 / 2:04 am

    I was wondering how you were going to live out of a backpack for a year. I’m very impressed by your efficiency!

  3. Jessica
    October 14, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    You’ll definitely have to tell me, or write an entry, about using the DivaCup. I have mixed views and am too scared to shove it up there after reading an article or a woman who couldn’t get it out?! Worst nightmare.

    Also, so excited for your adventure . You truly do what you set your mind to and that is something to be valued and admired.

    Cuidate mi amiga 🙂

    • amrine.obermueller@gmail.com
      October 15, 2015 / 2:57 am

      I haven’t used it yet, but I will definitely let you know! I am a lil scared to use it myself, but wanted to be prepared in case I was in area that didn’t sell any of the essentials!!

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