Day -4: The packing

(Today is actually the day before we leave but has been the first day I’ve had time to update.)

Day -4 We took the afternoon to pack Marshall and I’s bags. We did this very carefully *before* the movers came so that they didn’t pack anything up we wanted (IE Lego) or needed (IE our passports) on the journey. It can be tough to pack for five months on the road, travelling through so many countries and having to carry it all, but we generally need less than we think.

Below Marshall and I go through in detail the things we will both be bringing:



1/ QWSTION “Office bag” This has a built-in laptop compartment and lots of pockets. Can be worn three ways. Good for a day bag.

2/ Kathmandu extra-large microfiber towel Normal towels take up a lot of space. This doesn’t.

3/ Kathmandu “Tropic” sleeping bag  A thin, light (weighs 630g) sleeping bag. We are travelling through summer everywhere.

4/ Toiletries and first aid, including spray antiseptic so we don’t need to touch cuts, bandages, ibuprofen (for children and adults), thermometer, Hydralyte powder for dehydration, water purification tablets, RID bug repellent, sunscreen, aloe vera, toothpaste, toothbrushes, multi-purpose soap.

5/ Cuddly toy sloth It’s always nice to have a familiar friend.

6/ A good book This is my book and I will bring it so I can sit back and actually make my own patterns at leisure/show it to people.

7/ My knitting kit Including 2 sets of 4mm double-pointed needles, one circular needle and a wool needle.

8/ A trusty umbrella

9/ Universal plug adapter

10/ Bellroy travel wallet 

11/ Trusty Swiss Army Knife Including scissors, which are helpful for knitting and the knife which is great for peeling fruits and veg so we don’t have to wash them.

12/ External back up battery charger Claims to have 10x charges for an iPhone in it. We will let you know how we go! Can charge anything with a USB.

13/ Wide-brimmed hat

14/ Two weeks’ worth of clothing packed into a Flight 001 packing organiser This thing is great as it has one side for the clean items and a compartment in the back for the dirty. 

15/ Laptop

16/ Flip video camera

17/ Phone in Lifeproof waterproof case

18/ Waterproof satchel for delicate and important things

19/ Camera

20/ Sunglasses

21/  Kathmandu “Monrovia” waterproof jacket

22/ A pair of sturdy and stylish Camper sandals

23/ A pair of mesh Puma “Mostros” These are a old pair of running shoes that are super light and breathable



1/-11/ On the super adventure we are bringing my toys, my clothes and my boots. My train tracks and lego.

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  1. Kate Cody
    March 11, 2014

    You’ve made being super organised look highly attractive. But I bet it took work.
    Will be interesting to see what you discard or pick up along the way friend xx

  2. March 11, 2014

    This is so exciting! What and adventure. Please please do some videos, still dying to hear what Marshall sounds like now that he can talk :D Have a great & safe trip!

  3. March 11, 2014

    WOW! Great packing Marshall and Mum! I can imagine it took some time to narrow down your choices of things to bring! But you did it! What an exciting adventure you have ahead of you! I will be travelling with you in my heart and looking forward to your wonderful posts. Big hug for little you!

  4. Cheryl
    July 9, 2014

    Curious Karla, have you found that you packed exactly what you needed? Did you wish you brought something that you don’t have….I can’t believe you have anything extra in there!

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