Update 6/19/2013: The Marmot rain jacket, which I had for about 2 years and whose rain protection I had updated with a spray-on treatment just before the trip, failed me in the first Boston thunderstorm. I found an REI and sprung for an Arcteryx Beta AR Gore-Tex jacket, minutes before the second storm hit.

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Once I considered the basics of packing for the round-the-world (RTW) trip, it was time to decide what to pack and what to leave behind. Here’s the full list of items I’m packing for the RTW trip. I’ve owned some of the gear for a while, other items I bought just for the trip (you can tell where I do my travel gear shopping). The total weight of all this: 31 pounds, or 14 kilograms.


Packing for RTW trip


The necessities for my contract work, writing, and blogging here at Where Is Your Toothbrush?

Packing for RTW trip

Shoes and clothes

Packing for RTW trip


  • 1 Timberland toiletry bag: I bought this bag on my trip to the U.S. in 2000.
  • 1 travel toothbrush + 1 ‘local’ toothbrush (I plan on buying a domestic-made toothbrush in every country we visit.)
  • 1 travel toothpaste
  • 1 floss
  • 1 bottle Listerine mouthwash
  • 3 plastic travel bottles (body lotion, sunscreen, hand cream)
  • 2 small hand cream tubes
  • 1 bar of soap + case
  • 1 backpacking mirror
  • 1 pair earplugs
  • 1 deodorant (the other one in the picture is almost empty)
  • 2 head wipes: Lindsay got me these as a fun item—she loves my bald head.
  • 1 Braun 320S-4 shaver + cord

Packing for RTW trip

First-aid kit

Some of the following came as part of an International Travel Kit product, others through prescriptions via my former employer’s insurance.

  • Anti-diarrheal medications: 1 package Loperamide Hydrochloride, 1 prescription Azithromycin/Zithromax, 7 packets Diamode, 8 packets Diotame
  • Anti-malarial medications: 1 prescription Atovaquone/Proguanil/Malarone
  • Altitude sickness medications: 1 prescription Acetazolamide
  • Pain/fever medications, all but the last one acetaminophen-based: 4 packets CCP, 6 packets Decorel, 4 packets APAP, 3 packets I-Prin
  • Antacid: 4 packets Alcalak
  • 6 packets antiseptic wipes
  • 2 packets insect bite/sting relief towelettes
  • 2 packets hydrocortisone anti-itch cream
  • 2 packets triple antibiotic ointment cream
  • 10 packs oral rehydration salts
  • 1 bottle eyewash
  • Band aids (various sizes)
  • 1 small compression gauze
  • 1 small gauze
  • 2 gauze pads
  • 1 package


…and one carabiner (snap link) with a key ring for the keys to our homes over the next year.

What would you drop from this list? What would you add?

2 Responses

  1. Jane

    Impressive list!

    I would bring slippers. It was the single best thing I brought on my last trip to Europe. Cold, hard floors. Nice to slip into something other than the shoes you walked around in all day.

    • Peter Korchnak

      Thanks, Jane. Since the sandals aren’t the best for walking too long, I’m planning on their doubling as slippers.


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