Here's a list of items I usually take on international travels that has worked well for me.

  • Total weight: 27lbs
  • Total volume: ~40L


  • Weight: 8 lbs


  • Chaco Flips
  • Keen Shoes w/ SuperFeet insoles
  • 3 pair Icebreaker Merino Wool socks: thin, medium, & heavy.


  • Two of the thinnest (150 weight) Merino Wool t-shirts
  • One medium weight (200) long sleeve IMW
  • One thick (260) long sleeve IMW
  • One all around medium puffy, water resistant jacket with a hood; North Face Summit Series. Light & Warm
  • One Mountain Hardware Rain jacket


  • One thin, quick dry shorts with pockets
  • One medium thick shorts (Icebreaker)
  • One thin pair of pants
  • One medium thick Icebreaker pants
  • One thick pair of long underwear (Icebreaker)
  • One pair of all around Prana shorts: swimming, yoga, super hot days (has pockets). Love these.



  • Toothpaste & Toothbrush with head cover
  • Razor with head cover
  • Sea to Summit Trek & Travel Shaving Cream
  • Bronner's all around soap
  • Band aids & Neosporin
  • Blister pads
  • Nail clippers
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Ibuprofen
  • Anti-diarrheal
  • Good little balm
  • Travel towel


  • Small notebook & pen
  • Small compass (helps tons in new cities)
  • Penlight
  • Earplugs
  • Eye mask (or hat)
  • Maps
  • Phrase book
  • Sunglasses


  • iPhone (preferably unlocked)
  • My camera setup: a mirrorless camera w/ extra battery & lenses: wide, low aperture,& a zoom
  • Kindle
  • 11" MacBook Air
  • NewTrent Powerpack USB Battery for charging electronics. Has two USB charging ports & enough juice to recharge an iPhone about 5 times; such an epic accessory. Highly recommended.


  • Osprey Farpoint 70L ~ Has a zip off daypack; my stuff wouldn't nearly fill the whole bag but having the extra space allows easy packing and retrieval of stuff; and would allow room for souvenirs purchased (preferably during the last few days of the trip). Could use bigger water bottle pockets, but otherwise very high quality gear.