LIVING OUT A BACKPACK: Packing for a year

I have spent the last couple of days getting organised for my trip and it is by no means easy packing a year into a rucksack. However let’s be honest, I don’t own a years worth of clothing and even if I did it wouldn’t be something I’d like to carry around on my back!

I opted to go down the rucksack route as I think this will allow more freedom when travelling and after plenty of research into “what brand is best” and there is A LOT, I really liked the Osprey Farpoint 70. It’s super comfy, made with quality materials and comes with a detachable day pack perfect for days out. If you’re like me and like some order and organisation I would recommend getting some packing cubes as they truly are a game changer when it comes to organising your pack! You know exactly where everything is, it keeps clothes clean and tidy and it creates a lot more space.

When it came to deciding what to take, my goal was to be decisive and pack lightly. I have packed enough for 2 weeks and am fully aware and prepared to do laundry! When packing, I also took into account that it is currently summer in Australia and so it’s going to be HOT HOT HOT ☀️ Therefore there it would be silly to pack winter coats, woolly hats and thick jumpers.

So here goes, below is my list of what I’ve packed for the next year:


  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Tickets
  • Travel money
  • Driving license and ID
  • Travel insurance


  • T-shirts x 3
  • Cami-Tops x 4
  • Pretty tops x 2
  • Long sleeve tops x 4
  • Shorts x 3 (denim, cotton and joggers)
  • Sweatpants x 1
  • Jeans x 1
  • Leggings x 2
  • Sport leggings x 1
  • Waterproof jacket x 1
  • Jumper x 1
  • Pjs x 1
  • Socks x 9
  • Underwear x 14
  • Bras x 3
  • Sports bras x 2
  • Bikinis x 4
  • Flip flops x 1
  • Sandles x 1
  • Trainers x 1


  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Anti bacterial gel
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen (factor 50++++++)
  • 2in1 shampoo
  • Dry shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Hair brush
  • Razor
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Face wipes / baby wipes
  • Sanitary towels


  • Phone
  • iPad
  • GoPro
  • Head phones
  • Portable charger


  • 2 pairs of glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Micro fibre towel
  • First aid kit
  • Hair ties/bobby pins
  • Laundry bag
  • Travel journal and pens
  • Insect repellent
  • Playing cards
  • Koala sleep mask

So that’s it, I understand that my packing list may not work for everyone and as this is something I have never done before I may have packed things that I really do not need or I may have made a rooky error and forgotten something crucial!

In truth, I am not going to find out until I get there. But let’s face it, it’s not like I am going to the middle of nowhere, so anything i’m missing or need can be bought out there. As a newbie to this, I hope my advice as to what to pack for a year of traveling comes in handy to others in a similar situation!

5 days to go…🇦🇺🌍

Catch you later

Miss Health & Safety aka Steph

Author: Stephanie Johnson

Life is too short to say no to experiences you have always dreamed of. The goal is to travel to every country in this world and take you with me ✈️🗺

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