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 β˜€οΈ 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…πŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸŒ

Catch you later

Miss Health & Safety aka Steph