Our Ultimate Packing List
We have decided to embark on our round the world journey to shoot and edit photos and videos, update our blog and website, and start an e-commerce store during our travels and needed the right gear. This is our ultimate packing list for our trip which encompass varying climates (super cold in Harbin for the Ice Festival, super hot and humid in South East Asia) and for the types of activities we plan on partaking in like hiking. We took some stuff we already had, acquired new items from Amazon or REI, and even upgraded our DSLR cameras to mirrorless cameras for the smaller size. We left with a back pack, front pack, and for May, a side pack in tow and share with you our belongings for this trip. Overall, our main backpacks (our home) weigh in at around 15-16.5 kg (33-37 lbs) and our carry-on bags weigh in at around 10 kg (22 lbs).
Initially, we wanted to travel with carry-ons only to avoid additional baggage fees, lost baggage, dealing with insurance claims and to also reduce the overall weight of our pack so we won’t break our backs during this trip, but, because of all our photo and computer gear and Josh’s need to carry a pocket knife and May’s need to carry vital medicine (see how she packed for her diabetic needs here), we opted to use our existing backpacking-style backpacks by checking those in and carry-on our personal bags. For those with less needs, if you can travel light with a carry-on only, do it! Even with our carry-on, we have encountered that flying on budget airlines (i.e. TigerAir Australia) enforced a strict 7kg carry-on limit or else you pay for the overage.