RTW Packing List

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Travel Gear

Male Backpacks

Your backpack will be your trusted companion on your RTW travels. You have to make sure that you love it when its on your back and that it last the whole trip. This choices will outperform your expectations and your gap year.

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Lowe Alpine atlas 65L
Best Buy
Osprey Aether
Top Range
Gregory Baltoro 65L
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Lowe Alpine Unisex Atlas 65 Rucksack, Unisex, Rucksack, Rucksack Atlas 65, anthracite
Osprey Aether 60-Bonsai Green-M
Gregory Pack Baltoro 65 Mens Backpack
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from £106.99
from £196.22
£208.99
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Lowe Alpine atlas 65L
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Lowe Alpine Unisex Atlas 65 Rucksack, Unisex, Rucksack, Rucksack Atlas 65, anthracite
Price
from £106.99
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Osprey Aether
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Osprey Aether 60-Bonsai Green-M
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from £196.22
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Gregory Baltoro 65L
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Gregory Pack Baltoro 65 Mens Backpack
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£208.99
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Female Backpacks

This are my top picks they will deliver in comfort, ease of use and durability. They accommodate most body types. You don't want anything cheaper than this for your RTW adventure or you will finish carrying your stuff on a bin bag. Check best gap year backpacks for 2017 for further insight

Product
Cheapster
Gregory Deva
Best Buy
Osprey Ariel
Top Range
Arc'teryx Women's Backpack
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Gregory Deva 60 Backpack M blue 2017 outdoor daypack
Osprey Ariel AG 65 Backpack grey Size M 2017 outdoor daypack
Arc'teryx Women's Altra 48 Backpack - Amethyst, Regular
Price
£227.96
£175.45
from £532.78
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Cheapster
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Gregory Deva
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Gregory Deva 60 Backpack M blue 2017 outdoor daypack
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£227.96
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Osprey Ariel
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Osprey Ariel AG 65 Backpack grey Size M 2017 outdoor daypack
Price
£175.45
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Arc'teryx Women's Backpack
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Arc'teryx Women's Altra 48 Backpack - Amethyst, Regular
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from £532.78
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Travel Sheet/Sleeping Bag Liner

They became really handy in hostels. Even when sheets are clean I prefer to wrap myself up with something that is familiar and doesn't have a funky smell on it.

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Cheapster
Cocoon Cotton Travel Sheet – Egyptian Cotton
Best Buy
Mountain Warehouse Microfibre Mummy Sleeping Bag Liner
Top Range
Eurohike EH Silk Liner Mummy
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Cocoon TravelSheet Sleeping Bag Egyptian Cotton blue/teal 2018 mummy sleeping bag
Mountain Warehouse Microfibre Mummy Sleeping Bag Liner - Mummy Shaped, Easy to Carry & Machine Washable for Easy Care - Ideal for Outdoors, Camping, and Travelling Light Grey
Eurohike EH SILK LINER MUMMY, White, One Size
Price
£29.95
£11.99
£30.00
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Cocoon Cotton Travel Sheet – Egyptian Cotton
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Cocoon TravelSheet Sleeping Bag Egyptian Cotton blue/teal 2018 mummy sleeping bag
Price
£29.95
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Best Buy
Product
Mountain Warehouse Microfibre Mummy Sleeping Bag Liner
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Mountain Warehouse Microfibre Mummy Sleeping Bag Liner - Mummy Shaped, Easy to Carry & Machine Washable for Easy Care - Ideal for Outdoors, Camping, and Travelling Light Grey
Price
£11.99
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Eurohike EH Silk Liner Mummy
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Eurohike EH SILK LINER MUMMY, White, One Size
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£30.00
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Safety

This thief deterrent wire cover will give you great piece of mind while in transit, or if you have to leave your bags for a few days in a hostel. 

This is a discreet way to carry your money, passport and cards. It's RFID protected and not sweaty at all. Just remember it goes under your trousers!

I always carry these. The flexible kind can lock to all sorts of packs. They are a must and will last a life time, unless you lose them of course.

They give you extra piece of mind when your hostel door has a flimsy lock or not lock at all. It's a must for the female traveller.

They give you extra piece of mind when your hostel door has a flimsy lock or not lock at all.  this have an alarm

 They give you extra piece of mind when your hostel door has a flimsy lock or not lock at all just a basic one

Water Purification

If I could only carry one item on a trip around the world that item would be my SteriPEN. All you have to do is charge it and stir the water. It's that good!

It's always good to have a back up for when on long treks or your steriPEN isn't charged. This one doesn't add flavour to the water

If you want to go for the cheap option as a back up its up to you. But just remember I told you that your water  will taste like a swimming pool.

Water Carriers

Large water bottles are great for trekking or when you need to stock up on good free water. The wide-mouth opening is imperative so you can fit your SteriPEN inside to purify water.

Bring at least 2 of these, lightweight and durable, they pack up to nothing, empty they are like a sheet of plastic. Get 1 litre capacity. The Platypus are the ONLY ones you want, the cheap imitations split.

Organisers

Good organisation will help you to not lose all your kit within a week, and with your mum not been there to pick up your clothes, packing cubes are the next best thing. They are easy to pack/unpack, which is something you will want as you will be doing it a lot during your travels.

Esentials

Bring a multi-tool, this one its my personal choice, make sure that it have scissors and pliers. This will come in handy often. 

This is just indispensable. A head torch is handy in so many circumstances that I could write a blog post about it! 

This tape will save you in situations that you don't even think you will find yourself into, its that good.

Good para-cord its essential. It will became handy in many occasions from clothes line, shoe laces, securing your bags, etc.

This one its durable, permethin permeated and  big enough so your body wont be touching it while sleeping in it. 

Don't be taking your phone out of your pocket every time you need the time, also handy when you have your backpack on.

Health Safety and Wellbeing

Use it after the toilet and every time before touching any  food and you will avoid most stomach upsets. Carry one on your pocket at all times

I am all for natural products but not for mosquito repellents DEET its effective and as long as you follow the instructions and don't bath on it you will be fine.

This is the best ever I have tried when exposed to the elements. Stock up on this one you wont regret it and kill two birds with one stone.

broken lips are not fun. At  mountain towns, the beach, well anywhere really. I always carry a few and give away to local kids, better than sweets.

This will save you from forgetting some essentials that will become handy they have been put together with the adventure traveller in mind.

You want this, lightweight and quick drying, never make the mistake of packing a normal towel on your RTW trip or you will regret it big time.

This RTW packing list is applicable for any backpacking where you are going to be travelling in an area or continent for any amount of time, but if you are going to stay on at a place volunteering or teaching English you will need a different packing list.

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