What to pack for 1 year of travel: Guys Edition

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When I was packing for our trip around the world, I was not nearly as concerned about what to pack as Lauren was. I'm a pretty relaxed guy who can wear just about anything. And in all of my years of traveling, packing has never been a very difficult thing for me.

Even though we were going to be traveling for a year through a wide variety of climates, I just decided to keep things simple. I went for comfortable and low maintenance clothes that I look good in.

After looking online and going to outdoor stores like REI, these are the clothes that I ended up stuffing in my travel backpack for our journey around the globe:

Pretty basic. Again, it was all about keeping things simple. Here are two things other to consider when you're packing for a long term trip. 

Comfort: If you're going to wear the same set of outfits for a year, then make sure they are comfortable. Go for lightweight and breathable material. Also, moisture wicking and quick drying fabrics are great for hot weather. For cold weather, make sure you bring enough layers to stay warm. Even if you don't wear these extra layers during the summer, you'll be glad you brought them in the winter. 

Variety: If you plan on dressing for casual and formal situations, then pack a mix of shirts. I brought a few different styles: v-necks, crew necks, and polos. V-necks and crew necks for casual days and polo shirts for nicer occasions.

Now that we are 5 months in, I can say that I am very happy with what I brought. However, if I could make one addition, I would throw in a casual button-up shirt for nights out in Europe. 

Which brings me to my last point...

Don't stress too much about what to pack, because you can always buys things on the road. It's easy to find cheap clothing stores all around the world. If you forget or lose something, then just ask the locals where a cheap store is nearby.  

If you are interested in viewing my full packing list (including the socks, underwear, and other gear I packed) you can view it below. 


  • 3 t-shirts
  • 2 tank tops
  • 1 long sleeve
  • 1 button up flannel
  • 1 rain coat
  • 1 down jacket


  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 pair of zip off pants
  • 1 pair of gym shorts
  • 1 pair swim trunks
  • 1 pair of jeans

Underwear & Socks

  • 6 pairs of dry-fit underwear 
  • 6 pairs dry-fit socks


  • 1 pair travel shoes 
  • 1 pair Chacos sandals
  • 1 pair flip flops


  • Sunglasses

For more travel packing tips, check out how to pack for a RTW trip on the Expedia Viewfinder blog. It's a great read from fellow bloggers Captain and Clark. Now, we're off to Vienna to see some Christmas markets!

What to pack for one year of travel: guys edition. Great packing trips for backpackers!
What to pack for one year of travel: guys edition. Great packing tips for backpackers!