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For our three month Pacific Island trip, we needed to only carry the essentials since we were going to be renting a car and living out of a tent. 

This wasn’t my first rodeo.  Last year we had to pack everything we were going to need for six months of travel through Europe and be able to carry it on our backs.  Besides traveling light, we also travel on a very tight budget. So while I’d love to have all the coolest gadgets and gizmos, my practical side has to step in and keep things realistic.    Here is exactly what we packed for long term travel:

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For Camping: 

We camped in Hawaii and New Zealand (6 weeks total).  Most of the time we were moving each day and needed to set up and break down quickly.  We even backpacked on the trail for a few nights and had to carry all this literally on our backs for many miles.

Remember you won’t be able to take butane burners for cooking on the plane so locate a sporting good store near the airport ahead of time to make your travel easier. 

Also, I recommend treating tents with tent sealant (see below) before you travel because one of ours leaked really bad when we were camping in Hawaii but the sealant helped a lot once we found some 😉 Here’s what we packed for camping:

  • 2 four-person tents (one REI half dome and one ALPS)
  • 7 air mattresses
  • Air pump to blow up air mattresses with car
  • 7 sleeping bags (I recommend having zero degree bags)
  • 7 sleep pillows (also used for our flights)
  • 1 Black Diamond headlamp and 1 mini lantern
  • 2 MSR burners
  • 1 set of GSI Medium Size Cookware
  • Jet Boil
  • GSI coffee grinder
  • Can opener
  • Gear Aid knives (we got these from our Nomadik subscription box!)
  • 1 cutting board, a serving spoon, and one spatula
  • 7 bowls and 7 spoons
  • 3 coffee mugs 
  • 3 packable towel sets


These items are cheaper to get on Amazon:



Since we would be in a diversity of climates, warm climates in Hawaii and Bali but colder climates in New Zealand, we had to pack a diversity of clothes.  Here’s what we each carried in our backpacks:

  • Patagonia Nano Puff and their Down Sweater 
  • Packable rain jacket 
  • Kuhl hiking pants or Lucy leggings
  • Lulu lemon running shorts for the girls
  • Kuhl Cargo shorts for the boys
  • Wool Socks
  • 6-8 T-shirts or Tank Tops
  • Baselayer to sleep in or when it’s really cold
  • Essentials like underwear, socks, bra, and sports bras
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Flip Flops
  • Hats & Sunglasses
  • Swim Suits and Board Shorts


For Traveling Abroad In General:

  • Outlet adapter (the one i’ve linked below is what we have.  It charges multiple devices which is so helpful when everyone’s device is dead and you only have a few hours in a restaurant/cafe to charge.)
  • Camera with Camera Bag & extra Memory Cards (memory cards were super expensive in New Zealand)
  • Go Pro
  • Passports
  • International Driver’s License, if needed
  • Hiking Backpack or Day Pack (We have two of these REI Flash Packs also)
  • Books & Magazines
  • Earbuds or Headphones for Kids
  • Ukulele (yep, we travel with one!)


We carry everything we travel with in backpacking packs:


Did we miss anything? Comment what you pack for long term travel!

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