NEW: Our RTW Gear List – The 2011 Version

NEW: Our RTW Gear List – The 2011 Version – There comes a time when you need to take a look at your current travel gear, throw away the stuff you don’t need or use anymore, and swap it for something new and fresh.

Now that we are on our way to travel around South East Asia again (we will be in THAILAND early next week!) we feel it’s a good time to remix our gear list and upgrade everything.

We have spent the last year traveling around Europe – so now it’s time to ditch the warm jackets, jeans and thick shirts.

Also from now on we’re traveling a little different: we will be taking with us more high-tech gear like the Canon 550D DSLR Camera, a Tripod, Wireless Microphones and a Macbook Pro laptop – all to be used for our up-coming online weekly Travel (TV) Show, as we travel around exploring Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia for the next 4 months.

We will still be using 40 Liter backpacks, although we threw out the old ones and got ourselves two matching new backpacks.

So today we wanted to share with you our NEW ‘2011’ gear list:

Sofia’s Gear List.


– 2 t-shirts
– 3 Sleeveless tops
– 2 Bikinis & 3 Bras
– 2 Pairs of socks
– 3 Pairs of panties
– 1 Button up shirt
– 1 Dress
– 1 Pair of leggings
– 1 Skirt
– 1 Pair of shorts
– 1 Pair of Loose Workout Pants
– 1 PolyPro top


– Lundhags Dovre 40L
– Sea To Summit – Pocket-size Foldable Daypack
– 1 Silk sheet
– 1 Travel towel


– Lush Solid Shampoo & Bodywash bars
– Deodorant
– Face Wash & Makeup
– Tangle tweezer hairbrush


– Earrings & Sunglasses


– Merrell Continuum Shoes
– Havaianas sandals

Nathan’s Gear List.


– 3 t-shirts
– 3 long-sleeve shirts
– 1 pair of shorts
– 1 pair of boardshorts
– 3 Pairs of underpants
– 1 Thin jacket
– 3 pairs of socks


– 1 Silk sheet
– Lundhags Dovre 40L
– 1 Travel towel


– Toothbrush
– First Aid Kit
– Deodorant


– Sunglasses
– Cap


– 1 pair of Columbia Cruzado shoes

Shared Tech:

– 13.3″ Macbook Pro with case
– Mono Tripod
– 11.6″ Asus Eee Pc laptop
– Zoom H2 Microphone
– 2 Audio-Technica Omnidirectional Lavalier Mics
– iPod Shuffle
– iPod Touch
– 2000GB External Memory
– Canon D-SLR 550D
– Kodak Zi8 Video Camera
– Travel Power Adaptor

Personally I think it seems like a lot of stuff once you add it all up, but believe it or not, it all fits into our 40 liter carry-on backpacks, and that’s all we ask for.

Hope this gear list is helpful for you guys as well, remember you don’t need all that extra stuff – keep it simple, keep it light and it will make life so much easier!

So, what do you think? Anything you would take which we didn’t include?

39 Responses to NEW: Our RTW Gear List – The 2011 Version

  1. Sanjeev Gopal Acharya November 30, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    Now THATS how you travel Very light, and you have everything (not being sarcastic by the by)

    • Nathan November 30, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

      Hey Sanjeev, thanks for the comment – light is the best way to do it :) keeps traveling simple.

  2. Matt Hope November 30, 2010 at 7:17 am #

    what model tripod do you use? I’m purchasing a Canon Rebel T2i but haven’t settled on a tripod yet. Thanks!

    • Nathan November 30, 2010 at 7:32 am #

      Hey Matt – it really is an amazing video and still camera – we got ourselves a monopod, found a great cheap one on amazon, and so far its working really well: – we needed something to fit into our carry-on bags so this works out well.

  3. Amy & Kieron November 30, 2010 at 7:29 am #

    Wow, can’t believe you can fit all of that into carry-on packs! Hmmm.. maybe there is hope for us yet!

    Are you bringing any extra lenses with your dSLR?

    • Nathan November 30, 2010 at 7:43 am #

      Hey – yeah everything just fits, with each bag weighing in just under 7kgs. For now we just have one lens (EF-S 18-55 mm IS) which works for what we are planning on doing – but will be looking into getting another next year (55-250 mm IS).

      • Ryan of December 7, 2010 at 6:09 am #

        I highly recommend the 55-250mm. I used to own the Canon XSi and I had both the kit lens and the 55-250 and I found it hard to take the 55-250 off of the camera. What an amazing lens for the zoom factor alone. Not only that, the portraits you can take with that lens are incredible. I recommend you pick it up sooner than later. On another note… great packing list! Enjoy guys!

  4. Adventurous Kate November 30, 2010 at 7:48 am #

    Nice list! Extremely pared down! I will say one thing — you may want more short-sleeved shirts. Particularly in Chiang Mai and northern Thailand, no local women wear sleeveless shirts…ever. Made me feel a bit like a hooker, frankly. Heh. But no worries — so many t-shirts in Thailand. I plan on going to Chatuchak to buy a few funny t-shirts when I get back to BKK.

    • Sofia November 30, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

      Hey Kate – thanks for the tip – yeah the last thing ya want is looking or feeling like a hooker in Thailand :p

  5. Anonymous November 30, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    I’m amazed you can get all that in two 40L bags, good on ya! Your packing skills have obviously gained from all the travel you’ve been doing!

    • Nathan November 30, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

      haha thanks – yeah it seems to fit really well. You do learn the more you do it – and I think it looks like heaps but that is mostly the camera gear etc. Never traveled with so much of that kind of stuff, so we will see how that goes.

  6. eurostar prices November 30, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    I think Nathan’s Gear List is better because during traveling its difficult to carry on so many things with you.

  7. Camila Navarro November 30, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    Is that a “as we travel” t-shirt? Cute!

    • Nathan November 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

      hehe yeah it is, we both have 2 each :p gotta promote the site you know ;)

  8. OneGiantStep November 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    It’s nice to be able to pare down now that you’re hitting Thailand but I agree with Kate…I felt more comfortable with my shoulders always covered and no short shorts. It’s not like I ever blended in but I felt more like I was being modest.

    • Sofia November 30, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

      yeah thanks for sharing that :) got a few longer shirts as well, so it should be good – also so nice to get rid of the winter and warmer gear, really lightens up the load!

  9. Nathan November 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    Hey! yup, everything fits into our TWO 40L backpacks. I have much less stuff than Sofia, so I normally carry the camera bag and all its contents inside my backpack. For me that stuff takes up the most space, so I normally stick it in first and then pack my clothes etc. around the camera, tripod etc.

  10. Annie November 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    I love these packing lists and hope that when I finally do back for a long-term backpacking list I can pack so light too! I think my bag is more than 40L!

    Have fun in Thailand and the rest of SE Asia! I am looking forward to reading (and watching!!) and seeing some sunny shots!

  11. Ayngelina November 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

    One word: Impressed! I wish I had brought less, oh well next time.

    @MattHope I use a gorillapod and am really happy with the compromise.

    • Nathan Schacherer December 1, 2010 at 11:01 am #

      thanks Ayngelina – also i agree the gorillapod is really cool, might get a new one for ourselves as well.

  12. Erica Leigh November 30, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

    Can you post a link to your Europe pack list? I’m preparing for a long term trip to Europe, and I’d love to see what you brought. Packing for winter is making me nervous!

  13. rowan November 30, 2010 at 7:12 pm #

    I would love to know the model of the Audio-Technica wireless mics you’re using! And why you choose it…
    Great list, thanks!

  14. GlobalButterfly November 30, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

    OMG, it’s coming up soon, huh? How exciting!!! You guys are great packers. :)

    • Nathan Schacherer December 1, 2010 at 10:59 am #

      hehe thanks – yeah you get used to packing well after a long time traveling the world.

  15. enrolled agent cpe December 1, 2010 at 2:56 am #

    The Canon 550D is just amazing. I have the same one and even though I’m still learning its features, I love how the pictures come out. I can’t wait to see your shots from that D-SLR.

    • Nathan Schacherer December 1, 2010 at 11:00 am #

      yeah it really is an AMAZING camera – i can’t get enough of it, spending all day playing around with it’s features!

  16. Jaime December 1, 2010 at 5:07 am #

    OKay I dont know if yall made all of Nathans stuff yellow or if it really is all matching yellow, BUT i love it. Jaja I wanna make sure just about all my clothes match with one another in different combination. That will help to not have to bring so much. We tweeted earlier today I purchased a 40L and I have yet to test pack it but after reading this I know I should be fine. I dont have as much stuff as yall do, i guess we’ll see how things go come packing time.

  17. Anonymous December 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    40 L? I thought you two packed light! :-)

    I just finished up 6 weeks with a 25L pack and it was fantastic. SE Asia is so easy to travel light since you don’t have to deal with cold weather. Unfortunately, I now look like a fool in Chicago with my shorts, t-shirt, and jandals!

    Excited to see your travels in SE Asia – more excited for you to get back to NZ so we can meet up. Maybe a beer and a bungy in Queenstown?

    • Nathan Schacherer December 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

      hahaha yeah curse all the new camera gear we got :p it feels more like I am walking round with a bag full of gear with a few clothes in the corner, but its cool – now we can capture some awesome footage while traveling so thats great :)

      Yeah – would love to meet up in Queenstown – we are planning (roughly) to be there in July/August next year – wanna ski for a few months etc before heading off to South America. When are you going back there?

  18. rowan December 2, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    Would be very interested in knowing which A-T wireless mics you use.

    • Nathan December 7, 2010 at 8:57 am #

      Hi Rowan!
      We’re using Audio Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone.

  19. marzbars December 7, 2010 at 3:38 am #

    Thank you for posting this list! My boyfriend and I are headed to South East Asia at the end of the month. We purchased 40L bags after reading about how handy they are on your site. I have a question about Lush Shampoo Bars, though. I heard that they can get gooey. Do you have any tips for using them? Thanks so much! I really enjoy your site!

    • Michelle L Felt December 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

      Hi, I just noticed has shampoo tins from LUSH. I haven’t tried their shampoo bars, but I did get to sample their products in their Portland store. Most everything smelled pretty good!

  20. Melissaandmalakai January 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Whatever you do, don’t wear a bikini to go swimming in Laos, even if people tell you it is okay. It’s not. They swim in their regular clothes. Tank tops aren’t even okay to go walking around in. Plus, the more modest you can dress, the better. I got free ice cream from a lady at one of the gas stops along our trip for “dressing like Lao people do.”


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