We pack our bags and take with us…

Packing your bags can be quite tricky. Most of the time you take too much with you anyway, but still you sometimes forget things you would have liked to have had with you. Marcel always had packing lists and over the years we adapted them for our different holiday destinations. For our current trip, however, packing is a new challenge. After all, we do not know which countries we will actually be travelling to. So we have to be prepared for all kinds of weather. In addition, we would also like to go on some multi-day hikes during our trip. So sturdy shoes, trekking poles, sleeping bags etc. are a given. Of course we had already made our own packing list, but during packing we looked at Ania and Daniel‘s list every now and to check how many T-shirts, socks and underpants they took with them 😉 This helped Christiane to decide to reduce the number of her socks and underpants by half.

Baggage restrictions on flights and in our campervans

If you spend your holidays in a hotel or in an appartment, the suitcase size is rather uncritical. In a campervan, however, it is already difficult to accommodate Christiane’s big Samsonite suitcases. Therefore we decided to travel with big backpacks. Marcel has the slightly larger one with 75+10 liters; Christiane has the 55+10 liter backpack. Some of our friends suggested to send some stuff by mail in advance. That would be possible of course; however, we will not stay in Australia but fly with other airlines later on, so we will have the same baggage restrictions again. By the way, this do not only refer to the weight which is limited to 23 kg with most airlines. There are also external dimension restrictions of luggage that we have to comply with. For example, with China Airlines, the sum of each bag’s three dimensions must not exceed 158 cm, and on Virgin Australia the restriction on domestic flights is only 140 cm. We have made every effort to comply with these requirements… 🙂

Packing list Christiane


  • 1x leisure suit (Trigema)
  • 1x sweatpants (Trigema)
  • 1x thin scarf
  • 1x belt
  • 1x jeans pants
  • 3x shorts, 1x sports pants
  • 2x cloth pants
  • 1x beach dress
  • 5x T-Shirts
  • 3x running shirts
  • 4x tops
  • 1x blouse
  • 1x longsleeve
  • 1x cardigan
  • 1x hoodie (Thanks to my colleagues from the Media Informatics lab)
  • 14x underpants
  • 3x bras, 1x bustier
  • 2x sports Bustier
  • 1x bikini
  • 4x running socks, 3x black socks, 2x white sneaker socks, 2x hiking socks
  • 1x knee socks for the flight, 1x stopper socks for the flight
  • 1x hat and 1x neckwarmer (Buff)
  • 1x multifunctional UV Protection Tubular (Buff)
  • 1x jacket (Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody)
  • 1x rain jacket (Arc’teryx Zeta AR)
  • 1x rain pants
  • 1x thermal running west (Tchibo)
  • 1x hiking shirt with UV protection (Craghoppers NosiLife)
  • 1x hiking pants
  • 1x long Merino underpants (Icebreaker)
  • 1x pair of gloves
  • 1x sun glasses


  • 1x beach slides (also used as house shoes)
  • 1x running shoes
  • 1x sandals
  • 1x sneakers
  • 1x hiking boots

Cosmetics / Bathroom

  • 2x wet toilet paper (travel size)
  • 1x microfibre make-up remover cloth
  • 1x microfibre bath towel
  • 1x electric toothbrush and 2x toothbrush heads
  • 1x toothpaste
  • 1x shaver and 3x spare blades

  • perfume
  • comb
  • shampoo, conditioner, hair mask
  • soap
  • hair oil, hair protection (Sun Bum Beach), Frizz Ease, styling mousse
  • 1x face cream
  • 2x hand cream
  • Nail care: 2x nail polish, nail polish remover, corner lifter, nail scissors, nail file, cuticle care stick
  • 2x eye pencils (nude, black), mascara, pencil sharpener
  • 3x hair tie
  • hair dryer


  • MacBook Air 13”
  • iPad Air
  • Kindle Paperwhite eReader
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 5 (genutzt als Hotspot)
  • Bose QuietComfort 35
  • Bose SoundSport
  • LaCie 4TB external hard drive (LaCie)
  • FitBit
  • headlamp
  • Mini PowerBank

Packing list Marcel


  • 2x sweatpants
  • 1x cardigan
  • 1x hoodie
  • 1x stopper socks for the flight
  • 1x sun glasses
  • 1x hiking pants
  • 1x linen pants
  • 1x jeans
  • 1x running pants
  • 2x shorts
  • 3x undershirt
  • 10x underpants
  • 5x T-Shirts
  • 1x longsleeve
  • 1x running shirt
  • 1x running socks, 5x short socks, 3x long socks, 2x hiking socks
  • 3x hiking shirt (1x long-sleeved, 2x short-sleeved)
  • 1x jacket (Arc’teryx Atom AR Hoody)
  • 1x rain jacket
  • 1x rain pants
  • 1 long Merino underpants, 1 long Merino undershirt (Icebreaker)
  • 1x multifunctional UV Protection Tubular (Buff)
  • 1x winter cap
  • 1x pair of gloves


  • 1x hiking boots
  • 1x running shoes
  • 1x sandals / house shoes
  • 1x sneakers
  • 1x beach slides

Cosmetics / Bathroom

  • electric razor
  • 1x microfibre bath towel
  • Electric toothbrush, 2x toothbrush heads, charging station
  • 1x toothpaste
  • 1x shavers and 3x spare blades
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • 2x face cream
  • handkerchief


  • MacBook Pro 13”
  • Kindle Paperwhite eReader
  • iPhone 7
  • Bose QuietComfort 35
  • Tripod for iPhone
  • TAN generator
  • headlamp

Packing list for Both

Travel pharmacy

  • plasters (various sizes, blister plasters, Cutiplast sterile, tamponade for toenails)

  • Cold-Set:
    Sinupret, Imupret, Dolo Dobendan, nose spray
  • Pain-Set:
    Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Paracetamol
  • Vitamin B12
  • Inflammation-Set:
    ICHTHOLAN 50 % Salbe, Tyrosur Gel, Octenisept Spray
  • Insects-Set:
    bug spray (Care Plus Deet), Fenistil, electric bite pen (bite away)
  • Sports injury set:
    Heparin Gel, Voltaren Gel, Stützverband elastisch (ELASTUS)
  • Sea sickness-Set:
    Accupressure bracelets against travel sickness (Sea Band), pills (Sea-Legs remainders from New Zealand)
  • Herpes-Set:
    Lyranda chewable tablets, Pencivir Creme
  • Regaine
  • thyroid tablets
  • Cystinol Akut
  • Lorano Akut
  • Camping first aid kit
  • tick card


  • 2x sleeping back (Mountain Hardware Laminina Z Spark und Lamina Z Flame), incl. storage bags
  • 2x Liner (Sea to Summit)
  • 2x transport bags for big backpacks (FRILUFTS Cargo Bag)
  • 2x rain cover for small backpacks (Deuter)
  • 1x portable safe 12L (PACSAFE)
  • 1x water proof bag
  • 1x world travel adapter (SKROSS)
  • 2x power adapter for New Zealand / Australia
  • 1x Powerbank
  • 2x trekking poles
  • 2x cooking pot (Primus Essential Pot Set)
  • 2x mugs (Sea to Summit)
  • 2x camping cutlery (Sea to Summit)
  • 1x kitchen knife
  • 1x pocket knife
  • Travel journal and pen (Thanks to Martina!)
  • Tape for repairs
  • 1x first aid blanket
  • water disinfection in tablet form (Katadyn Micropur Forte)
  • water filter (Sawyer MINI)
  • 2x microfibre cloths (eyeglass cleaning cloth, dishcloth)
  • 2x dry cloths
  • Disinfection wipes and gel
  • 1x sun cream
  • 2x sun protection for lips
  • 4x suction cups with hanger
  • 1x sewing kit Mini
  • clothesline and 20x clamps
  • 4x linen bag, 1x jute bag
  • 2x camping cushion (FRILUFTS)
  • 4x tension belts (2x 2m, 2x 1m)
  • 2x mosquito nets for the head (Cocoon)
  • small padlock (e.g. for spinds)
  • 2x ear plugs

Space saving Helpers

For our last trip to New Zealand we used vacuum bags, which are already very space-saving. However, they are quite stiff after you have let the air out and therefore too inflexible for the backpack. Also you can’t “just” get something out and pack it back in. Other travel bloggers recommended the IKEA pack bags and they are really practical. This way, not everything is just lying lying crosswise in the backpack and you can quickly fetch certain things.

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