There are two ways to handle your packing. One is to minimize clothes and do your own washing in the sink or send out for laundry; how to pack that way is self-evident. We had one couple on our plane who succeeded in doing this.
This is the other way, which minimizes washing. Consider your travel-wardrobe to have two categories: the tour-day wardrobe and the airplane-wardrobe. It presumes you are packing for a woman.
Clothing Items To Take
Either your rain jacket or the Nat Geo poncho, probably not both.
One heavier, lined jacket, in case it is cold in Tibet/Machu Picchu.
Well-cushioned walking/running shoes
- you probably won’t use the second pair, but bring an extra in case one gets wet
- hiking boots unnecessary unless you have wobbly ankles.
Sandals for evening wear and the pool
Flip-flops for snorkeling or pool
One pair of flat, city-walking shoes (loafer-style?) you can use on cobblestones or on the airplane
Dress shoes only if you feel more comfortable in heels in the evening--you can get by without them.
Mostly Evening Wear (some evenings you will wear the Airplane Wear):
Two long, casual, not flashy skirts (may be used during the tour in Jordan or Morocco)
Two long, casual dresses
One cocktail dress (not too dressy)
Four Airplane Bottoms (worn only on airplane days)
Leggings/Jeggings/Stretch pants (suggestion: black, grey, navy)
Six Pair Tour Bottoms (for touring days)
Two Pair of Safari Pants
One pair of khaki colored pants - for when you can wear something nicer and don’t need super light clothing.
Three Skorts or Pairs of Bermuda Shorts.
Two Pair of Long Sleeve, REI-like Safari Shirts
9 Attractive 3/4 length or short sleeve shirts, in colors that go with your long skirts and your bottoms
(I had mostly black and white)
One dressy sweatshirt
One sweater/jacket for the plane and air conditioning.
One fleece-sports style sweater for cold weather.
One bathing suit
One pool cover-up for snorkeling/pool
One snorkel and mask, if you already have them
9 Sets of Underwear
Two sets of exercise clothes, if you think you might exercise.
Three pair of pajamas.
Two scarves can be nice for the plane, but to be truthful, in most places it will be too hot to wear scarves, unless you wear a scarf with which you can mop sweat, insect repellant and sunscreen.
Nat Geo Recommends The Following that You Will Need:
1 Pair Eyeglasses
1 Pair Sunglasses
Camera and paraphernalia
Chargers for all e-devices
Insect repellant (I recommend: packets exclusively to reduce spills)
Antibacterial hand wipes
Ziplocks (bring at least 10 ziplock quart size bags)
Hygiene products as appropriate
-two outside garbage bags (black) for dirty clothes, one for each suitcase
-two kitchen size trash bags for things that get wet
-packets of kleenex (4-5 should be more than enough, unless you have a cold)
-packets of make up remover to reduce carrying liquids
-earplugs if you will be staying in Trujillo.
You will likely shower before cocktails each day.
Your fanny pack (which Nat Geo gives you) must hold:
One credit card
A full packet of Kleenex for locations that do not have toilet paper.
Hand wipes (Buy WetOnes)
Your cellphone/informal camera
The wireless system Nat Geo will lend to you for the duration of the trip (leave the case in your suitcase)
Your malaria and altitude drugs, so you don’t forget them.
Extra hand sanitizer
Sometimes it will also hold:
bug spray packets,
passport and forms (Nat Geo will keep these most of the time)
Nat Geo recommends you bring $500 per person. Unless you can’t resist buying things you don’t need, or you have a mask or bead collection you are expanding. I’d bring no more than $300 in cash per person, Nat Geo gives you $10 in local currency which will cover most things you want to buy, and almost everything else can be purchased with a credit card.
Your backpack MUST hold:
Your Swiss Army Knife current converter (given to you by Nat Geo)
Any liquid-liquids like bug spray or makeup remover because the pressure in the hold will make them leak all over.
Chargers for all devices
Your spare copies of your passport, passport photos, DL, etc.
Your small suitcase (aka "wheelie") will hold:
All of your other meds
All of your toiletries
A pair of pajamas
Your rain jacket/poncho
Your bathing suit
Your costume jewelry
The rest of the $300 that you are not carrying in your fanny pack/purse
HOW TO PACK
Before you leave home for the trip:
Pack the small suitcase for the three days/nights in Peru.
Pack the big suitcase with outfits for the first night cocktail party, the first travel day to Peru, and the rest of the days until Australia.
Wash all dirty clothes in Australia (be sure to wash the clothes you wear all day in Australia as well).
Pack the small bag for the three nights in China and/or Tibet.
Pack the big bag with outfits for Cambodia, China and India.
Wash all dirty clothes again.
Pack outfits for two nights in Africa into the small bag.
I found it easiest to organize and pack outfit by outfit, so I knew which ones I would wear each day. This reduced rummaging through suitcases and saved time in the morning.
In Machu-Picchu, you will wear the khaki pants and the Safari pants with the Safari shirts OR, if you are going to Trujillo, the Khaki pants and a shorts/skort.
On Easter Island, shorts/skort or pants you didn’t wear in Peru.
On Samoa, shorts/skort or a skirt.
In Australian rainforest, Cambodia, India and Africa, the Safari Pants and Safari Shirt.
In Australian reef: shorts/skort (potentially washed the night you arrived in Australia)
In Tibet or China, khaki pants
In Jordan and Morocco: either a long skirt or the khaki pants.