You may remember that Denae was the winner of our Snap Gap contest. Today is the day she head’s out on her 90 day, 10 country adventure to 4 continents. So, we asked, “how do you fit 90 days of your life around the world into something you can carry?” Here’s your how to, how to pack for a Gap Year

This method came to mind:

Teenage girl struggling to close suitcase kneeling on it

Teenage girl struggling to close suitcase kneeling on it

Thankfully, it ended up more like this:

Osprey Prime and Baby Osprey

Osprey Prime and Baby Osprey

I was overjoyed to get my backpack, but intimidated to fill it. I really wanted to channel that Northwest minimalism mastered by so many of my friends–you know, where you just have some leggings, a pair of Birkenstocks, and some trail mix for the road, and call it good–but that’s a far cry from what I like.

Now, I believe traveling helps you discover yourself. But you should be honest with yourself too. And honestly? I hate wearing pants sometimes. So instead I wound up with a backpack full of midi skirts, crop tops, and all sorts of high waisted outfit mixing/matching possibilities.


While packing will differ based on personal style and trip activities, I believe all clothes can fit under the banner of being comfortable, versatile, and reliable.

In the interest of packing light, I wanted to find a few pieces that would go a long way; clothes that would allow me to be confident and functional all at once. I also knew I didn’t want a lot of them–there needs to be space to pick up souvenirs along the way!

Thankfully, using my backpack as a carry on means that a lot of things have to be travel sized, so that saves on space.


And of course, part of packing is finding the right luggage–the companion that will be with you through it all. I opted for the Osprey Farpoint 55. It’s capability to be used as a carry-on and its detachable daypack won me over.

Here’s my backpack breakdown:


  • 1 shirt
  • 1 Flypside t-shirt
  • 1 tanktop/undershirt
  • 3 crop tops
  • 1 StudentUniverse jacket (it has a lot of pockets, so I’m pretty excited)


  • 2 midi skirts
  • 2 pairs of shorts (denim/khaki)
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • pajama bottoms (London Tube map boxer shorts for the win)


  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 slip
  • 2 dresses


  • 1 pair of closed-toed, sturdy shoes
  • 1 pair of open-toed, strappy sandals
  • 1 pair of strappy, supportive heels

Make-up bag

  • eye shadow/liner
  • tweezers
  • nail clippers
  • summery nail polish

Toiletry bag

  • toothbrush/floss
  • toothpaste
  • razor
  • shampoo/conditioner
  • sunscreen
  • lotion


  • laptop
  • headphones
  • chargers
  • GoPro + accessories
  • converter


  • passport
  • sleeping mask
  • day purse (with change purse)
  • sunglasses
  • daypack
  • a good book
  • annnnnnd a Frisbee. Because it’s summer and there will be wide open spaces all over the world with new friends just waiting to toss!

So, there you have it! A backpack full of my curated picks with plenty of space to spare.  Let’s see how this goes.

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