I'm, starting a year long RTW trip in October starting in S.Africa then Oz, NZ & USA but I have no idea where to start with packing & luggage as I've never done any travelling before....can anyone help?
I was just gonna take a few weeks worth of clothes and see what happens on the way...
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 29, 2007, at 8:43 AM by franjm ]
Have a look at the packing list and packing tips in the tools part of this site. It really helped me a lot when I was packing for my trip.
in my experience take only enough clothes to last 1 week. i.e 2 t-shirts, a few changes of underwear, 2 pair shorts, 1 long trousers, few pairs socks, waterproof jacket, jumper. the less you have to carry the better! always roll your clothes up to take up less space. apart from toiletries, anything else is down to your discretion. a torch and pocket knife is always useful. the guide on this site is helpful. you can always buy things cheaper on your trip if you find that you need them. happy travels, pete
Yup. On a long term RTW, you really notice things like weight/bulk, and it can literally destroy your spirit on a long trip if you have to hump around a huge weight of stuff which you barely (if ever) use.
You have to do laundry anyway on anything longer than maybe a 2week trip, so pack light and only take a week or so's worth of clothes, and plan to wash then regularly. Things which hide dirt (patterns, and not white, for example) are good as well.
As Angela says, there's a comprehensive packing list (though i don't take most of the stuff on it, as it's a loooong list).
Also, just because you will see lots of fancy gadgets or travel items, doesn't mean that they will be of use to you (or, even, anybody). A chunk of stuff gets sold as "travel ...." these days, which is basically the same thing sold normally but at double the price!
The general rule of thumb is to lay out everything you think you'll need, and then take half the clothes and twice the money.
I am admittedly a light traveller, but my packing list is on here somewhere and i'll try and dig it out for you.
EDIT: Look at my post #18 here for what i take. It's changed slightly recently, and im sure i've missed something, but it's approximately correct still.
[ Edit: Edited on May 23, 2007, at 8:37 AM by Gelli ]
Brilliant - thanks for all the tips, just got to get started on shopping for a backpack now!
layout what you think you need then half it. Your travel will be spoiled if you need to carry around a heavy pack!