Ok so what do you all suggest for a backpack to put all this in. From other forums I am in people keep suggestioning Eagle Creek. Most people say to stay under 3000cu. I currently have a Victorinox bag that is about 4000CU+_ but have been told it would be too flahsy for a RTW trip thru Fiji, NZ, Aus, Thailand, Mongolia, East Africa, Europe for 1+ years..... what do any of you suggest???
I think that if you already own this pack, you shouldn't go out and buy a new one just because it is too flashy (and what is too flashy anyway???). That would be a waste of money in my eyes. If people steal a backpack it is generally for what is inside, not the pack itself.... and I don't like to go travelling assuming the worst. Some backpackers carry around a mobile, digital camera, sometimes even a laptop... a flashy backpack will become dirty soon and no one will really be interested in the pack compared to things like cameras/mobiles/cash etc.
Anyway, that would be my idea.... if you didn't already own it, that would be a different matter
Sounds like a sweet trip!
I have to agree with the bandana idea! This is great for those days you're not able to shower...and great for a bad hair day girls! Also, for me, my journal is a MUST. Write down everything you see and do and it's also a good place to write down phone numbers and addresses of friends you meet! A couple of other good ideas would be a pair of cheap sunglasses (don't spend a lot on these for travel..they'll break or if you're like me, you'll lose them!) Also one of those waist money packs. You strap them around your waist and they go under your clothing. You keep your importants in here...money, credit cards, passport etc. This takes away the stress of being pick-pocketed
For me apart from the obvious already mentioned items are: universal plug for the sink, a clothesline it is the kind that is twisted with suction cups, inflatable hangers they work when there are no hangers avaiable, as well as eliminate the worst wrinkles, and Woolite. I pack all my lotions and creams in small plastic bottles or jars and mark them. Did someone mention electric converter plugs for recharging batteries, phones etc. I mentioned on another post that I have copies of my passports, tickets, and credit cards on the web. I scan the information and mail it to my Yahoo mail account so whatever happens it can be retrieved.
What a great idea to do a separate list on cell phones and which SIM cards work where. The price difference in buying a card as to a phone, or renting.
By the way everyone who has contributed to this post; THANKS!
I did up a first version of a packing list and also packing tips. Both can be found under the Travel Tools page you see up at the top of this page. The packing list isn't quite as interactive as we were originally thinking but it proved quite tricky to state what items some people should take on one trip and not on another without making most options show up regardless of whatever is filled in. Because of that we have just gone for a very extensive list and people can take what they like....let me know what you think.
Nywoman, I like your idea of the sink plug....I once read about someone taking a little squash ball to use as a sink plug because it fit most hole sizes. Next time I update I will add any more tips posted here so keep em coming!
WET ONE'S (moist towelettes). You can take 'em anywhere and be CLEAN!!!
This is especially for any Indians out there.
Wherever you're going make sure you pack a jar of pickle
Coz however good the local food, in a few days you WILL miss this essential item. Make sure the jar's sealed tight tho'
Here's an addition to your packing list
It's a very old post from Lonely Planet, The Thorn Tree (hope it's OK with this link). Someone posted this and got 334 replies, so far. It seems to have been posted back in December 2002 but I remember it from several years ago.
Have been thinking of it finding this thread and posting here for a long time, today I finally got down to it. Hope some of you will have some fun reading it.
whenever I get into South East Asia I carry a roll of Toilet Paper. My first trip into Borneo a few years back when I was green with this sort of thing I found a hole in the floor over a lake and a bucket of water in a little town I was in. I always keep it in my daypack now when I am in that part of the world.
To take up less space wind a good bit of it off of the roll, and keep it in a zip lock bag to keep it dry.
I agree with the bandana thing, gotta have one, and
a small cheapie calculator if your going in several countries. Helpfull with currency converting.. also nice to show someone the numbers if you don't know them in their language.
A flashlight for any "developing" countries especially if you're staying in hostels or local hotels.
there are a few more... I'll post again if I can dig out my list.
1. Paper toilet seat covers..you know that ones that are provided in restaurants & public restrooms... are invaluable. They double as TP in a pinch. These are key if you are unaccustomed to the "local grub". Everyone laughed until they needed one.
2. Sleep Sheet. A long big sheet folded lengthwise and sewn across the bottom and halfway up the side. You get inside this and it keeps the "critters" off. A pillowcase to stuff clothes in.
3. An empty small backpack. You can cram all the treasures you pick up along the way in it. And to really look like a geek, you can wear it on the front of your chest, if necessary.
4. Moleskin. For those of you that don't know what it is, it is this amazing stuff. It has felt fabric on one side and a super strong adhesive on the other. You cut into strips and stick it on your feet in the rub spots to prevent blisters. The felt fabric keeps your shoes from wearing it off like band-aids. You can even stick it on blisters to keep them from getting worse or infected. I smear on antibiotic cream and then put moleskin on over them. Your blisters will never get infected again.