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11. Posted by dream.girl (Full Member 48 posts) 6y

The best advice I can give... don't leave home without one of those mini sewing kits! It comes in handy way more than you're expect, oh, and ziploc bags are amazing :)

12. Posted by Budges (Budding Member 33 posts) 6y

Im in Europe now for the first time...also my first winter out of Australia...I wish instead of my full gloves I bought fingerless gloves that have a 'pocket' that folds down over your fingers to make it like a mitten: handling money and everything else is too hard with full gloves on so I have to keep taking them off and putting them back on! I reckon the fingerless ones that turn into a mitten would be the prefect handwear!

13. Posted by Adri204 (Budding Member 82 posts) 6y

This is my packing list after years of long term travel of extended travel. I can pack all this in a backpack that is for carryon only and still place my Jacket inside of it and also have food in it and room to spare and my backpack isent that big and goes as a carryon on the airplane as I dont check my travel light light light thats my motto. I do travel with a Laptop computer as that is actually cheaper. At most hostels I stay at they dont charge extra when you have your own Lap top so I save heaps that way. I also have to plan for both hot and cold weather. This is my packing list after years of long term travel of extended travel.

I pack and this includes what I am wearing.

1 pr Jeans
1 pr black pants
1 pr nice pants

1 t-shirt
1 nice top
1 casual top

1 sweater
1 hoodie

1 dress
1 skirt
1 2 pc swimsuit so that the top functions as a top if needed.
1 Jacket
1 pr gloves
1 hat

2 scarves
2 belts
6 pr underwere
6 pr socks

Then as far as other items

1 7 inch lap top computer

1 lock for a locker
1 small notebook
2 pencil

1 big travel towel
1 sleep sack
1 travel pillow
1 travel blanket

1 sm shampoo/creamrinse that I also use as soap.
1 sm lotion because I get dry.
1 sm toothbrush
1 toothpaste

small facial washes
small packets of washing liqued for cleaning clothes
deoderizing spray to keep clothes clean
1 book only for the road to be exchanged for other books

Also a camera that comes with a connecter that connects it to the internet for uploads
extra batteries for camera
Power cord for computer
Phone and power cord for phone

sections of any guidebooks that I use. I favor Rick steves for europe travel
a water bottle

at least 4 envelopes and Stamps as needed

And that folks is it,

14. Posted by bsnodgrass (Budding Member 36 posts) 6y

Best suggestion is pack your bag and then try surviving for a weekend on only the things you have packed. This will help you edit and/or add things you may have forgotten.

Don't take anything that needs to be plugged in if you can help it. The only electrical item I took was my camera and the cord needed to charge it (this can be hooked up to any computer). I used the Hostel computers every 2-3 days for around 1-3 dollars for 30 minutes to an hour to keep in touch with people back home via facebook.

If it doesn't have more than one use it is probably not worth taking, in many cases.

Here are some things I would not leave home without:

Micronet Towel: Drys fast, compact, lightweight and doubles as a beach towel and/or cloth for picnic
Closeline: lightweight and can be use for many things other than drying wet clothes
sleepsack: Although these are not required in all hostels, they are extremely lightweight and can double as a pillow on a long train ride
bathroom bag with some kind of hook to hang so it doesn't get wet or nasty
Pack clothing that can be layered for cold or hot weather
Find a jacket that is waterproof but also warm and lightweight. A hood is important. L.L. Bean has some 3 in 1 jackets
Swim suit- if you have trunks or skirt make sure they are versatile and can be used as regular clothing without standing out
Soap- that can be used as shampoo, laundry detergent, hand soap, etc.
Sunscreen- you can find this abroad but it is expensive. I kept getting sunburnt b/c I refused to pay like 17 dollars for a small tube of it
lock for locker and backpack
One pack with lightweight day pack
watch with alarm clock
Every form of currency available for use: cash, credit card, debit card, all stowed in various places, just incase.
This is not everything, just a few suggestions. I suggest Rick Steves, especially his book Europe through the back door. It is the most practical travel book that is easy to read and has excellent packing suggestions. I have a few of his products as well and I LOVE THEM. In fact i just bought a new pack from him that I am in love with. I kept seeing people abroad with this wide rectangular pack and when I got back I started looking them up and found that Rick Steves carried one. I can't wait to use it.

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17. Posted by AKAmber (Budding Member 21 posts) 6y


I know!!!

Always bring extra copies of a passport photo! you'll never know when you'll need it.

Also, depending on how you feel about your documents being on the internet. something I've done before is scanned my passport, ID and whatnot and emailed them to myself so no matter what happens if I need to, I can go to my embassy and have a way to access my documents. :)

18. Posted by JonathanU (Budding Member 20 posts) 6y

Great post! Some good stuff here. Just made a mini list for myself, my wife and I leave in a few days and a few things I forgot. Let me add a bit:

-Combination or key lock (combo is better IMHO)
-Unscented baby wipes (always nice to have if you need em)
-A few photos from home, especially if you are going to 3rd world countries, I found people always wanted to know what a "real American life" was like
-A small pocket sized note pad
- Flashlight (will probably get stolen)
- CHEAP wristwatch, I keep mine in my pocket
- A travelsafe from Pacsafe, gives a piece of mind when leaving stuff in your room
- Water bottle, try to keep the plastic bottles to a minimum.

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