Hey guys, so I'm going on a trip around the world pretty soon. I'm not backpacking so I don't need advice on that however I do need help because I need to know what to pack and how much to pack please please help me guys.
Ok so here's where I'm going
4 days in Paris
5 days in Singapore
10 days in Australia (I'm camping on Kangaroo Island for 2 of those days but we won't need a tent)
7 days in Belize
7 days in Hawaii
6 days in London
7 days in Tanzania (going on a safari and will be camping however tent and all that is included in our package)
I want to take as little as possible but I still want to pack enough. Normally I'm fine at packing for trips but this one is just to big for me. Help!!
I travel independently for indefinite periods (several months at a time) via hotels/hostels through 3 climates with a 46 litre carry-on size backpack with LOTS of room left over - all the cinch straps are yanked to their tightest dimensions so the backpack is really only about 35 litres.
That's including a set of nice clothes to crash an Embassy party or high-end club, normal day-to-day casual and hiking wear, beach clothes, personal hygiene products and everything else you need to be safe/comfortable plus a laptop, digital still/video package and all the peripherals.
I have a separate daypack that fits inside the backpack, or stays with me with all the essentials when the backpack is in an overhead bin, etc.
It's easily doable and you'll see LOTS of experienced backpackers doing the same - or even lighter. Seeing other travellers - especially smaller women - struggle with 60 - 70+ litre backpacks (plus daypacks!) is insane.
Going light makes sense to me because it allows me to keep my backpack with me (almost) all the time - it's carry-on size for aircraft, it doesn't need to be checked into the baggage space under the bus where it's out of my sight and out of my control - and it's obviously way easier/faster to navigate a crowded train aisle, keep with me inside the taxi, stow in a small boat, fit into a tuk-tuk, onto the back of a motorcycle and a million other situations.
Good luck with your research and have fun shopping.
Just pack what you would normally pack for a 2 week holiday. You'll be washing if you have any sense as you travel.
Ear plugs for long haul travel
line & a few pegs
soap for washing clothes
I guess you will have checked out and had any the inoculation for the Africa trip
Visas or where to get when traveling
First aid kit including something for the runs and an antibiotic cream if you can get it.
Something for insect bites for the itching.
If you are using a backpack make sure you can lift it comfortably above your head, if you can't loose some of the clothes.
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Best of luck
I'd add to what jeanie99 said by saying a blow up travel pillow can come in handy for long haul travel and perhaps something to help you sleep like sleeping tablets.
[ Edit: Edited on 20-Jul-2013, at 07:54 by ekin ]