Packing guide for a year long trip

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What should I pack? How much should I bring? Do I need that winter jacket and warm socks? Do I need my hiking boots? How many pairs of underwear will I need for this trip?

I’m sure we’ve all asked ourselves these sorts of questions before venturing out on a holiday or travel adventure. If you’re not a seasoned traveler, packing is a huge mystery because you just don’t know what you’ll need when going to a foreign territory.

On the one hand – you don’t want to carry too much

But on the other hand – you don’t want to leave anything behind which you will need

At least for me, I always have this fear that I won’t be able to find my necessities in the country(ies) I’m traveling to which leads me to being guilty of being a serial over-packer. If you read my blog about my travels to India – I realised VERY quickly that I packed way too much and my luggage case was too big. This also happened to me when I traveled around Europe for 3.5 months. I stupidly thought “I am going away for so long, I need to make sure I have everything I need for that period of time” so i suffered the consequences of carrying a 100 litre backpack for the whole time.

Every time I travel, I forget that it’s actually really easy to get necessities or buy clothes that you need when you’re abroad. It’s not like I’m going into an uncivilized territory or straight into a rain-forest or jungle. I’m going into a city where they sell everything I need and since I’m from an expensive country, all the things I need are virtually the same price or cheaper.

despite discovering all of this through my travels, packing still remains a mystery to me but I have learnt so much so far about what I need and don’t need, as well as what the best things on my trip have been so far, even though it’s just the beginning of my trip.

Below is a list of things I think are amazing investments, things I wish I brought with me and things I regret bringing.

Since it’s still the start of my trip, I’m sure I will change my mind or discover more as time passes and as I do more activities but I will continually update this 😊

If you’re interested in why I think certain things are essential or the best investment, leave your question in the comment section below and I’ll do my best to respond to you as quickly as possible!

The best investments I’ve made for my trip

  • Power bank
  • Eye mask
  • Bum-bag
  • Crocs
  • Light wool scarf
  • Small plastic bottles
  • Dr Brenner’s 18-in-1 body wash
  • Packing cubes and storage
  • Re-usable zip log bags
  • 1 Litre Drink bottle with easy to hold handle
  • Water bladder
  • Laptop
  • Casual cute dress (to wear in and out of the shower, to sleep, and out, etc.)

The things I wish I brought

  • A book
  • Lanyard (for keys)
  • Antiseptic wash or a first-aid kit
  • Waterproof/underwater bag for telephone and other important things to dive and scuba with
  • GoPro

Things I shouldn’t have brought

  • My nice watch
  • Hiking boots??? (i’m still not sure about this)
  • Fancy sandals
  • Fancy jumper
  • Too much cash to exchange
  • Wireless headphones

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