The ultimate packing list for every trip
What to pack for every trip. Here is the ultimate packing list whether you are hiking in Bolivia or going to a beach in Bali. From a couple of weeks to a year, these are the essential things to pack for any vacation or long term trip. Of course you can usually get extra things on the road but with these essential packing tips, you will be off to a pretty good start.
Never take nice clothes travelling, the laundries aren’t always perfect and stuff gets ruined easily. I never wear white or anything that needs ironing on the road. Comfort is number one.
1 pair of stretchy jeans or comfy trousers
1 pair of leggings (I like sports leggings with lycra for hiking as they protect against leaches too!)
A few favourite tops (what you wear all the time at home)
3 viscose shirts (lightweight and non crease) some long sleeved for mosquito filled nights
Plain vest tops x3
Sarong or Scarf
A fleece or jumper
One waterproof or warm coat
Two pairs of shorts; one beach one dressy
Two light summer dresses
Two big shirts to sleep in/ wear on laundry day
14 undies and 5 socks (walking and light)
Walking boots (Cats) breathable trainers (can also be used as wet shoes) sandals for walking, and Havaiana’s for the beach and showers.
2 pairs of good UV40+ sunglasses (Your eyes are important, look after them!)
The best luggage to use is undoubtedly a backpack. Airports, stairs, uneven ground and boat landings are all better with a rucksack. The trick is to keep it small and light. If possible try to buy one with multiple pockets and lockable compartments, like this hand luggage size ‘go anywhere’ bag from Osprey.
Bus/ hotel/ tour vouchers
Flight tickets/ Proof of exit for the country or basic Itinerary if visa isn’t required.
Passport and a copy to keep in main luggage
200 USD for emergencies
Travel credit card and ID to keep with you (lock passport away or keep in money belt)
Luggage tags for all bags
USB chargers, worldwide adaptor, solar battery pack
Camera or Phone
I use this camera for all of my nature photography and it has never let me down in 5+ years of hiking through mountains, jungles and deserts. I’d highly recommend it for a compact hard wearing camera that gets as good close ups as the chunky DSLR’s.
Moisturiser. Shea butter is great as after sun, anti itch cream, conditioner and a general moisturiser. I use a face moisturiser with factor 15 for the days I don’t apply sun cream. Lip balm.
Mascara, foundation and any make up you normally use.
Hairbrush and ties.
Toothbrush and toothpaste.
Nail polish, tweezers and scissors for long trips.
Check out this list of eco friendly essentials
First aid kit
Sun cream (Reef Safe if swimming in the ocean)
Insect repellent containing Deet,
Hydro-cortisone cream for bites or rashes,
Pills for pain or inflammation,
Loperamide (look it up),
Alcohol hand gel,
Backpack/ day bag and reusable shopping bags and ziplock bags
Filtered drink bottle (Check out Lifestraw and look after the environment here)
Locks (coded are better as you can’t loose the key!)
Fold up umbrella
So there we have the ultimate packing list. In Japanese culture it’s said you must spend over 10,000 hours practising something before you are a true master. Of course there are always extra things you may need on the road, but armed with this list you will be prepared for anything the world has to throw at you. And remember, less is more!
How to travel better for less
These are the companies I use to travel the world for less. The reason long term travel is cheaper than you think is often down to shopping around for a great deal, here I’ve done the hard work for you!
Booking.com – I always book with this site if looking for cheap accommodation as the filters are so easy to use. Become a genius member after five bookings and get great discounts too!
Air BnB – Sometimes you can find great local places to stay on Air BnB. In some countries, like Cuba, it’s the only way to book!
Transferwise – A debit card you can use all over the world and get great exchange rates with no hidden fees. This bank has saved me £100’s in bank fees!
Monzo – A similar travel card to the above with additional features like joint accounts and bill splitting.
World Nomads – Travel insurance is one of the most important things you can have while travelling. Don’t leave home without it! World Nomads provide the very best cover.
What to pack – Here is my ultimate list of what to pack for every trip, available on Amazon. Plus eco friendly alternatives to your toiletries.
Omio – The place to go for all of your public transport needs in Europe. Save a bundle!
G Adventures – A sustainable, fun, responsible travel company. I’ve travelled with them many times and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of their amazing trips of a lifetime.
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