Here are some hints and tips on what to pack for your round the world trip
Packing for a holiday can be difficult. Packing for a round the world trip can be near impossible. You are constantly packing, unpacking, packing again, checking that you have got everything, then you realise you have forgotten your toothbrush. Get used to it. It will happen more than once. What you need is a packing list.
Your backpack is your home. It is your snail shell. And much like a snail shell you will take care of it and its contents, loving each and every item that is housed there.
After you’ve been on the road for a while packing will become so automatic that you won’t even know when you are doing it and you won’t need a packing list. That’s the theory anyway!
Author Susan Heller once said: “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money,” and she is right. Packing is all about finding a balance.
One thing to remember straight away – what you don’t pack, you buy. Many travellers just take the bare essentials and buy everything they need once they are on the road – often it is a lot cheaper to do this. I usually buy the essentials at home and buy everything else, such as toiletries and a lot of clothes, once I’m on the road. You will be surprised at how much money you can save this way.
A good weight for your backpack is between 12-18kg. Experiment before you go and pack your bag a couple of times to find out what fits where. To work out the weight of it just pop it on the bathroom scales. Don’t weigh it, see that it comes in at 18.3kg and say to yourself “sweet! I’m bang on!” You will pick up a lot of souvenirs and clothes on the road and your backpack is only going to get heavier and heavier.
When it comes to packing your backpack, all your heavy items go to the bottom of your backpack – so shoes, trousers and jumpers – then work your way up from there. You want your most accessible items at the top of your backpack, for me this is my wash bag and a t-shirt. In your side pockets you want to pack your towel, just in case you need it, and items that you would like to get at quickly like wet wipes and a waterproof jacket.
After a while, you will find that there are one or two things in your backpack that you have absolutely no idea what they are for. Get these items and get rid of them; they are just taking up space.
Once you have been on the road for more than a month, not only will you find packing your backpack quick and easy, you will be pretty pleased with yourself. Long gone are the days of taking time packing; this is a skill that is going to be with you for the rest of your life.