Stressed by the thought of packing your entire life into a single
bag? Ease your mind—it’s all going to be OK. Although packing for
weeks, months, and years of around the world travel has its
challenges, you’ve already done the hardest part: quitting your job,
requesting that sabbatical, or cashing in all of your
time. Every trip is different, but
budget destinations and
dates aside, some items are universally beloved by backpackers all
over the map. Read on for a list of the must-packs for your next
1. Pick the Right Backpack for World Travel
There is no single packing decision for an around-the-world trip
more critical than choosing the right
backpack. This one item will become your constant companion
for the duration of your travels!
Look for something lightweight, durable, and secure. Ideally, find a
pack that is both top loading and front loading, which allows you full
access to everything you pack without tearing apart the entire bag.
For traveling ladies, buying a
women’s fit backpack is essential to long-term comfort.
Keep your bag organized and tidy no matter where you roam with a
of packing cubes—these are great for any type of travel,
but especially those opting for a
travel pack or
2. Bring the Right Guidebooks
Guidebooks offer a great way to get background information on a new
destination, information on the
daydream-worthy travel inspiration for
places to go, and practical transportation tips, among other things.
On an around-the-world trip, you’re visiting too many destinations to
sensibly bring one guidebook for each. Thanks to the modern marvel of
smartphones and e-readers, gone are the days of hauling these books in
your backpack—you’ll absolutely should use downloadable versions of
key guidebooks, as well as destination based
Also consider buying tomes such as Lonely Planet’s
Asia on a Shoestring, which consolidates a major region
into one book, and Rough Guides’
Rough Guide to First Time Around the World, which offers
information on visas, insurance, vaccinations and more (no matter
where your international travels take you).
If you’re still an analog traveler, book swaps at hostels,
guesthouses, and local bookstores mean that as you finish one
guidebook you can pay it forward for a traveler who is just entering
the region—and hopefully pick one up for your next destination.
3. Pack Your Security Essentials
not only to secure your backpack on travel days, but also secure the
lockers commonly available in hostel dorm rooms. All of Eagle Creek’s
locks are TSA-approved, so fear not: It won’t be clipped off by
airport security before you even leave the country. When you’re
traveling with a computer and want to leave it in a hotel or hostel
while exploring, a Kensington Laptop Lock can provide extra peace of mind.
If you’re visiting areas infamous for pickpockets, hide any
valuables that you carry on your person. For women, a
silk undercover bra stash
snaps discretely over a bra strap and holds credit
cards, cash, and even room keys in a place where you will certainly
notice prying fingers. For both genders, an
undercover neck wallet
slips under a t-shirt and to keep secure your most
precious travel documents and valuables.
4. Carry Your Own Hostel Must-Haves
Circumnavigating the globe is usually done on a shoestring budget,
meaning more nights are spent saving cash by
in hostels than splurging on hotels (although I am loving this
trend!). Social atmosphere and frugal-friendliness make
hostels beyond worthwhile, but some special packing considerations are required.
It’s rare for a hostel to provide you with a free towel, so pack a
towel. Look for one that’s equal parts bacteria resistant and
super absorbent. When you’re desperately ready for some shut-eye, an
eye mask and
a full night of sleep even as your new roommates come in and out of
the room at all hours, potentially making noise and turning on lights
(and, of course, rustling plastic bags—they clearly missed the
cube memo) .
5. Prepare to Make Memories
It’s the trip of a lifetime, so you’re going to want to remember it!
Writing down your thoughts in a travel journal preserves memories that
will be cherished for years to come. Too tech-savvy to go old school?
The are also
travel journal alternatives you should absolutely consider.
Still not convinced? You know what they say—a photo is worth a
thousand words. A micro-four-thirds camera (Lumix, Canon, and Sony all
sell them) is the perfect hybrid between the fantastic image quality
of a DSLR and the compact size and affordable pricing of a
point-and-shoot. Or you can always use your smartphone.
Don’t forget these five key pointers when you’re peacing out from
your former life, and when it’s time to actually pack those bags
before you board your flight, use our
Travel Packing Checklist to remember all of your basic
Companion 40L Women’sand
Wheeled Duffel 80L/26”
Specter™ Cube Set XS/S/M
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