– By Chris Sinclair –
It’s the big question we all ask ourselves when we decide to take a long holiday; what do I pack? How do I simplify the things I think I need each day of my life?
FIRSTLY, THE BAG
Well, here is a guide for things I packed for our one year of travel. Perhaps this can help you pack for your next holiday.
Probably one of the most important decisions to make when considering your travels. If the bag is too small, you’re not going to pack enough or have room for things you pick up along the way. If the bag is too big, you’re going to end up overpacking, with way too much “stuff.”
Considerations we made:
- The bag needs to be easy to carry and versatile enough to be utilised in any situation.
- We wanted it to open from the front, unlike a rucksack at the top, so it’s easy to pack and unpack.
- Needs a detachable backpack, for that extra bit of storage and carry on.
- Durable, to last the whole trip.
Verdict: Osprey Farpoint 70L
(If you need the extra space, you can get away with an 80L instead, but we wouldn’t recommend going any larger)
The Osprey brand is excellent, and if you do a bit of research, it comes out as the top brand for travel bags. Reliable, comfortable and convenient, it has everything you need for your trip.
I then purchased some packing cubes from Amazon, which were perfect for organising my bag, and keeping everything firmly compact.
WHAT TO PACK FOR THE LONG HALL
Now for the tough part, limiting what to take on your trip. I spend weeks looking at what I want to bring. Laying it out, packing it, having a good think about ‘if I really need everything’, unpacking it, going away to think again and so on; until it’s just right.
- Weather is the most significant consideration here. If your changing climates, you’ll need a mix of cold and hot gear. Cold gear especially, can fill up your bag quickly.
- Comfort. You don’t want clothes that are going to leave you feeling uncomfortable, especially on long walks, bus rides and plane trips.
- Environmental conditions, such as rain, mud, and even insects.
- Length of time wearing clothes, particularly if you’re hiking or camping. You’ll need clothes that don’t get dirty quickly.
- Lastly, hobbies and gadgets, such as photography, games, reading etc.
Let’s start with hobbies and gadgets.
- My mobile phone.
Nowadays, cameras on modern smart devices are even better than most point and shoots, so you may not even consider taking the below.
- My cameras. I’ll be the first to say that I’m no photographer, now would I ever call my self one. But I do love taking great photo’s and sharing them with people, friends and family.
I have with me the incredibly compact Sony RX100 vi. It’s a fantastic camera, that is the closest thing to a DSLR, without being one.
Then there’s my Go Pro Hero 7 Black, perfect for the adventure aspects of my travels.
- Small camera tripod.
- Laptop/tablet. I would recommend one or the other. I have the Surface Pro, which gives me a two in one experience.
- My Kindle! We all ready, and this is the best/easiest way to carry all my books.
- In-ear headphones; small lightweight, noise cancelling and sound great. 1More Quad drivers.
- External battery, 26,800mAh BatPower ProE, for charging everything I have on the go, including my Surface.
- Charging cables for phones, laptops and cameras with a pouch to carry it in.
- Universal adapter, with dual USB ports.
Clothes and toiletries
Getting down to it, most of this doesn’t need explaining:
- Toiletries bag includes:
- Toothbrush & toothpast (with an additional travel size for the plane).
- Hair product.
- Facecream/sunscreen (a must)
- Vitamin C/Zinc tablets
- Shampoo and facewash
- Clothing detergent, for washing on the go (small powder cubes)
- Medkit with:
- Panadeine and ibuprofen
- Charcoal tablets, just in case.
- Mosquito repelant
- 4 T-shirts
- 2 long sleeve shirt
- Thermals, marino wool leggings and shirt
- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 pair of hiking pants (which conver to shorts)
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 2 singlets
- 1 nice shirt
- 1 pair of swimmers
- 10 days of underwear
- 6 pairs of socks
- Day shoes (very compact if needed to be)
- Flip Flops (or thongs for fellow aussies)
- Wide brim hat
- 1L bottle of water
- Very compact down jacket
- 1 hoodie
- Rain jacket
- Plastic compressable poncho
Some additional, but not necessary items:
- Compressable duffle bag, for when bag space gets tougher.
- D-Ring Carabinas, to hold the odd thing off your belt/bag.
- Bag locks, to secure your bag during transit.
- Torch/headlamp, for camping and hiking.
- Nintendo Switch, which is probably my most shameful item. But what can I say, love gaming, and it’s perfect for the long bus and plane trips.
That about sums it up.
It seems like a lot, and every person is different with regards to their packing needs. It’s about taking your time, and asking yourself the hard question – do I really need this?
Check out what Gabby packed on our trip here.