Posted On: April 1st, 2020 Author: Renee Ciaramella
Traveling for an extended time period is a dream for many. Whether you’re backpacking around the world, seeing new places, experiencing new cities or tasting new cuisines, long-term travel allows you to see the world and learn more about its people.
As exciting as extended travel can be, it can be just as intimidating to figure out what to pack for a long trip. Travelers have to consider several things before they pack, including the purpose of the trip, the location, the planned activities, the length of their stay and more.
Before you pull out your suitcase, decide what category your trip falls under:
Once you’ve established the purpose of your trip, you can focus your attention on the destination and what to pack.
An easy way to sort which items to pack for a long trip is to answer the following three questions:
Once you’ve answered these questions, you can organize your long-term travel packing list.
When you have an idea of the climate and activities you can expect on your long holiday, you’re ready to pick what you’ll take along. The most important thing is to know yourself and what you’re able to live without. Necessities vary from person to person, but you’ll want to consider these core categories:
Tailor your long-term trip packing list to the type of travel you’ll be doing and your destinations to ensure you have everything you need within these categories.
Layering is the best practice when it comes to vacation clothes. The following articles of clothing should be the staples of your travel wardrobe:
From this layering core, you can add or subtract items for your specific vacation. For example, if the climate will be warmer, you may choose to bring a mix of tank tops and t-shirts. If you’ll be in a cold climate, you might swap out shorts for thicker pants or thermal leggings. Remember to keep your trip’s purpose in mind while selecting clothes. If you’re taking a business trip, you’ll need to make sure your wardrobe is professional enough for your itinerary.
Consider the clothing items you’ll need for one week and whether you will have access to a laundry facility. If you can wash and re-wear your wardrobe each week, you won’t have to pack as many clothes. If you’ll need to go long stretches without washing clothes, you may want to double the amount of clothing you bring.
You know what you need to get ready for the day, but it may not be practical to bring all those supplies with you long-term. Consider whether your accommodations will supply any of these toiletries, or if it would be more convenient to purchase them at your destination.
General toiletries to consider include:
If you have room in your baggage, you can likely save money by bringing your own bath towel instead of renting one from hostels or homeshares that don’t provide them.
Including toiletries in your long-term vacation packing list while still following TSA guidelines can take some creative packing strategies. Here are some tips to fulfill your toiletry needs in a travel-friendly way:
Common electronics to consider packing include:
E-readers are great space savers and allow you to carry multiple travel guides at once. They also come in handy for long bus or train rides. And don’t forget voltage adapters, without which your electronics may not work. Check if an adapter is necessary for the countries you’re planning to travel to or invest in a universal adapter that will work with a variety of outlets.
Having a small travel first aid kit keeps you prepared for any situation. Stock it with essentials like:
Regardless of where you travel, having the medications and supplies you need available to you can make a big difference in your comfort and potentially save you any hassles associated with routine care in an unfamiliar location.
If you don’t make a list of what to pack for a long holiday, you could easily forget important documents to bring with you. The best way to ensure you have the papers you need is to research what you need and then add those papers to your long-term travel checklist.
Aside from your passport, you should also have:
Different destinations, especially international destinations, have different paperwork requirements. Double-checking what you’ll need for your stay is a crucial travel prep step.
Another thing to add to your packing list is the items you need to make arrangements for at home, such as:
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