You are weeks away from leaving on an exciting, round-the-world adventure and no doubt everything you have done over the past few months has lead up to this moment. You’ve updated your passport, bought your airline tickets, booked accommodations in various cities, purchased annual travel insurance and now you’re ready to start packing for this long-awaited adventure!
Not sure where to start? We have you covered with some practical tips as you start packing for your trip.
Suitcase or Backpack?
While the debate continues on whether a suitcase or backpack is best on a round-the-world trip, we believe a hybrid is ideal. You want a bag with wheels that doubles as a backpack for ultimate mobility and comfort. You never know when you’ll need to run to catch a train or bus that is leaving for your next destination pronto, and having a bag you can wheel or comfortably carry is going to make it a lot easier. Also, choosing a fabric bag over a hard case is preferred as it will allow your belongings to fit into storage spots more easily.
Less is More
When it comes to deciding what to take with you, there are items that are not up for negotiation, such as passports, money, credit cards, and annual travel insurance information, as well as any specialised items like prescription eyeglasses. But when it comes to packing clothes, shoes, toiletries and gear, remember less is always more, and many items can be purchased on the road if needed.
In fact, packing for every climate and possible situation you may encounter on your travels is nearly impossible! We suggest three of each category of clothing: three pairs of pants, three t-shirts, three pairs of socks, three pairs of shoes – you get the idea. Keep in mind you will be able to wash your clothing while traveling – a great bonus to packing light.
Try choosing pieces that can be mixed and matched and are made from fabric that dries quickly. If you have items that can serve a double purpose, such as a ladies sarong that can be used as a beach towel, skirt, dress and scarf, even better! If you are unsure about an item, opt out of taking it. Pack minimal toiletries, as these items will weigh you down and can be purchased abroad, as you need them.
Save space in your bag by rolling clothing instead of folding and stacking. Pack socks and undergarments in shoes and fill every cavity possible. Wear any bulky items on the plane, such as hiking shoes or a winter jacket, to save on space in your luggage. Place all important items, such as passports, money, annual travel insurance information and electronics in a safe and easily accessible place close to you. As an added safety measure, take photos of your documents and carry photocopies in a different place than the originals.
Getting your things together for a round-the-world trip doesn’t have to be a chore! Packing light and smart will go far in ensuring you have everything you need to make this trip the experience of a lifetime.
Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in global single trip and annual travel insurance policies. Besides offering great deals on travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holidays.