“What to pack?” is something that I’ve agonised over in the past and now know that I don’t need as much as I once thought I needed. When you consider how much you need something vs. how much it weighs/how much room it takes up in your pack it’s often not hard to come to a ‘this is what I need to take with me’ conclusion.
Being from Australia where everything is expensive, I have a huge incentive for buying things abroad when I need them. Although it’s good to keep in mind that even if you’re not from an expensive country sometimes it’s good leave anything you’re unsure if you want to pack at home. leaving the “maybe” items at home then picking them up as you go rather than take them with you and never use them.
The first time I visited Europe I went in the middle of a European winter. I packed a two-in-one fleece and rain coat I’d bought in Australia for a large sum then ended up ditching it for a much cheaper, better quality trench coat that helped me fit in in Paris much better and could be worn with just about anything.
Onto my packing list, the list is for a woman but can easily be adapted for a man (just replace my little black dress with your going out clothes and you’re set).
3 long pair of trousers, either cotton ones or 1-2 of jeans if I am travelling somewhere cold.
1 bathing suit
1 sarong (good for covering up at the beach AND to use as a sheet when the hostel isn’t the cleanest)
1 little black dress for when I go out at night
1-2 dresses for daytime wear
1 leggings (if it’s cold under trousers or dresses – they are not pants).
1 dressy top
1 longer top that covers shoulders for temples/churches
1 pair of flip-flops (usually wear on the plane as going through security you often have to remove them)
1 pair of sneakers
1 pair of black flats to go with little black dress
12 pairs of socks
14 pairs of underwear. (It’s not excessive – underwear always runs out first, so taking more than I need is important!)
1 tube of toothpaste
1 dry shampoo bar (which doubles as shower gel)
1 lightweight travel towel
1 Hair brush
I’m not a make-up wearer but you might want to take a small amount of make-up.
I keep a small St. John’s medical kit and keep it stocked, then add:
Tampons (I’ve been told that men should stock these in their first aid kits of nose bleeds, so don’t disregard this one off-hand)
Any prescribed medication
Tech stuff I’ll be carrying as a blogger:
Universal charger/adaptor (This applies to everyone)
a few locks for backpack or locker at hostel
Zip-lock bags (to put liquids in or take when around water)
Plastic bags or laundry bags
A copy of my travel docks separate to the originals – also email someone at home a copy as well.
Edited to add: you might want to check out my post on travel gadgets that make backpacking way easier.
I hope this list helps. If you have any questions you’re welcome to comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP. Also, take a moment to join my mailing list as I send tones of unpublished travel tips and tricks through there as well.