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I’m going to be honest, there are a lot of travel packing list out there. If you Google search the phrase “travel packing tips”, after you read mine; you will be overwhelmed by the sheer number of lists that pop up. It’s one of the most common things for traveler bloggers to write about.
So now you might be wondering exactly why I would write one?
Well, at first I wasn’t going to, but as I was stuffing and cramming my backpack for this new life that I had a list that I was checking off.
I couldn’t withhold these travel packing tips from you guys with a clear conscience.
My list centers on keeping your backpack as light as possible, and will work for you whether you are or looking for a backpacking Europe packing list or a month road trip.
My Travel Packing List
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One of the first things I always but in travel insurance. There have been times where I have traveled without insurance and it has caused me nothing but headaches, and there have been times when I have had insurance and haven’t had a problem. Overall having insurance makes you feel comfortable, as it covers your health , and your electronics, and sometimes even trip cancellation.
I’m not going to say one insurance company is better than another but I always use WorldNomads Travel Insurance. They are reliable, and give back to the community. They also are recommenced by travel giants like Lonely Planet.
You can get a quote and see my full WorldNomads Travel Insurance Review here.
Apple MacBook Air – I have an old ultra-book that will break any day; then I can finally get a Mac Book.
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP (My pride and joy)
HD Hero2 – The coolest grown up toy on the planet
Apple iPhone 6, Gold, 16 GB (Unlocked)– Phones must be unlocked in order to use international sim cards.
SunJack Solar Charger – Keep Your Phone and Tablet Charged with the power of the sun.
I use one of the best travel backpacks on the market today. The osprey Farpoint. This backpack comes with lockable compartments, can be opened like a suitcase, and even has an zip off day back. I highly recommend the Osprey Farpoint 70L This backpack is highly rated among both travel bloggers, backpacking companies, and has a 4.5 on amazon customers reviews. It is one of the best backpacks I have ever owned.
Travel Packing Tip: I don’t pack a tremendous amount of clothing at first. Instead, I have a little money set aside to buy a few items along the way. I always wait until I get to affordable countries in order to keep the cost down. I like being eco friendly and giving back to communites so one brand I like to use is Prana
Why do I do this?
Well because clothes wear out fast on the road. (At least for me.). This reduces the weight of my pack, and let me look like I am clean.
7 Pairs of Underwear – preferably clean
1 Pair of jeans- 2 if not buying clothes
1 Pair of cargo shorts
1 Pair of sleeping pants
1 Workout shorts
1 long sleeve shirt – I try to find a healthy mix consisting of something dressy, yet warm. Knock out two birds with one stone.
1 Pair of sandals
1 Pair of nice shoes – For places that aren’t sandal friendly.
Travel Packing Tips to Help Make Your Backpack Lighter
•I take skele toed shoes for a couple of reasons. The main one is that I’m always trying to reduce the weight in my backpack as much as possible. Skeles are much lighter and take up less space than regular tennis shoes, plus with skeles, socks are optional.
This means I only have to pack two or three pairs of socks for my nice shoes, which only see the light of day once or twice a week. The lack of large shoes and socks saves you space and weight. However, I understand not everyone will do this, so if you are packing shoes and socks, here is a fantastic tip from one of my favorite travel blogs, Pause the Moment.
• Depending on where you are going and for how long, you might need a light jacket. Personally, if I’m traveling for a while before I’ll need a jacket, I leave it.
Instead, I make room in saving plan to pick up a light jacket along the way. I’d rather spend a little extra money buying a cheap jacket when I need it than drag an unused jacket around the world for months. Although I’ve regretted this when the weather suddenly turned, like that time I almost froze to death at Stonehenge.
• When I do buy clothes, I limit myself to only having a max of 2 pair of jeans and 5 shirts. All the other items on the list remain the same.
1 Tube of toothpaste
1 Can of body spray
Fossil – making my dentist happy.
Deodorant – making everyone else happy.
Bar of soap
Bottle of shampoo
You know what medication you need to take. However, my advice is, don’t overdo it. I only carry these three small things The tiniest first-aid kit I can find
1 Small bottle of hand sanitizer
1 Epi-pen –I’m deathly allergic to bees
Money Belt – Yes, I pack an inverted fanny pack. It may look geeky, but it keeps your valuable documents safe.
Travel Packing List Tip: I don’t even wear my money belt anymore, it just keep my documents organized, and in one place.
A backpack lock
Deck of Cards, great ice breaker to make friends.
Books- Currently I’m reading The Alchemist, Vagabonding, and How to Travel the World on $50 a Day.
That is pretty much it for my International Travel Packing List. I’ve condensed my life to fit into a backpack and have worked hard to keep that backpack as light as possible. While some of these items are a necessity for me because of my job, they are optional for you. If you want more advice here are my Backpacking Europe Tips.
What do you think of this travel packing list? Are there things you always make sure to take that I didn’t mention? Express yourself about this travel packing list, or share you travel packing tips in the comments below.
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