Travel Checklist & Packing Tips for Long Term Travel
Looking for a straight to the point packing list for RTW Trip? Exciting! Packing is both equally exciting and stressful. We thought we'd put together a short list of the bare essentials as well as a few guidelines for all that extra stuff!If you're getting started, download the packing checklist here that coincides with the information in the article! If you're looking for something a bit more in depth from on packing for dudes, check out Tims "What I packed" video and article here.
Packing List for RTW TripPassport, money and a ticket- Everything you need to travel. (Really tough to use Turkeybucks in Dubai though...)- PASSPORT - Let's just dust that off and throw it on the bed now so it is not forgotten. You may want to figure out a set place you are storing this in your bag. Don't be that guy spilling his underwear all over the airport terminal floor looking for his passport. Also, make sure that you're passport has plenty of blank pages and that it won't expire within 6 months of the end of your trip. Some countries will not permit you entry if your passport expires in 6 months.- VISA INFO -Have you triple checked the visa information for the country you are entering? Check the internets and be specific regarding your nationality and your intended destination. Then, double check your government's Visa website. You might just be stamped on the way in, need to purchase a visa when you arrive at customs or need to set something up in your home country before you even board your flight. It all depends on what country you are from and which country you are entering.- PROOF OF ONWARD TRAVEL -Read up on regulations regarding the need to show proof you have a ticket out of the country. Unfortunately, in my experience this is an incredibly grey area. Countries that say the require it typically never check and occasionally out of the blue you may be stopped before you can even check in to your flight. If it's possible, its best to have it but if not, just be mentally prepared for a quick flight purchase in the airport line. Purchasing proof of onward travel while trying to catch a flight is a stressful and expensive experience.
how to pack?Great. The wing is still there. Just checking.Instead of listing items in order of category... toiletries, undies, casual wear, formal wear, shoes, etc., let's organize by importance. That way you'll be sure not to overpack and once your bag is getting full it will be easier to make tough decisions about what stays home.
step 1: start with essential items- UNDIES -Never more than 5. If you'll be gone for longer than 5 days... laundry day!- PERSONAL ESSENTIALS -Contacts/Glasses, Medication, Make-up, Deoderant, Toothbrush- ONE QUINTESSENTIAL OUTFIT -Are you backpacking Europe? On vacation in Bali? Heading to a business conference? Take the time and make your ideal outfit from the bottom up. This is your base. Plan on wearing this on days you "don't know what to wear". It's your default and your go-to; something you'd be happy to wear in a picture. This outfit includes
- Shoes (and possibly socks)
- Drivers License, Money, Credit Card, Charles Schwab Debit Card (Because you literally should only have that debit card)
- Leave them at home: Library Cards, Gift Cards, Rewards Cards, receipts from two years ago...
- International Drivers Permit