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How to Pack for a Round the World Trip

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A round the world trip is a huge adventure. You might never come home! Ok, so perhaps that’s wishful thinking, but whatever happens, you are going to need the right amount of kit while you are away. Not to mention a durable piece of luggage from So what essentials do you need and what can you afford to leave behind?

Before you start packing, be sure to buy a decent quality piece of luggage. Round the world trips usually involve numerous flights on low-budget airlines, which puts a lot of stress on your luggage. Rucksacks are popular with backpackers, but they can be hard to handle when you travel on local buses and trains. A piece of wheeled luggage might be a better choice, but take a daypack too, for when you go on sightseeing sojourns.

Must-Have Items

What is essential to you might not be to someone else, but the following items come highly recommended.

Sunglasses are useful in every climate you can think of, from the ski slopes of the Alps to the beaches in Thailand. Since you are likely to lose your sunglasses along the way, don’t bother taking an expensive designer pair, but do take some with effective UV protection.

Other essential items include a first aid kit, a travel towel (it takes up less room), and a toilet bag for wash stuff, a sleeping bag liner for low budget hostels, and a pen and pad for making notes or drawing pictures for taxi drivers who don’t speak your language. Lastly, insect repellent is also pretty essential, especially in tropical climates.

Essential Clothing

Clothing is a personal choice, but in general, pack items that are crease resistant, take up little room, and can stand a few days’ wear. T-shirts and shorts are perfect for hot countries, but take note of local customs and pack long-sleeve tops and Maxi prom dresses for devoutly religious countries.

Bikinis and swimwear are essential if you are heading to beach resorts along the way. A sarong is also useful, as it can be used in so many different ways.

Beauty Products

There are some beauty products that you will need, wherever you end up. These include toothpaste, shampoo, moisturiser, sun cream and a few items of basic makeup, such as mascara and lip gloss. Anything else is optional, but it pays to pack a small pair of nail scissors and some tweezers.

Tech Gadgets

Most people wouldn’t think of leaving home without their smartphone, but don’t forget to pack your charger. Other useful gadgets include a cheap digital camera to capture photos of all the exciting places you intend on visiting, memory card to store them all, a tablet computer, an e-reader, and some noise cancelling headphones. Lastly, a travel charger is essential, but be sure to buy the right one, as they do vary according to region.

Travelling around the world is probably the most intrepid thing you will ever do, so make the most of your experience and collect as many happy memories as possible.

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