Everyone will tell you something different and you’ll certainly find your own favourites as you go along but a few of the things we’ve found invaluable have been:
- Our pegless washing line has had more use than most other items and takes up so little room as to be a no brainer
- A sewing kit, we’ve sewn up split seems and patched up clothes surprisingly regularly making this one of the best things we packed
- A hair towel I picked up in a pound shop in China has been one of my favourites. Most accomodation only provides two towels and having long hair I definitely need a hair towel so this was a great find
- A mini first aid kit, ours shrinks and grows as we travel but it’s a must have
- Stainless steel tupperware, there’s enough plastic in the world, taking tupperware means you can get take out or bring leftovers home without creating more trash
- Chopsticks and a spoon, great for in room meals and the spoon for cereal and tea
The more I accumulate the more I wish I had nothing, my dreams of downsizing grow in fervour matching the growth of diving gear in my bag and I know I’ll never be a light traveller but I am definitely getting better at it.
I’d read a lot about the shoulds and should nots of a long term travellers packing list and have come to the conclusion that there are no rights or wrongs and it is a very personal affair, almost a year in my only piece advice would be YOU DON’T NEED THAT, OR THAT, AND DEFINITELY NOT THAT! Based on our experiences, faux pas and successes I’ve written a guide to packing for long term travel which you can read here.
Both being in our forties we were not planning on roughing it nor planning on a luxury round the world trip. I planned to take a fair amount of clothing, a fair amount of travelling accessories and mid level amount of technology – oh what a fool, anyway…
After much research we settled on the Osprey Sojourn 80L as our bag of choice, it has big chunky wheels and hidden behind a panel a full backpack harness, JHubz has joked he would be wearing his and pulling mine but I’ve held my own so far, it has only been on my back once to take it up the stairs at a hotel with no lift. And our sojourns were great, until we started accumulating dive gear so we have now both upgraded to the mammoth 130L Osprey shuttle, it’s only downside, other than being able to fit a small pony, it is not a backpack, but having only used mine once I think that’ll be okay. I just need to remember just because my bag is huge I cannot buy ANYTHING else, as it weighs a tonne as it is 😉