Wednesday, February 2, 2011

How to pack for a round-the-world trip

How to pack for a round-the-world trip

* Leif Pettersen
* Lonely Planet Author

It’s time to go! You’re just days away from your one/two/four year round-the-world trip. Hell, why even set dates? You may never come back. Screw reality, accountability and personal hygiene! You’re free!

Equally, if you haven’t planned suitably, you may be back in two weeks due to illness, mishap, theft, or your companion ditching you for being an unforgivable travel liability. A big component of this planning involves sensible packing.

I’ve observed two distinct styles for round-the-world packing:

The Boy Scout – be prepared for anything


The Lifeboat Survivor – bring only enough to forestall death, or at least social ostracism Read the rest here How to Pack for a Round the World Trip

The thing I found was we collected so much stuff and gave away tons when we left. Of course we did not travel around the world. We traveled to for a bit and then hunkered down. I guess we were a bit of the Boy Scout and the Lifeboat Survior.

Traveling with a kid, well I brought too much, as I brought toys and books, cds, and all sorts of things to comfort her, but she would have been fine on much less. Plus I took things you can't get there like lavender oil.

For our future travels I know we will be traveling much lighter.