Packing for a holiday can be difficult. Packing for a year can be near impossible. You’re constantly packing, unpacking, packing again, checking that you’ve got everything, then you realise you’ve forgotten your toothbrush. Get used to it. It will happen more than once. Try and make yourself a packing list. I like to lay all my items out on my bed and once I’m happy I have everything I need, then I will load up the backpack.
One thing to remember straight away – what you don’t pack, you buy. Many travellers just take the bare essentials, buying everything they need once they’re on the road. You need to work out a happy balance for you. Your backpack is your home. It’s your snail-shell. And much like a snails-shell you will take care of it and its contents, loving each and every item that is housed in your backpack.
A good weight for your backpack is between 10-12kg. Experiment before you go and pack your bag a couple of times to find out what fits where. After a while packing will become so automatic that you won’t even know when you’re doing it and you won’t need a packing list! That’s the theory anyway.
If it’s your first trip then you will want peace of mind, constant reassurance. Hopefully this packing list will give you that…
So it always comes down to, my fiancé picking a place for us to travel using Google Earth and for me to research and put together the itinerary.
The way I plan my trips:
• Firstly picking the destination
• Checking what the weather is like for the months of travel
• Finding out what the closes international airport is to the remote islands
• Searching for the cheapest international flight asap
• Researching (by scrolling through the net and through travel books) on how to get from the main airport to the remote islands. This might consist of internal flights and a few boat trips. Depending on how remote the island is
• Researching the culture, what vaccines are needed, are visas needed and the local currency
• I would look at the foreign exchange rate
• I would look at the main things to see within the area.
• I would look for the top 3 must see’s and do’s weather it’s trying a particular food or a hidden site
• I would check if certain places have specific requirements… so I really looked into the Vatican and one adviser on a website commented about having shoulders covered and knee length bottoms. This was not easy to find out but something I would later live to thank.
• I would make a plan b- meaning if I couldn’t get the bus how would I be able to get there
• If in a city does it have city tax
Then finally jump up and down with excitement 😁