Day 18 of Bootsnall’s “Plan your RTW trip in 30 days” looks at what’s going in your rucksack…Remember that other countries have stores too, so it’s not the end of the world if you find yourself needing something on the road. Remember this and maybe you won’t end up with a 30 kilo backpack.
First thing to keep in mind is that you want to be comfortable. Find a balance between practicality and aesthetics. Obviously, backpacking with a suitcase full of dry-clean only clothes is not reasonable…neither is only taking super ugly yet highly functional travel clothes (i’m not saying all travel clothes are ugly, this is just an example haha). Find the balance by taking things that you enjoy wearing that also happen to travel well. For instance, I’ll definitely be taking a thin, white button up shirt…maybe not the best color choice, but it’s a great layering piece, I can dress it up for a night on the town or down for a casual day of walking around a new city. I’ll also be taking jeans (gasp!). I know the traditional arguments for not taking jeans — they’re heavy, they don’t dry quickly, etc, but with the awesome, lightweight, skinny jeans that are all over the place, there’s really no reason not to travel with jeans nowadays. I’ll probably take 2 pair with me just because I live in them at home and my first couple destinations (europe and australia) lend themselves to jeans.
The next thing to remember is that layering is key! A pair of leggings can warm up a dress or a skirt, and can even be worn under a pair of pants to provide extra warmth. Camis are super versatile — they can be worn by themselves or under any shirt.
The third principle I follow is to stick to a color palette. Being able to mix nearly any top with any bottom can go along way in making sure you don’t get bored with having to wear the same top-bottom combo over and over again. There will always be exceptions to the rule and that’s ok, but generally make sure that everything can go with everything else.
Shoewear is a subject I’m not even go to touch, considering that I have no idea what I’m going to bring yet.
I try to limit first aid and toiletries to a sandwich bag each. It’s stuff you can buy anywhere as you need it so why waste precious pack room on it?
Tech. I would prefer not to bring a phone, but it seems like I’m going to need it when I’m working in Australia, so I might as well bring the one I have since it is compatible with many different kinds of sim cards and my brother can unlock it before i go. Also going to bring a tablet so I can skype and keep up with my blog. A camera is a no-brainer, I took over 1000 pics on a trip that was only 3 months long…who knows how many I’ll take this time. I’m still up in the air about my Ipod, but I’ll probably take it simply because I don’t think I’d be able to get much money for it (it’s a really old model).
I think that’s enough for now. Stay strong and travel on!