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Ok,  I’ve finally packed my backpack and I’m ready to go. Well, I’m not quiet sure if I’ll ever be FULLY ready to travel with my crazy boyfriend but I’m about as prepared as humanly possible. I’ve gotten a few messages about packing from some lovely people in a similar situation to myself. SO,  I thought a list of what I was bringing might be helpful to anyone else staring at a pile of clothes and a bag that said pile is never going to fit into.

First things first, ROLL. No no, put down that joint, I mean roll your CLOTHES. Obviously this won’t work for bigger chunky items of clothing (I didn’t roll my wetsuit) but anything else, roll roll roll. I used to be sceptical about this technique, but I have been converted.

Another thing I would recommend is to make sure you pack a few changes of clothes in your hand luggage. The last thing you want is your bag to go missing and be left with nothing to wear at the start of your trip.

Keep all the irreplaceable stuff in your hand luggage too. Phone,  camera,  laptop, chargers etc. Oh and make sure you will recognise your checked in luggage. Tie some ribbons on it or get a very distinctive luggage tag. Personally I’ve stuck a bunch of adorable keyrings that I got in Japan on mine, a pink ninja being one.

Anyway, without further adieu here’s what I’ve crammed into my insanely pink, keyring covered,  backpack.

 

  • Packing cubes. Amazing for keeping everything separate and easy for unpacking/repacking.
  • Clothes. One hoody, one light raincoat, a couple of dresses, a couple of bikinis,  wetsuit, some shorts, two pairs of light trousers/leggings, a long sleeved tshirt for when I inevitably get burnt and need to cover up, a light jumper for layering and the usual socks/underwear.
  • Pashmina. Handy to have in my bag in case there’s an impromptu trip to a temple and I have to cover up. Can also double as a sarong/scarf/wrap or pretty much anything.
  • Make up. Too much make up.
  • Sun screen. Array of factors. 50,  30 and 20.
  • After sun and aloe vera gel.
  • 50% deet. I always get eaten alive by mosquitos.
  • Drugs; painkillers, antihistamines, motion sickness, anti diarrhoea, rehydration, decongestants, anti malarial, pill, hydrocortisone cream etc. Being a pharmacist I found it very hard to cut down the list of drugs I thought I might need. The bag I have them in is bursting at the seams.
  • Sunglasses. Got my BeShades.  Sorted. They are literally the only pair of sunglasses that I have ever been excited to wear.
  • Cap/hat of some variety. Luckily I am a hat person.
  • Towel.
  • Deck of cards for drinking games.
  • Camera.
  • Drawing pad and notebook.
  • Jewellery making supplies. CRAFTING!!
  • Antibacterial wipes. General first aid supplies.
  • Make up removal wipes.
  • Sewing kit. Handy to have but to be honest I think I’ll probably end up throwing something out before I attempt to sew it. However, if I get a blister on my foot at least I’ll have a pin to lance it with. Sexy.
  • Shower bag and toiletries.
  • Passports (I have two)
  • Vaccination booklet for proof of vaccination.
  • Wallet (cards, currency, emergency contact details)
  • Torch/headlight. I just realised my headlight doesn’t work. … so just a torch for me.
  • Phone/ipad/laptop. So I can keep writing for your entertainment 😉
  • Chargers.
  • Converters.
  • Flight socks. I am SO worried about varicose veins it is ridiculous.
  • Book.
  • Hair care. Detangling spray (if I didn’t have this stuff I’d have to just shave my head or get dreads), Dry shampoo, shampoo/conditioner, comb, etc.
  • Shoes. I have one pair of runners/pumps, one pair of sandals and a pair of the most comfortable jelly water shoes that are ,unfortunately, hideously unattractive.

I THINK that’s everything. I’ve forgotten something no doubt. But I think that should get me by. Hopefully this was of some use to at least one of you! Wish me luck!


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5 Responses

  1. Jade

    Eeeek I am SOOOO excited now – I’m currently living completely vicariously through you and Chris – what’s this about the two of you forgetting to book a bunch of flights?!

    Thanks for the list of things you packed – when I finally take that leap into the unknown I’ll definitely come back and use this as a checklist. Barring the sewing kit… because, well….. I’m useless with shit like that. Lancing blisters with included. Big baby I tell you. You’d have to pin me down first. Haha .. get it? Pin… yeah…….. it’s early.

    I need coffee.

    Focker out.

    http://www.bohemianmuses.blogspot.com

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    • Tara

      Hahaha. Yeaahhh we may have forgotten a couple of internal flights in the Philippines. Minor detail 😛 Luckily we got it all sorted out, but it was a bit of a close call!

      Hope you got your coffee!;)

      On the way to the airport now. Getting a bit nervous! Ahhh.

      Xxx

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  2. James

    Hey Tara,

    I’m planning to travel in the upcoming year or two but i keep worrying about what i’m going to do after my traveling. Do you ever think about whats going to happen when you have to return to “reality”, maybe due to financial reasons?

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    • Tara

      Hi James.

      Well, luckily for me I secured a career break from work. So basically as long as I come back within 5 years and keep my pharmacist registration up, I have at least got a job to come back to when I return. So if you can get a career break, it’s a handy fall back/ safety net to have.

      I suppose it depends on what kind of area you work. Would it be hard to get a job when you returned? Are you sure you even want to return?

      I’m not 100% sure I do. Part of me is hoping I’ll find something along the way that I REALLY want to spend my life doing.

      I guess if you plan to travel you have to be open to the fact that your plans will probably change at some point. You could end up anywhere. I suppose this is where having a good amount of money saved would also help. Knowing that you have some savings as a safety net always eliminates a substantial portion of your worries.

      If you’re not planning on travelling for another year or so I would use that time to save as much money as you can. I’m probably going to do a post on how to save as much money before travelling, as I get asked a lot. I’d also research whether or not a career break would be available to you in your line of work.

      Don’t worry too much about what will happen when you get home. Home is pretty much always like you never left. Think of how amazing it will be while you’re travelling.

      Hopefully that was SOMEWHAT helpful to you 🙂 feel free to email me or send me a message on my FB page if you have any other questions.

      Tara

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  3. James

    Hey,

    A career break would be the best but its highly unlikely that my line of work will allow me to take one. If i took a year travelling and came back im sure i’d still find another job.

    One way or another i will do ‘some’ travelling within the next few years, even if its a couple months here and there. Really enjoy reading you blog.

    Hope your enjoying your travels!

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