A travel packing guide is so essential as it helps you pack your bags quickly and effectively before you depart and while you’re travelling. My eleven years of non-stop travelling saw me start travelling with a full suitcase (in which I only wore half the clothes anyway). Then to a fully stocked rucksack (jammed to the brim). To eventually a 13kg rucksack containing only useful and essential stuff!
So you could say that after eleven years, I’ve been able to streamline my packing in terms of weight and the time it takes me to pack my bags for each adventure. It took me time to learn how to avoid travel packing mistakes. I now know what is and isn’t required for a holiday. I now know what I will or won’t use on a holiday.
So when I met Carli (USA) in India in 2016, I didn’t have to think too hard when she asked me what do I always pack. The list has always been in my head but what a relief to actually put it down on paper.
Essential items on my travel packing guide list
First of all, I pack all the 'must haves'. Basically, these are the essentials that travel with me on every trip.
This is the bare minimum I take. However, I may take a couple of extra items depending upon what the journey entails. For example, I may need to bring a dress for an important function.
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Non-essential items – but nice to have
A travel packing guide isn't complete without a small list of items that are nice to have, even though they are not essential. Sometimes we need some luxuries!
What would you add to the travel packing guide?
So that’s my packing list. But I’m sure you have other ideas on what you classify essential and non-essential. What’s on your travel packing guide list?