Great Guide to Packing for a Trip Around the World: A blog about packing for a long journey around the world with plenty of tips and advice.
I am just starting a new adventure of traveling around the world on a plane. I will be gone for 6 months and will be visiting countries such as Thailand, Nepal, and India.
Below is a list of things that I have packed in my bag:
– Pens and notebooks
– A sleeping bag
– My passport
believe that much of the advice available to travelers can be misleading. How many times have you read a list of what not to pack for a trip? I would say the majority of items on the “don’t” lists are obvious and unnecessary to mention. The problem with most packing lists is that they fail to provide a realistic and practical view of what one should bring for an extended period of traveling.
I’ve traveled around the world twice and logged over 150,000 miles in the air. I’ve come up with a list of things that I think are absolutely necessary to pack when going on long trips (for me, longer than 2 weeks). To be fair and give credit where it is due, this list is inspired by several other good lists around the web. However, my list is unique in that it includes things you may never have thought about and may actually need during your tour around the world.
I hope you find this guide useful and please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions below!
I just flew around the world. Here’s everything I packed for the trip.
It’s the most stressful part of traveling: packing. If you’ve been following my travel blog, you know I’ve been traveling around the world and working on a book about it for the last few months. It’s been an amazing experience, and now that I’m back in the States, I have a little bit more time to reflect on my trip and what I would do differently.
The first thing on that list is how I packed.
I ended up taking two medium-sized bags with me: a backpack and a duffel bag. When I was flying into New Zealand in February, it was pretty straightforward: cold weather clothes went in one bag, warm weather clothes went in the other. Two months later, as I was getting ready to leave New Zealand (and head to Southeast Asia), I had to repack everything again. Basically, this meant that every two months or so, I had to pull everything out of my bags, take inventory of what I needed and didn’t need, and pack it all up again into those same two bags all over again.
This flight is great. The food is good and the service is even better. I have never been on a flight where the crew make you so relaxed and comfortable. We were in economy and yet felt like we were business or first class. It’s always fascinating how different airlines can be.
After this we’ll be back home with a long stopover in Dubai, then Melbourne, then finally Hobart (where they will probably make us go through quarantine as it is fruit fly season). This trip has gone really quickly!
This is a tale of two airplanes.
Last week I wrote about my new flight home to New York from Paris on Norwegian Air, which I had booked for $227. But at the last minute, I decided to ignore my own advice and accept a friend’s invitation to go along on a frequent-flier trip to India. The only problem: My flight left in four days, and I was in Spain with very little winter clothing.
I had no time to shop, so I went online. Clothing companies that cater to travelers have figured out how to make clothes that look good but don’t wrinkle and can be washed easily in a sink and hung up overnight to dry. You don’t even need an iron or a steamer; just hang them in the bathroom while you shower.
It was a little stressful at first because I was buying clothes sight unseen — ordering an expensive coat from Scottevest with just one day left before my flight — but it all worked out great. My new coat arrived on time and looked as good as advertised; it even came with 18 pockets.
Everything fit perfectly (I’m tall but thin). And when the sun came out in Delhi, I could take off the fleece liner and turn the coat into a hooded
I spend a lot of time on planes and in airports. I try to do something useful, so I thought I’d write down my advice for other people who spend time on planes and in airports.
1. Know the rules, and follow them.
2. Don’t bring anything fragile.
3. Pack light; you can buy almost anything you’ve forgotten.
4. Wear your heaviest clothes on the plane.
5. Pack an extra empty bag in your carry-on; you will get stuff on your trip, and you don’t want to have to check a bag on the way back.
6. Avoid checking luggage if at all possible; it is slow, it gets lost, and it often arrives broken or with items missing from inside (I’ve never had this happen with carry-on).
7. Prevent yourself from getting sick by taking vitamins regularly, sleeping well before the trip, avoiding people who are sick in the airport or on the plane, and washing your hands frequently (use Purell whenever possible).
I was going to San Francisco. I packed a bag, put it in my car, and went to SFO. This is how I always go to SFO.
I flew Delta. They were great. We left on time and arrived early. I was sitting next to a man who traveled often enough to have upgraded his seat, but not so often that he knew what the light switches in first class were for. He tried them all but failed consistently to turn on the light above his seat.
The flight lasted two hours and forty-five minutes, which is long enough for me to watch two episodes of Arrested Development on my laptop and have time for a nap before we land.