Travelling around the world while being student, or after you finished your university is one of the best things you can do according to many travel specialists. A good, long travel can give you that extra boost you need in terms of culture, independence and strength.
When travelling, most probably you will have in your pack the usual stuff – vouchers, camera, passport, toiletries (only what’s needed), underwear, clothes, shoes, money, first aid kit, and so on. A good idea is to get some maps with you. Let’sGo have a must have brilliant app you can use for that, but you can use any app or map you like better.
However, if you are planning to travel for long periods of time, you should have a different approach to packing – you need items which are brilliant multi-taskers, are light, and are long-lasting and hard-wearing. There are also numerous items which you might never think to bring but, once you do, you’ll wonder why you’ve never thought of packing them before. Behold, the travel travel checklist for savvy travelers:
Postcard and photos from home – Carrying around a postcard of your home town or city, plus a few photos of your family and where you live, will not only remind you of home but are a great tool when meeting new people. Being able to show new friends from around the globe where you come from when describing it to them is a brilliant ice-breaker.
Quick-drying travel underwear – Items of clothing which you wear daily need to be made from quick-dry fabric as you will be washing them constantly. Those made from breathable fibres will also keep you comfortable in hot weather. Women should consider packing sports bras for the same reason – they dry quickly, are breathable. They’re incredibly practical.
Antibacterial liquid soap – Even if you are not planning to, you will get dirty. Fact. When travelling, you never know when you’ll have access to soap so it’s a good idea to carry your own supply around. You’ll feel cleaner and might just ward off nasty bugs. It also doubles as a great agent to clean your hiking sandals!
Dental floss – This may not sound like a particularly savvy item but dental floss can be used for so much more than just keeping your teeth clean and healthy. You can sew with it (great for patching up holes in your clothing, re-attaching buttons or repairing torn seams in a tent), hang wet clothes from it, use it as an emergency shoelace, cut food into thin slices, tie your hair back… you see where I’m going. You can get creative with it in certain situations!
Rubber doorstop – This item should not be left home. One of the stranger items on the list but wedge one under the door of your room and no-one will be able to get in unless they break the door down. A great way to maximise your safety wherever you rest your head.
Olive oil soap – Rich in vitamins and essential fatty acids, olive oil is fabulous stuff and olive oil soap is a brilliant multipurpose product – use it to wash your face, body, hair, and even your clothes.
Hopefully this list has given you ideas on how to pack as a savvy traveler.