Packing your life up for a long trip is a challenge. Here are some of my favourite tips to keep yourself sane!
If you know your trip is going to consist of constantly moving around, travelling wherever you want and working minimally, then you’ll be looking at taking only the absolute essentials. You’ll need the type of luggage that you can easily carry around without breaking your back.
This is not the case for me.
I know where I’m going to live, what type of work I’ll be looking for and that I will be fairly stationary in my location. In this case, I have two large suitcases to be checked, plus a carry-on and my purse. I won’t be backpacking for two years, I’ll just be living and working like normal. And even when I do travel, I can use one of the suitcases I’ll bring with me.
The first step in packing is to determine what kind of trip you’re going to have. Once that’s sorted, you can get started!
Because I’m bringing so much with me, I upgraded my flight ticket to allow my checked bags to be heavier. Boots, jeans, sweaters, jackets and the like really start to add up. I also bought a lightweight suitcase so I can fill it up even more.
Now what? For me, I make lists.
I always have a general packing list but this time it’s been extended. Whatever I use in a normal week gets written down and added to the list. Whether it ends up fitting into my luggage is another story.
When packing, make sure to leave behind photocopies of all your important documents (passport, insurance, flight, health information, etc). This is super important if you’ll be travelling around a lot and have the possibility of losing these original documents (or the possibility of them getting stolen).
Some people swear by rolling clothes up into cylinders to save space. I couldn’t be bothered. Instead, I shoved everything I could into two giant suitcases and one small carry-on and hoped for the best. And by “giant suitcases,” I really mean I can easily fit into them.
It really starts to hit home what is important to you and what can be left behind. Do I really need all those dusty necklaces that are worn less than once a year? What about those dresses that I refuse to get rid of even though I never touch them? How can I leave behind the boxes and boxes of movie stubs?
At the end of the day, it’s all just stuff. Choose wisely.