The Ultimate And Essential Packing List For Your Long-term Travels

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While getting ready to visit my 13th country this year, and with my past trips’ bags still semi-unpacked flooding my apartment flat, I thought it would be efficient to write down my packing list essentials for once and all down here. So I can come back every time I need to check if I am good to go and you can too!

Keep in mind I love to travel light, what means I pretty much always take my bag onboard and unless needed, I don’t check in any items which in the end saves a lot of time, money and hassle.

Every item with a * is not 100% essential and you will be able to leave it behind many times. Others, though, you won’t have an alternative option other than packing them with you (especially when rough weather conditions, camping trips, etc. are involved).

 

PACKING LIST ESSENTIALS

Luggage

  • CabinZero Cabin Sized Bag

After using the Military Black 44L for a few months, I have just upgraded to the Urban 42L. The latter includes everything that make CabinZero bags great ( Okoban built-in global luggage tracker, lockable zippers, 10+ years warranty, cabin sized, light weight, and cool design) adding an extra feature – Tarpaulin fabric – which makes it durable and waterproof.

  • Osprey Meridian Convertible Backpack 60L*

One of the sturdiest and sweetest packs I’ve come across to in my life is the convertible 60L Backpack (40L wheeled backpack with a retractable handle + 20L Removable Daypack)
During 3 years and a half, it came with me on board every plane I took. Even the low-cost ones! Removing its wheels (it takes about 1 min) made it approved to fly in the cabin. I just needed to remember to keep it around 10kg max. Last but not least, Osprey’s lifetime warranty makes it is also really eco-friendly. Love it!

  • Wheeled Bag Totto Ojival 67L*

Should I need to bring many things with me (which I try to avoid!), this other ultralight bag has performed pretty good too. As the other one, you’ll be able to read a proper review when the one year test ends.

  • Havana 41 Photography Backpack by Vanguard*

I’ve been trusting this bag for my camera and lenses since 2015. Love all the departments, the waterproof cover and the fact that everything photography fits inside but still, this Vanguard backpack looks like a regular size daypack.

 

Travel Documents and Money

  • Passport/s (there was a time when I had two!) with required visas up to date
  • Travel Insurance
  • International Driving License
  • Money. Cash and credit cards (at least two, one might not work!)
  • Pen and paper
  • Money belt * If traveling to a relatively unsafe country
  • Vaccinations certificates card*

 

Travel Clothing

Long-lasting,  basic, matching color clothes that are easy to wash and dry fast are advisable. Long-term traveling implies doing your laundry on the road. Given that fact and the nature of the place you are going, here are the bare minimum clothes you should take with you.

  • Hi-Tec raincoat
  • Warm long-sleeved jacket or fleece
  • 3 cotton T-shirts like this one I’ve tested last year
  • 1 nice top
  • 1 Kameleon Rose comfy, versatile and stylish dress
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of black leggings
  • 1 skirt/pair of shorts
  • 1 swimsuit. I always take my Indian face bikini with me!
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of tights
  • 3 or 4 pieces of underwear
  • MissTunica beach wear, sarong or tunic
  • Sneakers
  • Flip-flops*
  • Comfy and waterproof walking boots. We use Hi-Tec and Panama Jack.
  • Hiking sandals. Ours are Hi-Tec.
  • Flats*
  • Hat* or beanie*
  • Gloves*
  • Sunglasses*
  • Waterproof and/or snow clothing if needed*

 

Travel Gadgets

  • Smartphone. Since my Nokia Lumia 820 was stolen, I have been using a few different smart phones. These days, the Huawei Mate P10 that takes AWESOME pictures always comes with me.
  • Laptop. Since I started this blog, I used an Acer Aspire One 10′, a MacBook Air and nowadays I am working from a Lenovo Yoga 710.
  • DLSR. I am shooting with my trusty Panasonic Lumix G7, and a couple of great lenses: a 7-14 and a 14-140mm.
  • Small water-resistant camera. GoPro Hero3 silver edition.
  • Memory cards (lots), filters, chargers, lens hoods, cleaning wipes, spare batteries
  • Electrical adapters (I usually take two cheap ones with me, not a fan of the bulky universal adaptor)
  • Multiple socket (1 to 2)
  • Tablet *
  • X-shot extension pole*
  • Vanguard Veo 265CB carbon fiber travel tripod + TBH-50 ball head*
  • 2TB 3,5″ Seagate External Drive
  • John Travel and Vogart laptop and tablet cases.
  • Jord water resistant wood watch.
  • International SIM Card.

 

Personal Health and Hygiene

  • First Aid Kit
  • Medicines
  • Lip Balm
  • Insect repellent (less than 100ml)
  • Toiletries (less than 100ml)
  • Sun screen (less than 100ml)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Tiny scissors
  • Razors
  • Sanitary towels / tampons
  • Mini Towel
  • Comb
  • Hair dryer* / hair straightener*

Travel Accessories

  • Mini sewing kit
  • Eye mask
  • Earplugs
  • Tiny Headphones like these ones I bought at Tesco’s Stansted Airport last time I had a red-eye flight to kill some time watching movies)
  • Travel towel*
  • Swimming mask* and cap*
  • Light weight Sleeping bag*
  • Tent*. I’m in love with Quechua 2″ Air but it only works for a certain type of trip (basically nearby music festivals we get to with our own car or ground transportation since it’s bulky)
  • Flashlight*
  • Lighter*
  • Hammock*. We’ve also reviewed the Grand Trunk Double Hammock last year.
  • Gladiator Travel pillow*.

Are we missing something? Let us know in the comments below and safe travels!


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    • Inma

      🙂 Yes! Not the * items though but I’ve been extensively travelling just with hand luggage and it’s the best thing in the world! Sometimes at the door I believe they won’t let me in but it never happened yet. Fingers crossed!

  1. Heather

    Hi! Thank you for your article, very helpful. I’ve read numerous reviews including yours regarding the osprey rolling backpack and I am very excited. I also want to be able to take it as a carry-on on the European budget airlines (Ryanair, Aegean) so you just used a Allen screw for the wheels before getting to the airport and made sure you were within weight limits? I’m just trying to get all the tips I can to make it as a carry on. Thank you so much for your time!

    • Inma

      Exactly Heather! I carry that tiny Allen screw with me all the time in the same rolling backpack and have used it a few times. Most of the companies don’t bother checking all the measures so crazily like Ryanair so no point in removing the wheels in that case! Weight limits is more up to what you put inside. Those also may vary a lot. Lately I was forced to check in my bag because the weight limit was set to 5kg! But normally is around 10 so you should be ok there as well.

  2. Dymarie

    Thank you for the article! Did you ever post a review on the Osprey convertible bag? I would love to find out more on how that worked for you!


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