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Packing for your faraway adventures can seem daunting at first, but it doesn’t have to be a source of stress. With proper planning and organization, you can make the process smooth. And it gets easier with a little practice. Start by creating a packing checklist to ensure you have all the essentials, and consider the climate and activities at your destination. Opt for versatile clothing pieces that can be mixed and matched, saving space in your luggage. Using storage vacuum bags or packing cubes can maximize space and help keep your belongings organized. Check out my list of essential items and recommendations below for packing inspiration.

Packing Checklist

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Essential Items

Travel Backpack

When I travel, I prefer to carry just one bag—a large, durable backpack. When it comes to choosing a backpack, I prioritize certain features. Firstly, I look for an extra-large main compartment that can easily accommodate space saver bags and packing cubes, allowing me to optimize the available space. I also prefer having a couple of smaller pockets that are conveniently accessible. These pockets come in handy for storing items I frequently need during transportation, such as my passport or charger. 


A daypack allows you to keep your valuable items secure and with you while you traverse your new destination. I personally rely on the lightweight Gonex Daypack, which has been with me on adventures in 10+ countries. You can actually spot it in the picture of me in Spain at the top of this page. The functional design features three zippered compartments (one inside), and two mesh pockets on the sides for water bottles. Additionally, it conveniently collapses into a compact size when not in use. I love this thing. 10/10 

Toiletry Bag

This is also another essential item that has traveled with me across the globe and back, multiple times. Many pockets to hold all my stuff. A large main pocket for the odd-sized stuff. But the best part, it comes with a hanging hook. I like to use a strong suction cup to attach my bag to the mirror in the bathroom of my accommodation. It saves me valuable counter space. 

Spacesaver Vacuum Storage Bags

Magical? Is this magic? OK, so these bags do not magically make your bag feel any lighter, but do help a ton with maximizing available space. I’d consider this a necessity for single backpackers like me. I recommend the small size if you pack light. I have the 4-pack: I take 2 and my brother takes the remaining 2. And don’t forget to pack the included pump, which is incredibly lightweight and compact. 

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