10 STEPS TO PACKING FOR A LONG TRIP
To help simplify the packing process, we’ve created this 10 step packing guide for a long trip. Make this your first stop
when planning your next trip. And don’t forget to download your free packing checklist!
How do I Pack for an Extended Trip?
This is a common packing question and we can help you by breaking it down in the following steps. Follow these 10 steps to learn how!
Packing for a long trip is daunting but it’s not impossible. In fact, these packing tips can even help you travel carry-on only if that’s your goal. I do, and I’m a long term traveler, blogger, and digital nomad too!
The trick to packing for long periods of time is to pack one week’s work of clothing. Why? You’ll just do laundry once a week!
It’s true. No matter the length of your trip you can pack for one week and have everything you need.
To master the art of packing light, use this key concept to help you pack strategically, efficiently, and even stylishly: a capsule travel wardrobe. Take a look at TFG’s Signature Packing Lists for four unique travel wardrobe suggestions and if you need more help understanding how to mix and match, colors, styling, and essential clothing items, read Pack Light Stylishly which will introduce you to the basics.
If it’s your first time traveling or you have a particularly complicated itinerary, review this packing course which shows you specific techniques to plan an efficient and highly functional travel wardrobe for an extended trip.
I walk you through my personal step by step process as I prepare for my own long term travels!
Pack like a pro!
Still think you need to pack your entire closet? Take a look at how to create 3 weeks worth of travel outfits with less than 10 pieces of clothing. For more travel outfit ideas including what to wear on flights, visit TFG’s Pinterest Page.
For clothing guidelines for individual destinations, use one of these international packing lists. You may especially find these regional backpacking packing lists useful: Europe, Southeast Asia, South America, and Central America.
If you don’t see your destination listed, post a question on TFG’s Facebook Page.
Shoes are always a major challenge and long term travel makes it even more difficult! Start with the concepts presented in this post on the best travel shoes for long trips around the world.
Try your best not to overpack shoes. Choose versatile shoes for travel that match all your clothing and pack no more than 2-4 pairs. 3 is the magic number!
If you haven’t already purchased your luggage, take a look at the top recommendations for:
Read about how to choose luggage and the best travel backpack. Don’t forget your travel gadgets including international travel adapters! For long term trips, backpacks tend to be the popular option. Why? Because the chances are you’ll be traversing through lands far and wide. In fact, many time, the greatest destinations hardly have a path at all!
One of the most important aspects about packing efficiently is using travel organizers. Watch this packing video to learn how to use packing cubes to maximize space and ensure everything fits into one bag every time.
These are the top 12 reasons why I prefer packing cubes to other organizers.
Packing well depends on your research. Determine what activities you will do on your trip to help you pack only the clothing you will use.
Review this Round the World Packing List for an interchangeable travel wardrobe that will give you an idea about how to pack for diverse environments, countries, and climates.
This 10 step guide to packing for trips with different weather is also a must read!
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