How to travel light for a 6 month trip

After a just about successful journey to Thailand, things started well at Bangkok airport when my debit card was declined at the ATM. Luckily my STA cashcard worked ok, so extra thanks to my amazing housemate Becky for helping me retrieve that from the rubbish…

Turns out if you don’t let your bank know you’re travelling, they’ll more than likely block your card if they see ‘suspicious’ overseas usage. Another lesson learned for next time…

Anyway, one thing I think I have managed to do well for this trip is pack to travel light.

When I told people I was planning to travel with a 40 litre backpack that would be small enough to fit in hand luggage, I think pretty much everyone thought I was crazy.

Admittedly, looking at the amount I take for a two-night weekend break it would seem like I don’t really do travelling light, but I knew how annoyed I would get if I had to carry a massive heavy bag everywhere so I was determined to make it work.

This photo shows pretty much everything I have with me, and it all fits into the bag weighing in at around 7 kilos.

Rough breakdown of contents is:

1 pair of jeans
2 pairs of shorts
3 skirts
3 dresses
11 tshirts
1 hoodie
1 waterproof jacket
Enough underwear for about 10 days
2 bikinis
1 pair trainers
1 pair flip flops
1 pair sandals
Travel towel
Shampoo, conditioner and shower gel
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Hairbrush and hair ties
Basic make up kit
Malaria pills
Travel journal and pens
iPad and charger
Phone and charger
Travel adapters for global use
Important docs – passport, flight e-ticket, yellow fever vaccination record, travel insurance details
Credit card type Swiss Army knife
Debit card, cashcard, some foreign currency

I’m pretty sure that’s everything, and so far the only thing I think I haven’t got is a set of headphones, but I should be able to pick those up locally soon.

Although I can fit everything in the big begin decided it would be easier to check it in on the flight and just carry a small day bag, which at the minute has my journal, iPad and phone, passport, money and chargers.

Right now I’m feeling pretty smug about my packing, but be prepared for a post in the next week or so when I realise something hugely important I’ve completely forgotten…


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