4 Tips on Gap Year Travel Packing
Taking a year off your studies is a great way to learn more about yourself and the world, as well as get ready for adult life. However, considering the fact that most people go backpacking and need to be careful about their luggage, the issue of gathering you luggage correctly is a pertinent one. Here are a couple of traveling tips that will help you travel safely and without sore limbs and aching back.
1. Buy a good backpack
Buy a high quality backpack before taking a gap year. It does not have to be expensive, though good active wear brands usually would have something for you if you hate choosing. Otherwise, there are several ways to distinguish a good bag from a so-so one. First, make sure that it has wide straps. Your shoulders will thank you after a long day walking. Second, look for something made from a light material. You don’t want any added weight. Finally, pockets are always a plus. Try to avoid buying directly from the internet, as the fit is as important as when you are buying clothes.
2. Holidays vs Traveling
Don’t mix up traveling and holidays. On holidays, you are going to the country to relax and luxuriate. Thus, you can take high heels, pretty dresses to drink cocktails in, jewelry, and so on. Traveling is a bit different. First, you’ll have to drag all you possessions on your back, so question the usefulness of anything you might want to purchase. Second, not all areas, which you’ll visit, are completely safe, so avoid taking expensive items, like laptops and high-end phones. If you want, take a cheaper equivalent that you won’t miss too much if it’s stolen.
3. Travel Essentials
There is a number of things that you should definitely take with you. First, make sure that all your documents are in order, including the financial ones. Everything from a passport to flight tickets should be packed well, organized, and easy to find in your bag. If you are traveling in summer, don’t forget about the protection from the sun. You don’t want to turn into a crispy treat by the end of your journey or faint in a public place. And don’t forget hygiene items! Not all countries will have your favorite brand of toothpaste.
4. Some Packing Tricks
When everything is gathered, all you need to do is pack it into your bag. Roll all your clothes. That will prevent creasing and will save space. Wear or strap what you can. And make sure that everything is even, so you won’t be off-balance when you walk.
Use these tips for safe and fun gap year travel!