Are you planning to head off on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to explore bucket-list destinations? Are you keen to immerse yourself in new cultures, see incredible landscapes, and experience thrilling adventures?
Then you’re likely feeling super excited about your upcoming journey. While preparing for your travels is fun, it can also be daunting trying to think of everything you need to take with you.
That’s why I’ve put together these top tips on how to pack successfully for your adventure.
How to pack: Consider the weather
The first step of successful packing is planning for the weather in your chosen destination.
Think about the place(s) you’re heading and start creating a list of clothing and essentials you’ll need according to the climate. After all, what you’d wear for a snowy adventure in Iceland will vary greatly from backpacking across Thailand.
I recommend googling the typical weather conditions for the time of year you’re visiting. Remember to factor the seasons into your planning – as some countries vary greatly in temperature and rainfall at different times of the year.
If the climate is unpredictable, pack layers so that you have options if the weather changes. Some warm countries can be prone to the odd rain shower, so packing a lightweight foldable rain jacket is a great shout. You can store it neatly in your backpack and grab it if the heavens open while you’re exploring.
Travel essentials – Choose the right footwear
The right shoes can really make or break your experience – so wherever you’re heading, comfortable footwear is an absolute must. After all, it’s hard to have the time of your life if you’re struggling with sore feet and blisters!
It’s worth investing in comfy trainers for everyday wear during your travels. I recommend choosing a pair made of breathable material (particularly for hot countries!) with arch support, heel cushioning, and padding around the ankles.
If you’ll be hitting the beach regularly, consider packing some beach shoes. Slip-on styles are really useful on pebble beaches or rocky shorelines, where getting in and out of the sea can be tricky.
For those heading on a hiking adventure, a quality pair of walking boots is a must. They’ll offer your feet much-needed support and protection – so you can hit the trails in comfort!
Pack the essential equipment
Another important factor to consider is the equipment you’ll need…