A Flashpacker’s Packing Tips
When it comes to choosing a backpack, I would recommend considering whether you need to carry all your stuff on your back. Wheeling is so much more comfortable if your strength is not in your upper body. A hybrid backpack/suitcase is a great option. If you do go for a backpack, get one that opens down the side so that you don’t have to pull out everything you own to find your swimsuit at the bottom. Also make sure you get one that fits you properly – DON’T borrow your boyfriend’s! If you’re backpack doesn’t fit you correctly, everything will feel monumentally heavier/harder to carry because it won’t sit where it should. Do bring a small backpack that you can use for day trips/over night trips.
A sarong, a travel towel, or a Turkish towel are the way to go. In true flashpacker style, I like to have a travel towel AND a Turkish towel. Travel towels are tiny, highly absorbent, and won’t get mouldy when bunched up wet in your bag. Turkish towels are made of lovely linen and can also double as a scarf.
Gadgets and other essentials:
If you have an iPhone, download the Offmaps app. That way, when you’ve got an Internet connection you can download all the city maps you need so that you’ll have GPS navigation when you’re out roaming, without needing to be online.
Multi-country plug converters are obviously useful, memory sticks, reading lights for long bus journeys, eye mask and a solid pair of ear plugs are good to have no matter where you’re going.
Things I’ve regretted bringing:
Guidebooks are often pretty heavy. I usually take photos of the pages I want to reference and leave the book at home/in the shop/at the hostel.
If you’re going to a hot, humid climate, skip the hairdryer. But if you’re going somewhere slightly cold and windy and you have long hair like me, bring a travel sized one.
Too many shoes/boots. Out of all the pairs you bring, guaranteed you will just end up wearing the most comfortable pair again and again. Similarly, you probably won’t change your jewelry nearly as much as you think you will.
Travel Blogs I Like:
Travel Resources I Use:
Trip Advisor (mostly for vetting hotels and restaurants)
Lonely Planet (for the discussion forum)
Airbnb (cheaper than a hotel and with the comforts of home)
Escape Flight (beautiful website for weekend inspirations)