With my backpack purchase last week I’ve begun thinking about what else I will need to take with me to Europe. I gave plenty of research to my backpack and rightly so but the remaining items have been left by the way side.
Conscious of not wanting to pack like I did on my first overseas trip (not that my backpack will fit that much in it), I’ve started compiling a list of things to take.
Clothing is an obvious item but I’ve mainly been focusing on the other things I may require for now. What I mean by this is say you find yourself having to wash your clothes in the hostel sink only to find there is no plug, or your dorm room door doesn’t lock and your not to keen on the rowdy bunch of guys coming back late and dragging you out of your bed.
The following is my current list of items I am thinking of taking excluding clothing, it will come in a later post.
- Deuter Quantum 55L Backpack with attached 10L Daypack
- Messenger Bag
- Travel Towel
- Contact Lense Prescription & Additional Lenses
- Laundry Soap – Bar or Liquid?
- Nail Clippers
- Portable Clothes Line
- Pain Killers
- Multi Vitamins
- First Aid Kit
- Sink Plug
- Combination Padlocks
- Pocket Knife/Multi Tool
- Door Jam
- Torch – Head Torch?
- Duct Tape
- Clear Zip Lock Bags
- Hat – Hide my Bald Head
- Universal Power Adapter
- Panasonic Digital Camera with Additional Memory Cards
- Flip or Kodak Portable Video Camera – Need to Capture those first Vegemite moments
- iPod Nano
- External Hard Drive
- Money Belt
- Multiple Credit/ATM Cards
- Personal ID Card’s like Drivers Licence
- Multiple Passport Photos
- Copies of all Important Travel Documents – ie Passport
- Travel Guides
Now it’s rather easy for me to make a list without trying to fit it all in my backpack. After all when its written down on paper I can fold the list into my pocket and its nice and tiny. What I’d like is you great reader folk (I know your out there Google Analytics told me your visiting) to help me fill in the rest of the list.
Let me know if my contact lenses are not worth taking (I know you’d love to see me attempt Europe half blind just for a laugh) or if I should be adding something else to the list like an umbrella.
Once you’ve all had your say I’ll make up a final list and convert it to a downloadable pdf document so that others might benefit from it.
I’d also just like to say a quick thanks to the following people for posting some great articles and twitter responses that helped me start my list.
Runaway Jane’s Backpack Basics and What I Carry In Mine
Vagabond Roots Pre Trip Planning Tips for Backpacking Around The World
Michael from The Mobile Lawyer
Dustin from Skinny Backpacker
Erin from Kerala India Travel