Going on a long trip, you might be tempted to bring a load of stuff, but as someone who once lugged an overstuffed rucksack – which contained a mini boombox among other things – around Europe for a month and a half, trust me, it ain’t worth it!
Make sure your packing is all killer, no filler. Carrying around wardrobe dead weight is going to get really tiresome after week four so forget anything that you don’t wear but you’re sure will look so great on a beach in Goa, road trippin’ in the Ladakh, or sightseeing in Europe.
If you’re going away for an extended period of time, you’re either going to have access to laundry facilities or be slumming it gap yah style, so you’re really just going to want to bring a week’s worth of basics and socks. Lots of socks.
It’s all about weather-appropriate trousers, aka jeans, unless you’re heading somewhere really hot – some shorts and enough T-shirts to last 10 days. Flannel shirts don’t crease, and gingham is a great casual/formal go-anywhere piece. Everything top has to go with every bottom so a neutral palette with a few polo T-shirts is a good idea. Bring two pairs of shoes, stuffed with socks as well as some flip flops if you’re going to be frequenting gross showers.
You can easily wash your smalls (socks and underwear) in hotel sinks to keep you going for emergencies. Sports socks are a great choice just because they’re so mini.
Take an old-school neoprene sleeve to keep all your tech bits in one place: a compact camera, travel adaptors, chargers, a portable speaker. Buying a portable charger for your electronics is a good idea. Don’t bother bringing a laptop, if you must, take an iPad with a bluetooth keyboard.
Traveller’s essentials like a microfibre towel, insect repellent, and a compass are all important for long-haul travel. A packable tote (the grey rectangle, above) is great to use as an overflow bag for souvenirs, novel food items, or those awesome hippy trousers you’ll never wear back home.