Gap Year Packing: 5 essentials for your cabin bag
A gap year (or two) is one of the best life experiences that you can have. It takes you out of your comfort zone and allows you to explore a new place. For those just starting out in life it is a great way to set the course for your life and help you evaluate what you really want to do. For those taking a mid career / mid life gap year, it's a chance to reevaluate, redirect and rediscover who you really are and set your life on course to where you really want to be.
Unlike a vacation, a gap year is a year or more long, so all of the things that might seem 'essential' on a short break may just not fit into the amount of luggage you're allowed on the plane. A gap year is also about new experiences and not 'stuff' so even if you've got access to taking extra luggage, it's just more for you to carry around and worry about whilst you're away.
Gap year packing requires you to cater for a range of seasons, size and weight restrictions and most of all use. Those items that have more than one function are like packing gold. When it comes to Gap year packing, you also want to look for quality items that you're not going to have to replace whilst you're away. You want bang for your buck and you want it to make your life that little bit easier whilst you're travelling abroad.
These are our Top 5 must haves for your carry on bag. You'll love them for long haul, short haul and even road trip travel!