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!
So you're moving abroad for a year..or maybe more. There's nothing quite like the anticipation of a big trip and this is certainly BIG! Moving overseas is an exciting adventure, filled with the opportunity to explore places, meet new people and have unique experiences that you just can't have at home.
Whether you're travelling with a group, a friend or going solo, there's one thing that is for sure. No matter how much fun you're having, you're going to hit some walls. Whether it's not being able to find your way around, missing foods from home or red tape dilemmas. You could even be hitting some road blocks before you leave just deciding what to pack... I mean how do you fit a whole life into a suitcase? And, how can you possibly predict what may be an essential item compared to a nice to have or even I'll never use it kind of thing?
Well, we were definitely guilty of packing quite a few 'never take it out of the case' items. Luckily, we had family and friends who could ferry things back to Australia from the UK for us and bring us over a few items that we wished that we had packed. Postage is super expensive, so its best to get it right before you leave. So, after learning the hard way, we've got you covered with our top 5 essentials that you MUST include when packing to move abroad.