Packing like a pro

How we travel around the world with just a backpack keeps on surprising the world. The fact is that you do not need much to travel around and to be very honest bags are heavy and annoying to bring along.

In this blog I explain what you definitely need to bring and what you can leave at home.

The Essentials:

  • Passport
  • Travel itinerary
  • Tickets
  • Hotel confirmation
  • Wallet
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Pen and paper

Electronics and entertainment

  • Phone
  • Books and magazines
  • Headphones
  • Back-up battery
  • Chargers

Comfort items

  • Sunglasses
  • Scarf
  • Neck pillow
  • Woolen socks


  • Aspirin
  • Band-aids
  • Kleenex
  • Vitamins
  • Prescription medication


  • Underwear
  • Bras
  • Swimwear
  • Socks
  • PJ’s
  • Tops
  • Bottoms
  • Jumper
  • Dresses
  • Shoes

Personal items

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hairbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Night serum
  • Razor
  • Make-up
  • Hair ties
  • Suncream
  • Tampons


  • Gums
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle
Note to self: If you want to bring your riding gear, you just have space left for your swimsuit.

Important lessons

  • Please check the visa requirements and always make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months on your return. We learnt this the hard way on our first trip to Bali.
  • Pack your essentials, medication, phone, chargers, swimwear and clothing for the first day in your handbagage. From experience I can tell you that it is awful to travel with children to a sunny destination without swimwear because the airline lost your luggage.
  • Always wear your comfort clothes when travelling and bring warm socks along.
  • Check the electricity standards and bring international adapters along.

And only bring the things you really need as you are the one to carry the bags!