Choosing what to take on your gap year is never easy, and often travellers end up taking too much and lugging round half their lives on their backs! In order to streamline your packing, we have come up with a basic travel checklist so you can fit all your travel essentials into a single backpack and make travelling a little easier. For further advice on packing and what to take check out our Get your kit page.
Don't forget to take any of these essential travel documents:
The most essential part of any kit, gap travellers need to get the right luggage so you can travel light. We recommend you will need:
You need to look after your health while you are away, and make sure that you have access to any medications that you might need while travelling. Our suggested health checklist includes the following essential items:
It's best to take only the bare minimum of versatile clothing, so you aren't carrying too much with you in your backpack. Remember, you can always buy more items of clothing as you go, or swap items with fellow travellers - it's all part of the fun of gap travel! Here are a few essential clothes items to take with you:
Safety is a top priority abroad, and we suggest you take these items to stay safe on your gap year:
A few basic toiletries will come in handy, especially as you may not be able to get hold of your favourite toiletry brands or items while travelling:
Female travellers might need to consider taking a few extra items in their luggage, such as:
Here's a rundown of some other useful items to consider packing before you set off on your gap travels:
Why not print off this checklist and keep it by your luggage, so you can make sure you haven't missed out on any essential travel kit items?