Whether you’re going on a short weekend trip or a long-term stay somewhere, packing is an essential part of the travel planning process. It can really be mind-boggling figuring out what to pack, what to bring. Most of the time, you even tend to put it off until the last minute, only to realize while on the trip that you forgot something at home!
Feeling overwhelmed by the packing process? Have no fear! Popular travel blogger Griin Brockovich AKA Lasinggerang Travelista is here to help! In a viral post, the wanderlust-fueled travelogger (yes, we just made that up) compiled an ultimate packing checklist, that is perfect for a few months’ worth of travel (She’s currently away for an Asia backpacking trip where she’s planning to visit 14 countries).
"I used this packing list when I backpacked across 21 countries in Europe last year 2016," Griin shares. "Packing is one of the hardest things to do. Before I started travelling, I always wanted to wear something nice to feel good about myself. Habang tumatagal, I learned to be simple and practical. I realized that I don't need to bring so much clothes with me if pwede ko naman labhan or I could buy cheaper clothes while on the road."
She adds: "Just pack for three days even though you’ll be away for 3 months or more, and it doesn’t matter kung pa ulit-ulit ung damit mo as long as they are clean."
With this helpful list, packing will be a breeze! Now, you won’t have to worry about stuffing your luggage or spending tons on baggage fees.
"I decided to change my backpack to something smaller and I chose Osprey Farpoint 40L. Why? You can open this bag like a suitcase, saka since alam mo na limited lang yung space nya mapipigilan mo sarili mo bumili ng kung anu-ano sa daan or mag pack ng wala naman ka kwenta kwenta. I don’t use luggage with wheels since ang hassle nya kelangan buhatin mo pa pag may hagdanan."
2) Laundry bag
Pro-tip from the expert traveller: "Lagyan mo ng small bar soap inside the bag para di bumaho backpack mo."
3) First aid and sewing kit
"Always have paracetamol with you. You don’t wanna waste your whole day stuck inside your room because of a hangover. Don’t forget to bring anti-histamine tablets as well! You’ll never know what you’re allergic to out there." As for the sewing kit, "I’m telling you, you need this! Bakit bibili ng bago kung pwede naman tahiin pa?"
4) Portable battery pack
"This one is a must, especially kung smartphone gamit mo na sobrang bilis malowbat." She suggests to get one that is solar powered. "Tapat mo lang sa araw mag-chacharge by itself. Good for hiking!"
5) Water bottle
Ditch the disposable bottles, and invest on a water bottle. "Most airports provide drinking water after baggage check. Before leaving your hotel, go and refill your water bottle. Why pay for mineral water if the tap water is just fine?"
6) Mirror, shaver, and nail clippers
You have to bring these essentials because you wouldn’t want to borrow from strangers, right?
7) Earplugs, eyemask, and neck pillow
If you’re planning to stay in a hostel, earplugs and an eye mask are must-haves. "Meron kasing ibang guests na maingay gumalaw or maingay yung bunk beds, so these things will help you have a peaceful night." Meanwhile, for the neck pillow, it’s best to get a collapsible one. "Neck pillows like these are great for saving space. You just have to inflate it to the firmness you prefer and pack it in its flat state once you’ve reached your destination."
8) Passport and journal
"It’s best to have multiple photocopies of your passport or take a photo from your phone and send it to your own email. The journal is to keep track of your ideas, expenses, and memories, while on the road."
9) Snap hooks and padlocks
Instead of stashing your wet towel inside your bag, simply hook it onto your backpack and let it air dry. You can also hook your cap, shoes, water bottle, etc. Of course, don’t forget to bring a padlock. She suggests: "Bring one that has a keycode so you don’t have to worry about the key."
10) Gadgets (but don’t bring too much)
"Choose a lightweight laptop. It’s good to invest your money on a laptop that’s good for editing videos/photos. I also have a GoPro Hero4, which is super handy especially if you are alone. You can just mount it on a selfie stick so you don’t have to ask someone else to take picture of you."
11) Goggles and swimming cap
Instead of renting snorkelling gear, just bring your own.
12) World wide adaptor and chargers
This one universal adaptor can connect travellers to over 150 countries. Just push and hold the button and slide the required pins until it clicks into place.
13) Re-usable cutlery, cup, and snacks
Again, instead of buying disposable ones, it’s better to bring your own.
14) Ultra-light down jacket
"I got this as a present from my friend. Sometimes sa gabi malamig kahit na sa Asia ka. Space saver pa ito sa backpack mo. Same size lang ito ng Coke in can and napaka-lightweight."
15) Waterproof dry bag
A traveller must-have! This will protect your precious items from water, sand, and dirt.
16) Foldable bag
"I highly recommend this Vango Folding 15L Daypack. Dami ko na nasubukan na foldable bag pero eto yung the best so far. This bag is really helpful when you’re out and about during the day."
17) Packing cubes
"Packing cubes compress your clothing, shoes, electronics and anything else you want to store. Very organized and ideal for any hotel/hostel when shelf space is limited. They last longer and are better than using a plastic bag. Rolling is a great space-saving and wrinkle-reducing choice for clothing."
18) Toiletries bag with hook
"Get a toiletries bag with a hook, para you don’t end up leaving your stuff on the toilet floor tsaka take it easy lang sa mga liquids like shampoo."
19) Micro fiber towel
"Compact, lightweight, and super absorbent."
Don't underestimate your girlfriend's favorite beach accessory. "Use this as a travel blanket pag malamig sa plane, as a scarf, etc."
"It's nice to have your own speaker. Dami namin nahatak na new friends because of this," she shares. "But, it's all up to you if you going to bring it or just leave it to save some space and weight. If mawawala ka lang for 3 days okay lang dalhin but for long term I dont think you have to."
22) Compression sacks
"Compression sacks help you to organize your items inside a backpack. So you don’t have to empty your backpack at night and bring out everything to access something at the bottom."
23) Sunglasses and glasses
To protect your eyes from the sun, of course!
Now that you've gone through the list, here’s how you should pack those items:
Photos from Griin Brockovich