Shopping for a Year Abroad

This weekend, me & my mum went to Cheshire Oaks to start shopping for my year in Australia. It seems as though for Christmas this year, all my presents will be for travelling (not that I mind as it is one less load to save for!) and I had to make a list of what I needed before we went.

But what to pack?! I needed to write a packing list.

The longest I have been away from home for is 17 days when we went to Thailand this year & I have the tendency to over-pack to give me more options once I’m there.

I am by no stretch of the imagination considered fashion-conscious though so I figured clothes-wise I’ll be fine, but what size backpack should I go for? What essentials do I need? What type of thing am I likely to forget that will be useful?

I am not the most organised person in the world in my general life but I know that to not get completely overwhelmed by the concept of packing for a YEAR and resigning myself to one proper bag & a smaller one, I needed to become more savvy.

Cheshire Oaks was so busy as it is the lead up to Christmas now but we started in the mountaineering shop.

There, we bought a sleeping bag liner, microfibre towel, folding toothbrushes (I know, who even knew they existed!), waterproof pouch for beach days & some clips as pictured below.

I also already have a travel backpack, eye mask,ear plugs & flight socks!

It’s so much more convenient to shop online though so on Monday, that was my task. To work through the rest of the list & order it.

So, on amazon, I found a 90 Piece First Aid Kit that is small enough to be handy, a Worldwide Plug Adaptor that fits together to save space, a Solar USB Charger (which I can charge when I’m out & about instead of fighting over a plug socket in a hostel), a Clip on Torch, a camera similar to a GoPro without the price tag (ieGeek 1080p 2.0 WiFi camera) and some knee supports which might sound random for a 22 year old but I will need them on days we do a lot of walking which when abroad is pretty much every day! I was also after a Black Baseball Cap that will hold it’s shape & didn’t have strange patterns or designs on.

Of course, I couldn’t go travelling without a steady stream of books available to me. On a standard 2 week holiday I tend to take around 20 books with me (and read all/most) but I knew that that would be impractical so I had to buy an Amazon Kindle! I chose the Kindle Paperwhite.

I’m so fussy when it comes to smaller backpacks to use as hand luggage & a day bag so if you have any tips on where to find them please comment! UPDATE: I found one, it is the Lowe Alpine Adventurer 20 Backpack and it has separate compartments & i adore it! It is lightweight & sturdy.

So slowly but surely, I am getting there! I’ll keep you updated!


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