A Girl’s Guide to Packing for Long-Term Travel

May 27

Look who’s going on a long excursion! If you have long-term travel plans and you’re wondering where to start when it comes to packing, you have come to the right place! Packing for long-term travel is so different from how you would pack or even go about planning a weekend getaway, which is why we have included our best advice on how to strategically and smartly pack for this endeavor. Below are some of our long-term travel packing tips that you can apply to your methods—whether you have a lot or just a few bags to work with, you’ll never want to forget your favorite travel or vacation outfits. Let’s get to packing!

Research the Area You’re Traveling To

What does researching the area you’re traveling to have to do with packing? Depending on where you’re going, quite a bit, actually. You may be traveling to a different climate than you’re used to or an area that has unpredictable weather, which means you need to pack clothing that can prepare you for whatever Mother Nature wants to throw at you. If you’re traveling to a new country, there may be unspoken or known rules for how you should dress. It will be important for you to feel confident that you have clothes that can get you through any situation rather than arriving at your destination feeling like you aren’t prepared.

Take Inventory of the Clothes You Wear Most

Whether you are packing for a long tropical vacation and you want to make sure you pack enough cute sandals, or you’re planning to move to a new place and you can only take the clothing that’s most practical, you’ll need to determine which clothes and accessories you wear the most. While packing, only take the clothing with you that you know is tried and true. If you are thinking about packing a dress you have never worn, but think you’re going to wear, leave it! We want to maximize the space you have in your luggage for only the most practical clothing options.

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You Need These Staples in Your Luggage

If you’re headed somewhere tropical where shoes and shirts are optional, you will definitely want to pack some of your favorite plus size bathing suits that you feel incredible and confident in. Depending on your destination, you may need to pack a few of the same items to make sure your wardrobe is diverse. For example, when it comes to swimsuits, you may want to pack one that’s great for activities like waterfall hiking or volleyball, as well as one that is cute and fun for a special occasion. As a general rule, we advise packing three of each basic—jeans, leggings, t-shirts, practical shoes, etc. This will ensure that you have enough clothing to get you through your trip.

Pack Some Fun Items, Too

While you should be practical in your packing approach when it comes to clothing, there may be some room for a few special pieces that you can have fun in. Don’t forget to include beautiful plus size dresses in your suitcase for special occasions or for the days where you need a confidence boost—traveling can be a self-esteem challenger!

Try a Space-Saving Packing Hack

There are all kinds of space-saving packing hacks, but one way we love to save space is by rolling our clothes into tiny bundles and stacking them neatly into the suitcase. If you need extra storage once you have arrived at your destination, you can also vacuum seal your clothing in your suitcase. That way, you have an option to store things when you’re abroad. All of these techniques will help you fit as much into your bag as you can so that you leave nothing behind.

Don’t Forget Important Documents

If you’re traveling abroad or you know you will need important documents while you are away on long-term travel, make sure to pack these documents in your suitcase or in a carry-on. You can store these documents in a folder or binder for safekeeping.

Ditch the Toiletries

If you will be gone for a while, there may not be a point in bringing travel-size toiletries unless they are needed while you are enroute to your destination or you are going somewhere that will not have these toiletries readily available. By leaving toiletries out of your luggage and waiting until you arrive at your destination to buy full-size products, you could save a lot of space in your luggage, while also mitigating any kind of spill that could happen.

Pack a Separate Backpack

Traveling long-term means your luggage will probably be very heavy and very large, which is why it’s great to pack a carry-on or backpack that includes all of the essential things you need on hand while traveling. You will definitely want to check your heavy luggage so that you can travel without having to worry about a giant suitcase. In this backpack, you should include things like a portable phone battery, important documents, and a few snacks to hold you over.

Keep Luggage Weight in Mind

Most airlines and even some trains have luggage size and weight restrictions. As you’re packing, you will want to make sure that you know how much you can pack. If you’re worried about your bag’s weight, you can try weighing it before you get to the airport or save some room in your carry-on to evenly distribute the weight. There could be extra fees associated with luggage that is oversized and overweight, so be mindful of that as you pack.

You’re all set to embark on your long-term travels! If you feel like you’re missing something, don’t worry! You’re not. This packing guide should have helped you cover all the bases. Now all there is left to do is have fun and enjoy the adventure.

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