首先,要理清思想 ------ 去一個兩個星期的旅行和一個一年或以上的旅行,要打包的東西大有不同。
總不能什麼都買吧? 只要想一想你日常在家中生活買多少雜物衣服,我們又為什麼不能有需要時買呢? 在當地買的衣服用品,往往更適合在當地使用吧。
Packing for a round the world trip is something to consider, but the most important decision is probably getting the right backpack.
First of all, you need to clear --- packing for a 2 weeks’ vacation is different from packing for a year long trip.
You should pack much less for a year long trip. Yes, it is less … because you are essentially living, not travelling. When you are living in a place, do you think you will be short of daily necessities? How can people there not wear cloths, not brush their teeth and not get sick?
“well, you cannot possibly buy everything?” Think about that, when you are home, you buy lots of stuff, cloths, groceries, why can’t we buy them when we live on a year long trip? I bet things that you buy locally will be suit local lives the best.
As such, this is the second level of “letting go”.
Also, things that you will not use at home, you probably will also not use them when you are travelling. I never wear hats, I have bought hats when I am on vacation, I end up not using them at all after the first time.
I read a lot of articles online on how to pack for a RTW trip. Some of them are like what you would have expected, but some are quite inspiring too. E.g. someone listed the top things that you should not bring. One of them is water bottle, you can just reuse any bottle from a bottled water.
One article discussed whether you should bring a suitcase (with wheels) or a backpack. It kind of concludes that you should really get a backpack with wheels because you end up don’t have to carry it and can use the wheels most of the times. We had some thoughts and decided that what should do is to buy a light handcart where we can put the backpack on. Backpacks with wheels are heavy and not flexible. If we find out later on that the wheels are not worth their weight, I can just give away the handcart without having to worry about the backpack.
So, we purchased the lightest version of handcart from Taobao and do a trial in our Yang Shuo trip. It turned out really well and this is how we are equipped for the trip now!