Alright, so by now it’s pretty clear that I’m leaving for practically an indefinite amount of time. However, whether you plan to be gone six years or six months, you’ll probably end up packing the same amount of stuff.
Because it’s impossible to actually pack for 6 years. Even if you had 10 suitcases you wouldn’t be able to fit 6 years worth of clothes, toiletries, shoes, accessories, etc.
No, instead when you’re packing for a long trip, all you really want to do is pack a week’s worth of stuff (with the exception of, for example, medicine and contacts). Enough clothes for a week. Enough toiletries to get you through a week. And I would argue no more than 2-3 pairs of shoes.
That being said, it’s difficult not to overpack…. even I’m guilty of it (as you’re about to see). But I managed to fit everything into my carry-on, and I’ll probably get rid of things as I travel depending on how often/if ever I use them.
Here’s what I’m packing for a 6-year trip:
*I personally recommend Suavs shoes, they’re light-weight, breathable and extremely comfortable.
So that’s everything I’m packing in my carry-on duffel bag (and yes it all fits in one carry-on).
Here’s what I’m packing electronics-wise in my personal item (aka backpack):
So this is just to give you guys an idea of what I packed for my trip (and I’ll keep you updated with what I add/get rid of as I travel). I’ll be writing a separate post with my tips for packing light and making sure you don’t forget anything!