Forty plus things you shouldn't leave at home for long term travel

  Nov 23, 2016   Edmond


  • 1-shameless promotional materials, business cards stickers etc
  • 2-all your good luck totems, mine include a witch doctors potion, a blood soaked silver coin rubbed in the dirt of Delphi, and rinsed in the waters of the spring near by, a drachma with Alexander on it, a heads I win tails you lose coin, a 3 peso che bill from cuba, a sailor jerry lighter given that was my first tip at work, a button, an eye of saint lucy from Corsica, s stone scarab from Egypt, rivits from the only pair of jeans I wore on my first journey, a piece of a meteor from someone I hold dear to my heart, an olive pit from Athens, a purple plastic skull Halloween ring and an Abelor scotch dram cover from Scotland.
  • 3-Compass
  • 4-A sarong, which comes in handy for the ladies, and more often for me.
  • 5-Sharpie pens
  • 6-Bandages and a small first aid kit, along with one of the most important things to travel with, hydrogen peroxide.
  • 7-Disposable toothbrushes and hair bands for the ladies, they’ll love you for it having them after a night over
  • 8-Plastics glue
  • 9-Assorted lengths of “things” I always carry 20 feet of rope, a portable clothes line, a bungee cord, a small length of Para cord, a leather shoelace,
  • 10-Fischer space pen refill and a variety of mechanical pencils and as many pens zyou can jam in the tiny spaces left in your luggage. Assorted ways to make fire, including matches and a windproof lighter, branded lighters can also make for great trade at times.
  • 11-A laminated 11x17 inch world map. They don’t make laminated sheets that big, so I purchased 3m home laminate sheets and carefully applied them to avoid bubbles, don’t forget the string that can come in handy in some odd instance.
  • 12-Ziplock many, in assorted sizes, they are especially great for keeping your wet sneakers separate from your dress clothes.
  • 14-A sketchbook, mostly for paper, it amazes me how often I need simple paper and cant find it.
  • 15-3m Post-It notes
  • 16-at least a Terabyte of external hard drive storage, and don’t skimp on quality or case, youre gonna put it through hell. Also, a flash drive, the largest they make that you can afford, again, great for trading among locals and fellow travelers.
  • 17-A portable speaker that is beach-proof, or cheap or close enough to it that you don’t care.
  • 18- A beach tote.
  • 19-A few high quality handkerchiefs.
  • 20-Super Mosquito spray, Zika and Malaria “proof.”
  • 21-Maui Babe “burn to brown” after sun lotion, its Maui miracle gel.
  • 22-A Mechanical luggage scale, don’t waste your time with the digital ones, youll just have to return to buy the mechanical one anyway.
  • 23-Vitamin C, I like “Emergen-C” its easy to pack and I mix it with my redbull.
  • 24-A pencil wrapped in duct tape
  • 25-Wet wipes/baby wipes, great for cleaning up after sex and that shower you need so badly after 20 hours on a bus in Thailand
  • 26-Electrical tape and Gorrilla duct tape
  • 28-Headlamp, waterproof, with red light options are the best
  • 29-Sewing kit and screw driver kit
  • 30-Used, bought at the thrift store iphone chargers, they get stolen by your friends more than anything else on the road or otherwise.
  • 32-Deck of cards for poker and dice for those times when you gotta gamble your way out of a bad situation
  • 33-Carmex, earplugs, and motion sick oil
  • 34-Travelalo refillable cologne, fill it with whatever giant bottle you have already
  • 35-Aleve liquid gels and generic Tylenol PM
  • 36-Nike lightweight sneakers, their new flyknits are easy to pack since the heel doesn’t have much structure to it, and theyre comfortable walking down cobbled streets to running up river beds
  • 37-Medical bandage, other than obvious uses, wrap that shit around youre head and youll tend to get way better treatment at the airport
  • 38-Leatherman tool, Ive gone with the Bear Grylls Gerber, its cheap, and holds together and the pliers come in handy. Never leave home without your Swiss Army knife, Ive had the classic since the early 90’s. leave everything on this list at home, but never never forget your swiss army knife. Its saved my life at least twice.
  • 39-High tensile thread. You gotta fix shit on the road, cant just toss it and buy a new one like a cunt. Fix it.
  • 40-Lastly, zipties of varying lengths. Youll find usage for them nearly every day.