Short Answer to the packing dilemma…

Credit Card and Passports! 

Slightly Longer Answer – This is really what you need to pack

When I packed our bags to leave in April, I honestly had no idea what we would need or where we would end up! This created somewhat of a dilemma.  But as my husband said as long as we have the cash and the passports we can sort the rest out along the way!  Ok, good plan.  So listening to my husband (hahaha), I sent two boxes of ‘stuff’ that I though we would really need at some point, and it went to my sister in the UK.  Well, she opened them for me while we were in Serbia and I could hear her laughing.  12 dresses, lego, a stuffed toy… Not quite sure what I was thinking… 6 months in and I had missed – absolutely nothing!  Neither had the kids.  Stuff – you just don’t need it.  Those boxes will now, in all probability, sit in my sisters storage space…

Fundamentally we just need to meet our basic needs – thanks Maslow.  The only extra we need is WIFI!

The rest is just fluff !

We travelled with 2 suitcases (1 x 75cm Samsonite and 1 x 45cm Samsonite), a small daypack and my husband has a brown leather carry on bag that he insists on dragging about.  I don’t think it’s practical but I am not about to argue with a man who has visited 70 countries with it! (I still do though!)

So read on to see what you really need to pack when travelling the world or taking an extended holiday.

Medical Stuff…

Of course this varies but this is the list that can stand the test of time!

  1. Bandaids – Bandaids can heal everything! From a teensy scratch to a broken limb (almost)
  2. Anaesthetic/Antiseptic Itch Eze Cream.
  3. Bepanthen
  4. Ear Thermometer
  5. Panadol/Ibruprofen
  6. Hydralite/Gastrolite – oral rehydration tablets
  7. Charcoal Tablets – helps to ‘block the pipes’ when you have diarrhea
  8. Water purifier drops
  9. Antihistamines

We also have asthma puffers or Ventolin/Asthmol.. my first aid course recommended having an asthma puffer in every medical kit as it can be used when breathing is difficult in many cases and it has no side effects.


So I was sure that we had taken a lot of electronics before we left, but in reality it is not that much… is it??

  • Two Macs – Air and Pro.  I love my MacBook Air.  The more we travel the more I have come to love this laptop.   I barely used it at home. Now I can’t imagine my empire without it!
  • Panasonic Tough Lumix DMC-FT6 (Love this camera)
  • 2 Travel Chargers
  • 1 TB WD External Hard drive to back up documents and photos

  • Apple iPhone 6 – ruined.  I have a dreadful habit of dropping this phone so much
  • Samsung Galaxy
  • We have bought the kids a laptop/tablet each.  They needed them for school in Serbia.  But honestly they are useless and I regret buying them.  They broke after a week and have now been back at the shop for 2 weeks being repaired…


Well this is a cause of great debate in our household! With a husband that has been to 70 countries, I though he would know what to pack, but he actually packed more than the kids and I combined!


  • One pair of jeans
  • A 10 year old black Dickies puffer vest.  (This is a favourite and just can’t imagine being without it!)
  • Sandals
  • A pair of black Merrel shoes
  • One pair of shorts
  • Lots of T-shirts, one long sleeve
  • A summer dress
  • A pair of swimmers (togs, bathers). Replaced along the way.
  • socks and knickers


  • 2 pairs of long pants
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 Jumper
  • lots of knickers and socks each
  • 1 dress
  • swimmers
  • We bought two rain/windproof jackets from uniqlo when we got to Japan.  They were half the price!


  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 4 pairs of shorts
  • 4 shirts
  • 2 pairs of shoes
  • swimmers
  • goggles

Extra Things we have bought along the way

So we have seen all seasons and we are only 7 months in.  We have had to pick up some extras for a winter in Serbia.  Luckily there are plenty of secondhand stores here and it has been very easy to pick up what we have needed – jackets and boots.  There are also a lot of little markets with people selling secondhand clothes so it is easy and cheap to find what we need.  The only other things are gloves, scarves, beanies and thermals.  I swear by New Zealand merino wool Icebreaker.  These thermals are so much better than any others we have tried!


I am passionate about reading! I knew we couldn’t take too many books (though I still managed to pick up a few along the way!), so we found Audible from Amazon.  I pay $14/month and download an audio book every month, as well as being able to pickup fantastic deals along the way.  As we have driven around Europe most of the time it has been invaluable.  I would also look for libraries where ever we have been able to borrow books and read with the kids.  We found the Serbian English Library particularly helpful.

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