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Published on July 10th, 2012 | by Paz


Packing for a year abroad

Beginning to pack for a year abroad is not only mind boggling, but it is also confusing, frustrating, and drive you plain mad. Trust me once you are 6 months into it you start to get the hang of packing and unpacking as well as realizing what you actually need. We are now in our second year of traveling around and our packing time is now down to a few hours. The night before leaving Malaysia we were out drinking with friends at the beach.  

Packing for a year abroad eventually turns into another trip to the store. Don’t take my word for it. Here is a plethora of sites that talk about packing abroad and how to do it. From single travelers, couples, and families of 5!! Check out what they have to say. We have used some of their ideas and thought we would share what we have found!


Single Travelers

Women on the road

Otts World

Budget your trip

Karol Gajda (ultra light-freezing)

Couple Travelers

 Married with Luggage (Warren & Betsy)

Wordly Nomads (Barry & Laura)

Travel-Stained Life (Ben & Denaree)

Family Travelers

Discover Share Inspire (Family of  seven)

Our Travel Lifestyle (Family of four)

Man vs. Debt (one of the first families I came across when we were planning)

Bohemian Travelers (Family of five)


All of these travelers have different itineraries and are traveling different parts of the world but all sure full of adventure! A common theme that they all share though is that their “stuff” is much less important than what they are experiencing and the life that they are living. Packing for a year abroad can be very exhausting however know that once you get going it all goes just find.

You can always  have things shipped to you…even in China! There are 7 elevens through-out Thailand where you can replace your forgotten toothbrush, and in most countries even a Wal-mart!

Your kids will end up playing with sticks and rocks with the neighborhood children and could care less about what toy you forgot or the latest Nintendo DS game, and isn’t that the idea of this whole crazy adventure anyways!?

As we prepare for our next move it is easy to always get wrapped up in buying things to bring…but then I remember how I hate to carry so much weight and how it is more about experiencing life than having things. Hope these links help you to find other people to connect with and other packing tips.


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Paz is an avid adventurer in life and food. Traveling across the globe with her family they enjoy cultural immersion and checking out the local eateries.

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