Packing and Planning For Long Term Family TravelPosted on Dec 15, 2011 | 19 comments
I don't like moving.
Correction! I don't like moving stuff. I don't pack well. I'm lazy. Just throw it in the truck and get me going - that's my motto. After all, I'm not moving for my stuff, I'm moving for me. Time is just too precious a commodity to spend packing and folding and organizing.
But as I look down the long term travel road with my family, I steadily realize that we will have a lot less space and a lot less money, so I guess I better learn to choose my possessions wisely and do a much better job taking care of them.
The packing list for a long-term traveling family is a big deal. You can't take too much, so you really have to weigh your options. And even though we aren't traveling til next year, I figure it's best to start a list of essential travel items now so we make sure we have everything. It's not like we're going to turn the car around in Mexico if we forget something. Better get it right now.
We are creating our RTW packing list here and will be adding to it over the course of this year. Eventually we will have a complete list, with links to each and every item we are using to travel. And we are very open to any and all suggestions!
So far we have very few things on our list. We have decided, given the young ages of our kids, we are going to go with the Kindle Fire over the IPad basically because it is sooo much more affordable ($400 cheaper). We use our Macbooks for work and Skype and such, so a tablet we really just use for books, apps, movies and such. It's not an IPad, but it gets the job done, and if it breaks, which it most likely will, it's not as great a loss.
Does a traveling family need a tablet?
I think today you do. I'm not a big tech guy, but if you're traveling with kids and can have 500 things in one space, why not? When the Jetson's would push a button and have the contents of their living room squeezed into a convenient, little traveling case, you thought it was cool and handy right? Same thing applies today. The tablet is compact storage, and every traveler needs that.
And of course there is our tent, which we have yet to buy, but will do so soon nonetheless. This will most likely be the Hilleberg Keron 4 which was recommended to us by our friends at the Edventure Project. So lightweight, packable, and durable, it makes so much sense.
We have other things, like our travel toiletry bags, socks and boring stuff like that, but honestly we have just started planning.
We could use your help. Thoughts? Ideas? Recommendations? What does a traveling family bring as they travel the world?
I have included some really helpful links below that have given us some great ideas and advice, but we can always use more help.
Thanks for following along, and make sure you come back and check in on our progress in our quest to travel forever. We promise we’ll put everything we’ve got on the table for you.
All The Best With Your Adventures!