Notes from the Field: 10 Essentials to Pack for Your Trip Abroad
Our style columnist, Meredith of Cubicle Chic, just arrived in Uganda for a three-month internship, and will be reporting from the field every other Thursday! Read about how she got started on her adventure here.
I snapped this picture in the midst of my packing the Saturday I left for Uganda. To my relief, everything eventually fit (and just barely made it under the 50-pound per-bag limit).
But now that I am in-country and have the luxury of hindsight, there are a few things I would do differently. While there’s no magic formula for packing the perfect suitcase if you’re traveling to the developing world—especially since you will have different needs in different countries—there are some basic essentials that you’ll need in a large majority of locales. (Beware: don’t be fooled by the term “essentials”—you will ultimately need more than these 10 items.)
Of course, depending on where you go, there are other items you’ll want to bring, but keep in mind that many can be replenished once you’re at your destination. For example, you’ll want to carry around tissues since they aren’t guaranteed to be in public restrooms (or squatters, more likely), but these can always be purchased at the grocery store when you run out.
Up next: A day in the life of my adventures!
What have you found to be your essential items to pack in your travels? Share below!
Photo courtesy of Emma McCleary.
About The Author
Based in New York City and constantly dreaming of the rest of the world, Meredith manages her globetrotter's itch by exploring sustainable economic development in emerging markets through fashion. Previously a style blogger and currently a jack-of-all-trades for Musana Jewelry, Meredith's also got a love of statement jewelry and a weakness for a strong cup of Ugandan coffee. Keep up with her work on Twitter @musanajewelry or drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.