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Pretravel planning: My homemade travelguide

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When I started to plan this trip, it was only just a dream. I had no money and I had no idea how long it would take me to save enough for this trip to become reality. But as I said, it was a dream, and therefore i started planning my trip, trying to create an intinerary so that I would able to find a budget that I could work my way towards when saving money.

While planning all of this, I have work out this travelportfolio.
It contains a variety of both traveldocuments, budgetplanning and papers listing different informations about the countries I will be visiting, and it has helped me a lot when planning my trip and I hope it will be just as helpful during my journey across the world.

My travelportfolio

My portfolio is divitet into a few parts, one part for all the practical idocuments and a part for every country I will be visiting.

Practical documents

This part is propably the most important part of my travelportfolio.
This part contains:

  • My intinerary
  • A copy of my flighttickets
  • Travelinsurance
  • My packinglist
  • All papers for my budget, such as a list of budgets for food and accommodation and a list of costs of everything bought from back home such as flighttickets, travelinsurance and any prepaid trips and hikes.

Country informations

For every country I will be visiting I have made a list of both general information and information that for any reason is important for me when travelling.
It contains following informations:


  • Area
  • Population
  • Capital
  • Main language
  • Religion
  • Passport and visa regulations
  • Recommended vaccinations
  • Climate
  • Time zone
  • Currency
  • Travel economy and creditcard


  • Tips (Is it normal to give a tip?)
  • Electricity (Do you need an adapter?)
  • Calling code
  • Emergency number
  • Drinkingwater (Is the tapwater clean?)
  • A few facts about the average cost of accommodation, transport and food.

Many of this information may seem useless for many travellers, but for me it is important to know the country before i enter, and to be prepared for both costs and transportation. This does not mean I have every detail prepared for my trip, most of my trip is not book, but I am on a tight budget and I want to spent as little time and money as possible, and for that, it helps to be prepared!

As I said earlier, my travelportfolio has been a great help when I have planned my trip and I have desided to carry it with me on my journey despite it's fairly big size, because I believe it will help when I am on the road.
If this will save me or be my downfall will only time show, so more on this later.

Have you ever travelling with a portfolio like this? What is your experience?

Posted by juliathomsen 12:55 Archived in Denmark Tagged pretravel_planning travelportfolio my_guidebook budget_planning Comments (0)

Pretravel planning: Packinglist

What to put in backpack is always the big question when travelling the world. It is the art of knowing what you need and packing light! You don't want to carry any extra weight when you are travelling across countries. But what do you need for trip?

Surely your packinglist always depends on your destination, but most subject will apear on both a packinglist for a trip to Alaska and trip to Central Africa, so no matter your destination you should be able to use this packinglist as a good startingpoint.

The packinglist below is based on what i am packing for my trip of 6 months. I will be travelling to 3 different continents and all of my destinations have an average day temperature of 25-30 °C. I am packing for a large range of activities including longer hikes in the jungle and the mountains, my volunteer work with wild animals i Africa and just general sightseeing and citylife, and therefore my packinglist is quite large and some of the things might not be necessary if you are planning differently.




  • Backpack. Varies in size, but try to choose one as small as possible. Mine is 50L and is more than enough for me.
  • Passport and visas
  • Vaccination card
  • Wallet containing your creditcard, drivers licens and other ID's and some cash in both the local currency and some american dollars.
  • Copies of important papers including passport, creditcards, vaccination card, flighttickets, travelinsurance and any bookingconfirmations. If it is possible it is a good idea to scan your documents to leave online if you loose your copy. Also leave copies with your family at home, so they can send them to you if you are not able to get online.
  • Medication. Any painkillers, diarrhea medication, rehydrating pills and malaria pills.
  • A first aid kit with at least patches, bandages and disinfectant wipes.
  • Map of your destination It is possible to download these on a tablet for free, so if you travel with a tablet, this is an easy way to get a good overview of the city or country, and if you need it while walking around the city and you don't want to go flash your tablet, you can always bye the maps pretty cheap at your destination.
  • A list of important phonenumbers
  • International drivers licens if you are planning to drive


  • 1 * Trek pants zip-off pants are great in the warm climate and for the cooler nights.
  • 1 * Jeans or some nicer pants preferably as light as possible
  • 2 * Shorts
  • 1 * Light relax pants
  • 3 * T-shirts or tank tops
  • 1 * Long-sleeved shirt
  • 1 * Hoodie or fleece preferably lightweight
  • 1 * Raincoat Thin!!!
  • 1 * All purpose dress
  • 5-7 * Underwear
  • 2 * Bras
  • 4 * Socks
  • 1-2 * Hikingsocks Is not neccessary if you are not planning any longer hikes.
  • A scarf is great for both cold nights and to cover up your hair og shoulders when entering a tempel.
  • A belt
  • Bikini or bathingsuit
  • 1 * Towel Microfiber is compact and fastdrying!


  • Light running shoes
  • Slippers/flip-flops
  • Hiking boots
  • Sandals or hiking sandals. Depending on what you are planning to do on your trip, these could be some more pretty sandals, some really good walking sandals for the walking around the city or if you are planning on hiking in the warmer climate, a pair of hiking sandals is great.


  • A toilettry. Varies in size, but preferably as small as possible. I have one with all the things I use daily, and a smaller bag to my showering things.
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Brush
  • Insect repellent. Just bring a small one, and buy one locally. They are better!
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Deodorant and a small perfume
  • Aloe-vera concentrate or a special cream for insect bites.
  • Tiger balm
  • Sun block
  • Cleansing water and face cream

If you are planning on using make-up:

  • A small make-upbag containing a mascara, concealer, BB-cream or what you intend on using.
  • Make-up remover


  • A smaller day bag
  • Moneybelt
  • Swiss army knife or other multifunctional tool with a sharp knife
  • Knife, fork and spoon. Great when camping, hiking or just self-catering.
  • Foldable cup
  • A small container with spices. Can really sweeten up your life if you are self-catering.
  • Flashlight and/or headlight
  • Desinfectant gel
  • Fishingline or similar. Is great for many things, such as drying clothes or fixing things.
  • Duct tape. Can fix anything!
  • Plastic bags. To pack away your dirty or wet clothes.
  • Converter
  • Moskitonet impregnated with an insectrepellent.
  • Sleeping bag liners. Great if you end up at a motel where you are not sure about the cleanliness of the sheets.
  • Padlocks and a wire to lock up your bag in both hostels and on trains or busses.
  • Waterbottle. If you are planning on going to places where it is not always possible to buy clean water, it is great to have a couple of water cleansing tablets or a waterbottle with a filter.
  • Washing nets are great to organise your backpack.
  • An universal sink plug for when handwashing your clothes.
  • Sewing kit
  • Powerbank and chargers for your phone, tablet, kamera and so on.
  • Kamera and SD-cards.
  • Earplugs and an eyemask comes in handy when sleeping in dorms or any public places like the airport or trainstation
  • A small compas
  • Lighter or matches
  • Playing cards
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Wristwatch
  • Raincover for your backpack. I bring a large black drybag that is able to contain my backpack. This is an easier way to lock of your backpack, and it just look like a large bag and is therfore less likely to be stolen.
  • CV and recommendations. Is especially important if you are planning on working abroad.

I also bring a light sleepingbag and a small packable pillow because I am going to camp out on a few trips, and I would rather have my own than to rent, but for most trips this is not necessary, so if you are not planning on camping a lot, leave your sleepingbag at home!

At last

Some advice
Remember you are the one that is going around your backpack, so pack as light as possible! Make sure you don't overpack! It is possible to almost everything all over the world, and if you are not sure you are going to need it, you probably won't, so it is better to safe the room in your backpack for souvenirs.
At last, remember that this packinglist is just a guideline and for many of you a couple or more of these things won't be necessary, so make sure to think about what you really need and when in doubt, leave it at home!

There you go! This is my packinglist, but I would love to hear your input, so if you anything to add or any to my packinglist, please comment below.

Posted by juliathomsen 07:46 Archived in Denmark Tagged backpack packing packinglist packing_advice Comments (0)

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