Don't Forget to Pack This for a Long Trip
When you first start packing for a long trip, it can be intimidating. There are so many things to take that you need over a long time, and with hundreds of "what ifs" running through your head, it's easy to forget something essential. But don't worry, just follow the list below, and you'll avoid a lot of trouble down the road.
High Quality Backpack or Suitcase
Unless you've planned a high-budget vacation and are going to stay exclusively in hotels, it's usually easier to take a backpack instead of a suitcase for a long trip. If you're going to be staying in a new place every day, or simply walking around dirt roads and cobblestones (where suitcase wheels will be useless), backpacks tend to offer more comfort and portability, so long as they fit you properly and are high quality.

The trade-off with a backpack is that it is generally harder to pack and unpack, because everything is stacked vertically instead of laid out horizontally. If you're going to be in mostly urban destinations, or even staying in one spot, a durable wheeled suitcase is worth the expense.
Phone Charger & Universal Adapter
Although it's nice to "unplug" when you're on vacation, your phone is not just a source of work emails, social media, and entertainment - it can also help you navigate, get transport (with Uber, Lyft, and other internationally available apps), find a good restaurant or laundry service nearby, and take decent pictures in a pinch. The last thing you want on a long-term journey is to be left without your phone, so carry a portable battery, a charger, and an adapter on your person of often as possible.
Laptop or Tablet
While some people want to unplug completely and leave all their gadgets at home, if you're a digital nomad (working abroad) or you plan on blogging or recording your adventures as you go, a laptap or tablet is a must. Make sure to keep your devices in protective sleeves, store them securely, and have them turned off while they are in your bag, so that they don't overheat.
If you are an avid reader and can't bear the thought of leaving your books at home, an e-reader is a great compromise. Dedicated e-readers are small, lightweight, and only need to be charged every few weeks - and they can store your whole library so that you don't have to lug around several paperbacks while you travel. You can also download an e-reader app (kobo, kindle, etc) on your tablet, so that you don't have to have a dedicated device to just for reading.
Multi-Outlet Extension Cord or Power Bar
Speaking from personal experience, an extension cord and power bar combo are lifesavers. Foreign hostels, hotels, cafes and airports tend to have limited outlets (and the few that are available may be awkwardly positioned, like behind furniture or near the ceiling). With these, you only need one outlet and adapter to plug in and charge all of your devices overnight. The usefulness is compounded when you are travelling with 2 or more people - no more fighting over who charges their phone first!
Neck Pillow, Eye Mask, and Earplugs
If you can train yourself to sleep while on the go, you're set. Not only will you have more energy when you arrive at your eventual destination (be it by plane, train, or car), but you'll have a lot less issues with jet-lag. A decent pillow that can fold up small in your bag but still be big enough to support your neck is crucial. Ear plugs and eye masks help to block out light and unpleasant sounds that keep you awake (also very helpful for hotels and hostels, where guests tend to go in and out at all hours of the day and night.) During long journeys, it's essential to get proper rest, and these items will help you do that.
Sunglasses, Bandana or Shawl, and a Wide-Brimmed Hat
If you're travelling anywhere warm and sunny, it's good to have sun protection other than just sunscreen (SPF 50+ is a must!) A bandana or a light shawl can be used to cover up your neck and shoulders, which are the most easily burned areas of the body. It's also handy to have something to cover yourself and dress modestly in conservative countries, especially if you are a woman. A hat will cover your ears and neck, and covering your head can prevent sunstroke. Sunglasses can also disguise baggy, sleep-deprived under eye circles as well as offer sun protection.
First Aid Kit
This is one of those items that you won't think about until you need it, and then it's incredibly useful to have on hand. Pack some band-aids of varying sizes, iodine or anti-bacterial wipes, a topical antihistamine cream (for bug bites, blisters or burns), and acetaminophenan (minor pain and fever relief). As well, make sure to keep any prescription or allergy medication on your person at all times.
Duct Tape and Bungee Cords
If you're going to travel long enough, sooner or later, something will break that will needs fixing (and hopefully it isn't your suitcase!) Murphy's Law dictates that it'll happen when you aren't able to find a convenience store nearby, so keep a few materials on you that will help you keep things together.
Armed with this list, you are guaranteed to avoid the worst of some unpleasant or sticky situations. Overall, it's important to prioritize necessities and the things that you won't be able to purchase easily at your travel destination. For example, you will likely be able to buy a new change of clothes or shampoo pretty easily, but finding a laptop charger may be more difficult. When deciding what to pack, remember to strike a balance between taking what you need and not overpacking.

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