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Long-term travel Preparation (10): Your last days at home

You booked your flight, decluttered your apartment, quit your job, got all the important papers together, got the necessary immunizations, created your itinerary draft and bought your backpack. Your dream becomes reality now.

Your time at home is coming to an end. These are the last steps you are going to take before living your dream:

Pack your bags

Is it the first time you pack for a long-term trip? You will probably overpack.

In my opinion, it is enough to pack clothes for about 7-10 days. Only take clothes you really like because you will wear them a lot and I promise you if you don’t like wearing them, you are most likely to leave them in your backpack anyway. Bring clothes you can combine differently. So, don’t bring a shirt you can only wear with one pair of shorts.

For more packing tips read the following post:

Long-term travel preparation: Packing your bags

Packing for winter climates

Double-check your documents

Before you leave home, double check if you have scanned all important documents you might need. Upload them to a cloud service like Dropbox, so you are not able to lose them.

Last days at home: Scan your documents


These documents include among others:

  • Passport
  • Visas
  • Flight tickets
  • Driver’s license
  • Insurance policies
  • Vaccination records
  • Past job certificates (if you want to work abroad)
  • Diving license

Think of all the documents you might need and get a scanned version of it in case you lose the original mail or paper document.

Say goodbye to your friends and family

You won’t go without saying goodbye to your beloved ones. So spend as much time as you can with the people you love.

Do some of your favorite activities during your last days, those are the memories you’ll never forget. If you don’t have time to meet with each one individually, invite them all to a last get together.

Last days at home: say goodbye to friends and family

Me & my best friends a couple of weeks before I left in 2014

Don’t panic

You will have those moments during which you think “I made a huge mistake. I don’t want to go. I will be so alone, I’ll never make friends.” Don’t worry, that’s totally normal.

Everyone has doubts before a long-term trip. Don’t let it ruin your last days at home. You will be fine. And if you don’t like it, you can always go back. You are always just a flight away from home. Keep that in mind. It is better to try something and find out you don’t like it than never trying it at all and regretting it for the rest of your life.

Have your first hostel address handy

Before your flight, write your first hostel address on a piece of paper. When entering another country, you have to fill out a form with your personal data including where you stay in the country. Don’t worry if you’re moving around your destination and didn’t have booked any accommodation yet. The first address is enough.

Hop on that plane

Don’t change your mind last minute. Remember: You will be fine and in a couple of days your doubts will probably disappear. Head to the airport and hop on that plane. It’s the start for your “new life”.

Last days at home: Hop on that plane

Hop on that plane


Arrive at your destination, conquer the jetlag and start traveling!

Meet people, explore your new destination, get to know the culture, make experiences, learn new skills and enjoy the journey 100%.

Have you gone on a long-term trip? How did you spend your last days at home?

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Long-term travel Preparation (10)- Your last days at home

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