Packing and Planning for Greece & Turkey

WE LEAVE TODAY!!!!!! CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you have a travel routine? I can’t say I have a step-by-step plan of how I get ready to travel. I try not to hype myself up too much or else all I’ll do is check out what I can do and where I can go. So I would say I practice more of a ritual. Sounds worse doesn’t it? Well, let me explain.


I draft a rough itinerary. It is never set in stone and you always want to leave flexibility because, navigating some place new never goes as planned. So what is your ritual Shaun?


To Start:


Research my budget! – I’ll post my travel budgeting 101 articles when I get back.

Draft a rough Itinerary.

Research some of the local sites

Google: “Adventure travel ________” (fill in destination)


The only verbatim, every detail I work out is how to get from the airport to my first hotel. I do this because I have never been able to sleep on flights. By the time I’m back on the ground I can barely remember my name let alone navigate a new place.


I’m doing my first draft of packing tonight. Only three days before I leave. This is utter insanity to some eager globe-trotters who pack and repack a month in advance. I admit, this is something I would like to do a little more a head of time. But it is partly due to the fact I was away all weekend and used my backpack for that trip.

Anyway, here are a few pictures of what I’m planning to take:

This is both mine and my girlfriends stuff. Not just mine!


  •  2 pants, 1 shorts, 1 bathing suit shorts
  • 5 T-shirts, 1 long sleeve, 1 hoodie
  • 5 underwear, 5 socks
  • Two Lonely Planet Guide books
  • Day pack
  • Laptop + ipod touch
  • Nikon D3100 DSLR
  • Sandles
  • 2 hats
  • Running/hiking shoes
  • Quick dry towel
  • Shaving stuff
  • Passport holder
  • pen light, headphones, power adaptor

Too little or too much?

Lastly I try to research some basic language for wherever I’m travelling. Simple phases and manners are key.


Yes, No, Please, Thank you = The absolute essentials.


With the magic of the interwebs and I was able to find much better lists complete with phonetic spelling and audio. No matter what kind of traveller you are. I think this is one of the most important tasks you can do when visiting another country. Simply the effort is a sign of respect for where you are. I used this website:

There you have it. My next posts will be from Greece!!!! Follow me on twitter to hear all the little updates along the way:

7 Responses to Packing and Planning for Greece & Turkey

  1. Cannot wait to read your posts! I am going summer 2013!

    La Viajera Morena December 1, 2012 at 9:18 pm Reply
    • I loved it SO much. Don’t miss out on doing a hamam in Turkey!

      Shaun December 2, 2012 at 1:58 am Reply
  2. Great places to visit. Been to Turkey and the food was very good. Looking forward to your posts.

    Shalu Sharma April 17, 2013 at 7:08 am Reply
    • Thank you! They were both amazing & can’t wait to go back!

      Shaun April 17, 2013 at 7:57 am Reply
  3. Packing and planning goes hand in hand. You have to be careful of everything in order to not mess up with your travel. Also, it helps you become a wiser traveler.

    Margaret McKinney October 8, 2013 at 1:11 am Reply
  4. I’m very impressed! My travel routine is very simple….open the computer, book the ticket. Next day buy the Lonely Planet guide – do not read. Pack. Next day off for the trip! Read a guide in the plane. Land and here we start the trip 🙂

    Marysia @ My Travel Affairs January 31, 2014 at 7:14 am Reply
    • That’s an excellent routine! I’ll call it, implusive planning 🙂

      Shaun February 3, 2014 at 11:43 am Reply

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