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After graduating college, if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably be overcome with a range of emotions. As one chapter ends you may feel nostalgic, anxious, excited, or a mix of all these emotions as you anticipate what’s to come. You may have your next moves set in stone before you even get your diploma or you may be just trying to get a sense of what’s next for you.
Flush with a range of post-grad emotions, I put my energy into a different pursuit, backpacking from Israel to Southeast Asia with my friends. We made our way to four countries over the course of a month, packing mostly in large backpacking packs, staying in hostels, Airbnbs, and planning much of our itinerary on the fly. In the end, everything went smoothly. Of course there were bumps along the road, but the excitement of traveling helps to minimize the impact of those obstacles.
I spent a lot of time packing, knowing that I’d be far from home for a month. While I packed pretty light, there were still some things I probably could have lived without, but there were also a host of products I couldn’t imagine having gone without.
Whether they made traveling easier, comfier, more efficient, or just helped ease my mind — these are the eight essentials I took on my post-grad trip around the world, and will bring with me for the next big trip I take, too.