What to pack for a mystery trip

Packing Tips: What to Pack for a Mystery Trip?


Exploring all the corners of the world is an exhilarating feat in itself, but if there’s one thing that makes travelling even more epic, it’s not knowing where you’re going in the first place!


Mystery trips are one of the best ways to travel to new destinations, from packing for that unknown adventure and the excitement that builds up until you leave to arriving in the airport and finding out where the next couple of days will take you. As amazing as these trips are though, there is a slight catch, how the hell do you pack for a mystery destination?


Packing is a chore that we’d all like to avoid when going away, but it can be easily done, even if you don’t have a clue where you’re going! To help lighten the burden, we’ve mustered up some of our first hand packing tips and tricks, as well as a basic break down of what to pack for that mystery trip.


Packing Tips


Less is More!


It might be tempting to pack as much as possible when you’re travelling to an unknown place, and at this stage, your imagination is probably running wild. What if we’re going to somewhere freezing like the Arctic? Would I be too hot wearing this if it’s a thousand degrees? Is there some sort of Swiss-army survival kit that I should take?


Our advice? It is essential to pack as light and practical as possible. There’s nothing worse than lugging around a heavy bag and not using the contents, so pack smart and as versatile as you can.


Don’t Over Think


If it’s something you want and not something you need, you probably shouldn’t pack it. The same goes for things that go in the “I might need it pile.” Naturally we have clothes and gadgets that we wear and use a lot, so just pack these and you’ll be pretty much set.


Layering is Key


When you don’t know about the climate that you’re going to be in, the trick is to pack clothes that you can layer! Your best bet is to pack for summer and then pack one or two longer and thicker items if it’s nippy where you’re going. Chances are, you won’t be going to the Arctic so layers will be sufficient!  


What to Pack


Clothes & Accessories


To be completely prepared for any mystery destination, you’ll need to mix and match with clothes that are suitable for both summer and winter.




  • Summer - shorts | skirt | dress | tank tops | t-shirts | lightweight cardigan | bikini | hat | underwear | ankle socks | Jewellery
  • Winter - leggings | jeans | long sleeve base layer | lightweight fleece | lightweight waterproof jacket | beanie hat | light scarf | gloves | thick socks
  • Handy Tip: a light scarf is an invaluable item to pack! It’s so versatile from being used as an actual scarf or shawl when it’s cold to cover your shoulders from sunburn or while you’re in temples in Asia!




  • Summer - shorts | jeans | tank tops | t-shirts | shirts | light jacket | swimwear | hat | underwear | ankle socks | Karibu watch ;)
  • Winter - thermals | jeans | long sleeve base layer | lightweight fleece | lightweight waterproof jacket | beanie hat | scarf | gloves | thick socks
  • Handy Tip: a Karibu watch is essential on any trip, whether you’re hiking, surfing or rock climbing by day or scrubbing up for an evening out.       




  • First things first, you won’t be needing 10 pairs of shoes! In fact, you could even make due with comfortable trainers for adventures and colder weather, smart shoes and flip flops or sandals for the sun. You’re pretty much ready for anything with this combination.


You can always buy most products away, but if your time is going to be packed with adventure, these are the bare essentials for most.




  • Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
  • Disposable razor
  • Deodorant and perfume
  • Makeup
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Suncream  



  • Shampoo & body wash
  • Shaver or disposable razors
  • Deodorant and aftershave
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Suncream   



Depending on what you use most, the gadgets you take will vary. However there are certain essentials that you will need regardless such as a phone, universal charger and extra memory cards for your camera!

  • Phone and charger
  • Camera or GoPro, charger and extra memory cards
  • Laptop and charger (if you work online)
  • iPod, charger and headphones


First Aid Kit


It’s always handy to have a basic first aid kit with you as you never know when you’ll need it!


  • Prescription drugs
  • Pain medication – Paracetamol/Ibuprofen
  • Band-aids/Sterile gauze pads
  • Motion sickness medication
  • Betadine 


So there we have it! Get packing for your next mystery adventure! Hopefully now you won’t think of packing as a daunting task, just keep it light, mix and match and don’t over think it. After all, unless you’re going to a deserted island, you can buy anything you may need when you’re out there!

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