What To Do With Your Things While Traveling?

When planning to travel, particularly for an extended period, we’re often faced with a challenging question: what should we do with our belongings? Travel is all fun but at some point we all have to figure out what to do with our belongings back “home” ?

Our power as humans to accumulate things can be a bit overwhelming, especially when we’re always on the road.

We saw that many people ask this question especially before their first trip. So we’ve decided to summarize the top 5 most common answers for you.

  • Use a Storage Unit

If your travel aspirations lean towards the long-term, renting a storage unit could be an ideal solution. This option allows you to retain all your possessions, minus your pets, while saving the substantial cost of rent or a mortgage. Storage units come in various sizes and price ranges, catering to your individual requirements. They are secure and afford you the peace of mind that your belongings are safe, waiting for your return..

  • The turtle strategy

Are you a travel enthusiast who appreciates the comforts of home even when on the move? If you can afford it, consider the “Turtle” strategyThis strategy involves taking your cherished possessions with you during your travels. Depending on the nature and size of your belongings, this could mean driving your own vehicle or renting one that could accommodate your goods, or simply packing your essentials into a few suitcases. Mindfully selecting your belongings can make your new location feel like home, offering you a comforting sense of familiarity even when you’re miles away.

  • Use Luggage Transportation Services

For those who wish to have their belongings but prefer not to haul them across airports or stations, luggage transportation services are an excellent solution. These services pick up your possessions from your home and deliver them to your next destination, eliminating the need for you to carry them. Many companies offer these services globally, ensuring your items arrive safely and on time, no matter where your travel adventures take you. This option provides the convenience of having your items when you need them while freeing you from the burden of transporting them yourself.

  • Sell

Traveling can profoundly change our perspective on life. Sometimes, shedding our old, material possessions becomes necessary as we embrace new experiences. Selling your belongings can be a liberating process, freeing you from the emotional weight of material possessions and adding a healthy boost to your travel budget. 

  • Donate or Loan Your Belongings

If you possess items that aren’t particularly valuable but still carry sentimental value, consider lending them to close friends or family. This arrangement ensures your items are being used and cared for, and if they’re being loaned you can reclaim them when you go back home. Alternatively, donating items to charities is an excellent option. It not only helps you declutter your life but also provides support to those less fortunate.

Choosing the right option depends entirely on your personal comfort level and the nature of your travel plans. But, remember, the goal is to ensure a carefree travel experience.

Happy travels!

Magdalena Grozdanova
In the past years I've been living in different countries in Europe (I'm potentially the slowest slowmad). Sofia is my home base now and in my free time I like reading, spending time in nature and practicing yoga.
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