Once the fun of planning where you’re going on your big adventure is over, you need to start thinking about the slightly less fun details – the gap year essentials like what to pack, visas, insurance, and other stuff like that. There is a lot to think about, but it doesn’t need to be overwhelming. We’ve broken down the gap year essentials into eight sections, so you can tackle them one at a time.

The exact details will depend on where you’re going, what you’re doing there, and for how long. A lot of the information here assumes you’ve already got at least a basic idea of what your trip will entail. If you’re still figuring that out, we recommend visiting our Plan and Destinations pages. If that’s all in hand, this section can guide you through the tricky business of getting the right visas for your chosen destinations, working out what to take with you and what to leave behind, saving the money you’ll need to pull off your dream trip, getting the right accommodation, and a great deal more.

We know this stuff can seem a bit tedious, but getting all the essentials sorted guarantees your gap year will go off without a hitch. You’ll be able to enjoy your travels safe in the knowledge that nothing can go wrong, because you smashed your preparation.