Gap year essentials

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What do I need for a gap year?

Wondering what to pack for a gap year, or exactly what you need to do before you travel? Here you can find information on all the gap year essentials you need to ensure your trip runs smoothly.

At the Gap Year Hub our travel experts have been supporting gap year travellers for more than 30 years. We’ve perfected the art of packing a rucksack for a round-the-world trip, we’re pros when it comes to sorting gap year insurance and know exactly what makes the perfect gap year kit.

Your gap year essentials

Add these to your gap year checklist to ensure you have a fun, safe and well-planned trip:

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Gap year accommodation

Whether you opt for a tent, hostel or hotel, discover top places you can stay on your gap year.

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Clothing and equipment

Discover gap year retailers where you can get clothing, equipment and all your gap year essentials.

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Staying in touch

Our top tips about communicating with friends and family back home while you’re on your gap year.

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Gap year health

Get expert advice on the gap year travel vaccinations and medical insurance you need.

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Gap year insurance

Find a range of suppliers who can help you secure the right travel and medical insurance for your trip.

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Gap year money

Get tips on funding your gap year, budgeting while you’re away and managing your income.

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Travel advice

Find out where you can get informative gap year travel advice to help you plan a smooth trip.

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Travel documents

Our advice on checking your passport and securing the correct visas for your gap year.