Travel Tips - What to pack

Packing for your upcoming vacation can be hard. The short answer to what do I pack, is as little as possible. You don’t want to be carrying around unnecessary items, try to keep it simple and light. Take essentials only, as most things can be brought if needed. Here is a basic checklist of what to pack when travelling.

First you want to collect all your important documents:

  • Passport/Visas
  • Personal ID  (such as drivers licence or student ID card)
  • Frequent flyer cards and loyalty program cards
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Travel & Health insurance documents
  • Itineraries & Reservations
  • Hotel/Tour contact information
  • Transport tickets (Plane,train, bus)
  • Emergency contact details

It is always good to give a copy of important documents such as, passports, itineraries and credit card details to either a family member or someone you trust just in case you lose them. You could even keep an email copy of everything yourself, this way you are covered if anything went wrong. It’s always good to notify your bank that you are travelling so they don’t assume fraudulent activity and freeze your account.

Now lets start the packing process: It is easiest to pack your carry-on bag first with anything that you’ll want with you for the flight. Always make sure you pack an extra outfit (or two) and a few toiletry essentials in your carry-on bag just in case your luggage is lost or delayed. Try to pack some sort of light weight blanket in your carry-on to keep you warm on flights, train rides and even for long airport transits. Remember to keep your carry-on bag light as you will be carrying all of this.

A small day pack or backpack is recommended for your carry-on bag. These are some suggestions on what to include in your carry- on:

TECHNOLOGY:

  • Mobile device and Charger
  • iPad or e-reader and Charger
  • Headphones
  • Camera and/or video camera, with Charger and memory card.
  • Electronic converters and adapters

TRAVEL COMFORT/ENTERTAINMENT AND INFORMATION:

  • Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask and ear plugs
  • Guide books, travel guides, maps and language guides

HEALTH ITEMS:

  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
  • Prescriptions and medications (Keep these in your carry-on in case your luggage is lost)
  • Glasses and case

Whatever trip you are heading on, luggage that is lightweight and large enough to hold all your essentials is recommended. One of the best things you can do when packing, is to make sure you use packing organizers. Keeping your luggage organised will make travelling a lot easier going from one place to another without needing to reorganize after each stop.

Now here is a list of items you won’t want to forget:

  • Lightweight clothing, that can be layered
  • Pants or shorts
  • Sweaters and Jackets (depending on when you are travelling, although a light weight jacket is good for any situation)
  • T-shirts and shirts
  • Dresses and skirts
  • Underwear and Sleepwear
  • Sunglasses
  •  Swimsuit or swim trunks
  • Comfortable walking shoes (Runners/Sneakers, Thongs/Sandals)
  •  At least one nice going out outfit for special occasionsTry to keep your clothing style basic, have items that can be mixed and matched so that you wont need to over pack on clothing. Only bring a couple pairs of shoes that can be used with different outfits, will minimize the amount of space that shoes take up in your luggage. You can always bring accessories that can dress up or dress down an outfit as to not over pack.

Toiletry Bag Basics:

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Hair brush, hair ties, bobby pins
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Sunscreen
  • Make up
  • Face wash/Make up remover wipes
  • Lip Balm
  • Feminine hygiene products

Keep toiletries to a basic minimum, most of these items can be purchased as you go. Only take the essential items that you use on a daily, keep it simple while travelling.
It is also good to pack some extra items you won’t realize you need, until you do.

  • Scissors, nail clippers and tweezers
  • Facial tissues
  • Sewing kit
  • Detergent
  • Shaving kit
  • Cologne/perfume
  • Mirror
  • Hair products

While travelling it is a great idea to be prepared for any situation, here are a few items that will help you be prepared:

  • First aid kit (bandages, gauze, adhesives etc)
  • Personal prescriptions (copies of scripts)
  • Pain and fever relievers
  • Cold medicines and throat lozenges
  • Allergy medicines
  • Antibacterial ointment and creams
  • Sunburn relief
  • Insect repellent/Sting reliever
  • Motion sickness pills or bands
  • Eye drops

Most of these can be brought while travelling, although it is always good to have products your body is use to. Not all countries have the same or similar products.

This is an idea of the items you may need while travelling, the real point is, you don’t need a lot when you travel. Most things can be brought along the away and left when no longer needed. It is best to write down a list of everything you believe you will need, and then cut half of it out. You never need as much as you think. Everyone has different needs and different perspectives of what a necessity is. This list may suit your needs, it may not.

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