In general, people are giving the suitcase an evil eye before the trip. What to pack for a trip? The easiest way to do it is to follow a few guide rules and a packing checklist.
What to Pack When Traveling International
While traveling is an adventure for some, others have a headache when it comes to packing. Anything can happen from small mishaps to serious ones like forgetting the passport. Vacation is for relaxing so we suggest an ultimate packing checklist to keep your trip running smoothly.
Finding yourself in the hotel room, unpacking the suitcase diligently can be an inspiring moment. That is until you unzip the luggage and realize the one item you wanted to take out first is not there — the horror. Nonetheless, when panic subdues the truth is you can avoid the entire scenario. The approaching departure date always leaves a trail of errands and not enough time.
Preparing Before You Pack
Sometimes when you start packing, it seems as if the empty suitcase is mocking your skills. Staring at it and giving it the evil eye, will not get you anywhere closer to closing the lead and being ready to go. Using some side items you can purchase even at the dollar store can immensely change the game for anyone.
Let us presume you are two weeks away from your international travel. Firstly, inform yourself about the weather conditions in the country of your staying. Make a list of possible clothing you would consider wearing. Get those clothes washed and ready as soon as you can.
Whether you are a backpacker or a tourist, choose your preferred suitcase. Be mindful that some Customs measure the luggage weight so keep it light. You do not need an entire wardrobe in your bag. If you are honest with yourself, you have probably never worn some of the clothes you packed. Think it through carefully before you start packing everything from the wardrobe.
Depending on where you are going there is a good chance you might need comfy casual clothes, a set of clothes for going out in the evening, and possibly something warm in case of bad weather.
Packing Cubes might come in handy; you can arrange the clothes neatly without wrinkling. They allow you to take the item without making a mess around the suitcase. The shape of the cubes fills in the space in the luggage like a jigsaw.
Mash Bags are much the same; you can pack underwear and socks in them. When everything is in its place you will know where to look for. Make sure you have something for dirty laundry as well. Find a separate bag for shoes, and do not carry anything bulky.
Roll the clothes — do not fold. In any case, you will take less space in packing cubes, and the clothes are less wrinkled that way. The popular Con Marie method of rolling the items can help you master each of the items in your suitcase.
Mind the liquids — Needless to say, there is one more thing you should consider when packing them separately. Some flight agencies do not allow liquids in bottles larger than 3.4-ounce. Check the restrictions before you go.
Small handbag — the one you will carry with you during the trip. Make sure to place anything you might need in it immediately.
Clothing and Shoes
Many people tend to exaggerate with new clothing when going on a vacation. Carrying something you do not really need means lifting and paying for extra weight. Besides you just might take up space for souvenirs or gifts.
If you are taking a seven-day vacation think of packing everything in four — that way you will have clothing to change and not overdo it. The only clothing items you need to carry for the exact number of days is the underwear. Here are some guidelines on what to start packing. However it may depend on the location you are traveling to, and personal preference.
Packing list for clothing:
- A sweater or a jacket,
- Pants and/or shorts,
- Dresses and/or skirts,
- Long-sleeved shirts,
- Comfortable walking shoes,
- Swimsuits/swim trunks,
Personal Bag Items
You want to keep anything of value, or anything that you can use immediately in the particular bag within your reach. Make a list of possible items, and keep in mind that the bag should not be large, a laptop bag size should suffice.
- Any other documents,
- World travel adapter,
- Cell Phone/Charger,
- Wet wipes,
- Snack bars,
- Travel Pillow,
- House Keys,
The essential items are the documents and you should keep them with you at all times, preferably in the personal bag. If you have large sums of cash with you, keep them in separate places in case one of them gets stolen.
- Credit/Debit Card,
- Medical Insurance,
- Any list of allergies,
- Travel Insurance,
Before starting to pack check the rules of the agency you travel with. Some might not consider allowing you to travel with a full-size shampoo bottle. Make sure to bring only the necessary, although you might be tempted to put your entire set of makeup in the luggage, reconsider keeping it simple.
- Hair Brush/Comb,
- Hair Shampoo/Conditioner,
- Facial Cleanser,
- Shaving Supplies,
- Nail file/Clippers,
- Hand Sanitizer.
Although you can find a first aid kit and any other essentials in any country in the world, it is wise to carry the necessary medicines with you. You never know when you might need it and where is the nearest pharmacy.
- First-aid ointment,
- Insect repellent,
- Medications you take on a daily basis,
- Pain relievers,
There are often several more items in everyone’s suitcase that seem essential. Pack anything else you might need, but stick to the rules of luggage, leave some free space. If you have several handbags you would like to pack, decide on taking only three.
- Bandana or Scarf,
- Sun Glasses,
- Any other gadgets,
- Copies of Passport/Credit Card.
Making a list of things before you start packing makes it much easier to decide what to carry with you on the trip. The less luggage you have, the less pain of carrying it around there will be. Use any kind of an organizer to keep all things in separate compartments.
Before you set out the door with the packed luggage, take time to check around the house before you leave. Make sure you closed all the windows and locked all doors. Check the taps on the washing machines, kitchen, and bathroom. The best option is to close the valve in case of any leak.
You might reconsider some items, according to your preferences and needs. The general picture stays the same, think before you pack. If you have conquered the suitcase, and it seems like a much lesser threat, we wish you a safe trip. Travel well!