Best Packing Tips For Your Next Travel
Packing is always stressful, no matter how many times you’ve traveled before. As a first-time traveler, you will stress about being extra careful not to forget anything and as a “frequent flier”, you’ll get stressed about forgetting stuff. This is why a rundown of what items you want is so useful, so, without further ado, we present you with the ultimate travel packing checklist.
Paper and plastic
We’re talking about important travel documents, cash and credit cards here, of course. Starting here is incredibly important, for obvious reasons, so putting your relevant documents, paper money and even coins in a single spot is the best way to go. We suggest that you get yourself a travel organizer, which is basically a sports-ish bag which will hold everything mentioned while you’re on the road. Here’s a list of documents that you’re likely going to need to have on your person:
- Passport and visa(s)
- Personal ID, a driver’s license, or a student ID card if you own it
- Health insurance documents and/or card(s)
- Travel insurance info
- Cash, including coins
- Credit card
- Transportation tickets
- Boarding pass (if you’re traveling by plane)
- Reservations and itineraries
- Hotel contact information
- Emergency contacts
- Important addresses
You can’t even begin to imagine how easily you can get pickpocketed abroad, regardless of whether you’re visiting Somalia or the Vatican. Ridiculous as the tourists with bulky money belts may appear, they’ll tell you that what they’re doing is smart. Well, we’re here to tell you that it really isn’t. The best way to avoid getting pickpocketed is, obviously, hiding your money and not appearing as a tourist. Quality money belts are extremely lightweight and can easily be hidden under your shirt and even under the pants, you’ll be wearing. This neat little “gadget” will allow you to have all your important documents by your side, at all times!
If you are suffering from some medical condition, you’ll bring along your meds without thinking. On the other hand, there’s nothing worse than looking for a particular medication abroad – chances are that Advil will bear a different name; for example, it is called “Malafene” in Belgium. This is why having your little pharmacy that contains everything from band-aids and insect bite remedies to bandages is so important.
Always have a main bag
Regardless of how many bags and suitcases you’re bringing along, there always has to be that main one. Of course, we recommend that you travel as light as you possibly can; this is something all frequent travelers will tell you. Make sure that your luggage is as versatile, lightweight and large as humanly possible. The entire name of the game here is practicality, so you need to find that perfect one.
Additionally, you’re probably planning on bringing your laptop on your travels, in which case we have to emphasize how important it is that you check for daily deals on laptop backpacks – they are much preferable to your typical carry-ons and tend to be quite useful.
If you’re expecting nothing but sunlight and high temperatures on your travels, light sneakers and flip-flops are all that you’ll need. However, if you are going to a cold destination or during the cold season, you should consider putting your warmest shoes on during the travels (saves luggage space) and a pair of comfortable sneakers in your bag. Should a need for flip-flops arise, you’ll buy them at your destination, but sneakers are always a smart choice!
This concludes the ultimate travel packing checklist. Of course, there are many more items to keep in mind, but without the mentioned essential tips, you might end up in ultimately hating your travels, which is always a terrible thing, regardless of whether you’re on a business trip, or enjoying a holiday!