Have you ever packed your bags for a trip, only to realize that they won’t close? Or, made it all the way to your destination before realizing that you didn’t pack the essentials?
Don’t worry. It’s happened to the best of us.
But, you can start planning now for your next trip’s success. In this article we’re sharing all our top packing tips, so you’ll never fall victim to these issues again.
Keep reading to learn more!
Start With the Essentials
If you’re packing for a long trip, make sure the travel essentials hit your bag before anything else.
This includes travel must-haves like a reusable water bottle, comfortable and climate-appropriate clothes and shoes, chargers for your electronic devices, and a small day pack for side trips.
Are you heading overseas? Don’t forget international travel essentials like a money belt, photocopies of your travel documents, and power adapters for overseas plugs.
No matter where you’re going or for how long, it’s also important to pack any prescription medications that you use, and a bit of backup just in case. You should also bring along some basic items like sunscreen that might be expensive to purchase elsewhere.
Are you taking a long bus, train, or flight? If so, don’t forget to pack a bit of entertainment and a snack or two. You’ll feel perfectly comfortable with a bit of music, a good book, and your favorite treats from home, no matter how long you spend in transit.
Are you struggling with how to pack a suitcase that isn’t overflowing?
Overpacking can leave you carrying a heavy bag full of items that you won’t use on your trip. And, it can add up to big fees at the airline ticket counter, too!
Avoid this common issue by focusing on the length of your trip. Packing for long international travel vs city breaks, for example.
If you tend to overpack, start by reducing the items you will use the least on your trip.
Unless you’re leaving town for weeks at a time, you won’t need more than one fashionable pair of shoes and an outfit or two for going out. And, you won’t need to carry too many personal items like fashion accessories, either.
Using a toiletries list can help cut back on the clutter, too. Just bring your basic grooming items along, and plan to purchase any small extras that you might need along the way.
Unless you’re traveling to an ultra remote area, you’ll find pharmacies and shops selling essential items wherever you go.
Have You Already Packed Your Bags?
If you’ve packed your bags for a trip, don’t worry. It’s not too late to double-check your work!
Use this guide like a checklist to be sure that all the essentials made it into your bag. And, if you’ve accidentally overpacked, start by removing items that aren’t on our list.
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