Whether this is your first time of the hundredth time to travel, it is always a good idea to have a checklist of the items you may want to pack. Save this packing list, because you would want to refer back to it to make sure you have thought of everything and anything you might want to bring with you.
1. THE ESSENTIALS: TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, CASH AND CREDIT CARDS
Begin by gathering all of your important travel documents in a travel document organizer which can hold your passport, ID, several credit cards, documents and boarding pass. This will aid in ensuring that everything you need to get from one destination to the next is all in one organized place. Include your passport/visa, personal ID, cash and credit cards, travel insurance information, reservations and itineraries, hotel or tour contact details, transportation tickets as well as emergency contact information.
It’s always a good idea to double-check the expiration of your passports and IDs. Also, you might want to inform your bank that you are travelling out of the country so they don’t assume any fraudulent activity. Aside from this, you may also want to email a copy of your passport, driver’s license and itinerary in case anything happens to them you can easily access them online.
2. THE CARRY – ON BAG: PERSONAL ITEMS TO PREPARE
The next thing you need to prepare is your personal item hand-carry bag with stuff you’ll want with you on your light. Make sure you have a few clothes and some essential toiletries in your personal item just in case your luggage is lost. It’s also important to have items to keep you cozy on any train if you’re traveling around in multiple cities or countries. It’s always nice to have a bag that you can easily access so that you don’t have to get to your main luggage every time you need something like a lotion. Keep in mind to keep it light since you’ll be carrying it.
Your hand-carry should include your mobile devices and charger, headphones, camera or video camera, adapters, travel pillow, blanket, travel guide, hand sanitizer, wipes and even magazines.
3. THE MAIN BAG: WHAT TO CHOOSE
Your luggage should be versatile, lightweight and big enough to hold your essentials and can fit lots of fears while also being easy to carry. If you’re going on an adventure trip with different kinds of terrain or you’ll be switching from airports to cobblestones, having a bag that can be rolled or carried like a backpack or duffel bag would be great.
4. THE TOILETRY BAG: BASICS AND EXTRA
Make sure your toiletry bag is light and complies with TSA if you’re carrying it on. TSA’s rule is simple: liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 100ml or less per container and must be in a 1 quart-sized clear, plastic zip-top bag. Don’t forget to pack the basics like toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush or comb, shampoo and conditioner, sunscreen, make up, lotion, moisturizer, lip balm and feminine hygiene products. As for extras you can include a mirror, perfume or cologne, hair products, facial tissues and tweezers. And don’t forget to bring a first aid kit, your personal prescriptions if any, pain and fever relievers and allergy medicines.
5. YOUR DAY BAG
Use a day bag that is lightweight, comfortable, and versatile and can be used in numerous ways.