When you travel, it can be difficult to decide what to pack and what to leave at home. It could take hours to properly pack and organise your suitcase for your trip! However, it doesn’t need to be a chore. Here are some tips.
1-Make a list of what to bring
Planning and organising where to go on a trip is not the difficult part o travelling. Packing might sound simple but it can be quite stressful trying to decide to pack. So, if you already know the important items you need to bring, it will be easier for you to pack.
Here’s why checking your passport expiry date should be right at the top of your list.
2-Make sure your travel money is in order
It is very important to have access to the cash you need, especially if there’s an emergency.
Sometimes, you can opt to buy things at your destination instead of bringing it with you if you are sure that they have it there as well. That way, you can travel lighter.
For me, instead of lugging a huge bottle of shampoo, I’d rather go to convenience store at the destination to buy sachets or smaller bottles.
3-Choose Lighter and Right-er Clothes
Bring clothes made of light materials. Also, plan what you will wear for the entire duration of your itinerary. If you are going to a cold winter place, you could bring one or two jackets only depending on the length of your trip.
You don’t have to bring seven different heavy jackets to wear a different jacket each day. That would be really silly!
One or two is plenty for a week-long trip. Besides, if you are intending to shop for clothes at your destination, you can pack very few clothing and just shop and wear your new purchases during the trip. That way, you won’t have to be charged for excess baggage either.
4-Security and Keeping Details Safe
Scan your passport, passport photos and paper tickets in. Store this in an email or in a web-based email account. Also, acquire of those information tags that you can attach on your baggage.
5-Split up your valuables
Split up your wallet, cash, cards, and travellers’ checks as much as possible in different pockets of your bags. That way if one baggage is lost, you will still have something.
6-Bring Plastic Bags
It is always safe to bring a few plastic bags around, especially if you get nauseous during travel. Bags are great for disposing trash as well. You can also use these plastic bags in separating items inside your luggage such as your soiled clothes from your clean ones.
Small things when travelling might be a flashlight and a Swiss knife. These items may come in handy especially during emergencies!
When packing your things, place the lighter items at the bottom and the heavier ones on top. Also, your dirty clothes should be packed at the bottom of your bag.
9-Go casual, simple, and very light
There are two kinds of senior travellers — the ones who pack light and the ones that wished they packed lighter. Which on are you?
P.S. Don’t forget your camera!