Packing can be the bane of your life. But we’ve made the chore a little less dull for you and design a general packing list. Got a big trip coming up? Use this ultimate guide to remind you of the useful essentials you need to have for your travels. Knowing how to pack a backpack for a long trip ain’t simple. Please treat this as a packing checklist and tick off each item as you go. Of course, it depends on what kind of trip you’re about to begin so we include items that cater to every kind of trip! Here we listed the 8 things to bring on every trip and keep in mind.
When it comes to packing, the best way to pack a backpack is to preserve space. Our top tip is to fold your clothes. Place heavy stuff at the bottom. Stuff that leaks go in plastic bags and things you’ll need as soon as you arrive at your destination.
This guide will also work for suitcases for air travel, not just backpacks.Don’t forget anything – and happy traveling!
1. Travel Documents
Forgetting a single travel document on your trip can cause so much trouble. So before you go, make sure to print, photocopy, and keep a digital copy of these documents:
- Passport – If you’ll travel abroad, make sure it’s valid for six months on your departure date.
- Valid ID – This is useful for identification purposes
- Enough cash and credit cards – Compute how much you’ll spend on your trip, and bring the right amount
- Boarding pass – While you can get it at the airport, printing it in advance will speed up your check-in process.
- Hotel and tour reservations – You need to present them at the hotel or the tour provider
Preparing clothes for a trip can be a burden. Remember to take light layers and warm layers. Pack enough clothes to last the duration of your stay. But don’t overpack – it’s going to be hard arranging everything in your backpack if you take more than necessary and when you’re going on a long trip, be sure to check if the hotel has a laundry room so you can wear clothes over again.
3. Universal Plug Adapters
Check your devices to be sure they will run on the voltage of the country you’re visiting. You don’t want to find yourself traveling abroad without a plug adapter and buying your adapter ahead of time saves you time, money and lets you pick the exact version you need, and depending on the type, gives you the chance to test it before you leave.
4. Noise Cancelling headphones (or earplugs)
Airplanes are too loud. The incessant sound of jet engines. Good noise-canceling headphones can cut the engine noise down. Listening to music is so much more than a distraction when you’re on a plane. It can have a profound effect on your state of mind, and it’s the reason we’re willing to spend iPad-level cash on headphones instead of opting for a pair in the checkout line. Listening to music or audiobooks can be an integral part of getting through that restless transatlantic flight.
5. A personal safety alarm
A personal alarm is one of the must-have Security Products for Traveling. Especially if you are traveling alone. It is a great item to bring along, instead of mace or pepper spray. It’s small and secure to walk around with, it provides you with an easy to use self-defense device in an emergency. Things like pepper sprays and stun guns are illegal in some countries. It is a criminal offense to carry them in many countries. A personal alarm, though, is a travel security device that you can take anywhere with you.
So that you won’t forget any personal hygiene item, keep a separate stash of toiletries for your trips. Put your toiletry bag in your carry-on bag as well. Here are the travel essentials to store in your toiletry bag. It’s better to prepare everything and prevent any inconvenience.
- Bath soap/body wash
- Facial wash
- Feminine wash
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Comb/hairbrush and hair ties
- Toothpaste, toothbrush, and mouthwash
- Facial moisturizer
- Makeup and makeup remover
- Wet wipes/hand sanitizer
- Lip balm
- Shaving kit and extra razors
- Sanitary pads
7. Medical Supplies
Especially if you’ll spend a holiday abroad, it can be difficult to get medicines to treat an illness or injury. So make sure to have your medicine bag on hand to gather the following medicines and supplies before your trip:
- First-aid kit (including gauze, band-aids, adhesives, antiseptic, alcohol, etc.)
- Personal prescriptions
- Cold and flu medicines and lozenges
- Loperamide (for treatment of diarrhea or upset stomach)
- Paracetamol (for fever and pain relief)
- Ibuprofen (for treatment of muscle or joint pain, cramps, toothaches, etc.)
- Antihistamines (for allergy relief)
- Motion sickness tablets/anti-vertigo medicines
- Insect repellent
- Basic medical info (Name, phone number, and email address of your primary care physician and travel doctor)
8. A Pen
A few decades ago, no one went anywhere without a pen. Now that so many things have gone digital, most people forget them. The problem is that a lot of travel stuff isn’t digital. If you’re going, you might need to fill in landing cards, customs forms, and who knows what else. It makes sense to keep one in your carry on bags.
When packing for a trip, it’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. You don’t want to stress over a missing piece of clothing when you should be relaxing and having a great time on your vacation. Now that you have this travel packing checklist, start packing your travel essentials! Enjoy!
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