Anyone who travels extensively knows that it is very important to pack lightly. Carefully selecting what to bring can go a long way and ensure a convenient trip way better than simply giving in to the temptation of carrying as much as you can.
You’ll quickly discover the advantages of light packing once you are at the airport. Having excessive baggage can be a hassle plus you will be required to pay additional fees for every bag you bring along for your journey. This can quickly add up.
Keep this short list of reminders handy as you pack your bags for your next trip to help minimize any frustration:
For the most part, the purpose of your travel and the nature of your target destination will dictate the kinds of clothes you will need. Clothes are most basic but you really don’t have to bring too many of them.
If you will be travelling for business reasons, then you will probably need to bring your best business attire. Otherwise, you should pack clothes that are appropriate for the planned activities. Always think comfort and how you can still look your best.
The golden rule here is to be selective and only take what you will need. You wouldn’t want to bring too many, especially if you will be there for just a few days. Also, pack a travel sewing kit for quick mending while you’re away from home.
Personal hygiene is crucial whenever you travel. So make sure that you have your comb, brush, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, shampoo, razor and deodorant among other essential items.
Look for travel-sized versions of these consumables so you can save on space. A smaller toothpaste, for instance, is always preferable than a larger tube. Pick these up at most markets or variety stores.
3. Medical kit
Having a small medical kit will help you have peace of mind, too. Always pack some eye drops, antibiotics, band-aids, antibacterial cream and more.
Always carry any prescriptions or at least enough to cover the length of your trip and a few more in case you are delayed in your return by something unexpected like a winter storm. It’s no fun being stuck in the airport and certainly not fun if you’re in need of medication. Be sure to continue taking your medicine on a regular basis.
Of course, no travel is ever complete without bringing your favorite gadgets. However, only bring what you simply must have. Don’t carry all the latest and great gadgets. They can weigh you down and you don’t want to attract theft.
Taking pictures during trips is always fun so make sure you have your digital camera with you. Otherwise, you may use your Smartphone for that purpose. Unless you absolutely must have a laptop, leave it at home. They are very attractive to thieves.