You haven’t stopped talking about this trip since you bought your ticket, but the thought of packing gets you down? We understand, this is a rather difficult task. No wonder a lot of people take care of it at the last minute. The problem is not only what to pack, but also how to pack and what should be the right size of adventure bags. Besides the commute, luggage is the number one concern for travelers. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you prepare for this amazing trip.
1. Choose your luggage carefully
Are you going to a hotel to laze by the pool? Or do you go in backpack mode to cross towns and villages? Choosing the right baggage is crucial. You need something that you can identify (imagine trying to find a black suitcase among all the black suitcases on a conveyor belt), and that isn’t too hard to carry. Rolling suitcases are great if you stay on paved roads and sidewalks, but a backpack with good back support is best if you are exploring the surroundings. No matter which bag you choose, make sure it’s sturdy, and ready for adventure. In order not to find yourself on your knees picking up all your things because the bag has dropped.
2. Make a list of what you will need
This is probably the most painful part of the preparation, especially for those who are not very organized. But even if you are not used to making lists, for a trip it can be very useful. A checklist helps make sure you don’t forget anything, and it’s a good base for keeping an eye on your belongings while traveling. Think about everything you could possibly need. A jacket in bad weather? Does the place where you will be sleeping provide linens? Are you going to buy a toiletry kit or bring your own? Go through all the stages of the trip and write down anything you might need from the moment you step on the plane until you return home. Don’t forget about any medications you may need. Once you have run out of space,…
3. Plan the minimum
That second sweater or third pair of flip flops may be too many. Especially if you plan to travel, nothing is more painful than ultra heavy luggage. We all tend to take too many things, when in reality we can settle for the minimum. Before you put something in your suitcase, ask yourself if you are actually going to use it. If the answer is no, don’t take her.
4. Roll up your clothes
Once you know what to pack, how do you save space? Rolling your clothes saves more space than folding them and uses space in every way possible, like putting your socks in your shoes can really save you space. Vacuum bags are also very effective. If you don’t have access to a vacuum cleaner during your stay, consider purchasing bags that don’t need it.
5. Gather your documents
Packing your bags is especially stressful when you’re afraid of forgetting something. You can often cope with forgetting, but when it comes to your identity (like your driver’s license or passport), you can’t afford to forget anything. Send copies of your documents to yourself by email, so that you can access them in the event of a problem. Check that your passport does not expire in the next six months (where you will not be able to fly). While you are there, make sure the country you are visiting does not require a tourist visa. Depending on where you are going, you can get a visa at the border, but for other countries you have to apply for the visa before you land. it is best to check any documents you may need before booking your ticket. Like that,
6. Protect your equipment
Who has never considered the possibility of losing their luggage during the trip? Unfortunately, this happens, as does theft. The best way to prevent this from happening is to carry your luggage with you at all times. If all of your stuff fits in one carry-on, great. But if you must take a larger bag, consider using cable ties to detect any attempted theft. The same principle applies to your electronic devices – you must keep them with you at all times. If you plan to use public wifi networks during your stay, (whether on the plane or once you arrive at your destination) you will also need to protect yourself against hackers and viruses. The last thing you want it’s someone stealing your banking information or your identity while you are trying to relax and have fun. A VPN can protect you and your information even on a public wifi network. (Don’t know what a VPN is?Read this .) If you are heading to a country where the internet is restricted (such as China, Vietnam, and Thailand to name a few) you will need to purchase a VPN first in order to access certain websites.
Nothing can demoralize you before a trip as much as packing your bags, but by preparing in advance and ensuring the safety of your belongings, your trip will be smooth and emotional. Have a good trip !