Traveling can be great fun especially if it is for a holiday. We all want breaks in the middle of our daily schedules. Going away for a short trip to some place nearby can be a great way to unwind. However, the most important aspect of vacations is packing.
Travel packing tips and tricks
What we need on a trip is crucial to make things easy during the trip. There are some easy steps to make sure you take exactly what you need and don’t miss out on anything important.
Make a List
The first step to packing intelligently is to make a list of all the things you think you need. Don’t hold back while making this list as we will be editing them when you actually put those things together. Make sure you have the following as part of your list positively:
• Credit cards
• Passport (or any other identification proof)
• Travelers’ check
• Xerox copies of the tickets
Other than these, you may add a few more things such as your mp3 player, extra batteries for your camera, charger for your iPod and cell phone, and some snacks to munch on during travel.
Use Separate Plastic Packets and Zip Lock Bags
Packing your various items in separate plastic bags is the best way to make things simple and easy for you to deal with. This will help you be quick and organized if you have to go through customs check at the airport. If you are staying at a hotel then you don’t have the space or time to unpack everything in your room and then look through your belongings.
Using separate zip lock bags is also very helpful when you are carrying liquid substances such as body wash, lotions and even liquid make up. In case of leakage or breaking out at least your clothes and other important documents will not be ruined if they are separated by bags.
Plan your Outfits According to the Days
Don’t pack every bit of clothing you possess when you travel. Remember, that most of us like to shop for clothes when we go somewhere. Unless you are also planning to buy new suitcases, you may need some extra space to pack in the things you have bought during your vacation.
Therefore, carry two extra pair of clothes than you have calculated according to the number of days of travel and the possible events that may come your way.
Keep Money, Valuables in Different Places
Don’t stuff all your cash, credit cards, jewelry, camera, iPod, phone and other expensive object into a single bag. If that bag happens to get lost or stolen then you will have nowhere to go. Some documents such as passport and tickets may be irreplaceable, at least for the time being.
Therefore, compartmentalize them and use more than one bag to put them in.
Always carry enough underwear so that you don’t have to wash them in the middle of your trip. Traveling light makes it easy to move around and reduces the chances of losing belongings. Keep a few extra plastic bags to throw things into.