What to Pack: The Ultimate Travel Packing

Packing according to a list is always a good idea, especially so you remember to pack in all those important essential items. Just trying to randomly pack can result in you forgetting the important things and packing in unnecessary items.

Start with the bag!

Picking the right travel bag is important, you will be carrying it around with you, so you want to make sure it is the right one. Before you just buy a bag, think about where you are going, what airline are you flying with, will you be moving around a lot.

What are your options?

  • Rolling luggage. Luggage with wheels just makes sense and if you are travel to California City to with paved roads and sidewalks, consider this type of luggage. If you are going to be filling your bag up, you might want to get a bag with 4 wheels. These bags offer a lot more flexibility and durability.
  • Duffel bags. This are durable and easy to sling over your shoulder, some even come with wheels. You can get duffels in pretty much any style depending on what your needs are.
  • Travel backpack. Backpacks mean your hands are always free and they make moving around easy and convenient. Back packs can also double up as your carry-on luggage if they are small enough. Traveling with only carry-on luggage makes moving around when you have landed easier.

Organize it all.

Packing organizers are an easy way to effectively organizes the items you are packing. Packing cubes keep your clothes organized and in compartments so that you can keep different types of outfits together, making them easy to find when you need them.

Compressing your clothes is also a good idea. Clothes take up space and when compressed you will be an able to fit more clothes in and pack your luggage neater. This is particularly useful when packing bulky items like jackets and sweaters.

Basic Clothing Packing List

  • Lightweight clothing that you can easily layer
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Sweaters or fleece jacket
  • T-shirts and tank tops (remember to always be respectful of the cultures you are traveling to)
  • Pants and/or shorts
  • Belt
  • Socks (thick ones if you are heading to snow)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Rain jacket, windbreaker or umbrella
  • Pajamas/sleepwear
  • Underwear
  • Sunglasses and glasses case
  • Dresses and/or skirts
  • Jewelry
  • Hat or sun visor
  • Scarf or bandana
  • Swimsuit or swim trunks
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Travel speakers
  • Travel pillow, eye mask, and ear plugs
  • Electric converters and adapters

The key to packing for travel is to pack smart, not a lot. You do want to have options, but you also don’t want to overpack and have items you don’t need.

Packing your toiletry bag

If you are taking your toiletry bag in your carry-on bag, remember the TSA rules that all liquids, gels, creams etc. must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container.

Basic Toiletry Bag Packing List

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
  • Hairbrush, hair ties, bobby pins
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup
  • Face wash or makeup remover wipes
  • Nighttimemoisturizer
  • Lip balm with SPF and lipstick or lip gloss
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Extra contact lens solution and contact case
  • Glasses and prescription sunglasses
  • Labeled medication

Extra Toiletry Bag Packing List

  • Hair gel or beard oil
  • Shaving kit and razors
  • Sewing kit
  • Facial tissues
  • Travel towel
  • Nail clippers

You can also pack a small first aid kit if you feel that is necessary. You can buy little first-aid kids or put together a kit of the items you are most likely to need like paracetamol, allergy medicines and diarrhea and nausea medication.

Packing your personal carryon bag

It is important to get this bag packed correctly so that you have all your important items easily on hand. If you will be traveling in New York a lot, you will want this bag to be as small as possible but to still have everything you need inside.

Basic Carry-On Bag Packing List

  • A change of clothes
  • Mobile device and charger
  • Laptop, tablet chargers
  • Headphones
  • Camera with memory cards or chargers
  • Electrical converters and adapters
  • A travel pillow, blanket, eye mask, ear plugs
  • Travel journal
  • Books and magazines
  • Water bottle
  • Guidebooks

Have all your documents handy

Make sure that you have all your important documentation in one place so that you can access it easily when you need to.

International travel document checklist

  • Passport/visas
  • Personal Identification
  • Cash and/or credit cards
  • Health insurance documents
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Reservations and itineraries, printed
  • Hotel contact information
  • Transportation tickets
  • Emergency contacts

Don’t forget to pack for safety. Pick pockets often target tourists, especially in the busier destinations. So, when you are packing consider taking a money belt or a neck wallet with so that you have your valuables close to you and can keep your hands free.

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