When traveling, one of the most common questions travelers ask is, “what do I need to pack?” Well, the days of being clueless when it comes to packing are over thanks to modern technology.
Frequent travelers have long relied on spreadsheets with a set packing list to stay organized. Going somewhere new or with a different set of customs or religious beliefs? Simply google the recommended packing list for that specific city or country. Fellow travelers usually love to share their packing tips or recommended packing lists based on their experience, so take advantage of their knowledge.
Stand Out…In a Good Way
When it comes to traveling, most people don’t really want to stand out. But one area in which you should go all out is when it comes to putting an identifying item on your luggage.
The similar colors, brands, and styles of luggage can often result in travelers getting lost in a sea of black luggage with tiny identifying tags. Avoid the headache and confusion by buying luggage in a bright color or tying a brightly colored ribbon onto your suitcase to easily identify it when it comes around the luggage carousel.
Always Be Prepared
Even on a good day, travelers always run the risk of their checked luggage not arriving at their final destination. During the holidays, or during other peak travel seasons, the likelihood of missing or delayed luggage increases even more.
For this reason, you should always pack a spare change of clothes in your carry-on. Extra pairs of socks and underwear are also a good idea in case it takes the airline several days to locate your belongings. Having a spare change of clothes can also be a quick way to freshen up after a long-haul trip.
The Multi-Tasking Must-Have
While there are many travel necessities that have multiple uses, one of the best items you can pack for your trip is a light shawl.
Not only does a light shawl double as a sarong or even towel on a beach trip, but it can make a quick blanket for chilly flights or public transportation with strong air conditioning. Shawls or other coverups are also a necessity when visiting certain religious sites in order to be respectful or gain entry. You can even fold or roll up the shawl to make a simple pillow for some much-needed mid-travel naps.
Not to scare you, but one of the most germ-ridden items during your trip are your shoes. From maneuvering around airports to running around some less-than-sanitary outdoor markets, your shoes get quite the workout during a trip.
That’s why we suggest storing your shoes in an actual shoe bag or at the very least, a plastic bag from a grocery store. Separating your shoes from your clothing is a good way to keep your items clean during a trip. Can't find a plastic bag? Some travelers simply use the hotel’s provided shower caps to wrap around their shoes!