Planning an adventure year? This is great news! Over the past couple of years, travel has been difficult, limited or completely off the cards for many of us. Countries around the world closed their borders or severely limited travel across them in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus around the world. Now that vaccines are being rolled out and more people are becoming immune to the virus, things are getting back to normal. You can start planning your weekend breaks, holidays or long term travel, depending on what you want to get involved in. Of course, it’s been a while since a lot of us have been away. So here are some tips to help you pack properly, making sure you have everything you need before you head away.
The Absolute Essentials
Let’s take a look at the absolute essentials that you need. First and foremost, if you’re heading overseas, you’re going to need your passport. Seeing as it’s been a long time since many of us have travelled, make sure to check the date on yours – you may need to renew or replace it. You should also pack your insurance documents. Travel insurance is an absolute essential that will protect you and your belongings. Finally, make sure you have sunscreen and insect repellant if you’re going to locations that require it.
Consider Your Allowance
You will have a baggage allowance on your trip. You can often add on more weight or cases if you know you’re going to need them. But ultimately, you will have a weight limit and it’s important that you’re aware of it before you start packing. This will help you to pack mindfully, only taking as much as you can actually take without being charged or having to empty items out at the airport. Remember that your case itself will weigh a certain amount too. Use scales to weigh before leaving for the airport.
Next, make sure you have the basics available to you too. First, pack your underwear. Make sure to have plenty of pairs of underwear available, as if you’re going on holiday, chances are you will not have a washing machine available to you. Pack more than one pair per day, just in case you need more. You may want comfort bralettes too. Pack plenty of socks too. You should consider pairs for wearing with trainers, boots and more.
What will you wear at night? All too many people make the mistake of focusing so much on their daytime wear that they completely forget to pack their nightway. But you do need to make sure that you pack plenty of pyjamas so you can be comfortable when you get home to your accommodation at the end of each day. This can provide you with a lot of comfort.
Consider what activities you’re engaging with on your trip. This will help you to make sure you have appropriate footwear for each day. This could vary from flip flops and sliders to hiking boots for nature walks, good shoes for city days where you walk a lot or heels for the evening if you’re dining out somewhere nice.
Hats and Sunglasses
Heading somewhere sunny? Sun hats and sunglasses are extremely important for your comfort and to help you avoid sunburn or sun damage. Sunhats can protect sensitive scalps, while sunglasses will protect your eyes from UV rays and can also help you to see more clearly while you’re out and about. Make sure to have at least one sunhat and one pair of sunglasses for your trip.
Don’t forget your toiletries. You need to make sure you have absolutely everything you’d usually use in your daily cleaning and beauty routine with you while you head away. Sure, you can buy items while you’re away in order to reduce the weight of your case, but you need to remember that your destination may not have the brands and products that you’re used to readily available – especially if you’re using smaller brands or more niche products. Generally, it’s best to stick with what you know and to take your toiletries with you. Remember to pack everything tightly and it’s best to keep toiletries in a zipped, plastic bag, as this will prevent the rest of your clothes from becoming covered in any products that could spill or open during transit. Remember liquid allowances in hand luggage too.
Hopefully, the tips above will help you to properly pack for your trip!