Packing can be a stressful part of getting ready for your holiday or trip. You always seem to forget something essential and underpack or completely overdo it and bring 12 tops for a 3 day trip- just in case you need three outfit changes a day.
On here, I am going to list a few of my essentials and must-brings with me. Feel free to add any of your must-haves and share your experiences in the comments!
- Passport and Boarding information
-Always try and keep everything together in a case of some sort so you always know where they are.
-This could include phone chargers, camera batteries, headphones and a powerpack.
-You can never have too many snacks
- Some form of entertainment
-Use your travel time to catch up with some reading, doodle in a mini book, write a short story, or even write an account of your journey so far (kind of like I’m doing now)
-For flights, it’s always a good idea to bring some essential toiletries, like deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, and moisturizer.
- Gum or some sort of mint/ sweet to suck on during take-off and landing.
-so your ears don’t pop and hurt
-This is always a great idea, as you won’t have to buy plastic bottles throughout your holiday, which in turn saves the environment!
- Clothes appropriate for the weather
-Look at the weather forecast prior to your trip and pack clothes according to this. Don’t pack heavy jumpers just in case when the forecast is showing 35°C.
-I would always recommend to pack a few extra clothes for the days you are away. If you are going away for a week, it’s probably best if you bring around 5 tops, even if you know there is a washing machine where you are heading. Always be prepared
-When thinking about shoes to take, always try to take into consideration what you are planning on doing. If you want an action-packed holiday, it’s probably best if you don’t just bring strappy heels. Try and bring 2 or 3 pairs of shoes so you are prepared for where the trip takes you.
-Wherever you are going, whatever season, try to bring sunscreen. UVA and UVB rays can affect your skin in any weather or condition, so to stay as protected as possible- bring SPF.
-This is anything above 100ml. Take some shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, razor and any extras you could need in here
-Try and bring two, as small and compact as possible- one for the pool or the beach, one for the shower
-This includes anything- from snacks to plastic bags to keep dirty laundry in. If you think you might need it, think carefully if you want it or if you- more importantly- need it.
- Try and use a padlock to avoid anyone breaking into any of your belongings- but be aware that it might not prevent people from trying.
- Anything of great value- bring in your hand luggage with you
-You should have this with you at all times so you can keep an eye on your things. This could be cameras or laptops.
-If things go wrong- DON’T FREAK OUT! Just take a couple of breaths and be as flexible as you can. Try not to let little things bother you and hence ruin your trip.
-You’re travelling! It’s an amazing experience and opportunity for you and you should be spending the time you have enjoying your holiday, don’t sweat the small stuff.
As an avid traveler, I have to think about what I use whenever travelling. I’m known to be an overpacker, so writing a list of what I don’t necessarily need to bring next time, or what I definitely need to remember is always a really good plan.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter what you pack, as chances are the country will have most of what you need, and the whole point of a holiday is to get away from routine- so if you forget something little, just try to remember for next time and don’t fret over it.