I have changed the content of my travel bag as I get older. My changing needs and wants make it so. Each traveler has different means of purpose when going on a trip. Photographers focus on their gears, mountain climbers focus on survival kits, etc. But different purposes of different travelers also has its common needs and wants to pack for their trip.
First things first. Just pack what you really need. No one wants a bumpy travel bag full of stuff not needed for your adventure. Do not also bring anything that you can buy at your destination.
Tip: When traveling, always stick to a climate that fits your current stock of clothes to avoid baggage overload.
Put all your Travel Documents in one place.
- Credit Cards
This is definitely the most important part of your travel bag. Always keep in mind the expiration of your passport to avoid inconvenience. Letting your bank know your trip (If you will use credit cards overseas) is a good idea, they might treat your transactions overseas as suspicious and may result in deactivation of your card.
Tip: Always keep a copy of all of your travel documents secured on a space in your luggage.
Plan the amount of clothing you will bring.
- Long Sleeves
- Bathing Suits/Trunks (If going to swim)
This will vary on the duration of your stay and kind of destination you are going. You can adjust the list above depending on the climate of your destination. Packing smart is the best way. The last thing you need on a trip is to be exhausted due to overpacking of your travel bag. For the trips to multiple destinations, you don not need to over-pack your luggage just for the sake of different weather conditions and fashion. You can always mix up combinations of your current clothes to fit on the environment.
Tip: Choose wool cloth for your travel clothes. It dries fast and it does not stink.
Toiletries / Hygiene Essentials
- Tooth Brush
- Tooth Paste
I made this list not that much. Like what I have said a while ago, do not bring much of the things that you can buy at your destination. Soap, bath towels and shampoo, for example, are already provided by the hotels that you will stay at. Just keep everything organized on a small kit for it to take up just a little space in your luggage. Keep in mind also the standard packaging for toiletries if you need to take a plane. The standard is 100ml for liquids if it will be placed in a hand-carry luggage.
Have a Small Emergency/Medicine Kit
- Prescription Drugs
- Hand Sanitizer
- Anti-bacterial Meds/Solutions
Make sure to have more than enough stocks of your prescription drugs within the length of your stay. Also, make a research if the medicines that you are bringing is legal to your destination. If not, always bring a prescription or documentation of your medical history.
Capturing and Enjoying the Moment
- Power Adapters
- USB/Storage Devices
- Power Bank
Just make sure not to focus using these things (except of course if you are a photographer, travel journalist etc.). It is not bad capturing a once in a lifetime adventure of your life. But living and enjoying your stay is no more important than just capturing everything on your camera. Bringing laptop is not that a good idea because it will take up a huge amount of space but for some instance, it may come in handy for computer geeks and other purposes.
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