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Travel Tip - Packing for International Travel

Who is excited to see the world? You’ve made your reservations (or not) and now it's time to pack. 

The tips below provide helpful tips for packing for an international vacation. When packing, it's important to consider factors such as the weather, the activities you have planned, and the items you'll need to bring with you, such as essential documents and versatile clothing. Using packing cubes and a daypack can help you stay organized and pack efficiently. It's also important to avoid overpacking and leave room in your suitcase for souvenirs and other items you might buy on your trip. Finally, don't forget to bring a power adapter if you're traveling to a different country.

When packing for an international vacation, it's also important to consider the airlines and tourism regulations. Some airlines have restrictions on the size and weight of your luggage, so make sure to check with your airline before you pack. Additionally, tourism regulations may vary by country, so do your research to make sure you're complying with local laws and customs.

Overall, packing for an international vacation requires some planning and preparation, but by following these tips and using resources like packing apps and travel gear websites, you can ensure that you're ready for a comfortable and enjoyable trip.

  1. Weeks before your departure day, make a packing list. Before you start packing, make a list of all the items you think you’ll need to bring with you. This will help you stay organized and ensure you don't forget anything important. Then do some research. If you need help with your packing list, have a look at these sites…

PackPoint - PackPoint is a travel packing app that creates a customized packing list for you based on your destination, the length of your trip, and the activities you plan to do.

TravelSmith - TravelSmith is a website that sells travel gear and accessories, but they also have a packing checklist and tips for efficient packing.

Eagle Creek - Eagle Creek is a company that specializes in travel gear, and their website has a packing list generator that creates a customized list based on your destination, trip length, and activities.

  1. Check the weather: Make sure to check the weather forecast for your destination so you can pack appropriate clothing. It's also a good idea to pack clothes that can be layered, so you can adjust to changing weather conditions.

  2. Bring essential documents: Make sure to bring your passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, and any other important documents you might need. In addition, take photos of all your important documents with the phone you’re bringing with you. 

  3. Leave a folder at your home (or with your emergency contact) containing all the relevant travel information such as visas, copies of credit cards (front and back), passport photo page photocopies and printed itinerary with contact information. 

  4. Pack versatile clothing: Pack clothing that can be worn in multiple ways, so you can mix and match outfits without packing too much. For example, a pair of black pants can be dressed up with a nice blouse or dressed down with a t-shirt. Pack travel-sized toiletries: Bring travel-sized toiletries to save space in your suitcase. You can also buy toiletries when you arrive at your destination.

  5. Use packing cubes: Packing cubes can help you stay organized and make it easier to find what you need in your suitcase. You can use different cubes for different types of clothing or accessories.

  6. Bring a daypack: Bring a small backpack or daypack to use as your personal item on the plane and to carry essentials while exploring your destination.

  7. Don't overpack: It's tempting to pack everything you think you might need, but it's better to pack light and leave room in your suitcase for souvenirs and other items you might buy on your trip.

  8. Pack for the activities you have planned: If you plan to go hiking or do other outdoor activities, make sure to pack appropriate clothing and gear. If you plan to visit museums or other attractions, bring comfortable shoes and clothing. Remember, some museums, hotels, restaurants and other points of interest have a dress code. Here are three sites to visit. 

  9. Pack a power adapter: If you're traveling to a different country, you may need a power adapter to charge your electronic devices. Make sure to research the type of adapter you need and pack it in your carry-on bag.

International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) - The IEC website provides standards and information about electrical systems and devices used in different countries. It also offers guides on how to navigate the differences in voltage, frequency, and plugs used in different regions. - The WorldStandards website offers a comprehensive list of power standards used in different countries, including information about voltage, frequency, and plug types. It also provides helpful tips for travelers who need to use electrical devices in foreign countries.

PowerPlugs - The Power Plugs and Sockets of the World website offers a range of products and resources for people who need to travel or work abroad. Its power adapter finder tool helps users identify the correct power adapter for the country they will be visiting, and its country guides provide useful information about local electrical systems and requirements.

By following these tips, you can pack your checked and carry-on luggage efficiently and make sure you have everything you need for your international vacation. No get out there and see the world; I’ll see you in line at security. 



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