You’ve booked your flight and accommodations. And you are now ready to travel! Now, you may face the dreadful challenge of preparing to go to your destination. You may be facing some anxiety as to what to take with you and what to leave behind. In this article, we breakdown the essential tips you’ll need to be an efficient and relaxed traveler.
1. Choose the RIGHT baggage!
Carry-on’s are definitely recommended for shorter stays. Make sure your carry-on is an acceptable size and is mobile to carry around without needing much of your energy. There’s nothing worse than a carry-on with a mediocre handle that doesn't fit your actual hand. Take your time in investing in a carry-on that is of real quality. It goes a long
way, trust me! The same goes for a larger suitcase or luggage that you may check-in. Make sure it’s an acceptable size and is made of a material that will last you multiple trips instead of losing a wheel or accumulating scratches after one trip. For acceptable baggage sizes, check out this article:
2. Who said vacuum bags can't travel?
a lot of space. Vacuum bags don’t only unlock space but they also help keep you organized. You can divide t-shirts, pants, and socks in each vacuum sealed bag for example. That way, they are all in the same place and easy to retrieve.
3. Be smart with your clothing selections
Traveling is about being adventurous and experiencing new things. Thus, you will need a lot of energy to keep up with the pace of the cultural shock you are bound to expect. Comfortable clothes are one of the key factors that are crucial to making you feel good throughout the day and are needed to allow you to continue to explore new places whilst you're traveling. Wearing clothes that are too tight will have consequences including fatigue. Thus, less pleasure and more pain.
That’s not what you want!
4. Personal essentials are a must
A lot of travelers forget to pack their personal essentials and instead focus most of their efforts on packing their clothes.
Toothpaste & brush, shaving cream, shaving machine, deodorant, shampoo, and much more are essential to making your trip much more convenient. Travelers assume they can find these products easily at a cheap price upon their arrival but it could be quite surprising to see that it may be the opposite.
5. Comfortable shoes go a long way
cushioned sole that has a bit of height to alleviate pain from your lower back and knees.
6. First-aid kit essentials
This tip is pretty straight forward. Painkillers, band-aids, diarrhea relief medication, and eye-drops are some of the most important first-aid essentials that are recommended.
7. Organize your travel documents
This tip is especially important if you are making multiple layovers or visiting several destinations. A travel wallet is a great way to keep your passport and booking itinerary in one place. Instead of shoving your passport and papers in your pocket or handbag and taking the risk of damaging the structural integrity of such essential things; we recommend investing in a small travel wallet. A travel wallet will not only keep you organized but also is a slick and cool addition to your outfit.
8. The "technical" essentials
● Don’t forget to bring your phone and laptop chargers. A powerbank is also recommended in case you find yourself in a situation where you aren’t able to secure a power outlet.
● Earplugs and headphones. You need headphones to listen to music or maybe watch a movie on the flight. Ear plugs are important to have if you are trying to sleep and don’t want to get distracted by the noise around you. Earplugs are also helpful if you are sensitive to air pressure when the flight takes off.
● What’s a trip without photos? Make sure you bring a camera with you. In today’s digitalized world, your phone might be enough if it shoots a quality image and video.
● Finally, download a few travel apps that may help with translating languages or may provide you with the top places to visit in that city.
9. Pack-up some entertainment for the road
Get a book to read, maybe a novel that will keep you occupied if you have a long flight or even if you want to have some down-time reading on the beach in the resort you're staying at. Movies and tv-shows are another form of entertainment that will kill time and you might even learn a few things on the road especially if you watch something educational, perhaps a documentary.