Let’s face it, packing for upcoming travels can be fun! Well, for half of us at least. And the other half? Well, from my experience, they either hate packing, or they are just too worried about whether they have packed everything …. and I do mean everything! Seriously, there are people out there who wanna take the whole closet with them 😐 . And then there are those unpleasant things about packing like you’re not sure what to pack or maybe something might be forgotten etc… But for me (and many others), packing can be exciting and it’s a way to really look forward to that destination you have been wanting to go for so long! That’s why I came up with the idea to write a post about packing, and this may help you prepare well for your next trips 😉
Firstly, I mentioned here already that I’m not your typical ‘backpacker’. What I mean by that is – I don’t carry those huge ass backpacks with everything stuffed inside. That’s just uncomfortable and can get exhausting (though I know many prefer traveling this way – I’m not judging!). Traveling light is the way to go – and it’s comfy! In terms of baggage, I always have just two things – a medium-sized wheelie luggage and a daypack (rucksack). When taking a flight, I simply check-in the luggage so I just have to carry my bag on my shoulders. Bulky stuff like clothes, shoes, and liquids (stuff you can’t carry on-board a plane) goes in the luggage. Important documents, electronic stuff, and food/water stays with me in my daypack. Pretty easy right? But I’ll mention more about that soon.
Next, I have a packing checklist. This is the best ‘tool’ I have to help me pack. And no, this isn’t a list which I always make for every trip. Rather it’s a ‘permanent’ general list which I wrote down on my travel journal. It lists all the items I usually need for my travels. I’m well aware that ladies and gents have different needs – hence a girl’s (or woman’s) packing list can be different from mine, but I’ll try to keep it as gender-neutral as possible! Let’s have a look shall we?
My Packing Checklist
Below are the things which I would usually stuff in my Deuter Giga Daypack :
– Ticket(s) and Passport. Try traveling without these 😉
– Wallet : Money, ID card, bank/credit cards, and frequent flyer/traveler cards. And Phone! (though these are usually in my pants’ pockets).
– Phone charger.
– Camera. For me would be my Canon EOS 1200D DSLR.
– Dry food + Water + Chewing Gum.
– Some tablets and packs of tissues (in case of emergency).
– My travel journal and a notepad. On my journal I write down the places to visit at my destination. And at the end of each day I spend in that place I write about my experiences and expenditures from that day. While I use my notepad to jot down notes on my flight experiences, journeys, and travel plans.
– Neck Pillow. Actually in my case, it would be a cushion pillow instead which I have to fold it to fit in my bag 😆 . I really can’t sleep in neck pillows.
– Laptop. Only if I’m traveling somewhere over two weeks!
– Maps. IF needed – cuz now you can Google Maps anywhere, even offline (more on that later)!
Sounds like a lot of stuff to fit in a daypack? Well trust me, it all can fit perfectly without any issues! Now it’s time to fill the wheelie luggage with the following :
– Obviously… Clothes. Can’t really generalize here cuz of individual choice. But of course, several pairs of shirts and pants are essential 😉 . Remember, when you are traveling, you shouldn’t worry about looking fancy or elegant. Just be yourself simply and dress like as you would when you are going out in your hometown. Though I should mention here that I always check the weather forecast for the time I will be spending at my destination and depending on that, I pack what will be comfortable for me.
– Bathroom Towel.
– If hot, then Hat + Shades.
– If cold, then Jacket + Sweatshirts + Scarf.
– Few pairs of boxer shorts and socks. Ladies might consider bras and underwear 😛
– Pajama for sleeping.
– Bathroom Kit or Bathroom bag. Usually contains shower gel, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shaving cream and razor (if I need to shave), hand sanitizer, and cologne. Though I’m sure ladies might need some extra stuff like makeups, tampons, hair straighteners/hair ties etc.. 😀
– Toilet Paper + Handwash. Unfortunately not everywhere you will find these readily available, so you will be thankful if you keep them handy.
– Pair of flip flops + Extra pair of shoes.
– Umbrella. Always good to have one around for well…. obvious reasons!
– Universal Adapter. If you don’t have one, now is the best time to buy one. Not every country has the same plug types and you might be disappointed if you arrive somewhere new and can’t charge your phones or laptops!
– Camera charger. I don’t carry this in my rucksack because my camera barely needs charging unlike my phone.
– Sleep Mask. If you have troubles sleeping with lights on around you.
Yep, that’s pretty much it really! Seems quite simple doesn’t it? Though surely some of you may argue that it’s too much work and what not… but when you travel, it’s always best to travel light – only taking the things which you absolutely need. For me, that is quite a light baggage, considering that I’m basically just pulling it like a trolley and all of it weights barely 10 kgs even!
Oh and one more important thing! Always keep several photocopies of your passport, visa(s), ID card(s), passport-sized photos, and some spare cash somewhere safe! That way, in case of an emergency (God forbid), you have your important documents backed up for compensations and evidence.
Why you should have a packing checklist?
Last but not least, I want to stress that you should definitely make a packing list for yourself to use at all times. By all times, I mean when you are packing for your trips (duh)! It will really help you organize your packing more efficiently and you will never need to worry about leaving your important stuff behind. You may actually even enjoy packing for your next trip and once you already have a checklist, you don’t need to write it again and again every time – so it’s really just one-time thing you have to do!
So, sit down somewhere, get a notepad and pen and start thinking about the things which you usually need on your travels and write them down in a list! 🙂 And never, ever pack in the last minute! I’d advice you to start packing at least 2 or 3 days before your trip. This way, you have a relaxed state of mind which would help concentrate on your packing smoothly (instead of sweating it at the last minute). This would also make sure you are not leaving anything important behind – as last minute packing can delay you, leading you to miss your flights or trains. Also, if you need to pack something which you don’t have at home, this can give you time to buy that particular item.
Do let us know how you think about this ‘packing guide’ by leaving a comment below! If you have some ideas or suggestions, please feel free to share with us too!