If you have chosen to read my blog; most likely you fall into one of these categories: you love to travel, you love the outdoors, you wish you could travel more, health and fitness are big parts of your life, you love food, and/or you are a family member (thank you to all of my readers wherever you may fall!)
Ok, back to the post and travel; so since you are like me–and you love travel, here are some packing essentials and tips to consider and not forget before your next journey. Does any one else start packing days, even weeks in advance? Last year before traveling to Asia for the first time; I think my bags were packed 2 weeks before leaving (and let’s face it, it was about that time when my ticket was purchased as well.) Once I decided this is what I was going to do; I made the choice, bought the ticket, and packed–only to stare at everything for another two weeks.
BUT, the benefits of this outweigh the outrage; by starting the packing process early–you are less likely to forget something. Notice here I said less likely–we always will forget something, but this technique ensures it is not an important item!
- Check Passport Expiration / Renew If Needed!
(Some countries requires that your passport has at least 6 months validity left)
- Reconfirm/check-in online with airline
(Reconfirm your flights as there may be airline schedule changes. Your return flight must be reconfirmed at your destination directly with the airline 3 days prior to your departure)
- Personalize luggage
(Make sure that your luggage has a tag with your name, address, and telephone number. Tie a colorful ribbon or attach distinctive stickers to your luggage so that you can identify it easily, and other travelers will not take it by mistake)
- Change Currency/Call Credit Cards
(Depending on if you want to exchange your currency for the country you are headed to beforehand or not, either way bringing cash is a good thing just don’t keep it all in one location! Remember to call any credit card companies or the bank to notify them you will be traveling)
- Check Baggage Weight
(Pretty self explanatory; but usually a max weight is 50 pounds or roughly 22.5 kg)
- Routine vaccinations
(Recommended if you are not up-to-date with routine shots, such as measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc. I got Typhoid shot before Thailand last year)
Ok, now that we’ve got the most important travel errands and preparations out of the way; now is the fun part–packing! Like I said; I start to pack a couple weeks in advanced to ensure my percentage of forgetting something important is minimal. I start with 3 pieces of luggage (Suitcase, Backpack, Tote bag) Well and my Concealed Money Belt I wear under my shirt.
- Toothbrush / Toothpaste (3.4 ounce) of liquid / gel / aerosol, can be taken in your carry-on baggage. Larger amounts pack it in your checked baggage
- Microfiber Towel
- Toilet Paper (Some countries do not provide, either buy there or bring your own)
- Nail Clippers
- Cotton Swabs
- Insect repelent
- First Aid/Bandaids/Neosporin
- Hats/Hair Ties/Headbands
- Drawstring Bag for beach or Day Hikes
- Tiny backpack/purse
- Canon 80D Camera (click to buy)
- Memory Cards (SD card) (CF Card)
- Canon 70-200mm Lens (click to buy)
- Canon 50mm and 10-18mm Lenses (click to buy)
- 35mm Lens (click to buy)
- Canon 5D mkii (click to buy)
- Mavic Pro Platinum Drone (click to buy)
- Zhiyun Crane 2 Gimbal (click to buy)
- Rode VideoMic Pro with dead cat (click to buy)
- Manfrotto tri-pod/mono-pod (click to buy)
- GoPro Hero 3+ (click to buy)
- Chapstick/Lip Balm
- Hand Sanitizer
- Hand Cream
- Neck Pillow (Mine is more of a scarf it is called Trtl and can be found here)
- Cellphone and charger/converter
- Ipod and Headphones
- Laptop, Charger, External Hard Drive, and Cables
- Snacks/ 24oz Bottle
- 2 Books
For my suite case; I use the smallest of the 3 to keep my clothes to a minimum, as well as the overall weight at a lower number. My backpack probably weighs just as much as my suite case, camera gear is heavy! Lastly, is my tote/large purse that is just a combination of miscellaneous necessities at high convenience!
I hope some of these items are relatable for your next travel venture, and you thought to yourself; “Oh crap! I would have forgotten about that!” Remember, if you forget something; and by if I mean when–don’t overly obsess about it. There is nothing you can do now, other than buy whatever you need when you get there; and enjoy your adventure!
I’ll be seeing you!