Whether you’re bound to take your first long trip or you’re a pro globetrotter, preparing and packing your things up for a trip can be a little challenge especially when you have limited luggage allowance. Of course, the goal is to not miss anything and be able to organize your personal stuff days prior to your trip. As they say, it is never too early to prepare for something good.
I, personally, love going to places and ticking off some fancy spots in my bucket list. Traveling around, whether local or international, taught me some best tips and hacks on packing but the very step on my notes is to always, always prepare my travel checklist and noting all the essentials that I have to put in my bag.
So what do I have on my list? Let’s make a rundown.
1. Gadgets, gadgets, gadgets
When I say gadgets, I pertain to several tech-related things —mobile phones, cameras, charger, laptop, tablets etc. If you are a shutterbug like me who loves recording everything, a video cam or a go-pro cam (on top of your phone and camera) might also be helpful. I also tend to bring work when I’m out of town. I figured I can write more when I am in a different place so I maximize the flow of my creative juices.
I also make sure that I bring the essential accessories with me such as power bank and battery packs, monopod and power adapter. Remember that it is always best to come prepared especially when you are bound to go on a different country as there might be different electric requirements or source of power might be limited.
2. Mobile Hotspot
I love updating my social media platforms when I am roaming around so I make sure I have a sturdy internet connection with me. Bringing a portable hotspot device can be very beneficial especially when you travel out of the country.
It is not just that, most countries have ride-hailing apps which can only be booked if you are connected to the internet so again, it is always best to prioritize connectivity.
3. Toiletries and a Waterproof Toiletry Bag
One thing I learned from my recent travels is that it is always best to pack light. We all know that toiletries and personal hygiene materials are essentials but we do not want to waste our precious baggage allowance with some extra big tubes of hair products and a bunch of face creams and serums. This is why I bought a set of travel-sized bottles and containers where I can put my beauty staples like a facial wash, moisturizer, toner, night creams, sunscreen, eye serums, lotions, and all my hair stuff. I put them in a waterproof toiletry bag (with a cute mini hanger) so I can bring everything in the shower room —no mess, no fuss.
3. Packing Cubes
Packing cubes are handy dandy bag organizers that come in a set (small, medium, large, XL etc.) and believe me, they are the best gift to travelers. With packing cubes, I can segregate my belongings depending on the category (undergarments, tops, bottoms, accessories etc.) and this saves me a lot of time especially when I get stuff for my OOTD. Some of them come with labels too so it is very easy to sort things.
Most packing cubes are made of nylon with net window so I get a preview of what’s inside. They also come in a variety of colors so you can be extra girly, quirky or simple depending on your travel mood.
4. Earphones or Headphones
I am a certified music-lover so I’m putting this on my list and yes, I purposely took this out my gadget category (number 1) because dude, this is my music! Whether your preference is a Bluetooth headset or a large set of headphones, it is always best to carry your playlist with you. You’ll never know how much time you’ll spend lounging in the airport or sitting on your flight plus it is always best to get some good round of music while walking on some unfamiliar alleys.
5. Medical Kit
You’ll never know what will happen in your travel so it is always best to be prepared. Bring some allergy meds, thermometer, a dose of paracetamols and some other ointments just in case you don’t feel well in your happy go exploration trip.
Also, don’t forget to take your multivitamins with you. Bring insect repellants, motion sickness pills or bands and some sunburn relief ointments especially when you are bound to go on a beach trip.
6. Travel Comfort Materials
One thing I do especially during long trips and flights is that I take the time to sleep or do quick naps. I bring a couple of comfort materials with me like travel pillow, neck cushion, blanket, some cute eye masks, and ear plugs to make sure that I still get some quality relaxation even when I am onboard.
7. Travel Documents and CASH!
I normally start collecting all my travel documents in a travel organizer —passport, visa, boarding ticket, government IDs and a bunch of frequent flyer and hotel cards to make sure they are intact even before I leave the house.
Apart from that, I also take the time to organize my wallet by sorting all my cards and cash in one place. This gives me a good inventory of what I have, how much do I need for the entire travel plus some extra things for the record.
8. Notebook and Doodle Sheets (Plus a Pen)
Now, this is something very personal. Although I have my gadgets with me, I still love writing and doodling on empty sheets. I am also very traditional so I tend to record important things and insights into a notebook.
Traveling and going on trips can be very enjoyable and of course, we don’t wanna ruin it with some simple mishaps like failing to bring a few of our personal essentials. Remember that preparing early is key.