Traveling internationally is a fun and exciting journey. You’re getting the opportunity to explore different places, meet different people, and step out of your comfort zone.
Whether you are a seasoned pro at traveling or this is your first big trip, it’s important to pay attention to what you pack. You don’t want to make the common mistake of over packing and having to carry around a bunch of things you don’t need.
And although what you pack will vary depending on where you are going, when you go to pack for your international vacation there are some key items to keep in mind.
Keep reading to learn the top 5 essentials you must pack for your next international vacation.
The Perfect Bag
Although you may not consider this an item you have to pack, the bag you choose to pack your things inside is important. Whether you choose to travel via a private jet hire or an economy flight, you don’t want to be lugging around a bag that’s unpractical.
Picking a bag that is lightweight, durable, and can fit all of your items will make a huge difference in your travel experience. Any experienced traveler will tell you that it’s no fun walking across a city and taking a subway system with a heavy piece of luggage.
But how do you know which bag is best? Here are some of the best options.
This is the traditional style suitcase you probably already own. The key to using one of these is limiting the size. Because although rolling bags can seem nice, they also tend to give you the room to overpack. Consider a small 4-wheeled bag that is lightweight and can easily glide alongside you.
Backpack With Wheels
If you like the idea of having wheels but are worried about having to awkwardly carry a suitcase up and down stairs, then consider a wheeled backpack. This can be a great option since it gives you the choice of carrying it on your back or rolling it on the ground.
This is the go-to choice for many seasoned travelers. It’s lightweight, can fit everything you need and makes traveling around from place to place a breeze.
Today’s world revolves around technology, so of course, there are certain technological items you must bring on your trip.
The number one most important is an adapter plug. Depending on where you are traveling, different countries are going to have different power outlets so your phone and computer charger won’t work unless you get some adapters.
Another great thing to bring is a power bank. While traveling all day you often kill your phone battery, and you don’t want to be stuck somewhere with no charge. Portable power banks come in a wide variety of both small and lightweight so that you can easily stick this in your bag when you are heading out.
Last but not least on the tech gear list is noise canceling headphones. These can make a world of difference in your ability to sleep when traveling on public transportation and sleeping in noisy hostels.
Packing clothes is the easiest way to overpack. The key to smart packing in this area is packing items that can be mixed and matched to make multiple outfits.
Instead of bringing 7 outfits for your week-long vacation, bring a couple of shirts, 2 pairs of pants, and a dress that can all be worn in various ways. It’s also helpful to check the weather of where you are going before you start to pack so you don’t end up having to purchase things once you are there because of unexpected conditions.
Consider using packing cubes to help organize your bag and limit your cramming.
Another important wardrobe essential is comfortable shoes. When traveling you do a lot of walking and having a reliable pair of shoes will make all the difference in your experience.
If you’re not comfortable purchasing medicine from a local drug store in the region you are visiting then you’ll want to bring some just in case you encounter any issues.
Consider packing yourself a mini first aid kit with some basics like band-aids, Advil, and antibacterial ointment. Also, throw in some cold and flu medicine and maybe even some motion sickness tablets.
Basically, you want to bring anything that you wouldn’t want to purchase in a foreign language. These things will help aid you in any unforeseen misfortune.
Besides the above-listed items, there a few more traveling essentials that help guarantee you’re packing like the pros. The most obvious is an up to date passport.
This may seem like an unnecessary reminder but forgetting your passport, or having one that is about to expire can be detrimental to your travels. Some countries even require your passport to be valid for six months after your arrival date so be sure to look into this.
It’s also recommended to bring a backup copy of your passport just in case you lose yours along the way. Also, consider purchasing travel insurance if you are going on an extended stay just to be safe.
Another good item to have is a foldable water bottle. These are easy to carry around with you and perfect for using at a fill-up station when you want some water. Travel water bottles also help you to be an eco-friendly traveler and prevent you from spending money on plastic bottles.
Start To Pack For Your International Vacation
Now that you have a list of must-have essentials you can start to pack for your international vacation. Traveling is a great experience as long as you are prepared properly.
Keep these listed items above in mind and most importantly enjoy your trip. Check out our blog for more traveling tips!