Travel packing list plus travel tips you shouldn’t miss!

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To travel and see places is for sure a very exciting adventure. That is if you are well prepared with all the essentials you need. It can be so much of a hassle if you missed one of your go-to skin care product. More so, it can be quite a disappointment if you bring it with you but you can’t get it through the security check because it’s more than the allowable amount of liquid in your luggage.

Packing can be a very tedious job. I do suggest to start packing at least a week before your travel date, it gives you ample time to double if not triple check your luggage.

It is always good to have a travel checklist so here’s a short checklist for you.

Suitable wardrobe essentials

Before going out on a trip, be sure to check out the weather forecast in the place your visiting. You can check Accuweather for international and local weather forecasts. This will give you an idea of what you need the most to keep you comfortable on your travel. Hot climates mean you only need light and loose pieces paired with comfortable shoes or sandals. Of course, never miss out your to-die-for swimwear! For cold weather, be sure to bring thick/warm clothes, thermal shirts and jeans, jacket and/or coat, thick socks, scarf, hand gloves, ear puffs, and  winter hat. Uniqlo heatech products are must haves when it comes to winter clothing.

Toiletries

If you’ll be staying in a hotel or in a city where you can for sure buy toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner and deodorant, I suggest you skip that in your basic toiletry kit. But, if you’re traveling to a remote or off-the grid places, be sure to pack these essentials with you. It is advisable to have refillable bottles (maximum of 100ml) in a plastic transparent pouch. It will be much easier for you to pass through security check.

Don’t forget to bring your toothbrush, toothpaste and lotion, not all hotels provide these stuff. Ladies, be sure to have your sunscreen, moisturizer, make up, nail kit (except for sharp objects) and of course your favorite scent. Insect repellent cream/lotion is also a must.

Medicine and mini first aid kit

This is really important and is something I learned the hard way. I accidentally had a cut in my hand and I forgot to bring an antiseptic and bandage with me. So yeah, you should always have this especially when you’re out for hiking or camping. If you are taking medications, be sure to have it with you along with the prescription and bring enough medicine for the whole duration of your trip. With the spreading coronavirus, be sure to boost your immune system before traveling, check this out for some tips.

Card and cash

It is advisable to use cards to avoid currency exchange loss. In most European countries, credit cards are accepted everywhere but having some cash is a must. Go for currency exchange before going out of the country, Philippine currency are not accepted in most ForEx booth outside the country. Keep in mind that the maximum allowable amount you can bring in/out of the country is USD 10,000 or Php 50,000. Find out more here.

Gadgets and electronics

If you’re traveling for work, be sure to bring your laptop with you. For leisure and vacation, you wouldn’t want to miss any instagrammable view just because your phone or camera is out of battery, so, grab you power bank. Aside from this, it is for security and emergency purposes that you always keep your phone charged all the time. If you’re traveling to other country, be sure to bring with you travel adapter. Some hotels provide adapters but it’s best to be prepared.

Last but never the least, your travel documents

Your passport and visa (if applicable) is your key to travel. If you have supporting documents for business travels like LOI (letter of invitation) , always have it with you. You’ll never know when you need it. Keep a copy of your itinerary with you, showing flight numbers, hotel names and phone numbers.

I may not have perfected the art of traveling just yet but pretty sure below tips which I learned by frequent traveling for business will help you kick start.

  • Read about the place your visiting. Some places may have restrictions due to politics and religion.
  • Select the proper luggage size. Also, keep your luggage within the allowable weight. You would not want to leave some things in excess of the baggage allowance or pay extra for it. Most airlines will allow you to check one bag and have one carry-on bag. There is normally a maximum weight limit of 50 pounds per checked bag as well as a size restriction. Depending on the airline and the class you’re flying, there are different weight limits for your check-in luggage.
  • Avoid wearing over-layered outfits, belt and shoes with metal accessories. If you want to pass through the security scan quick and easy, be sure to heed my advice. No hassle for you and to others behind you in the queue.
  • Buy laundry bag or travel pouches. It will help you keep your things organized in your luggage, not to mix soiled clothes with the clean ones.
  • Wherever you go, always bring with you your passport or any identification card. Random security checks can be everywhere. Always be prepared.
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The most important thing to do is to plan ahead! Bring only what you really need and leave all useless or unnecessary stuff. Well, ladies would always want pack for more (I’m guilty of that!) but in the end, it’s up to you to decide if you want to bring the whole closet.

If you haven’t booked your ticket yet, do check out my reviews for Turkish airlines, EVA airways and Etihad airways.

Safe and happy travels everyone! Follow our blog for more adulting tips.

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