Need some advice on what and how to pack for your next trip? We have you covered with some great insight.
We have made a step-by-step guide to help you make sure you have everything covered before embarking!
Step 1: Collect Important Travel Documents, Cash, and Credit Cards
Start by collecting all of your important documents in a travel document organizer (this travel organizer holds a passport, ID, seven credit cards, coins, documents, a boarding pass, and a pen!). This will help ensure everything you need to get from one place to the next is all in one place. Think about including the following documents:
- Personal ID, including a student ID card if you have one
- Frequent flyer card(s) and other loyalty program cards such as a hotel or hostel
- Cash and credit card(s)
- Health insurance cards/document(s)
- Travel insurance info
- Reservations and itineraries
- Hotel and/or tour contact information
- Transportation tickets (plane, train, bus, car, etc.)
- Emergency contacts and important addresses
It’s a good idea to double-check your passports and IDs aren’t expired. You’ll also want to inform your bank if you’re traveling abroad so they don’t assume fraudulent activity and freeze your card. You may also want to email yourself a copy of your passport, driver’s license, medical cards and itinerary, so if anything happens to them you’ll be able to access them online.
Step 2: Prepare Your Personal Item Carry-On Bag
The next thing you’ll want to do is prepare your personal item carry-on bag with anything you’ll want with you on the flight. It’s always a good idea to make sure you have an outfit (or two) and a few essential toiletries in your personal item just in case your luggage is lost. If you’ll be traveling around to multiple destinations, make sure this bag has items to keep you cozy on any train, boat or bus rides. It’s always nice to have a bag that’s easy to access so you don’t have to get in your main travel bag each time you need your eye mask. But remember, you’ll be carrying all of this, so keep it light.
We recommend you consider using a small daypack or backpack as your personal item. Here are some good things to include:
- Mobile device and charger
- iPad or e-reader and charger
- Headphones (consider noise-reducing headphones if you’re sensitive to sound)
- Camera and/or a video camera, memory card, and charger
- Electrical converters and adapters
Travel Comfort, Entertainment, and Information
- Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask, and ear plugs
- Travel journal and pen
- Books and magazines
- Guide books, travel guides, maps, language guides, etc. (if you will need any of these upon arrival at your destination, put it in your carry-on)
- Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
- Prescriptions in original packaging (you’ll want to make sure you have these in your carry-on bag just in case something were to happen to your checked luggage)
- Glasses and case
For more inspiration about what to bring with you in your airplane personal item, read this post from travel writer Kelly O’Reilly.
Step 3: Choose Your Main Bag
Whatever you’re planning, we recommend luggage that is versatile, lightweight and big enough to hold all your essentials. The most important decision you’ll m
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