With your flights and hotel booked, the luggage is the last thing stopping you from that great holiday. We know it feels like a chore, but if you follow our expert packing tips you’ll never have to worry. Whether you travel frequently or not, it always feels nice to do it right. A good vacation requires a lot of planning and a foolproof ‘things to take’ list that you can always fall back on the last minute.
No matter what your travelling instincts are (adventure or some relaxing family time) here is a list of ‘Must-Takes’ to help you when you are ‘on the go’.
All important documents
Put all your important documents, ticket, passport visa health insurance (for international travel) ID, credit cards, emergency contact and addresses in a travel document organiser. Carry it on your person. This is to ensure everything is in one place and you don’t have to open bags and purses to fish out these documents.
Don’t forget the first aid kit
We’re not asking you to prepare for ER, just a small bag with the most necessary pills and medicine you might need. After all, nobody wants to suffer a punishing headache, high-climate fever, upset stomach or all three during a holiday. It might be easy enough to pick up a domestic remedy for your ailments at home, but medicines in the country you are visiting may be limited to prescription only. The same goes for allergy meds and asthma remedies – bring them on board!
You need to have some cash and ATM, debit or credit cards whenever you spend a vacation overseas or within the country.
Never forget to carry some handy cash. If you are one of those ‘perfect planners’ then it is good to have some planning of the amount of money you intend to spend on the trip. Manage your money wisely.
CLOTHES (INCLUDING PJ'S)
Remember to take light layers and warm layers. Pack enough clothes to last the duration of your stay. But don't overpack - it's going to be hard to fit everything in your backpack if you take more than necessary. If you're going on a long trip, be sure to check the hostel has a laundry room so you can wear clothes over again.
The DIGI Stuff
Cell phone, camera, laptop/ iPad, chargers and cable, extension cords and adaptors are all must-items when you are travelling these days. Make sure they all go into your travel bag before you leave home.
Carry utility items, which include, umbrella, sunglasses, torch, mosquito coil and repellant, match box, Swiss knife, sunscreen lotions, sewing kit, hand sanitizer, wet wipes and cold cream if you are going to a winter destination. An alarm clock, in case you don’t use your cell phone for the purpose, is also essential.
If there’s room in your checked bag, take sunscreen along with you. You’ll find it’s more expensive at most beach destinations.
The good news is that you’ll be able to find a replacement phone charger at the airport. That’s no problem. The bad news is that it may cost you $20 or more.
Small snacks that will fit in your backpack. Breakfast bars, trail mix, sweets. These will come in handy if you’re going trekking/hiking. Or they can make for a quick, easy breakfast on the go.
GLASSES/ CONTACT LENSES/ CONTACT LENSES CLEANER
For those who need to wear glasses, the above are all SO important. You want to actually be able to SEE when you're travelling. Or what's the point?