Whether you are a seasoned globetrotter or traveller newbie, having a detail travel packing list for your local or international trip can relieve some of the stress of preparing for your trip, even if you leave it to the last minute. Under-packing will leave you unprepared, but if you over-pack you run the risk of your luggage being over the regulated weight and have to pay baggage, and forgetting a travel document might make up miss your trip entirely.
Even writing this is stressing me out, and that's why I created an ultimate luggage checklist. There is a ton of things that need to be done in order to make your trip successful, and this can often become overwhelming and stressful. My checklist takes away the stress of deciding what to pack in your cabin baggage, hand luggage, and handbag/backpack so there will be no purses/phones/swimsuits/bras left behind.
Packing Tips and Tricks
Before you start packing, here are a few things you need to keep in mind:
Check the weather at your destination as this will determine the season-suitable clothing you pack.
Make note of how many days and nights you will be away as this will affect the number of necessary outfits.
Make a note of any special events you might attend or activities that require clothing not worn every day.
Travel sized bottles and items are the way to go.
Right, now lets get to the tips and tricks that will make your travel packing stress-free.
Choose the right sized suitcase
If you only have one bag then you are already good to go. If you have multiple suitcases, pick the smaller one to avoid over packing. Trust me when I say you don't need an extra pair of shoes, or another "just-incase" sweater. A larger bag means that we pack because there is space, so limiting the space will help pack what we need rather than what we think we need.
Pack essentials first
Essentials are items that you cannot purchase at your destination that you trip relies on. Passports, hotel reservations, plane tickets, purse, credit card, and camera all form part of the essentials.
Choose tops and bottoms that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. Think about it this way, if you take 3 tops and 3 bottoms you could make up to 9 different outfits.
Lay everything out
Laying everything out will help you plan outfits better. You will be able to see all the items that you are packing clearly and identify any missing items easily.
Bag up your toiletries
We've all had it happen to us. We have arrived at our glorious summer holiday, ready to hit the beach, only to open our bag and find shampoo on every thing. Toiletries leak so pack them in a secure waterproof bag to avoid disappointment.