Feeling stress while packing for a trip? Well, you are not alone. Depending on the destination, packing needs adequate research so that you have everything that you will need. Choosing what to pack and what not to is not an easy task especially when you are traveling with kids. Here are 7 tips that can save your time and help you to pack effectively with this travel checklist for your New Year Vacays!
1. Choosing The Right Luggage
Depending on the number of travelers, and the duration of a trip, you can choose from a wide range of options available including rolling luggage, 4-wheels, duffel bag, wheeled backpack, carry-on bag, travel backpack and so on for your holiday packing list. If you have a long-haul flight and will be running to catch your connecting flight, nothing can be better than a duffel bag or wheeled backpack. Weight the situation and choose bag accordingly.
2. Don’t Forget the Basics
Your basics depend on the number of activities that you plan to do at the destination city. Make the most out of the space by using packing organizers. Packing organizers let you stay aware of what is located where and save space at the same time. In addition, you can use cubes or compression sacs to reduce the volume of the clothes that you are carrying. Packing organizers can be directly unpacked into the hotel drawers as well.
3. Carry TSA-compliant Toiletry Bag
Your toiletry bag should ideally have liquids, gels, pastes, and creams in containers less or equal to 100 ml. Make sure you carry basic items such as hair comb, deodorant, sunscreen, lip balm with SPF, feminine hygiene products and so on. The best thing you can do is to put these containers in a water-resistant zipper.
4. Personal Items To Be Carried
Carrying personal items is of utmost importance in your vacation checklist because you might not get the brand of your choice in the city you are traveling to. The idea behind keeping it separate from other bags is to be able to find it when needed. Don’t forget to carry personal items such as a camera, mobile charger, headphones, books, travel games and cards in a small backpack.
5. Important Documents and Cash
An organizer to keep a check of your travel items list is an indispensable part of any trip. This is a must to keep a track of all documents you need to include in your international travel checklist. The benefit of having a travel document organizer is that you have passports, IDs, credit cards, coins, documents, boarding pass – all at the same place. Be sure to carry transportation tickets, frequent flyer cards, reservations and itineraries, health insurance cards, etc.
6. Prepare To Be Safe and Secure
No matter which part of the world you are traveling to, you should always take precautions to be safe and secure. Make sure that expensive belongings are hidden and remain with you all the time. If possible, consider slashing valuable items under the cloth. Experts advise carrying a money belt, neck wallet or even undercover bra stash for that matter.
7. Preparing the Home
Many refrain from going for a trip as their pet will remain unattended. Issues like these can be taken care of with a little research and planning. Besides making arrangements for pets to be taken care of, you should ideally have the post office hold your mail. Don’t forget to unplug appliances and empty refrigerator as well. Let people know that you are on vacation by setting a vacation responder. Consider keeping valuable items in a safe place. To be on the safe side, turn off both heater and washing machine. While leaving for the trip, ensure that doors and windows are locked.
These are 7 tips you should follow to have an easy and comfortable journey. This checklist is a must.