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Wise Words and something to keep in mind

I once heard someone say:  “I only need a suitcase and a travel checklist.  Without my checklist, I am lost..”

Wikipedia’s definitions: 

  • “A suitcase is a form of luggage.”
  • “A checklist is a type of job aid used to reduce failure…”

Interesting explanations – especially the last one.  We all have those days when we suddenly worry “did I pack this or that…”  Using a checklist obviously reduces the possibility of forgetting important stuff.  However should you forget something silly like a toothbrush, it opens up the opportunity for you to shop like a local and experience everyday life shopping in a foreign country or a different town.  See it as part of the experience and don’t stress too much.

Thankfully today a suitcase is no longer like the huge vintage trunks our great-grandparents got to know.  But, with this in mind, we often still pack way too much stuff for our holidays.

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Important:

These days the most important stuff to pack are:

  • Laptop
  • Cellphone
  • Adaptors
  • Chargers
  • Spare storage (or cloud)
  • Spare batteries
  • Baggage or luggage locks

 

And only then….we start thinking of ID, Passport, etc…  LOL  🙂

 

Four Things you should pack 1st

  • Passport/ID: Always bring your passport or ID when traveling internationally or domestically. Make sure to keep it in a safe and secure place.

  • Travel Documents: Along with your passport or ID, make sure to bring all travel documents such as tickets, itineraries, visas, and other important information.

  • Money: Bring some cash, a credit card, and a debit card with you. It’s always better to have multiple options for payment while traveling.

  • Phone and charger: Don’t forget your phone and charger! You’ll need your phone to stay connected with others, make reservations, and access important information.

Then pack the rest:

  • Clothes: Pack comfortable and appropriate clothing for your trip, depending on the weather and activities you plan to do. (See more great tips later in this article.)

  • Toiletries: Bring toiletries such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and any other items you need for personal hygiene. (But keep in mind if you’re not traveling to a very expensive country, you can always buy it on the other side.)

  • Medications: Bring any necessary medications you take regularly, and bring extra in case of unexpected delays.

  • Travel Adapter: If you’re traveling internationally, you’ll need a travel adapter to charge your devices.

  • Backpack or small bag: Bring a small bag or backpack to carry your essentials while exploring your destination.

Packing for a family

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Surely the phrase “Rather safe than sorry” sounds very familiar if you have ever packed a suitcase for a trip with the family.  Especially if your family included small babies or toddlers.  Without a doubt, you’ve often packed more than is necessary, just in case.  For example, extra clothes for this and that reason, or extra bottles of shampoo for each person, and there is nothing wrong with this.  I fully agree – being prepared rather than sorry…

However these days we don’t necessarily have loads of space to pack more than the bare necessities.  Often a suitcase is replaced by a backpack or two.  Although when traveling with kids, you still might need an extra bag, no matter how big an expert you are in the field of best packing tips and tricks.

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As you know there are two very important things to pack when traveling with young kids: 

  • Change of clothes: Accidents can happen, so it’s always a good idea to pack a change of clothes for your child and even for yourself in case of spills or accidents.  (Believe me, I’ve had my fair share… LOL)

  • Entertainment: Pack books, toys, games, or electronic devices to keep your child entertained during the flight. Consider downloading some kid-friendly movies or TV shows to your tablet or phone before you leave home.  (I download from YouTube and have it ready to go under Library even when I’m offline.)

We can help - with a travel checklist:

In my opinion, keeping to a list is the best idea.  Set aside enough time to make a list and check it as you go along with your everyday chores.  For example, I would start a list about a month before a big holiday, and then as I go about my day, I add things or take them off the list as I see it necessary.

We have structured a standard list to help you.  Maybe all you need is a suitcase and a travel checklist to start planning your next trip…

Travel Tips

But first - here are a few reasons why you should always pack a scarf, no matter where you travel to:

Travel Checklist what to pack for your holiday vacation trip abroad

A scarf or sarong is the best thing to pack…

I love packing a scarf because:

  • As a fashion accessory: A scarf can add a pop of color and style to any outfit and is a great way to accessorize while on holiday.  You can even turn them into a blouse. 

  • Beach cover-up: A scarf can be used as a lightweight cover-up at the beach or by the pool.  When traveling to some countries you are not allowed to enter places in a swimsuit or strap top.  This is where a scarf can come in handy to cover up.

  • Sun protection: Your lightweight scarf can be used to protect your head, neck, and face from the sun’s harmful rays while exploring your destination.

  • Bag accessory: Tie a scarf around your bag for a fun and colorful accessory that also helps you easily identify your bag.

  • Blanket: Use a scarf as a lightweight blanket while on a long flight or while taking a break during a long day of sightseeing…

  • Pillow: Fold it up and use it as a pillow while traveling or during a long flight.

  • Eye mask: It can be used as an eye mask to help you sleep while traveling.

  • Warmth: In colder weather, a scarf can be used as an extra layer of warmth to keep you cozy.

  • Bedsheet or Towel: Use a scarf as an emergency bedsheet – sometimes you land up in situations where you need something extra.  Or you can just as easily use it as an extra towel to dry off or clean up in case of spills or accidents.

  • FABULOUS IDEA – Souvenir: A scarf, or sarong, can make a great souvenir to remember your trip by, either for yourself or as a gift for someone back home.

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Article by:  Jo-Anne Naude
Article by: Jo-Anne Naude

Wanderlust-filled adventurer always discovering beautiful places