Making a Travel Packing List

by Mitchell on October 17, 2011

If you are planning on travelling for an extended period of time you will need to make sure that you bring the right stuff with you. Yes, you can buy stuff while abroad but this can be time consuming, difficult, and more expensive. It makes sense to gather together the basic items you will need for your travels before you leave. Only you can truly decide what you’ll need for your travels but tools like The Travel Packer can help figure out what to pack. This article will give you some basic guidelines on what to put on your packing list.

The clothing you bring for travelling will depend on where you are going.
Be aware that if you are travelling in a variety of different places or for more than a month then the temperatures and weather will change. You will need to be prepared for any weather you may encounter. As a result you will have to pack a variety of different clothes to handle different situations. It makes sense to pack lightweight clothes as you will be carrying them around in your backpack and the less weight the better.

Next, think about what activities you may do while travelling. If your going to be doing lots of hiking or camping then you will need to add that specific gear to your packing list. If you plan on playing sports like soccer or tennis while abroad then you’ll need to bring suitable equipment for that.

Now you need to make sure that you have all your toiletries and medication you may need.
Put your shampoo and conditioner into travel size containers (under 100ml if you’ll be taking your bag on the plane) and get anything else you may need. You can buy basic toiletries while on the road so don’t worry about running out of toothpaste or deodorant!

If you’ll be travelling internationally you’ll need to have a passport. You can get one of these from your local passport office. Some countries also require you to have a visa before you go to them. You will need to find out if the countries you are going to require a visa or not. Pack your passport (along with any visas or other important documents) in a waterproof pouch (ziploc bags work great) and put it somewhere in your bag that is easily accessible for you but not too obvious for thieves.

Once you have everything you need on your packing list then start getting it together and seeing how it fits into your backpack. Put the heavier items at the bottom and the lighter or more fragile ones at the top. Some backpacks have separate compartments and you can divide your stuff into those.You can also make your own compartments by separating clothes, toiletries etc. into different bags and then placing those bags in your bigger backpack.

So you should be all packed by now. Great work! Tick off everything on your packing list and give yourself a pat on the back. Time to start travelling!

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