Going on vacation is fun, and if you have time then the packing is fun as well. but, many of us are so busy that we barely have time to think about packing; this is why the travel checklist has become such an important part of traveling for many of us.
Travel Packing Checklist – Why We Need One?
Originally packing lists were jotted down on bits of paper or in our diaries, now they have become much more advanced with many of us having them saved on phone or app!
So, what does the perfect travel packing checklist have to contain?
Travel checklists are about organization. The great designed checklist must have all the appropriate sections. These should include; health essentials, toiletries, daily wear, evening wear, practical essentials, etc.
How to use a travel packing checklist
There are some things which you will need where ever you are going and for whatever length of time, you are staying.
These are the items that you place in your spreadsheet and never change or remove (the best way to identify these is to change the cell color so that you don’t accidentally delete them).
What Should Be on a Travel Packing Checklist?
It is a good idea to start a checklist right after booking a trip to ensure that there is sufficient time to find everything added to the list.
- Knowing the type of holiday usually dictates the sort of clothing that needs to be packed. Depending on how long the break will last and the type of weather conditions to be expected helps to determine how many of each clothing item will be needed. But perhaps most important is to keep in mind any baggage allowance restrictions.
- Sundries such as toiletries, sun creams, and insect repellents can be added, but are not crucial as they can always be purchased. But prescribed medications are an absolute must for the checklist and a copy of the prescription form. Depending on the destination they may not be available or at least may prove very costly to buy.
- A valid passport is required to travel out of and into any country is top of the list. It is always best to check if a Visa or other documents are required by the authorities at the intended holiday destination. A Visa can sometimes be applied for several weeks before the date of travel.
- Sufficient money perhaps as travelers’ cheques, the relevant type of currency or credit and debit cards which can be used at the holiday destination.
- Other necessary documents such as travel tickets and insurance documents, confirmation papers for accommodation car hire, and other booking papers need to be included. It is always recommended that photocopies of important documents such as a passport and a list of emergency contact numbers are carried and should be added to any checklist.
International travel packing list tips and tricks
In these days of reduced baggage allowances and hefty excesses for anything over the prescribed weight, it’s clever to think carefully before packing. Whilst there are a few people out there who consider layering the solution to maximizing their holiday wardrobe, wearing multiples tops and two pairs of trousers on the plane is never a good look.
Here are our tips for getting the best results out of a small suitcase.
#1 Only take what you need
This sounds obvious, but unnecessary or inappropriate items are often the cause of the over-packing problem. Think logically about where you’re going and what you’ll be doing – check the weather forecast as close to your departure date as possible and keep in mind, taking clothes that easily wash and dry means packing less.
#2 Essentials first
Before deciding on which evening heels to choose for a night on the tiles – make sure you’ve got the real essentials sorted, I like to think of these as the three P’s: pants, passport, purse.
#3 Select, then pack
Rather than just throwing stuff into a case, the best approach to frugal packing is to first select your items, put them to one side, go away and have a cup of tea, then come back to the pile and edit before submitting.
#4 Don’t double up
If you’re traveling with a partner or friend check and see what they are packing – there’s no need for you both to pack all your own toiletries. Tally up a complete list and divide it between two cases.
#5 Roll rather than fold
Despite a lack of solid scientific research to explain the reason why, it always seems that suitcases will take more clothing if the items are rolled rather than folded – plus if you roll using a layer of tissue paper you minimize creasing.
#6 Intelligent hand luggage
It’s wise to ensure that your hand baggage doubles up as an overnight bag, so if your main hold all goes walkabout, you’re not stuck on holiday with just a trashy airport novel and a liter of duty-free gin to your name.
#7 Travel Insurance
Once you’ve taken the trouble of refining your packing procedure don’t go and risk it all, make sure you’ve got some travel insurance, this will ensure that if you do lose your case or the flight gets canceled, you’ve got a back-up plan.
packing a suitcase like a Professional Traveler
It doesn’t matter how often you travel during the year and it is for business or leisure when you have to pack a suitcase, it is nice to be able to do so as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Here are my Tips on How to Pack Like a Pro:
- Before you begin pulling each item of clothing out of your closet, find out what the weather is going to be like at your destination, and determine accordingly.
- Bring clothes that you could layer and wear in different combinations.
- Don’t throw everything into your suitcase helter-skelter, instead lay all of the items on your bed or floor, and start with the heaviest items first.
- Spread out your clothes like long pants and heavy sweaters and arrange them at the base of your bag.
- Determine if you need to roll up or fold your shirts. hold shirts from getting wrinkled you can fold them over a magazine to hold their shape.
- Build one layer at a time and fill any small spaces with objects such as socks, underwear, ties, etc.
- Put your shoes in plastic cases and remember to fill them with socks, toiletries, and different small items.
- Wrap any liquid-stuffed items like shampoos or fragrance bottles inside a plastic bag in case they start to leak.
- Usually, pack fragile items within the center of your suitcase where they’ll have the most protection.
- In case you plan to hold your suitcase onto an airplane, use travel-size toiletries to save space (they have to be 3 oz. or less)
- Most airlines have weight restrictions, check before you get to the airport.
- Try to travel light, if you can. Usually, what you don’t have, you don’t need.
Packing a suitcase for your next trip will be easy as long as you plan and follow the tips I have given above.
No matter whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, knowing how to pack can make your trip go more smoothly. By using some simple packing tips you can keep your clothes free from wrinkles, save space, and make sure you get to your destination with everything you need.
Vacation packing FAQs
Q: What are some packing essentials?
Different people have different priorities when it comes to what is important to them, but every traveler should have some key objects that need to be brought on their travels.
Most Important Essentials generally are Toiletries – Clothes – Documents – Medications.
Q: How do I make packing for a trip easier?
1 – Know your destination first
2 – check the weather forecast
3 – Roll clothes and pack them first
4 – Avoid over or under-packing
5 – Don’t Forget the medication
6- Use Packing Cubes
7 – leave unnecessary items at home
8 – Organize your liquids bags.
9 – take with you a reusable water bottle.
10 – make the heavy items at the bottom.
Q: What should I pack for a 7-days trip?
A Packing list for 7 days trip should consist of the following items (in one carry-on bag):
3 shorts or skirts
2 dressy options (mix and match with different accessories and outerwear)
1 outerwear — sweater or jacket
1 pair sneaker
1 pair of dressy shoes
1 pair flip-flop
2 bathing suits
Accessories (scarves, jewelry)
Q: How to pack a backpack for travel?
Here are some basics and tips to pack your backpack:
clothes Bag – all your clothes, besides what you wear, need to be stuffed into a medium-sized stuff bag with compression straps to pull it right into a super-tight package.
bottom Base – Fill the remaining bottom space with a fleece jacket or sweater for a tight fit base that doesn’t allow any sliding or shifting moves.
Electronic Gear – Pack a small laptop with a protective case into the separate sleeve
Protective Padding – A sleep sheet or lightweight sleeping bag is perfect for stuffing the space around your electronic gear for a secure and stable fit.
Fill up space – through now your backpack has to be at least halfway full. Take your remaining odds and ends and fill up any holes or spaces left. Dirty clothes, a first aid kit, assorted cable, and battery bags, and a toiletry kit with medicines all work well.
Outside Pockets – Keep the number of outside pockets to a minimum.
Top Lid Pocket – The catchall for small gadgets, use the top pocket for maps, a book, a mobile smartphone, snack food, and lip balm and creams.
Pack cover – A compact water-resistant pack cover is light and serves to protect your pack from rain, wear and tear, and unseen hands intent on making your day an awful one.
Water Bottle – An empty or full Nalgene bottle clips easy to your harness and reminds you to stay hydrated while traveling, without taking up valuable pack space inside.
Q: How early should I start packing for vacation?
Packing earlier may be tedious. in case you give yourself enough time to accumulate what you need; it won’t be as annoying. it would even be fun!
I think that 2 to 3 weeks are enough to start packing for your trip.
Q: What are some helpful travel packing apps?
Q: What do you think about packing cubes? Are they helpful?
Packing cubes are very useful for keeping your stuff and your luggage organized. They must be an essential part of your travel packing checklist.
Q: How do I maximize space in my luggage?
Here are some easy ways to maximize space on your luggage:
Use a Small Suitcase or Bag.
Roll Your Clothes.
Wrap Your Belt in Your Shirt.
Put Shoes on the Bottom.
Pack the Inside of Your Shoes.
Use a Glasses Case to Store Small Items.
Avoid Using Small Pouches.
Wear Your Bulkiest Item