We have curated this blog to assist you with the essential packing tips so that you can travel like a pro.
While making travel plans, packing can be the most stressful and time-consuming task that you must carry out with utmost care! So whether you are moving abroad for your higher education or finally making that much-awaited Europe tour with your friends, you should start packing at least a week before your departure!
In case you’re travelling for the first time and are unsure what and how to pack, don’t worry! We have curated this blog to assist you with the essential packing tips so that you can travel like a pro. So without further ado, let’s dive straight into it!
Create a packing list
First thing first! You need to create a packing list to determine all the things to bring along with you and the items that you have to purchase.
Making a packing list is often a fail-proof method to avoid leaving out an important thing back home, such as your phone charger, earphones, slippers, etc. And in case you have forgotten to bring that one essential item with you, then the moment you reach your student flat in Nottingham or student accommodation in Sheffield, you will have to rush to the local shops to buy it. So to save yourself from the last-minute hassle, you must get started with your packing list weeks before your departure date!
Your packing style and items can be a personal choice; however, there are certain essentials that all of us need to pack. So what are those? Check them out below!
- Electronics: phone charger, earphones, laptop, power bank (optional).
- Toiletries: toothpaste, toothbrush, tongue cleaner, floss, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, sunscreen, hair comb, soap/body wash, and deodorant
- Paperwork: flight ticket, passport, visa, and other official documents required along with their photocopies
- Clothes: Research the place’s weather first and then pack your clothes accordingly. But don’t forget the usual clothing articles like undergarments, workout clothes, and sleep wears.
- Extra tools: a small lock to use on zippers, a luggage tag to quickly identify your bag(s) at the airport
- Miscellaneous: carry some medicines and period products (if you’re a woman)
Keep your stuff organised
No matter how tempting it seems to throw all your stuff clumsily into your bags to save time and effort, you should resist the urge as it will only cause you more trouble! You will ruin your clothes with wrinkles, suffer leakage of any liquid product in your bag, or have difficulty finding the items you need on time since everything is cluttered inside!
So that’s why many travel experts often emphasise that while you begin packing your stuff, you must do it in an organised way! For that purpose, you can buy several pouches and add products and items alike inside them, such as toiletries in one, make-up items in another, etc. Also, when you pack your clothes inside your luggage bag, make sure to roll instead of folding them. It is an effective method to prevent your clothes from getting deep wrinkles, plus it allows you to have more space in your bag.
Put your valuables in your carry-on bag
You should always put your valuable items like your phone, passport, official documents, wallet, jewellery, laptop, etc., in your carry on bag and not in your checked luggage. When you travel on a plane, there is always a risk involved with your luggage getting lost or stolen. So, to avoid such adverse scenarios of losing your expensive and crucial things, you should always bring them on the aeroplane in your carry-on bag!
Finally! What not to pack
There is often a possibility that you may overpack or under pack. But if you tend to overpack and your luggage exceeds the maximum limit of the free baggage allowance, you have to pay extra money!
So what are the dispensable items, and you can leave them behind
- Snacks: resist the urge of packing a lot of snacks with you. If you really desire to, opt for the ones not available in your new city.
- Books: In case you have a habit of reading and always need a good book to pass your time, we suggest instead of packing some along with you, it is better that you purchase ebooks or online reading services.
- Expensive items: since you're travelling to an unknown place away from the safe confines of your home, there is always a risk involved with the pricey item getting stolen or lost.
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Harshita Anand is a postgraduate in English Journalism and a graduate in Hotel Management. She has worked in various industries and with people from all walks of life. Her dynamic experience sparked her curiosity to constantly learn new things about the world and write passionately about them.