When you travel, you need to consider what are the necessary items to pack for the trip. I’ve traveled around the world—75 countries at last count—and I’ve learned that I can never leave home without C.H.E.E.S.E. By that I mean items that fall into six categories: Comfort, Health, Ease of communication, Entertainment, Safety and security, Edibles.
Trust me, you can leave your travel pillow at home, as long as you follow this list.
✔ Luggage with wheels
Suitcases with four wheels can increase your mobility—perfect for when you’re running to your connecting flight.
✔ Packing organizers
Different travelers may have different preferences regarding organizers. I find that space and weight are a commodity. By using compression sacs or cubes to reduce the volume of one’s packed clothes, you can gain more space for packing additional clothing.
✔ Lightweight clothing
Think space and weight again. Lightweight pieces can be layered.
✔ Walking shoes that can pass for dress shoes
Why pack two pairs of shoes when you can pack one?
✔ First-aid kit
It doesn’t have to be a full kit, but be sure to bring few bandages, gauze, adhesives, etc.
✔ Personal prescriptions
Also, make copies of your scripts or get a letter from your doctor.
✔ Pain and fever relievers
If you’re traveling with kids, pack both children and adult’s strength.
✔ Sunburn relief
When traveling to a sunny destination, it is a must.
✔ Insect repellent
You’ll want to bring it because it may not be available in certain destinations.
✔ Hand sanitizer
If you’re traveling abroad, hygiene standards may not be the same as in the U.S.
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EASE OF COMMUNICATION
✔ Mobile devices and chargers
Make sure you can change the SIM card in your phone and insert a local SIM card.
✔ Light iPad or laptop
Place those in your carry-on.
In many countries, headphones are the only way to listen to your devices.
✔ Electrical converters and adapters
If you want to stay connected, those are a must. Different countries have different electrical and outlet design than the ones used in the USA. Be prepared to have the appropriate converter that is used in your destination.
✔ Books and magazines
To lighten the load, read them online on one of your electronic devices.
✔ Electronic games
Download them in country of origin VS your host destination.
✔ Card games
A deck of cards is one of the most versatile games on a long flight and when meeting new friends.
Download online guidebooks for each of your destinations.
✔ Electronic translator
Will help you in learning few new words and to communicate with the locals.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Make a copy of all important documents and carry them with you.
✔ Passport and visa
Have them valid for at least 180 days before entering a new destination.
Use a money belt to store the cash.
✔ Credit cards
Store them in different locations. Make a copy, front and back, of each one that you bring on your trip.
✔ Travel lock
Lock your checked luggage. Lock the items you leave in your hotel room.
✔ Name tag
Put one on all your belongings.
✔ Frequent-flyer card number
Have a copy of it with you.
✔ Snack food
Carry with you small amount of dry food.
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