Planning to go travelling? You might be wondering just what you should be bringing along with you. Thankfully, I’ve managed to *almost* master the art of packing so I thought I’d give you just a couple of tips I’ve learnt along the way when it comes to what to pack – and not to pack.
Medication: Make sure you’re bringing some medication with you in order to stay healthy on your holidays. There’s a range of things you should remember – everything from paracetamol to antiseptic cream should be packed in case of any injury, illness or emergency. If you require special medication that needs to be brought on board the plane, make sure you liaise with customs beforehand – I’ve heard horror stories of people being stopped due to taking something like Tramadol, which is something I often need to carry!
Comfortable clothing: Travelling requires you to wear clothes that won’t be too restricting, unsuitable or uncomfortable. Don’t opt for skinny jeans, heavy jumpers or high heels, for example – the key to comfort when travelling lies in loose clothing, suitable footwear and layers in case of cold weather.
Sunscreen: Wherever you are in the world, it’s crucial you’re not forgetting the sunscreen. Sunburn could prove to be terribly detrimental to your health, with potential illnesses such as sunstroke and even sun poisoning sometimes being severe enough to warrant hospitalisation. On a couple of occasions I have been caught out thinking I can buy sunscreen when I get to my destination but it’s always SO expensive.
Travel Adapters: I’ve been caught out on this so many times and trust me, you don’t want to be buying these at the airport as you WILL get ripped off.
All your valuables: Don’t put yourself at risk of being a victim of theft. If you’re flaunting your valuables when travelling, especially in the lesser-developed, poorer areas of the world, you may be the target for opportunistic locals. Practices such as bag-snatching leave travellers compromised constantly – don’t let it happen to you.
Gadgets: In the same vein, it’s also a bad idea to bring an abundance of gadgets with you. Not only will they take up a massive amount of room in your luggage, they’re likely expensive and therefore sought after by thieves. Plus, when travelling the world, gadgets will be a distraction from the surrounding wonder – your phone and camera will be enough. I’ve also been stopped taking my drone through security, so be wary of things like that!
Your entire wardrobe: I’M SO GUILTY OF THIS – but you simply don’t have enough space to bring an abundance of clothing. You’ll be constantly on the move when travelling, so keep it restricted – stick to a few outfits and a couple of pairs of shoes, as well as a fleece and/or coat for the colder areas.
I’m thinking of doing a much longer version of this post as I have lots more tips to give, so let me know if you’re interested!