Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Packing For a Trip Abroad


Think minimalistic. Don't pack for the worse case scenario. If you do need to pick something up along the way, that is better than packing ten things you don't need. As Rick Steves says, "You can't travel heavy, happy, and cheap. Pick two." Create a personalized check list from the myriad of lists on line. Then type it out. Pack from it and then put the list in your suitcase to double check when repacking each time along your trip. This will prevent you from leaving that charger behind in a hotel room.

Documents

This is one of the most important areas to plan for and to have on your list. Your are not going anywhere without your passport and tickets. Make copies of any document your are carrying. Leave one copy with a relative or good friend and pack the other copy in a different place than the original documents. This way if a document is lost or stolen, you will have the official information to expedite replacement. It is also a good idea to leave your itinerary with someone in case you need to be reached.

Medication

Pack all of your prescription drugs and vitamins. Pack at least two day's supply in your carry on. If you tend to have motion sickness, make sure you also carry the Dramamine in your carry on bag. Carrying the name and contact information of your doctor is not a bad idea if you have any medical problems.

Financial

Notify your credit card provider and bank of the dates you will be out of the country. Bring currency of the country with you. There are currency exchange booths at the airport. Look for one that represents your personal bank. Use a money belt/bag to hold your financial documents and passport. Having a belt or hidden pocket that is RFID-Safe helps block your documents from being read.

Electrical

Check online to make sure you have the correct electrical adapters and plug converters. Leave bulky items at home. Check with your phone provider to get the best plan for using your phone while traveling. Call and give the company the dates you are gone.

Clothes

Pack items that mix and match and can be hand washed. Look for lightweight clothing that dries quickly. Two to three pair of pants, five or six tops, a sweater, a raincoat, two pair of shoes, five sets of underwear should do you. Pack a few accessories to change out your "look." Leave extra room in your suitcase. It might be fun to buy something there to bring home.

Bon Voyage!



Jonda S. Beattie
Professional Organizer

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