There is nothing like the excitement you get when preparing for your next travel experience. From the moment you start looking for somewhere to go, to stepping off that plane, you will be in constant planning mode. And a lot of that planning will centre around packing the right things. Guaranteed you will forget something after your weeks of list making, debating items, and repacking epidemics, but it can be so easy to over pack. And not just your suitcase. When heading on that plane your carry on bag needs to have your essentials, but you don’t want to stuff it full of things until it’s too big to fit over head or that you can’t find what you’re looking for with ease.
Keep all your documents, like tickets and your passport, organised with a travel folder. This will be easy to find in your bag and will protect all your vital paperwork from damage in your bag – god forbid that anything leaks all over your tickets, or they tear from being crumpled at the bottom of the bag.
An airport is a place full of pick-pockets, which is why you should choose a closed and secure bagel begin with. It is also why carrying your wallet or purse in your pocket is as stupid idea. And when you pull it out to pay for the super cheap bottle of wine in duty free, don’t let others see the amount of money in there. Before travelling, empty your purse of all those receipts and loyalty cards to make it look smaller.
Something to read
Long flights can be boring and the in flight movie is often something no one really wants to watch. So make sure you have something to read. Instead of taking a handful of novels with you, why not invest in a kindle and take a mini library? This option is great seeing as you can download a language book or two as well as you usual favourites.
Whether that’s reading glasses or sunglasses – you’re going to need them. If you’re short on space then try ThinOPTICS in place of your usual reading glasses. And where it sounds The the idea to buy cheaper sunglasses might sound great for your budget , but they aren’t always the best choice for your eyes.
If you need any medication then make sure it’s in your hand luggage. If, for whatever reason, your suitcase goes missing then so does your medicine. Make sure everything is labelled and if it’s has been prescribed then you need to have a letter from your doctor with your medication at all times.
Hate that popping feeling in your ears when taking off and landing? The simple task of sucking on a mint can stop it from happening at all. Plus it’s nice to have something to freshen your breath after hours on a plane.
No matter where you go in the world you will be extremely disappointed if you don’t take any pictures. Your camera will be a lot safer with you in your hand luggage than in your suitcase – again, in case it gets lost.