When you prepare for a trip to another state or country, you want to be organized when you pack because this takes the stress out of travel preparation and if you pack at least three to four weeks before the trip, you will not have a lot to do on the day you head to the airport or bus station. You should research the city or country you plan to visit before the trip starts because you can find out which places you want to see and if certain festivities are within your budget.
Most airports have strict guidelines on the size of your luggage and which items you can pack in the suitcase so if you want to avoid delays at the airport, it is important that you pack light for the trip. You want to include extra outfits for emergency purposes, your camera, foreign-language phrasebook, emergency toiletries and one or two toys for the kids when they get bored. Of course, don’t forget equipment and such that you might need for exploring your destination. You can find lightweight flashlights, gps receivers and other useful safety equipment from a store that specializes in pilot supplies. You should also purchase a suitcase with wheels as this makes getting around the airport easier.
Another thing you should do is pack according to the season you are in. If it is December and you are traveling to Boston, you know it will be cold and sometimes snowy there so you should pack adequate amounts of cats, gloves, sweaters and turtlenecks for the trip. Also include one heavy coat and two pairs of warm boots as well as socks.
Roll The Clothes
If your suitcase has limited space, you should roll up your clothes to reduce wrinkling and so you can fit most of your clothing. If you have some very large clothing items that you cannot up, pack these in a separate suitcase with larger space.
Remember What You Cannot Bring In The Luggage
You should also contact the airport and find out which items you cannot bring in your luggage and the bag you plan to take with you on the airplane. This is important because the workers at the airport have strict guidelines on these types of items and you do not want to hold up the line for this reason.
Bring Important Documents
You should pack your important documents such as medical insurance papers, your passport, and other documents you may need in the event of an emergency. This is especially true if you are traveling to another country.
Avoid Packing Expensive Items
You do not want to pack expensive jewelry or high-tech gadgets such as your Mac computer or iPad because these put you at risk of being the victim of crime. After all, the purpose of your trip is to enjoy yourself or your loved ones and your e-mails can wait for a few days.
First Aid Items Are Essential
Another important thing to bring is the first aid kit because you will need this if you come across an emergency medical situation. Carry Band-Aids, your prescriptions, rubbing alcohol and a bag of cotton balls. You should also bring insect repellent with you on the trip.
Don’t Forget The Debit and Credit Cards
This is important because you need a supplement to the cash you plan to spend and worldwide Visa and Mastercards are accepted. Before the trip you should pay down as much of the credit card debt as possible so you will be able to use the card. In conclusion, when you pack ahead of time and wisely, you will have less stress at the airport and on the trip. You can focus more on having a good time.