The first thing any traveler needs to take care of before traveling is packing. However, it is a fact that most of us usually do leave packing to the last minute. In the process, we end up forgetting many things and adding unnecessary things assuming we “might” need it. What might come to our rescue in this case is an itemized packing list. A packing list drawn up over a span of time ensures that you don’t forget anything important and also prevents you from over- stuffing that suitcase. Most importantly, it saves you from the sky-high extra-baggage fees. Drawing up a general list would be most helpful, for example, a list which has all the necessities you would need anywhere you travel. It can then be improvised depending on the trip you’re going on.
Before packing, checking the weather of the place you are traveling to might come in handy. Doing this will save you from carrying stuff you wouldn’t even need once during the entire trip or help you from missing out on taking something very essential- for example, rain gear, if you are Volunteering in Dharamsala and monsoon catches you unawares.
It surely is a difficult choice between what clothes to take and what to leave behind. However, what many practice and I am about to state shortly is a full-proof, tried and tested traveler technique, certified and recommended by experts. You should choose your bottoms and your shirts so that each apparel can be worn with the other instead of having to carry a whole lot of outfits. Preferably, your trousers should be cotton, these are light weight and easy to wear and not denims as these are bulkier. Say you take 3 shirts and 3 trousers that can all be worn with each other, you would have 9 outfits! Another handy invention for travelers is disposable underwear(though comfort levels may vary when it comes to using it).
Here is a pretty useful list I found on http://www.budgettravel.com, about Things we never pack but should:
- A Power Strip for emergency charging requirements
- A bandana – its multipurpose uses come in handy.
- Duct Tape – “From bandaging up exploded luggage to removing lint from clothing, duct tape earns its all-purpose reputation. Carry a small roll with you to patch tears in shoes, bags, or clothing; baby-proof your hotel room by covering outlets and securing drawers shut; hold together a well-worn guidebook when the spine gives out; and more. (Stephanie Adams).”
- Moist Towelettes (Wet-Wipes) – “They aren’t just for babies! Not only can you sanitize your hands and kill germs on tray tables, doorknobs, tabletops, and other public places, you can also use them as a refreshing face cloth after a day spent in transit. The alcohol in many wet wipes helps remove ink stains in a pinch, too.”
- Safety Pins – A savior for wardrobe malfunctions
Wish you Happy Packing and Safe Travels!