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What I Pack When I Travel

Packing mishaps range from minor inconveniences (like heading to Cabo without a swimsuit) to downright disastrous (getting to the airport only to discover your passport is missing…yikes!).

But most packing problems can be easily avoided. Here is a list of things that I pack when I travel in addition to the obvious….such clothes, makeup, travel-size toiletries etc. 

  • Passport (check the expiration!)
  • Insurance Cards
  • Credit Cards
  • Bank Card
  • Driver’s License (again double check the expiration date)
  • Insurance Documentation
  • Local Currency
  • Charging Cords for all Electronic Devices
  • Portable Phone Charger
  • Masks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sanitation Wipes
  • SunScreen
  • Bug Spray
  • First Aid Kit
  • Pain Relief
  • Antacids
  • Tide Stick
  • Wrinkle Release Spray
  • Travel Size Dr. Bronner Magic Soap 
  • Small Ziplock Bags
  • Pens
  • Refillable Water Bottle

** This list is not meant to be all encompassing. You probably have a few items that you would add to your list. Let me know what you would add to the list in the comments below.

How do you pack?  Are you a clothes folder or a roller?

I roll my clothes and pack them neatly inside of packing cubes. Why? Because with packing cubes, I know exactly where my clothes are when I need them and there’s not a mess in my suitcase…no missing socks!  Plus with packing cubes you can get more clothes into a smaller space. This is also super helpful if you’re travelling to multiple destinations where you need to pack and unpack over and over again. 

I typically pack clothes that are wrinkle resistant and easy to hand-wash.  If they do come out a bit wrinkled, that’s where the wrinkle release spray comes in.  I just put my cubes with the rolled clothes in the dresser drawers and voila!  I’m organized and dressed for a night on the town in no time.

Do you want to know a secret?

Unlike a lot of travellers, I don’t always bring a carry-on bag when I fly. Especially if I don’t have to pay for checked bags but even so, I try not to over-pack as much as possible. Besides, who wants to deal with lugging a giant suitcase around the airport…not to mention stuffing it into the overhead bins while everyone stares at you. No, thanks!

I generally plan for two outfits per day, one for day-time activities and one for evening. I also bring 3-4 pairs of shoes – comfortable walking shoes that I wear on the plane, work out shoes in case I feel ambitious, evening shoes in a neutral tone so they go with everything. And of course…flip flops!

Keep these tips handy for your next adventure – but of course – hiring a travel advisor is always a good idea to make sure you have everything you need when you need it! Contact me to get started.