Summer is here and it’s time for a well-deserved gateway!
But no matter how often you travel, you will always realize you missed something, in the middle of all the excitement and impatience for your trip.
What do I pack for traveling? How much should I pack for my trip? Should I have a travel checklist? What exactly should I plan and prepare for my trip?
Below are the five most important travel hacks for you to consider before traveling. I tried to narrow them as much as possible so that everything else falls under these five points.
I know the article looks long but I have attempted to provide a detailed list to help you plan better. I promise it’s worth it.
Obviously, there are some things that need to be done before your trip. Try to start with this part as early as possible. Once you know the dates and book your trip, you’re set. Research is important because you don’t want to spend the first few days of your trip trying to know what you should do, instead of actually doing them. Plus, you don’t want to come back from your trip only to realize you have missed an important event that was happening during your stay. And finally, visiting any city as a local rather than a tourist makes a huge difference.
Do your research on events during your stay, famous attractions, hidden and traditional restaurants, vintage shops, local markets, pop-ups, etc.
And finally, make sure to do your research on the people and culture of the city you’re visiting to avoid any clash or incidents.
2- Hunt for apps.
Applications come in handy when traveling. There are a lot of travel apps that can guide you on your trip. Consider downloading the following applications for traveling:
- Currency exchange app: when traveling to a country that uses a different currency, we tend to overspend as we can’t estimate the real values of products.
- Offline maps of the city and metro or tube map (if applicable): Also, try to pinpoint on the map important locations like the hotel, the closest pharmacy, and if possible, all places you’re planning to visit.
- Travel documents app: If you prefer technology over printing your travel documents, scan your passport, ticket, hotel confirmation and hotel address and keep a digital copy for reference.
- Discount and offers app: Almost all big cities have apps that tell you what’s happening around you and give you offers for specific dates. Using these apps will help you save more and experience more as you will be notified about events happening near you.
3- Pack light and healthy.
As your traveling date starts to get closer, it’s time for the biggest challenge: packing. What is the best way to pack? What should you pack for your trip? How many clothes do you need to pack for your vacation? It is very important to lay down a travel packing list before you start. Never, and I insist on the word NEVER start packing without a list. I will try to give you the best travel list, feel free to add anything extra you might need or simply omit what you find inapplicable to you. Note that these were selected for a short trip rather than a long term vacation.
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Deodorant and perfume
- Feminine hygiene products
- Swimsuit, tanning oil, hat, flip flops, beach cover up or alternatively boots, scarf, umbrella, beanie and gloves
- Eyeglasses or lenses
- Camera, extra memory card and batteries/charger
- A copy of all valuable documents (ID, credit card, …)
Try to lay down a schedule of activities, even the ones you aren’t sure of and pack outfits accordingly. You might need a few extra outfits on a single day. But most importantly, don’t overpack! Keep some space in your luggage for travel purchases and souvenirs.
As for your handbag or backpack, below is a list of the most important things to pack for your trip. Note that some items should preferably go in your bag rather than in the suitcase as you might need them during the flight, or in case your luggage gets lost or arrives late.
- Prescriptions and vitamins
- Bandages and first aid kit
- ATM cards
- Small healthy and nutritious snacks
4- Now once you’re there, remember to make the most of it. Jump into experiences whether it’s a safari, scuba diving, hiking, etc. just go for it! And I promise you won’t regret it. I would love to also mention that you should never be afraid of traveling alone. We all need it sometimes, and traveling alone means you get some time for yourself to explore the things that interest you, make new friends and be more confident. And last, but not least,
5-keep a diary where you can write your adventures, write people’s names and contact numbers and scribble anything you would want to remember later. Make it a habit of writing down your memories every night( this goes along perfectly well with a glass of wine to end the day). And remember to take as many pictures as you can, while of course, appreciating what’s around you and living the experience to the fullest.
Have a safe flight!