Check out our travel essentials checklist for handy holiday packing tips! If you are anything like me, I’m sure you take minimal joy in packing your belongings away in preparation for an exotic holiday: Do I need a jumper? Does this country use the same plugs as we do? Can I borrow your adapter, Dad? Why is my wife bringing so much underwear? Why isn’t my husband bringing any socks? Has my suitcase shrunk? Etc … All questions we’ve asked ourselves at one time or another pre-vacation. Well, fear not, for in this article I will be attempting to divulge unto you exactly what & how to pack when travelling abroad.
First of all, we need to think about a few travel essentials; It’s important the items on this holiday checklist are on your person, in your carry-on, or, safely locked away in your hold luggage, no matter the destination.
Travel Essentials Checklist
- Passport (You’ll check for this essential item numerous times both on your person and in your luggage, before you leave, in the car, at the airport, and -indeed- on the airplane but you’d be surprised just how many travellers turn-up to ‘VAY-K’ without it)
- Ticket (You won’t get far without it)
- Mobile Phone/Phone Charger/Battery (Because every country has Tinder)
- Laptop/Laptop Charger (You’ll probably have to do some work because hey, it’s the gig economy.)
- A Damn Good Book or Numerous Good Books Stored On a Kindle (Because a good book solves everything… and, even if it doesn’t, you can still level up in life)
- Your Father’s Multi-purpose Adapter/Swiss Army Knife
- Bluetooth Speakers (Because music makes the world go round)
- Bluetooth Headphones (Preferably waterproof)
- A Travel Pillow (Because long-haul flights suck)
- A Spare Credit/Debit Card (I’ve encountered many tourists suffering due to misplaced/lost credit cards)
- A Change of Clothes (Natives of hot climates often find great humour as us Brits stomp through the airport sweating like we have run a marathon.)
- Wet Wipes (Okay … just me, then)
- Earplugs (Unless you enjoy the sound of babies crying . . . or have a baby of your own to mind)
- Expensive Aftershave/Perfume
- Expensive Face-wash
- Your ‘Go-To’ Shampoo/Conditioner
- Your Make-up
- More Paracetamol
- Berocca (Because ‘booze’)
- Any medicine you specifically require (asthma inhaler/insulin etc)
- Centrum multi-vitamins
After that, just make sure you have packed the correct attire for your destination. For example – if you are coming to Thailand,you are absolutely NOT going to need a jumper – I promise you! Leave it at home! Listen to your wife and bring as much underwear as possible… especially if you are entering a hotter climate, where the nationals enjoy spicier dishes than perhaps your digestive system is used to…
The final challenge is now upon you – you’ve loaded your suitcase full of the above items named on my holiday packing list, plus many, many more unnecessary items of your own volition (put some if it back!), and now you’ve encountered man/woman’s greatest test – a suitcase that will not close . . . and possibly a faulty zip (always the way). I’ve taken the liberty of listing below a few handy tips, detailing the best way to pack a suitcase in order to maximize space and minimize potential damage to valuables.
- Shoes: Don’t bring too many pairs, and always wear the biggest/heaviest pair. Its also a decent idea to place valuables inside your shoes to keep them from breaking and to save space.
- Roll-Up: Underwear, t-shirts, jeans – and just about everything else – they take up less space when rolled up . . . so roll up!
- Travel-size Toiletries: You aren’t going to need your Tesco Value, 50% extra-free, king-size vat of conditioner. So, go travel-size to free up space and avoid unnecessary charges at check-in
- Wrap: If you are planning to transport bottles of liqueur or wine, be sure to wrap them up tight in a t-shirt -or something similar- and place them in the centre of your suitcase to protect them from damage; the same goes for electronics.
… And there you have it – the best way to pack a suitcase. Now all that remains is to pluck up the courage to ask your boss for a vacation, save some money, book a flight and book an airport taxi with Stairport Trans to guarantee you get to the airport on time!