Tips for packing international travel to follow during the pandemic
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Packing is a process I take seriously – even if I pack at the very last minute.
For some, packing is therapeutic and sets the tone for the rest of the trip.
The packing rules for domestic and international travel vary and depend on the destination.
Pay attention to the rules and regulations at destination and at the airport when packing your suitcase.
The last thing you want is to miss your flight because security has flagged your baggage.
Here are some of my tips:
Create an outfit guide
Creating an outfit guide will save you a lot of time and space. Instead of putting everything in one bag, plan your look for the next trip.
Use the destination weather and your route to guide your choice of outfit. You can take pictures of each outfit choice or plan it for each day.
I usually plan my outfits for a day based on my itinerary. I also take extra clothes in case of an emergency.
Iron your clothes
Sure, it might take some extra effort, but ironing my clothes saved me a few times when the accommodation I stayed in didn’t offer an iron or wanted to charge the staff exorbitant fees to iron the clothes. articles.
You can also pack clothes that do not require ironing, especially if you are traveling to a tropical destination.
Separate your clothes
When you pack your checked baggage, separate your pants, shirts and shoes. This way, it’s easier to unpack and repack when traveling.
Throwing everything in the bag will only cause delays and additional problems when you get to your destination.
Take a laundry bag
I like to separate my dirty and clean clothes. I prepare a laundry bag (these reusable shopping bags also work) to help me organize the clothes I have worn. It also greatly simplifies the repackaging of your suitcase at destination.
Prescription drug pack
If you are taking chronic medication, have your prescription ready. At some airports, your bag may be flagged for the drug, so having your prescription will make the process easier. I put my medication in my checked baggage but I take my inhaler in my carry-on baggage.
Take extra clothes in hand baggage
In addition to my checked baggage, I tend to pack some clothes for emergencies. Sometimes bags go missing or there is a delay, so having extra clothes can help you survive until your suitcase arrives. Plus, it also helps when you need to change clothes during a long layover.
Take a travel wallet
To make sure packing is effortless, pack a travel wallet to store your passport, boarding pass, and other important travel documents.
Have copies of your passport, travel documents and vaccination records. Print a few extra copies as airport or hotel staff may need them at any stage of the trip.