Seasoned travelers know that you can do without a lot and that to travel light is to travel smart, and this is where a practical packing list is important.
When it comes to deciding what to pack for your travels abroad, you might find that the real question is what you need to leave OFF that packing list. There are many items you can leave behind because you can easily and cheaply buy them in your destination country.
The wisest approach to your packing list is to list everything you think you will need. Then, eliminate the items you can buy easily along the way.
Packing List Tips – What Not to Pack
Keep your toiletries in a plastic bag at the top of your checked suitcase, or your carry-on if you’re traveling really light!
TIP: Pack only small travel size toiletries items such as soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo & conditioner, shaving cream for guys, beauty care products such as toner, cleanser, moisturizer.
This will save a lot of room in your suitcase, and you can then buy all these items in standard sizes once in your destination.
Besides your pillow case to which you might be particularly attached, there is no need to bring bed linen or loads of towels. Though it might be wise to pack one towel for showering upon arrival, these bulky items take up valuable space in your luggage. Most accommodation, including hostels, provide linen for bed and bath.
Too Many Clothes
Too many clothes will wear you down! (Hah!!) As savvy travelers know well, you end up wearing a few clothes which are comfortable and versatile. Shoes should be kept to a minimum – there’s the bulkiest and the heaviest parts of your wardrobe.
Jewelry and Valuables
Don’t bring precious or sentimentally valuable items such as jewelry. These become a target for thieves, and because you are not in familiar surroundings, you might not notice these are missing from your room or backpack until it is too late.
You might convince you really need to include all sorts of gadgets, in fact you could be convinced that their addition to your packing list is what makes a smart traveler. To the contrary!! Items like flashlights, binoculars, portable DVD players, coffee makers, toothbrush sanitizers or electronic language translators are precisely the kind of item you will be lugging around without ever touching. The only gadget that is really necessary is a universal adapter plug.
It’s going to be a millstone around your neck. Apart from being heavy-ish, it requires that you need to charge it, protect it and take innumerable measures to prevent it from being stolen. Use your smartphone or a small tablet.
Leaving these items off your packing list will make for a happier time abroad and a happier you.