Packing make sure you adjust according to the season you will be going in to.
Clothing to Pack
When Packing remember Dress shirts can be custom made for cheap, and t-shirts, flip-flops, shorts, swim shorts, etc. can all be purchased after you settle in on a need-to-wear basis. Department stores have some pretty alright leather sandals with great support for $10 in much of the world, there’s no sense in lugging it across the planet.
However, if winging it was your thing, this is what I carry and it’s a bit excessive;
- 4 pair of socks (if going to cold place pack wool) 1 pair long 3 pairs ankle
- 3 Bras
- 2 tank tops (try to get the ones with the bra built in)
- 3 pairs of shorts
- 1 swimsuit for the pool or beach
- 2 pair pants/jeans to travel
- 5 t-shirts
- 2 dress shirts or a summer dress
- 7 underwear
- 1 belt
- 1 sweater/sweatshirt
- 1 wind breaker or rain jacket with hood
- Shoes 1 pair sneakers, 1 pair hiking shoes or sandals and a pair of shower shoes
- Optional 1 towel (Micro Fiber) & Wash cloth
I recommend keeping it simple, you can buy most items (soap, toothpaste, shampoo) in most countries at a fraction of the price (7-Eleven); if you cant live with out it then make room for it.
See my blog on packing with cubes, this will greatly help you determine what you can bring and they are a great space saver.
Remember toiletries they fall in to two categories.
First checked baggage
With checked baggage you can bring a variety of items there should be no restriction on how many ounces of shampoo you can bring or other types of liquid, items larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliter.
· Toothbrush + small cover for end
· Tiny liquid toothpaste x 2
· Travel size hairbrush
· Lip balm
· Nail clippers
· Shower Cap’s (Why, works great on covering camera’s while out in the rain)
Second carry on baggage
Remember you are limited Per USA TSA.
You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag and separating from your carry-on baggage facilitates the screening process. Pack items that are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in checked baggage.
Any liquid, aerosol, gel, cream or paste that alarms during screening will require additional screening.
- Travel sickness pills
- Few antiseptic wipes
- Prescription medications (Keep them in original bottle)
My final thoughts about what to pack and what questions you should ask your self.
- How much do you want to carry around and lug through air ports?
- What is the weather like where you are going? Weather will play a big part in how much you pack.
- Who’s going with you, because if your traveling with kids that is a whole game changer as to what to bring.