Travel tip #11: One of the most important and most daunting parts of traveling is PACKING. What to pack, how much to pack, what not to pack… it can be overwhelming! Here are a few things to keep in mind that will help you make packing both easier and lighter:
- Environment: What hemisphere are you visiting and what time of year is it? What are the average day/night temperatures for the time you’ll be there? Is it the rainy or dry season?
- Culture: Are you a female and are you expected to dress modestly? If you’re planning on visiting temples or sacred sites, do your shoulders/arms need to be covered?
- Activities: Are you attending a business conference or are you taking a beach getaway? Depending on what you’ll be doing on your trip will influence what you pack.
- Space: Are you planning on staying in a hostel or on a train? Do you have your own villa or bungalow? If you don’t have a ton of space, pack less. When you’re sharing a small space with someone, you don’t want your belongings all over the place.
- Weight: We always travel with our packs – that’s it. If it doesn’t fit in the pack, it doesn’t come on the trip. Obviously, the more stuff you pack, the more weight you’ll have to carry.
- Buy it there: Don’t bother packing shampoo, soap, etc. because you’ll almost always be able to find that at your destination. Even sundresses can be purchased on the beaches in most places abroad – they’re inexpensive, too! So wait to get your sarong when you get to Thailand.