Traveling abroad is a truly amazing and humbling experience, but knowing what to pack can be stressful. Here’s a list of a few things that should be in everyone’s suitcase…
1. A Detailed Itinerary
Being an organized person, making an itinerary comes naturally to me. But for those of you who don’t possess my OCD tendencies, it’s always good to have all of your travel information in one place.
Your itinerary would include information such as flight times and reservation numbers, accommodation information and dates of travel.
Having all of this information easily accessible will help you have stress free travel. I would also recommend printing a few copies for yourself and travel companions, just incase you don’t have internet access to view your information.
2. Your Passport
Of course you are going to put your passport on your packing list, but something that most people don’t think about is what if you loose your passport during travel?
Before I travel out of the United States I always make three copies of my passport. One to leave with someone at home, and two to take with (one to keep in a safe place with your actual passport, and one to keep with you for identification).
I do this to ensure that I always have proper identification on hand and if my passport gets lost or stolen, I have a back up with me and at home. This safeguard might not be necessary, but always a good idea.
3. Appropriate Clothing
I am not necessarily talking about “weather appropriate” clothing, here. (Although you should pay attention to the time of year and the weather conditions of where you are traveling to). But, you should also be aware of customs and expectations in the cities you’re visiting.
For example, churches throughout Italy will not let you enter unless your shoulders and knees are covered. Always research the customs of the cities your going to, and be prepared for traditions that are different than your own. Also consider the structure of cities and their streets. In other words, if you’re going to a place that has very old, cobblestone streets, you may want to leave the stilettos at home.
4. A Sense Of Adventure
This one may seem obvious/cheesy, but you have to keep an open mind and be ready for anything when traveling. Maybe you can’t read your map, maybe you’re unsure of where to stop for dinner. Be adventurous! Try new things!
Take a stroll and just see where it takes you, go into that restaurant down the street and try something you’ve never heard of! Letting yourself experience new things and being scared is apart of traveling, and life, so just jump in and let your destination take you somewhere!