In order to understand “Zen and the art of Packing” you need to first know what it is that you need to bring, and what can be left behind. You can experience a moment of pureness and clarity when you reach the moment where your suitcase is finally packed with everything you need for your vacation. Once that happens, the last thing you want to do is realize you forgot something and go back to the drawing board. Here are some helpful tips that will help you pack for travel for your next vacation.
How to Pack for Travel to Europe: Packing Light
In order to pack light, it’s important to remember that you don’t need to pack for every conceivable occasion. If you’re going somewhere with warm climate, just bring one pair of pants. Chances are you will be wearing shorts anyway. If you’re not planning on swimming or going to the beach, leave your beach towel and bathing suit at home. If you need it when you get there, you can always find something cheap that will work for you when you arrive and you will be supporting the local economy. Take only the shoes and shirts you need. Remember, there are laundromats in almost all parts of the world, so don’t be afraid to take a couple hours out of your day and wash your clothes. Your hotel may also offer this service, and an extra tip to one of the hotel staff will usually get you all the information you need.
What to Put in Your Carry On Bag
The carry on bag in itself is an art form, as there are somethings you never want to be separated from. Here’s a handy list of things you can put in your carry on that will help you enjoy your flight a little more, and ensure safe travel.
- Important Documents – Always make sure you make copies of ALL your important travel documents. This includes your license, passport, tickets, and anything else you think you might need. Put them somewhere secure along with the originals and leave them there in case of emergency. Keep them in your carry on, and when you get to your hotel, put them somewhere safe, like a safe.
- Basic Toiletries – The little things will be important to you. Keep basic toiletries in your carry on. Also, if you can find a cheap shammy cloth, they are small and capable of cleaning up a large spill, or washing up in an airplane bathroom.
- First Aid – One great thing to bring is a homemade first aid kit. Take an empty Altoids tin (or two) and make one for yourself. Band-aids, antibacterial ointment, aspirin, needle with thread and some alcohol wipes are just a few examples of things you can put in there.
- Eye Wear – Sunglasses can be a lifesaver. Make sure to pack a pair in your carry on, that way if it’s raining when you leave, you won’t forget them. If you have an extra pair of prescription glasses, pack those as well.
- Airplane Activities – Have you ever been stuck on an international flight where the movie selection is terrible, or even worse not working? Make sure you bring something to do! If you like to read, head to a used bookstore and get some cheap paperbacks. That way if you lose or forget it somewhere, it’s no big loss. If you have some kind of e-reader, those are a great way to fit a lot of literature in a small space, but remember to keep it close and bring a charge adapter for it.
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