What to pack for your next trip
Whether you are heading off for a weekend away, or getting ready for a business trip, you need to think carefully about what to pack. You do not want to be weighed down by extra luggage that you do not need to take. If you are flying to your destination, you can also save money by only taking carry-on luggage with you, as well as saving time at the airport.
There are very few items which are essential for you to take, as most destinations have plenty of stores you can shop at. But there are some things you should definitely not forget, and some that it’s useful to have with you. Let’s take a look at them.
Passport and papers
It may sound obvious that you need to take your passport and travel documents with you, but it’s amazing how easy it can be to leave them behind. Make sure that you leave them on top of your case, or where you cannot avoid seeing them before you leave. Do not leave doing this until the last minute; it should be done at least the night before you travel. It’s also a good idea to take a photocopy of these documents, in case you mislay them during the trip.
Sensible clothing choices
It’s a good idea to take clothing that you can mix and match; a skirt or trousers that you can pair with different tops; for instance. You also need to ensure that you have clothing you can wear if the weather turns colder, or if it starts to rain. The best way of achieving this is for you to wear as many layers as you can. This stops you from having to pack too many items.
Only minimal toiletries
If you really feel the need to freshen up on the journey, why not try just taking some wipes and some dry shampoo. Toiletries can be heavy to carry, and there are also restrictions concerning the amount of liquids you can carry on to a plane. Most hotels provide toiletries for guests, so you really do not need to take them with you. The same applies to hair dryers which are normally in the hotel room, or available to be collected from the hotel reception. Remember, the idea is to travel as light as possible. You can only do this if you are absolutely ruthless about what you actually need to take with you.
There is a modern emphasis on minimalist travel for both leisure and business travellers. If you need extra advice about what you should and should not be taking with you, travel agents will normally be able to help advise you about any restrictions. If you are traveling for business, it’s a good idea to speak to a corporate travel agent. They have specific experience in that area of travel, which helps them to be better equipped to answer your queries.