Whether this is your first trip or your hundredth trip, it’s always helpful to have a rundown of what items you may want to pack so you have a travel checklist. Bookmark this packing list, because you’ll want to refer back to it to make sure you’ve thought of everything you might want to pack. We even have trip-specific resources at the end.
Step 1: Collect Important Travel Documents, Cash, and Credit Cards
Start by collecting all of your important documents in a travel document organizer (this travel organizer holds a passport, ID, seven credit cards, coins, documents, a boarding pass, and a pen!). This will help ensure everything you need to get from one place to the next is all in one place.
Step 2: Prepare Your Personal Item Carry-On Bag
The next thing you’ll want to do is prepare your personal item carry-on bag with anything you’ll want with you on the flight. It’s always a good idea to make sure you have an outfit (or two) and a few essential toiletries in your personal item just in case your luggage is lost. If you’ll be traveling around to multiple destinations, make sure this bag has items to keep you cozy on any train, boat or bus rides. It’s always nice to have a bag that’s easy to access so you don’t have to get in your main travel bag each time you need your eye mask. But remember, you’ll be carrying all of this, so keep it light.
We recommend you consider using a small daypack or backpack as your personal item. Here are some good things to include:
- Mobile device and charger
- iPad or e-reader and charger
- Headphones (consider noise-reducing headphones if you’re sensitive to sound)
- Camera and/or a video camera, memory card, and charger
- Electrical converters and adapters
Travel Comfort, Entertainment, and Information
- Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask, and ear plugs
- Travel journal and pen
- Books and magazines
- Guide books, travel guides, maps, language guides, etc. (if you will need any of these upon arrival at your destination, put it in your carry-on)
- Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
- Prescriptions in original packaging (you’ll want to make sure you have these in your carry-on bag just in case something were to happen to your checked luggage)
- Glasses and case
Step 3: Choose Your Main Bag
Whatever you’re planning, we recommend luggage that is versatile, lightweight and big enough to hold all your essentials. The most important decision you’ll make as far as luggage is finding a piece that’s versatile and can fit lots of gear while also being easy to carry. If you’ll be going through different types of terrain, or switching from airports to cobblestones, having a bag with the option to roll it or carry it like a backpack or duffel is handy.
For more information about how to pick the right bag, eaglecreek.com