Pack Your Bags: How to Prepare for International Travel
Packing your bags and preparing for international travel requires thinking ahead and planning skills, as well as practical considerations regarding your destination. Consider the duration of your trip. How long will you stay at your international destination? What is the weather like? Will you be traveling to different countries with various climates? Make sure that you prepare and pick out your clothing in advance for your international traveling, or at least have a general guideline of what to bring. Packing your suitcase is tricky in itself, as you try to utilize and conserve as much space as possible.
- Roll Your Clothing - Roll your clothes rather than keeping them folded so that you can conserve space. The rolling method keeps your suitcase tidy and your clothing wrinkle free. You can also fit more things into your suitcase and pack them modularly.
Keep It In Sections - Try to keep socks, underwear, shirts and pants together so that you can pack your suitcase in sections. The more organized your suitcase is, the easier it will be to unpack or live off of the suitcase.
- Color Code - Packing your suitcase using the color coding method also helps you plan what to wear right from your suitcase. Not only does it make it easier to mix and match, you can also see exactly what you want to wear in an organized fashion. Feeling like a Hawaiian shirt and some slacks? You've got right in front of you that it won't be easy to miss.
- Keep it under 50 lbs. - Suitcases have a 50 lb. limit for international travel. Even seasoned travelers fret about these requirements. If you go over, you'll have to pay an extra fee to the tune of $50 or more. Check with your airlines for more information. Packing light means packing clothing and small, travel sized compact accessories. No books should go in your suitcase, or other heavier items. Try to fit as much extra non-clothing items on your carry-on bags. You are allowed two each for airline travel. Books, music, journals, bathroom necessities and other things that might be too heavy should go in your carry-on but avoid lotion, bottled water, knives and other things that might be confiscated due to airport security. It's best to always use travel sized accessories when bringing bathroom items, first aid kits, bug spray and other things you might find useful. Things that are bigger than travel sized items may also get confiscated in your carry-on depending on the airport security of your layover. Different countries and airports vary so it is good to research everything before you leave.
With these tips in mind, you can be sure to pack your bags with confidence and prepare for international travel like a seasoned traveler.