Personal Items & Entertainment
Keeping all your important documents organized is key to a successful trip. Whether passport or ID, credit cards, and other important cards you’ll need like auto or health insurance cards, proof of vaccination, make sure to have backup copies of these on your iPhone or leave copies of them with a trusted friend or family member back home in case of an emergency.
Download any podcasts, audio books, or movies you plan to watch on a personal device before your trip so you don’t have to pay for expensive in-flight WIFI—although some airlines offer this complimentary, and if you want to tune into any in-flight entertainment, pack a set of wire headphones as AirPods or other bluetooth headsets aren’t compatible with most in-flight systems. Bring a spare battery pack or charger to give your electronic equipment a boost, and don’t forget to pack a couple of pens, which will come in handy for any writing or notes or filling out landing cards if you’re traveling internationally. For long haul flights an eye mask, neck pillow, and ear plugs are a must if you plan to get some sleep.
Food & Drink
There’s nothing worse than arriving hungry or even hangry at your final destination, and having to wait even longer to get a bite to eat. Pack a few healthy, simple snacks like popcorn, cereal bars, trail mix, or small containers of fruits and veggies. And, don’t forget your reusable water bottle. Hydrate before you go through security, put your empty bottle through, then refill before you board.
Think Basic & Layer Up
When planning your vacay wardrobe, expert packers know to bring several mix-and-match items that will create several different outfits, for example, a shirt that can go with a skirt or with pants, or a scarf that doubles as a pool cover-up. When on the road, you’ll want to avoid fussy items that are uncomfortable, need ironing, or can only be worn one way. It can get super chilly on a flight so layer up on sweaters and hoodies, and if you’re traveling to a hot destination, wear a tank top or tee underneath so you can easily peel off the layers once you arrive.
It’s always a good idea to pack a change of clothes, whether to freshen up or just to have options in case of extended travel time. Maximize your space in your backpack by utilizing packing cubes, Kondo’ing your potential items, and rolling the clothing to optimize space. Before you pack, take one last look and do a final edit of anything you don’t really need.