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November 15, 2021

Packing Essentials for Traveling Overseas | Kelly Hansard | Austin, TX

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Traveling does wonders for the soul. It allows you to become familiar with other cultures and meet new people.

When planning to go on an adventure, it’s important to pack all of the things you’ll need. If you wait until your plane lands, it can be complicated to acquire important items that will make your stay comfortable. Different languages and currencies might make shopping awkward. It’s better to purchase everything before you leave. Important things you should pack when traveling overseas include:

Appropriate Clothing

When packing your suitcase, keep in mind the weather at your destination. Even if you’re headed someplace tropical, it’s good to take a sweater because airplanes are chilly. Warm countries can reach low temperatures at night, making it handy to pack layers.

Masks & Sanitizer

Though more people are traveling, there is still the risk of the virus. This is why it is imperative to take precautions now more than ever. If you’re planning to go on an airplane, don’t forget to take a mask and sanitizer with you. Pack these in your suitcase so you’ll have them at hand when exploring. We all love adventures, but it’s important to be safe!

Personal Toiletry Items

Things such as shampoo and toothpaste are often overlooked when packing for vacation. The comfort of having these personal items will eliminate stressful shopping trips in foreign lands. Some handy things you can take in your handbag include mini bottles of shampoo and conditioner, a small hairdryer, and plastic bags for laundry.

Travel Power Adaptor

Foreign countries often have different power outlets on their walls. Do your research and find out if your destination requires a travel adaptor. Buy it before you leave the country. Make sure you’re prepared so you’ll avoid worrying about whether you’ll be able to charge your phone in the hotel.

A Reusable Water Bottle

Pick a sturdy, reusable water bottle that you can take while hiking or visiting the beach. This reduces waste and keeps refreshment close at hand.

Traveling is one of the great joys of life, but mishaps with packing can take some of the fun out of it. Learn to pack for your next vacation. If you cover the essentials, you’ll return with good memories!

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