Perhaps the most important pre-departure activity is packing. Whether this is your first trip or you are a seasoned traveller, it’s always good to think about what you are going to pack. To help you arrive with everything you need, I have created the ultimate packing checklist for your checked bag, complete with suggestions of items to separate out into a carry-on bag, options for luggage and packing tips.
First things First: What luggage to take?
This should be the very first thing you think about as it sets the whole precedent to your trip. There are a few different options to consider depending on the duration and type of travelling you are doing. Here is a couple of option to have you arrive at your luggage decision destination.
The Wheel Suitcase
You two choices when it comes to wheel suitcases: two or four wheel.
Suitcases with two wheels will tend to be lighter and are easier to drag over a curve. However, they can sometimes tip over if they are not easily balanced.
A four-wheel suitcase will stand upright, are easier to pull sideways and much easier to drag around the airport.
Duffle bags are great if you are going on a car trips or shorter trips and don’t have too many possessions to carry around. I would completely avoid a duffle bag if you are travelling longer term.
Rolling Duffle Bag
A rolling duffle bag has the perks of a duffle bag with the added bonus of navigating airports and streets more easily on wheels. Duffle bags have softer material, which means more packing room and it is lighter to hold. Although your processions are more disposed to damages and wrinkles in a duffle bag.
If you’re trekking or walking on your trip, a travel pack is most definitely the way to go. The biggest downfall to a travel pack is they are really suited for walking or backpacking trips, which may not be suited for your trip style.
It’s like a suitcase you can take off road. The rolling backpack features the convenience of a wheeled suitcase but when the terrain comes too much for the wheels to handle, simply put it on your back. However, when using it as a suitcase you do lose a lot of space and when using it as a backpack it may not be as comfortable.
Get your things sorted: What do you need?
Think about what activities you will be doing, the climate where you are going and how long you are going for. You don’t need to pack excessively, just smarter. Think about versatile pieces that you can dress up or down. I’ve put together a checklist of all the basics to help get you started.
- Underwear + Bras
- Lightweight tops/t-shirts for layering
- Light Jacket
- Sandals, shower shoes, thongs or jandals
Toiletries & Beauty
- Toiletries Bag
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Nail Polish
- Shower gel
- Makeup wipes
- Hair dryer
- Sore throat lozenges
- Cold and flu medication
- Travel sickness tablets
- Prescription medication
- Swiss Army Knife
- Money Belt
Anything else you may have missed
- Emergency numbers
- Copy of important documents
- Plastic bags
- Laundry detergent
- Notebook and pen
Generally, airlines allow one item of carry-on luggage and a personal item. (laptop bag, camera bag, handbag, etc) The main item is usually around 56cm height x 26cm width and 23cm dimension with the combined weight of both bags no more than 10kg. This varies from airline to airline with some being more lenient and airlines who won’t bother weighting cabin luggage. That being said, the less your bag weights, the better; nothing is worse than being made to throw out items to board your plane. (Guilty as charged)
Items to pack in your carry on
- Tickets, vouchers, maps
- Drivers License/ID
- Phone and charger
- Water bottle
- Mint Gum
- Ear Plugs
- Scarf (To use as a blanket)
- Prescription medication
- Change of clothes and underwear
- Toothbrush and pasta
- Hand Cream
- Anything you don’t want to loose!
What can’t you bring on your carry on?
- Any liquid over 100ml
- Sharp objects
- Tools (eg. hammer, drill)
- Lighter or matches
- Fruit (when travelling internationally)