Regardless if you’re a newbie or a professional traveler, everybody needs to pack their bags for the trip. Don’t be surprised if there are some experienced travelers out there who still haven’t got their packing techniques all figured out. It’s very important to know what to bring and at the same time, not exceeding the luggage weight limit. Back in the old days, we used to refer to a piece of paper as a checklist for our packing duty. But, thanks to frequent travel trips, those items in the checklist are pretty much in our head now. Still, we did checked the list occasionally to see if we’re missing something.
What we’re sharing here is based on the stuff that travelers can’t leave home without. Additional stuff that have become our favorite items are also being added here. Feel free to change the list based on your preferences. Please bookmark this post, especially if your trip is around the corner.
Depending on the destination that you want to visit, is it going to be a single destination or multiple destinations? For example, if we’re going to Amsterdam – Athens – Venice, we would prefer to use backpack over luggage because it’s easier to commute from one place to another. Especially if you’re heading to an exotic place like Mauritius or Bahamas and your resort is located at the side of the beach. Carrying luggage while walking alongside of the beach is not a good idea, unless you want to audition for Ninja Warrior. We’ve tried that before, while we were in Koh Roh Sanloem, Cambodia. Our shoulders hurt so bad afterwards.
Did you know that your bag can be randomly selected to be thoroughly checked by the immigration officers, right before your bag reaches the carousel? And did you know that if your bag is suspected to carry illegal items, the officers definitely can break into your luggage without your consent. Which is why you are not allowed to put any valuable items in your checked-in luggage. To avoid from them damaging your bags, use the luggage with TSA lock feature. Avoid using padlocks to lock your bags.
As for the backpacks, make sure that we have the backpack cover. It can protect our bags from being damaged when we have to put our backpack as check-in items. It’s better if you can bring it as a hand-carry luggage. It also can avoid your bags from getting wet, especially if you’re in a place with wet conditions.
When we travel: we will bring our 40L backpack. If we’re traveling with a luggage, we’ll check-in the luggage and carry a daypack as our carry-on. Our carry-on will act as our ‘handbag’ too, where we’ll put our personal stuff such as passport, wallet, MP3, books and others.
If the travel activities are more towards to free & easy, it will be easier for you to choose and pack the right items. However, what if the travel activties involve snorkeling and swimming, hiking and caving? The list of items to bring is going to be massive, isn’t it? Either bring things that can be used in all of those activities, or invest in travel clothing that is lightweight or won’t need you to do multiple times of laundry. For example, the waterproof pants. It can be used in hiking, caving and also casual walk in town.
These are the basic list of stuff that we’ve come up with, without taking account of seasonal activities that you’re planning to do. Bear in mind, we don’t usually have outfits for Instagram purposes. This list is more to applicability-wise than fashion-wise. Feel free to modify it based on your travel preferences:
- Lightweight top
- Waterproof pants
- Dri-fit clothing
- Waterproof jacket
- Jeans (one pair only)
- Under garment
- Clothing and items for specific activities (swimming/hiking/etc)
- Sunblock lotion
- Baby oil
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Soap/body wash
- Facial wash
- Baby wipes
- Emergency poncho
- Slippers (for the beach and toilets/bathroom in backpackers hostels)
- Hat and sunglasses
- Travel towel
- Travel pillow
- Laundry bag
- International adapter and portable power outlet
- Camera and batteries
- MP3 or books for your leisure time
- Travel apps such as offline map, currency exchange, language translation
- Empty water bottle
- First aid kit; plaster, antiseptic cream, paracetamol, seasick/motion sickness tablet
- pocket knife (for check-in only)
- Pen and travel journal
- Passport and its photocopy version
- Booking information details (hotel/tours/activities)Butir informasi tempahan hotel/aktiviti
- Travel itinerary
- Emergency contact details
- Travel insurance
- Emergency contact number
- Credit Card/Debit Card
ESSENTIALS BASED ON DESTINATIONS
Every destination has its own law and requirement when it comes to the kind of clothing that you should be wearing when entering the country. For example, if you’re a female traveler and am planning to travel to Iran, you need to cover all of your body parts except for your face and palms. Same goes to Thailand and Bali, you need to properly cover your shoulder and legs before entering the temples. Otherwise, the staff will give you sarongs to wear. If you resist, you’re not allowed to enter the premise.
WHAT ARE THE TECHNIQUES OF PACKING?
Whether you’re using a backpack or luggage while traveling, the techniques are pretty much similar. For the backpacks, the lightweight items such as lightweight top, t-shirts, under garment, socks, need to be put first, at the bottom side of the bag. Otherwise, your backpack won’t have a longer lifespan.
Compared to packing your stuff in a luggage, put the heavy items such as hiking pants, jeans, at the bottom of the bag. The reason is, if we put things we will frequently use such as t-shirts and under garments at the bottom of the bag, it will destroy the arrangement of other stuff that has been packed. By not destroying the packing arrangement, it will save you a lot of time, trust us, especially if you’re traveling for multiple destinations.
But, regardless the type of bags that we’re going to use, every travelers need to know about this technique; the rolling clothes technique. By using this method, we can maximize the space we have in the bag and this can be applied to pants and even clothes.
For the toiletries, do not bring the bag toiletries, because it is quite heavy and bulky. Replace the toiletries bag with ziploc bag. Did you know, this ziploc bag is very useful. We can use it to store our shoes, soap, laundry, underwear and it can also make our bags more organized. But, make sure that we remove all the air in the ziploc bag first before seal it tightly.