Going for a two-week vacation? Just remember that it is important to pack items that you cannot do without. Learn more.
1. Pack essentials
It’s a good idea to store any travel documents, visas and passports in a special pouch or bag where you won’t misplace them. Be sure to bring refills of any medicines that you won’t be able to replace while you’re traveling, along with toiletries that are must-haves and will be hard to find when you get there. A journal and camera are important so you can keep memories from your trip for years to come. If you’re bringing a tablet, this can double as a journal, and potentially a camera. Otherwise consider a small, point-and-shoot camera. Don’t forget that extra memory card and battery.
2. Pack clothing carefully
When it comes to packing clothes, remember that versatility and layering are key. Pack mostly neutral-colored tops and bottoms so that each item will be interchangeable and match the others. It is best to have two pairs of bottoms (pants, shorts, or skirts) for each week that you’ll be staying. Bring four shirts per week and two jackets to layer for warmth (if you’re traveling to a cool or cold destination). For a two-week trip, that means four bottoms and eight tops. Pack one or two dresses if you plan on going anywhere fancy, and bring athletic gear if you think you’ll hike or exercise. Wear your bulkiest clothing items on your travel days. That means your biggest jacket and a pair of study shoes—like boots or tennis shoes—to save the space in your bag.
3. Wear heavier items while traveling to your destination and pack lighter items in your suitcase
It’s no surprise that many people choose to wear lighter items when flying since they want to be comfortable on the plane, but packing your heavier items in your checked luggage may put you over the weight limit which means increased baggage fees! Remember, you can always remove heavy shoes, jackets and sweaters once you get on the plane and store them in your carry-on bag. Wearing heavier items on the plan will also free up space in your checked luggage which allows you to pack more items that may be necessary for your trip.
4. Consider the culture and dress code for where you’re traveling and pack accordingly
This will keep you from offending the locals or sticking out like a sore thumb. The more you fit in, the less likely you are to be a target for pickpockets and people trying to take advantage of you. If you are unsure of the local customs for covering up, not exposing your shoulders and knees is a good rule of thumb.
5. Limit yourself to twenty pounds, or what you can fit into a 9 x 22 x 14 bag if you’re planning to pack everything into a carry-on
Not only will your luggage fit into the overhead bin of an airplane, but it won’t weigh you down. When you do reach your destination, you’ll enjoy mobility and spontaneity. Furthermore, everything you packed, from your toiletries down to that extra sweater, will be easily accessible. If you know there are some items you’re likely to need access to regularly, these should be placed at the top of your bag, or on the outside pockets. This will prevent you from needing to dig through all of your belongings just to find that pair of extra socks.