Wanderlust is in my blood. It’s generational. *wink-wink*
I’ve been on 4 continents and I’m planning the next 3.
As a mother to five daughters, two with special needs, I see myself as a good example for the statment,
“If I can travel, anyone can travel” but fulfilling this desire, this urging,
Did not come without it’s mental anguish. But once you kick fear in the gut and watch it lay down for a while,
You get on with realizing that everything you want is on the other side of Mr. Fear. (Don’t allow him to stand in your way)
Now, traveling intentionally definitely takes planning, it takes making travel a priority above say a $5 dollar daily latte habit *wink-wink* and it takes a ton of research.
As an Army veteran, I know a bit about packing. I can really squeeze it in when necessary.
As a seasoned woman, I have gravitated towards minimalism in my wardrobe.
This has made life easier for me when it comes to packing and when it comes to getting dressed everyday.
But there are some essentials you must have when going on an international trip. And I want to share my travel suggestions with you!!
Going abroad is one the most exhilarating ways to set yourself free from your comfort zone or the bubble in which you might find yourself living.
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Let’s get into it the tips now:
Hopefully, you are going somewhere that has a washer. This will cut down on the number of garment pieces you need to bring. If you’re a germ-a-phobe, like I used to be then using someone else’s washer might send you into a small panic attack but I’ve come a long way, praise God. Not perfected but definitely progressive.
Tip 1 – Roll your clothes. Rolling is technique I learned in the military. It creates more space and you have less wrinkles in your clothes.
Tip 2 – If money permits, vacuum seal your items. You can really open up more space options when you vacuum seal items. If you are like me and like to go with one carry on bag or even stuff it all in a backpack, vacuum sealing might be a tip you want to try out.
Tip 3 – Stuff socks and other small items into your shoes. Now for me this doesn’t go far. I usually wear the comfy shoes and pack the sexy shoes. So do the best you can here.
Tip 4 – Pack all your liquid items in ziploc bags. Trust me on this. You can’t make the top as tight as you think. Random weird things happen. Be safe instead of sorry.
Tip 5 – Don’t take all you credit cards with you. Lord forbid you lose your wallet or purse then you’d be screwed. What is supposed to be wonderful will turn horrid, really fast. Instead take one card, let them know you are traveling so they can be aware and take some cash. Cash is still King.
Tip -6- Hate standing at the baggage claim belt, staring at all the black bags. Tie a bright ribbon or distinctive bag tag to you your luggage. This will eliminate the, “is he grabbing my bag face” and the “oops, sorry, I thought that was my bag face” when claiming your bag. You can also duct tape your handle in a vibrant stand out color.
Tip 7 – Don’t forget to pack your international chargers and converters. Nothing will work or you’ll end up spending assigned dollars to this unassigned expense.
Tip 8 – Be sure to pack your driver license, passports, currency and insurance cards but be sure to make a copy of your passport as well.
Tip 9 – If you can afford it, give away the clothes items you packed to a homeless shelter in the area. Take home a couple new items if you desire. I love bringing home items that fondly remind me of my adventures. This also afford you the opportunity to do something good for a charity. As well as make rooms in your bags for bring back others gifts and souvenirs.
Now on to the packing list:
- Tops, Pants & Dresses: I pack light. I know this varies from person to person so I’ll leave that up to you but I take 3-5 pants, 3-5 tops, 1 dress, 1 cardigan and depending on the season I wear or carry a jacket.
- Medication & Purification: any meds, any vitamins, any special teas, a mini first aid kit, mini Lysol wipes & spray, hand sanitizers and mini scissors.
- Shoes: 1 pair of comfy and 1 pair of fancy
- Undergarments: Panties, Bra’s, Pajamas, Socks and a Swimsuit
- Jewelry, Makeup & Purse: 1 pair of fancy and 1 pair of sporty earrings, 1-2 necklaces, I only use eyeliner & lipgloss (bring whatever you need), a small cross body bag or mini shoulder purse. Cross bodies are better for me.
- Toiletries: travel-size soap, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash, skincare regimen, shampoo, sunscreen, feminine items and floss. (I suggest shaving ahead of time so you don’t need to bring a razor).
- Travel documents: passport, visas, tickets, currency, printed address or maps incase you phone dies, devotional or prayer book, and insurance cards
- Travel Accessories: portable charger, portable charger cords, phone, phone charger, camera if not using your phone, laptop, laptop charger, Ipad, Ipad charger, a small notebook, pen, headphones, garbage bags, and ziplock bags
There you are friends! I hope this has been helpful and informative reading. I will likely do another post containing a mission trip packing list as there are several more items that are needed.
Share your tips, lists and experiences in the comments section below. I love hearing from you!