Packing Essentials

One of the biggest problems travelers come across is what to pack on their excursions. This is a very difficult subject because one can only fit so much in a suitcase and a carry-on, especially if they are planning on packing light. The key to this concept is to strategize on what the most important things only. Different people have different priorities when it comes to what is important to them, but every traveler should have some key objects that need to be brought on their travels.

Toiletries- the mini versions. Things such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and shampoo can tend to take up a lot of space, and add up quickly when it comes to space in a suitcase or a carry on. The best strategy is to buy mini versions of everything in order to fit the most in the smallest space possible, so that you have room for other super important things you might be bringing on your trip. No matter where you go in the world, shampoo, toothpaste and other toiletries will be available to you, so running out shouldn’t be a worry.

Converters and translators- anything that may help you throughout your trip- bring it. If you are taking anything with an electrical plug, chances are that any country you visit will have a completely different plug from the standard American one. Converters are available to buy for pretty cheap at any store that carries any sort of technology, such as Target, Walmart, and Best Buy. Dictionaries and translators are also very helpful things that may improve the quality of your trip. There are countless amounts of apps that will translate words and sentences in most languages, so downloading those before leaving for the trip is crucial. Also learning some words and phrases by heart wouldn’t hurt either.

An open mind- last, but definitely not least. If this is something that you are lacking, you might as well not even go on the trip. While traveling internationally, you are emerging yourself in a completely foreign culture, and it is okay to feel slightly overwhelmed. However, keeping an open mind about everything will help you become the traveler you have always wanted to be. It is important for our generation to demonstrate openness to other cultures, so that people from all over the world see their foreign culture as being more appreciated and respected.

Although everyone has different things on their “must bring” list, these are some of the essentials that every modern day traveler must consider packing on their travels. Traveling with only essentials is key- bringing countless amounts of jewelry or makeup on a trip is not necessary, since the trip is about exploration, not necessarily looking glam while doing it.