Packing 101

Packing can be a struggle, here are a few tips to make it easier

Hannah Kettle, Editor-in-Chief

Packing for a trip always seems to be the most stressful part of any vacation. Take it from me, I have traveled far and wide and have learned quite a few tips that have made packing way easier.

The most important thing to know when packing is to make sure you are familiar with the place you are traveling to.  You want to be prepared for the weather in that certain place and prepared for the unexpected. If you know it’s going to be warm, be prepared to bring light clothes (but also bring a jacket just in case). I always bring clothes that will layer easily so it’s easy to take things off or add more.

Another important thing to consider is if your clothing is respectful of the culture and religious beliefs of the location you visit., When I visited  St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City they wouldn’t let people in if they were wearing clothes shorter than knee-length. Be prepared to carry a cover-up of some kind that is light and can fit in your daypack.

The question still lingers- how much should I bring? My best answer is don’t overpack. Overpacking limits the amount of souvenirs you are allowed to bring back. Additionally, the weight limit of domestic flights and international flights tend to be different and it’s a hassle to try to move items from one bag to another. To  be safe, just pack less. I tend to bring 2-4 pairs of each piece of clothing(there are exceptions).

Another important question is what to pack in the bag you take with you on the plane. Technology-wise, I always make sure to bring a battery pack or two, headphones, camera, phone, tablet, and charging cables with adaptors (make sure you have the right kind for your destination). Concerning hygiene, I bring the necessaries for a 12 hour flight, such as toothbrush and paste, deodorant, body spray, makeup, moisturizer, and hand sanitizer. Usually after a long flight you will get right to exploring so make sure to look your part. I bring extra clothes in case a bad situation arises I also make sure to bring snacks and extra things that you think are necessary, like medical supplies.

These are a few tips to make your adventures less stressful.I hope that they help. What you bring is all up to you, in the end, but I hope that these tips make your life a little easier.