What to Pack for International Travel

Many people have lifelong dreams to travel internationally, and with good reason: venturing overseas can be a fun and exciting adventure complete with educational and life-enhancing experiences.

Once you’ve booked your travel for a well-deserved wellness retreat or sightseeing tour, you may be wondering what you should bring. After all, a secluded resort in Southeast Asia may be everything you need it to be for your mental health, but it may not provide you with the proper adapter for your phone charger.  Here’s  what to put in your suitcase to ensure international travel success:

Luggage

Before deciding what to pack, choosing the right luggage is essential. It should be lightweight, durable and have enough room to carry your stuff.

The invention of the wheel made its way into luggage decades ago, and we couldn’t be happier. Rolling luggage makes navigating your way through airports and anywhere with pavement infinitely easier than the alternative of hauling everything by hand, especially if you’re anywhere close to the 50-pound weight limit with any of your items.

Clothes

What you will put on your body when you’re traveling internationally is of the utmost importance. Be sure to check the weather report before you go, but also be sure to be prepared for any emergencies or fluctuations in temperature. For instance, the South of France is beautiful, but you won’t want to be without a sweater if you’re traveling in December as the average high temperature is 57 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).

Toiletries

Make sure you bring all of your essentials such as toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shaving products, hair care products, deodorant, sunscreen, feminine hygiene products or any other item you use regularly. When in doubt, use the boy scout motto and “Always be prepared.”

Nail clippers, scissors and tweezers must be stowed in your checked luggage per TSA rules. Also, you must comply with TSA regulations regarding liquids and gels. If those items are not in 3.4 ounce (100ml) containers or less, they will be thrown away.

Health Items

Another important item to consider is your own health while traveling. Before you go, get informed about the recommended vaccinations and medicine to bring. Pack your prescribed medications along with copies of those scripts, also pain relievers, cold medicine, digestive medicines for diarrhea and a first aid kit. You physical well-being is of the utmost importance for your wellness trip.

Your Carryon

International flights are long and having the right items with you can mean the difference between a happy experience or a miserable one. Your luggage does have the possibility of being lost, so you’ll want to bring a change or two of clothes, a few essential toiletries, your prescription and prescription drugs.

Also bring your mobile device, charger and international voltage converters and adapters. Because of the length of the flight, you’ll want something to keep you occupied. We recommend books, magazines, or a deck of cards in case you don’t have access to an electrical outlet.

Make your own list of every specific item you’ll want or need when you travel and packing them in your luggage. Then weigh your suitcase. If it’s under the 50-pound mark, you’re good to go. If it’s over, carefully consider what items you can leave behind. (You may want to make your list in two columns: one of necessities and another of less important things.) Don’t wait until the last minute to pack and weigh because you don’t want to be at the airport frantically struggling to remove five pounds of clothes from your checked bag.

Your trip abroad will be a great excursion if you are well-prepared and know what you’re bringing before you embark on your journey. We wish you the best of luck and, as the French say, “Bon Voyage!”