Now, this would depend on the country (or even another state in your own country) you want to go to. I have categorized them into seven parts. There might be an overlap, but this will give you a fair idea to start packing. These lists are in no particular order. You can print them out and use them as a checklist. Send me an email and I will be more than happy to send you a pdf document.

Always read about the place you want to go and carry clothes that would respect their cultural sensitivities. I know that we might not agree to some weird cultural practices, but who are we to judge? Is ours perfect? I love to have those conversations that would make us think and make humanity move forward, but know when and how to have those conversations, and with whom.

We want to head to this place (wherever it might be) to have an experience that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. So, go with the flow!

1. THINGS TO CARRY ALL THE TIME (in cabin baggage; this is your hand bag or backpack)

  • Passport/ legal documents
  • Wallet: local currency, USD and credit cards
  • Ticket copy (soft or hard copy)
  • Visa copy (soft or hard copy)
  • Cell phone
  • Earphones/ headphones
  • Whistle
  • A shawl/ jacket/ cardigan
  • Sunglasses
  • Reading glasses (if needed)
  • Tablet/ hand-held device (I suggest you do not take your laptop, if not needed; we are there to enjoy and not get stuck with gadgets, right?)
  • A good book/ kindle (whatever you prefer to read)
  • Neck pillow, eye shades and ear plugs (essential for long flights)
  • Combination lock

2. THINGS TO CARRY ALL THE TIME (in checked-in baggage)

  • Universal adapters
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Toiletries
  • Medication for cold, fever, body pain, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, allergies, stomach pain, sprain, cough, nasal blockage, probiotic tablets, band aids, multivitamin, antiseptic cream, cotton, crepe bandage, electrolytes.
  • Undergarments
  • Accessories to go with your clothes (let’s not be confused and overdo it….please!!)
  • Combination lock

3. THINGS TO CARRY IN WINTERS

  • High neck sweater
  • Warm jacket
  • Warm socks
  • Boots
  • Warm/ woolen scarf
  • Warm gloves/ mittens
  • Full sleeve thermals/ warm inners
  • Lip balm/ chapstick and lotion (skin gets really dry in winters)

4. THINGS TO CARRY IN SUMMERS

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat/ cap
  • Small bottles of water (best thing to keep yourself hydrated)
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses/ shorts & T-shirts
  • Sandals/ flip-flops

5. THINGS TO CARRY TO A MOUNTAINOUS REGION

  • Comfortable shoes (preferably waterproof)
  • Torch
  • Rain coat
  • Walking stick
  • Small bottle of water
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Headlamp
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen ((100 SPF or more)

6. THINGS TO CARRY TO A BEACHY (not bitchy :-D) PLACE

  • Towels (if not provided by the hotel you will be staying at)
  • Sunscreen (100 SPF or more)
  • Hat/ cap
  • Swim wear/ bikini
  • Slippers/ flip-flips
  • Shorts
  • Loose T-shirts

7. THINGS TO CARRY TO A DESERT AREA

Know that desert can be an extremely cold place in winters. So, check the weather before you head out.

  • Sunscreen (100 SPF or more)
  • Hat/ cap/ bandana
  • Light cotton clothing (for the day), a sweater/ cardigan (for the night)
  • Dark sunglasses
  • Bottle of water (deserts are an extremely dry place)
  • Comfortable shoes

Written by Aiena on 09th June 2018 in Tysons, Fairfax County, Virgina, USA

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