I started thinking about packing one month before the trip. I know it sounds…well…unusual…to put it delicately, but I realized I’m not the only one who does this.
There are a lot of people who think about which dresses to take, what climate would it be, what sort of boots you’re going to need…the list is endless!
It may be for two weeks or two months, but the anxiousness you feel when packing is real and unavoidable…
I totally admire those people who pack the day before the trip and enjoy whatever weather, eat all the local cuisine and not have upset stomachs! But I’m the sort who picks at everything, making sure we pack all the necessities and even carry some emergency medicines…
I thought that if people could put up a list of things to be packed, all I have to do is make sure I cross the items one by one…
Assuming that the place you stay at will have laundry and ironing, here’s a rough sketch of what will go into my bag. Since the trip is in June, I’m packing for cold weather and only for 2 weeks.
- Mouthwash (Small)
- Tongue cleaner
- Small soap
- Face wash (Small)
- Body wash (or you can use a single soap for everything) (Small)
- Lotion (Small)
- Shampoo sachets
- Conditioner (if really necessary)
- Deodorant (if you use it)
- Disposable razor
- Small powder tin/compact powder
- Sunscreen (not needed if your lotion has SPF)
- Lip balm
- Tissue pack (Wet or dry)
- Hair clips/bands
If you really need make-up, then you will have to take the bare minimum. Carry a small bag in which you can put the brushes, powders, liners and others.
Make sure each liquid item is put in a small plastic cover. Most airlines do not allow liquid items to be carried in the cabin luggage and so if you are planning to carry the toiletry kit with you, you can put the face wash, body wash, shampoo, deo, lotions in the luggage and carry only small soaps with you. That way, you can dispose it any time.
My policy is to keep it light. I really do not wish to haul around a seven kilo duffel with me during transit. Put your essential documents, tickets, cheques/money/DDs, cards in a secure pouch meant for it. Keep the things you would immediately need for travel in a handy place. Put your mobiles, tabs, cameras, laptops in this without their cords. Then put a t-shirt in here just in case your luggage arrives late or gets lost. Keep some tissues and wet wipes and you are done.
Put your extra stuff here. I’ll give a detailed list of things to be put here. (Keep in mind that I’m always thinking of travelling light and preferably with a single suitcase/trolley)
- Sweater – 3
- Shirts/Tops/T-shirts- Half the number of days of your stay, if you feel like scrimping. Otherwise one for each day will be fine. You can wash one shirt daily and put it to dry. If you’re planning to go somewhere fancy, take some good tops that would go with your pants.
- Pants/Cargo/Jeans- Wear the jeans and put the pants in the bag. 3 pants should do the trick. Alternate the pants each day and if it gets really dirty, wash it. Take ones that you can wear anywhere, anytime, hotel or safari….whatever the occasion.
- Jumpers/Hoods – 1
- Sneakers/ Shoes – 1
- Sandals – 1
- Slippers – 1 (for wearing inside)
- All your chargers, cords, batteries
- Emergency medicines like aspirin, vicks, pain spray, antibiotics etc. Keep it in an outer compartment for easy access
- Pajamas – 3
I know this is not exhaustive but it will be a beginning. If there is anything else, then please add.
And more than that, enjoy the trip!
You can always buy stuff wherever you go, so seeing is more important than anything.