Travel fo Lazybums: What to Pack for Your International Travel

So we just reach the last week of our Travel to Lazybums series! Now you are almost ready for your travel! You already know where to go, how to buy your ticket and where you will stay, now you need to have an idea of what you will need to pack in your bag for your international travel.

Of course, it will depend on the season you are traveling in and where exactly you are going, but regardless your destination, there are essential items that you should not forget when packing your bags.

Keep up with the #TravelforLazybums series
How to Choose your Destination
Buying your Flight and Travel Insurance
Picking the Perfect Accommodation

And Now, What to Pack?

So let’s get started!


 

Travel fo Lazybums: What to Pack for Your International Travel

Bags

Each air company will have their own policies when it comes to bags, and that’s why you should always check with the air company you will travel with to make sure your bags won’t be charged. But in general, in an international travel, you will be able to bring one carry-on bag and one checked bag.

Carry-on Bags

The airlines allow you to bring one carry-on bag per person. Inside the plane, it’s not allowed to keep your bag on your lap, so your carry-on bag should be small enough to be fit in the overhead bin or beneath the seat. In general, most of the airlines accept bags up to 45 linear inches, and 10kgs of weight.

Make sure you pack at least one outfit in your carry-on bag, in case your checked bag is delayed for some reason. On the carry-on bag, you can also pack the valuable things that can go inside the cabin, like your gadgets.

Checked Bags

The number of check bags you can bring in your international trip will vary accordingly to your air company and the class of your trip. In general, they accept at least one bag per person of 23kgs, some companies accept one bag of 32kgs.

Padlock

It’s important to put a padlock at least on your checked bags to make sure everything will be in place next time you open it. The checked bag will travel away from you and unfortunately, we don’t know exactly how and who will handle it. Not that it is a normal thing to have your things stolen from your bag, but who knows, these things can happen. You won’t need a huge and complex padlock, just choose a normal one that isn’t ridiculously easy to open.

What you Can’t Bring Inside the Plane with You

Besides all the obvious things like, weapons, knives, drugs, explosives, or all the life-threatening things, there are other daily life objects that you must check before bringing with you. Liquids, sharp objects, sporting goods, etc. It’s always good to ask the air company as well, as, for example, some companies allow you to bring liquids until 100mls, while others allow only liquid until 50mls.

Watch out with perfumes, deodorant, nail clips, tweezers, bottle of water etc, depending on the amount of the products they will not let you pass, and your things will be throw in a garbage, literally. Again, always better to ask the air company before bringing them, on the internet we read that nail clips where allowed on the plane but arriving at the check-in we were asked to throw it away.

Documents

It’s always important to organize your documents in a way that you can easily access it. So what I like to do is to keep a folder where I keep all the documents inside and can carry them in my handbag.You dont need anything big, I keep mine in a small folder like this one.

Sometimes, they ask you questions during the immigration process in each country you travel to, so it’s always good to have the documents with you. I also like to keep my bookings printed in case my phone’s battery die in the middle of the way.

Things that are good to keep in your folder:

Flights confirmation
Printed booking confirmations
Tickets
Vaccination confirmation (if that’s the case in your trip)

Gadgets

Don’t forget to bring your electronics with you! Phones, cameras, Gopros, laptops, tablets, everything you need to bring back some cool photos and memories.

Some of you may want to bring a, Instant camera as well, it is pretty cool to be able to have the photo right the way and perhaps even take a photo with someone you just met on your trip and give it to the person, or save the photo to hang on your wall later. Just don`t forget the films!

If you prefer, you can buy the complete kit of the camera that comes with films and a cover to protect your instant camera, as well as some other accessories.

To take some good photos I suggest using a tripod, so you can have more stability. So far, for me the best tripod I ever had is the Gorillapod. It has flexible legs, so you can adjust it to the way you prefer.

Also, love to take photos and record videos like me, you will need a lot of space use, for that, I normally bring more than one SD card with me during the trips, also because I normally travel with someone else aka my mom, Hi mom! who also brings cameras and SD cards. To keep them all safe, I like to use a SD card case, which has been really useful for me.

Chargers

These are the top 1 iten traveler forget! To make sure I will always have battery I like to carry with me a Portable Power Bank, which allows me to have at least two more full charges if I need in the middle of the trip. It can charges your phones, tablets, cameras, GPS and specifically this one can charge two devices at the same time, which is really helpful.

Plus, always pay attention to what plugin is used in the country you are traveling to. It’s always good to have an adapter with you, it’s possible to buy a universal adapter so that you don’t need to worry and just bring it with you no matter what plugin they use in the place.

Depending where you are, maybe you won`t have access to eletricity, if you are camping for example, or hiking for several days, you will want to make sure you have battery for all your gagets, in this case, a Solar Power Bank is very useful

Health

It is always good to have a bag with your toiletry, first iten in the list, should be the toothbrush and toothpaste of course, besides the basic you should bring, like hairbrush, makeup etc, it is always good to carry some medicine with you, just in case. Pain killers, muscle relaxers, medicine for nausea and all these normal things that can happen when you are in a different enviroment, eating different food.

It is also important to note that depending on where you are going, the water can be not so clean as it is back home. In places like South America, Asia, Africa, for example, tap water is not potable and you should drink it the way you would in North America or Europe. In this case, I suggest you to bring Water Purifier, it can be carried with you everywhere and easily clean the water before you drink it.

Clothes

Trust me, bring as less as possible. We always feel like we must bring all the things that we could possibly miss back home, but trust me, don’t do that. You will only make your bag heavy, it will be hard to carry around and you will have no space for eventual holiday purchases.

If you really miss a piece of clothing, out of necessity, you can always buy it in the place. Especially for winter clothes. If you feel like you really need another pair of gloves or a scarf, just buy in the place you are. Same goes with coats, you really don’t need to bring dozens of heavy coats for a week vacation, do you?

Regarding shoes, out of self-experience, it is also very useless to bring one pair to each day of the week, I tried to do something like that once….guess how many pairs I wore? One…yeah….for the whole week…because, who cares?

Makeup too, if you are not a super fashionista, planning to do a whole makeup tutorial on the streets of Paris, there is no reason to bring the whole makeup bag! Eye pencil or eyeliner, perhaps a base if it’s way too needed and one lipstick, will be good for you, you will survive.

Yaaayy!! Days late but better late than never….right??? 😀 Sorry for the delay guys, I have been quite busy this week as I’m boarding in few days for the next trip and I had to make sure everything is ready because of course…. I had 3 months to fix everything, but I left everything for the week before, who never do that?

Anyways, we finally reached the end of our #TravelforLazybums series! It was a lot of content and I hope it will help you guys to plan and organize your trips. I will be doing more series like this in a soon future, so don’t forget to subscribe to don’t miss anything. If you have any question, just leave a comment below! 🙂


 

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