Every year, many people are choosing to travel abroad during their vacations. International traveling is exciting, but something you have to prepare for more than domestic traveling. Packing is a big part of planning for your trip. What are some international packing tips you should keep in mind?
First, international packing tips for flying. Plan ahead and see what the regulations are regarding packing for your flight. For most international flights leaving the US, you will be given an allowance of one regular sized suitcase, and one carry on which usually excludes purses. Make sure your bags are small enough to fit regulation.
If you are traveling internationally in other countries, some discount lines only allow one carry on, so be prepared to pay more if you have more. Make sure you have a change of clothes, basic toiletries, ID and other valuables in your carry on, since it is possible your luggage will get delayed.
Second, international packing tips should always mention something about keeping track of your information. When it comes to passports, you can never be too careful. Make a copy of your passport and do not carry it around unless you really need to. Plan on locking it up at the hotel. During the Germany Oktoberfest, officials are so swamped by requests for new passports that countries like Australia have to open up embassies just for that month in Munich.
Third, travel tips for packing your bag. Pack less than you think you will need! It is a hassle to have multiple giant suitcases. Even for a year lived abroad, many people can make do easily with two suitcases. If they can do that, you can manage with one, or even just a large carry on, for a shorter trip. Pack no more than one or two extra outfits, and bring shorts, pants or skirts that can be worn multiple times. If the hotel provides a hair dryer, why bring your own?
Fourth, international packing tips should also mention packing devices that change electrical outlet shapes so that you can plug in your phones, cameras, computers, etc. Make sure to buy an electrical converter that prevents surges that can destroy your appliances.