Whether you’re planning a trip across the globe or just going from your home to work, there are some things that are essential for traveling divas. If you’re new to this world and don’t know everything about packing, here’s a list of items that every travel diva should have!
Always consider your destination when packing.
When packing for a trip, consider the climate, culture, activities, weather and safety of your destination.
- Cost of travel (this is important!)
- Time of year and day you’ll be traveling (for example: if you’re going to be in Alaska in winter — when it’s cold — do not bring flip flops)
Pack a travel first aid kit.
You should always have a travel first aid kit with you on your adventures, whether it’s a day trip or an extended stay. A good travel first aid kit will include bandages, gauze pads, antiseptic wash, alcohol wipes and cotton swabs. You can also add antibiotic ointment and some over-the-counter pain medication to help relieve minor aches and pains (such as ibuprofen). If there are children in your group who are prone to getting sick when traveling abroad, be sure to include Benadryl in your pack (it works wonders for kids who suffer from allergies).
Don’t forget your list of medications, medical contacts, and medical insurance information.
Don’t forget to keep a list of your medications and medical contacts with you at all times.
In case of emergency, this list will be essential. Make sure that the people listed on your list are also in possession of a copy. This can be especially important if you’re traveling alone or with friends who may not know much about your health history.
If possible, make sure that you have access to an electronic version of this information on any device (phone or tablet) that you are carrying with you when traveling abroad. If not, consider printing out multiple copies for easy access in case anything happens to one’s phone or tablet.
Do your research on where you are going.
It’s important to do your research on where you are going because a lot of the fun comes from going into an unknown environment and figuring out how everything works. Know what the weather is like, what the cost of living is like, how people live their lives there and what they like to do for fun. If possible learn at least some basic phrases in their language; it goes a long way!
Bring the right phone charger for the country where you will be traveling.
The next thing you need to do is make sure the phone charger you bring is compatible with the country’s electric system. Many people forget this important step, and when they get to their destination, their phone won’t charge because of a wrong plug adapter. The good news is that most modern chargers are universal and will work in any country (provided they have an adapter), but it’s still a good idea to double-check before leaving on your trip.
The last thing you should consider when bringing a phone charger is whether or not your phone needs an unlock code in order for it to work abroad. Some phones come unlocked out of the box, but others need a special code that can only be provided by your carrier or by calling customer service after purchasing your device online. If this applies to you, do yourself a favor and call ahead so that there isn’t any confusion while traveling abroad—and don’t forget about receiving emergency calls while traveling!
Take advantage of online check-in.
The first thing you should do when you find a flight you like is to check in online. This is available 24 hours before your flight, so if there’s no time to waste, do it right away. You can check in online and print your boarding pass at home, or use the mobile boarding pass app on your phone. Either way, skipping the line at the airport will save you time and stress; plus it looks more professional than being one of those people who hasn’t checked in yet!
Buy portable Internet access services and make sure your phone plan covers international travel so you can stay connected while you travel.
If you are traveling to a country where access to Wi-Fi is limited, you may want to consider buying a portable hotspot or wireless router. These devices allow you to connect multiple devices at once and will let you take your favorite entertainment with you.
Wear layers to minimize wrinkles and make it easy to adapt to changes in weather as you travel through multiple climates.
The best way to stay comfortable when traveling is to wear layers that can be easily removed or added as needed. Wearing a sweater, scarf and gloves will help you adapt your clothing to different climates as you travel from city to city.
- When packing for your trip, plan on bringing at least two pairs of shoes: one pair that’s comfortable for walking around the cities and another pair that can go with a dressier outfit if needed. If possible, bring an extra pair of socks too!
- In addition to clothing and shoes, think about what other items might come in handy while you’re on vacation like sunscreen lotion or bug spray/deet spray (depending on where you’re going).
Pack for the climate of your destination. Always pack one extra outfit in the event of mishaps or spills.
As you know, I am a fan of packing light. But if you are going on a longer trip, or traveling to an environment that is less than ideal for your own comfort level—like the desert or rainforest—you’ll want to pack for the climate of your destination.
Pack at least one extra outfit in case spills or mishaps occur. (This is especially important if you are traveling with children!). Do not forget underwear, socks, and shoes! Make sure your clothes are easy to wash and dry so that they don’t take up precious space in your suitcase. Of course, comfort and ease of movement should be top priorities as well. Bring clothes appropriate for the climate of your destination; this means fewer layers if it gets cold at night but lots of sunscreen if you will be outside during daylight hours without much shade available!
Try out different outfits at home before your trip so that you are comfortable with what you have packed and know that everything matches.
So you’ve packed your bags and are ready to go. But before you head out the door, try on all of your outfits at home so that you know everything matches and looks good together. You don’t want to waste time trying on different combinations in a hotel room or worrying if it will look okay once you get there. Also check for shoes, accessories, makeup and hair accessories that match with each outfit so that those things are already taken care of as well. It may sound like a lot of work but it will save you time once it comes time for an outfit change later in the day!
You will be prepared for anything with this checklist of necessities for traveling divas!
Here is a list of travel essentials for anyone who wants to be a traveling diva:
- A passport. You can’t travel without this!
- Travel insurance. Just in case something goes wrong, you’ll want to be prepared with insurance for your trip.
- A camera or phone that takes good photos. In order to capture all the memories of your travels, you’ll need a camera or phone (or both) that captures beautiful images!
- Good walking shoes with lots of support and comfortability factor; I recommend these ones from American Eagle Outfitters because they’re cute AND comfortable! They come in different colors too so you can mix up your outfits while still looking stylish!
So, you’re ready to take on the world and become a traveling diva? I hope this article has given you some great tips and tricks. I can’t wait to see where your journey takes you!