9 Overseas Packing Tips

Enhance your dream of overseas travel with smart packing. Imagine taking in the sights of a new city with a light suitcase or backpack strategically packed with just what you need. Plus, chances are you’ll stop in more than one city – all the more reason to appreciate the many benefits of traveling light!

We’ll be the first to admit - it can be tricky to decide what to bring. That’s why we asked some seasoned globetrotters for their top tips on packing only the essentials. Here’s what they shared.


Packing Like A Pro

  1. Streamline. The less you have weighing you down, the more likely you'll be able to focus on fun and adventures. Ideally, you can pack everything you need in a carry-on backpack or suitcase. That way, you can avoid waiting for checked luggage and worrying about the airline losing it.   

     

  2. Packing For Safety. To keep your travels as hassle-free as possible, keep essentials—like your passport, travel documents, medication, health insurance or travel insurance cards, credit cards and cash—safeguarded at all times. You can buy special travel purses and bags that are slash-proof with lockable zippers and RFID-protected linings to give you extra confidence while exploring.

     

  3. Copy That. It’s also a good idea to leave additional copies of your essential travel documents with a friend back home. Bring extra passport photos with you, just in case you lose your passport and need to make an emergency replacement. You can keep copies of your passport, rail pass, car rental agreement and prescriptions for eyewear and/or medicine separate from their originals, so you are ready for anything. 

     

  4. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff. Toiletries are inexpensive and easy to to buy when you arrive and leave behind if you don’t want them taking up precious room in your pack. (More room for your souvenirs!)

     

  5. Space Conservation. Consider using a “packing folder” to help you pack uniformly and save space. If you’re taking a longer trip, you may want to use packing cubes or airless bags to compress clothes and get more in your luggage.

     

  6. Dressing For Travel. If you dress in layers of your bulkiest clothes (including your coat) on the plane, you save space in your bag. Win!

     

  7. Day Tripping. Besides your suitcase or backpack, you will likely have a day pack for items you want easy access to, like sunscreen, aspirin, antacids, sunglasses, lip balm, earplugs and travel guides. There’s no need to put anything of true value in your day pack, so you won’t need to worry as much if it gets lost or stolen.
  8. Wearing a money belt or a hanging pocket on a cord under your shirt will keep pickpockets from preying on you. If you want quick, easy access to cash while you are out and about exploring, keep your cash in your front pocket. That’s also a good place for your smartphone.

     
  9. Packing Electronics. If you’re bringing expensive electronics with you overseas, consider travel theft insurance. In addition to a charger and converter, you may want to buy a special charging case that can extend your battery life.

Besides making room in your suitcase for souvenirs – Plan a Better Trip Abroad with our top 6 hints for navigating new languages, cultures and customs.

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