August 7th, 2018
“I travel light; as light, that is, as a man can travel who will still carry his body around because of its sentimental value.”-Christopher Fry
While traveling has always been regarded as one of the known avenues to get away and relax, the steps and procedures one goes through before taking that sojourn would not exactly be something you would likely look forward to.
Unfortunately, these steps are necessary to undertake if you wish to have an expedient trip. Sure, ensuring that you have copies to your passport and securing your travel documents might seem more hassle then they are worth. Not only would these steps facilitate the smooth flow of your trip, but you would be happy to have them should you ever encounter a travel snag. Similarly, another absolute must-do before commencing a trip is packing. Sure, it feels like a chore but unless you have a personal assistant, it is an essential one that demands your attention the closer you are to your travel date.
In this regard, perhaps the earlier you start your packing, the better off you will be. Moreover, it is one pre-travel chore off your list. In any case, before you chart off to an exotic foreign place and go on that Pampanga food trip, here are some essential packing tips you ought to keep in mind:
1. Make a list
Making a list might seem like the most boring thing in the world, but it is an integral step in every successful packing chore. Apart from ensuring expediency, having a list is vital to having a stress-free holiday. Moreover, having a list mitigates the possibility of forgetting and losing your things. Start by separating your essentials from your desirables then categorize them. However, be realistic about your luggage limitations and make sure you do not go beyond the allowable baggage allowance.
2. Never forget the first aid kit
The first aid kit should be the initial thing you pack. However, be sure that you do not go overboard with what you put into your kit. There is absolutely no need for you to have four kinds of medicine for one disease as only one will do. Pack a small bag with only the most necessary emergency pills and any prescriptive medications. Do not forget to include bandages as well. The scope of necessary drugs would be taken to mean those that would relieve you of fever, diarrhea, headaches, vertigos and hangover—basically any of the symptoms and diseases you might catch on a holiday.
3. Limit your liquids
This is elementary and should go without saying. Limiting your liquids should be self-explanatory seeing as any more than a water bottle you carry by hand will inevitably be denied entry by the security airport personnel. Unfortunately, so many people would still try their chance in bending this rule and would resultantly try to hand carry their expensive perfumes despite the baggage restriction. Keep in mind that airport security makes no exceptions—regardless of how expensive your perfume might be. Bear in mind that the rule is there as a precaution and your liquid hand luggage should be no more than 100ml per item. If you have anything larger with you, pack it in your suitcase.
4. Assign nametags
It pays to have a nametag assigned to your luggage. Regardless of how unique you think your luggage bag might be, chances are, there will always be an inattentive passenger who would not double check before taking a bag that is not theirs. Be the vigilant one and go the extra mile by securing your luggage bags and assigning them a nametag. As a standard, most luggage bags would already come with their own respective nametags. All you would really need to do is fill them in.
5. Weight your luggage
More often than not, you will be subject to luggage weight restrictions whenever you travel. In this regard, you need to ensure that you would not go over that limit or run the risk of paying extra just to take all of your belongings with you. Before setting off for the airport, be sure to weigh your luggage first and see whether or not you fall within the allowable limit.
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