There are two types of travelers – over-packers and under packers. Both of these do not know which to bring and which not to. The difference between the two though is that an over-packer tends to bring too much and ends up bringing home a lot of unused clothes. On the other hand, under-packers tend to run out of clothes and toiletries during the trip.
Planning is an important aspect in traveling. Knowing what to use and bring and how many of these are needed will help one bring enough clothes and paraphernalia. Here are some common dilemmas with suggestions and tips on how to resolve them:
Dilemma 1: How many sets of clothes do I bring?
Tipsy tips: Plan outfits every single day, and add two extra ones.
Make sure to bring clothes that can be mixed and matched. Bring clothes that are less bulky, such as shorts or leggings over jeans. Make sure to also bring a dress which may be necessary in one of the places one may visit. A jacket, a sweater, and a swimwear may also be necessary.
Dilemma 2: Shoes?
Tipsy Tips: Bring at least 3 pairs of comfortable travel footwear.
One may bring utmost 3 pairs of comfortable footwear – a sandal, a slipper, and a rubber shoes. However, if one can only bring one pair of slipper and a shoe he or she wears, then the little space it would consume.
Dilemma 3: A huge shampoo bottle, or a few small ones?
Tipsy tips: It would be better to bring small bottles that are enough for the entire trip.
One can use those small bottles given as complementary toiletries in hotels. They can be refilled and brought to trips. Bringing the entire shampoo bottle would only add weight and extra baggage to bring as well as take home.
Dilemma 4: Losing important documents in a huge bag
Tipsy tips: a passport holder can be a good idea. However, in the absence of one, a traveler can make use of see-through zipper envelope that can fit his or her passport, boarding pass, tickets, baggage stubs, pen and paper, and other necessary documents. Another thing to consider is that passport sleeves are often asked to be taken off; thus, it is better not to use one to avoid messing one’s passport which might cause trouble with immigration.
Dilemma 5: Emergency Medicines: To bring or to buy there
Tipsy tips: It is better to bring one’s maintenance medicines and emergency medicines.
There are countries that do not sell medicines without prescription, and would cause too much hassle if one buys it in that said country. Also, there are non-English speaking countries that would make purchasing medicines tough. Furthermore, availability of one’s medicines in foreign countries cannot also be ascertained. It is better to save one’s self from trouble.
Dilemma 6: Cords and Chargers
Tipsy Tips: Cords and chargers can be placed in airtight containers to keep one’s luggage organized. In addition to this, they can easily located when needed.
Dilemma 7: A Bulky everyday wallet
Tipsy tips: It is suggested that the everyday wallet be brought when travelling but it is advised that another small wallet be brought as well. Every time one goes out the everyday wallet stays while only the small wallet is brought. A small wallet that can carry cash, credit cards, room key card, and ID. In this case, if one loses these, he or she won’t lost everything.
Dilemma 8: Gadgets: Which ones to bring?
Tipsy tips: Keep the number of electronic devices to a minimum.
Bring electronics that can do it all. Take pictures, surf the internet, and communicate. In addition to these, do not forget to bring extra batteries or portable chargers so one does not end up frustrated because of a drained device.
Dilemma 9: Shopping way too much
Tipsy tips: Shopping lovers should bring foldable bags and reinforcements where they can put the items they shopped for. These will help when a traveler’s gone shopping too much and would rather hand-carry the items on the plane than pay for overweight fees.