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Packing for International Trips

We know packing for an international getaway can be hectic. Discover essential tips, clever hacks, and must-have packing essentials to ensure you travel light, organized, and stress-free!

Packing for travel

Packing for international trips can be both exciting and challenging. To help you prepare, here are some key tips to consider:

Check the weather before packing

Check the weather conditions at your destination during your travel dates. This information will guide your clothing choices and ensure you pack appropriately.

Make a packing list 

Create a travel packing list to help you stay organized and ensure you don’t forget any essential items. Start with the basics like clothing, toiletries, medications and travel documents, and then add specific items based on your destination and planned activities. If you like to use a washcloth-bring a couple. Most European hotels do not have them!

Travel documents

Ensure you have all the necessary travel documents. This includes your passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, flight tickets, accommodation details, and any other relevant documents. 

Make copies of important documents and keep them in a separate place, such as in your carry-on bag or digitally stored in cloud storage. You can also leave a copy with a family member. Leave your passport locked up in a room safe or a locked suitcase. Unless you need it for a specific reason while sightseeing, it is advised to leave it locked up. You can carry a copy if you want.

Pack versatile clothing 

Choose clothing items that can be mixed and matched easily. Take versatile pieces that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Consider the local culture and dress codes when selecting your attire. You may need knees and shoulders covered in the churches.

Packing for comfort

Long flights or train rides can be tiring, so prioritize comfort. Pack a large pashmina that doubles as a light blanket, a travel pillow, (we often pack two pillowcases in a backpack and fold up our coats to make a very comfy pillow) comfortable shoes, (make sure they are broken in) and any other items that will help you relax during the journey.

Remember to adhere to airline regulations regarding liquid quantities in your carry-on luggage. You will also need to look at the airline websites for their allowable luggage sizes and weights. If you are using economy European airlines, be sure to look at those, they can be very different! Your advisor can gather that information as well.

Pack a day bag 

Bring a small backpack or tote bag that can serve as your day bag during sightseeing trips. I like a unisex crossbody that we can take turns carrying. This bag should be spacious enough to carry your essentials such as a water bottle, sunscreen, camera, map, snacks, and any other items you may need for a day of exploration.

Girl with daybag

Include a mini first-aid kit, any necessary medications, adapters for your electronic devices, and a portable charger! You will be surprised how fast you drain your phone/tablet battery. Make sure to call your cell phone carrier to see what kind of coverage or charges you may have for each country you’re traveling to. 

Consider the local customs

Your advisor can help you with the cultural norms and customs of your destination. This will help you pack appropriate clothing and respect local traditions.

Leave room for souvenirs

 If you plan to shop during your trip, make sure to leave some space in your luggage for souvenirs and other items you might want to bring back home. Consider packing a foldable shopping bag that you can use to carry additional items on your return journey.

Label your luggage 

Finally, ensure that all your bags, including checked and carry-on luggage, have clear identification tags with your name, contact information, and destination address. This will help in case your luggage gets lost or misplaced.


Remember to pack light and efficiently to avoid excessive baggage fees and make your travel experience more convenient. Prioritize the items you truly need, and try to minimize unnecessary items to reduce the weight and size of your luggage. You can usually purchase just about anything you may need wherever you travel.

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Packing for International Trips

We know packing for an international getaway can be hectic. Discover essential tips, clever hacks, and must-have packing essentials to ensure you travel light, organized, and stress-free!

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