I always had difficulties in the preparation of my travel bag. Generally, I do it in the last moment, but often I forget something: the toothpaste, the sleepers, a pair of shoes and so on. Luckily for some of the things left at home the hotels can help me, in many cases they have toothpaste and sleepers, but for something else I need to visit local shops. Especially when it comes to clothes or shoes it can be hard for me, but in a while, I find the right mood. That’s why I prepared a checklist that I share with you together with my packing tips.
I like to travel with the essential, but especially traveling for business means to have elegant clothes. To be “perfect” for meetings. That is why when I forgot something at home I need to replace it, maybe because I do not have enough shirts or trousers… Why is it hard? Well, Italians are always research for fashion and to be trendy. I have to admit, I am a bit extravagant, so, despite the voluntary to be impeccable during my meetings. I do not always follow the rules of the color matching and I am quite open to some local clothes and habits. Now with the packing tips, it is easier.
Packing tips: why I use them
When I enter a shop the instinct is to search the Italian style. But in some towns, it is not possible, so I start to explore the local fashion. I experiment with a new international style. But this is another story, so it is better to go back to the main topic: the packing tips. So to be sure to make it right, I have my own list. What to bring to my destination?
First of all, I need clothes and I have to consider the season. Including the periods with climate changes. So it is the moment to be prepared for the cold and warm climate. Then I need shoes, it is better also to have sleepers just in case. I have to put toothbrush, toothpaste, and razor. This is the list, part of my packing tips, that I generally use to not forget anything.
Clothes and accessoires
T-shirts for free time
Comfortable walking shoes
Just for some destinations on my list, there is swimsuit.
The toiletry bag
It is generally good to add something for health, like:
Personal prescriptions (copies of scripts, I usually don’t have problems, but in case…)
Cold medicines and throat lozenges (this is something that often I need)
Hand sanitizer (it is always recommended to be safe in every conditions)
As hand luggage, I have a small bag where I have, for short range, the computer and the different devices. This is part of my packing tips.
Headphones (it helps to reduce the noise during the trip and to not disturb others with the sound)
In the luggage, I have always a couple of books. I try to read before to sleep or during transfers if I can. In my packing tips never miss the books. This time I will have with me:
“Hamilton: The Revolution” by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (backstage of a musical)
“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond (2017 Pulitzer Prize)
Last but not least, the documents. Important for the packing tips. So I have with me what I need to get the plane and to find my room…
Passport (in some cases with a visa)
Frequent flyer card and the others loyalty program cards to get point and benefits
Cash and credit cards
Health insurance card
Travel insurance information
Reservations of the plane tickets and of the hotels, of the transfers and of the rent a car
- Local currency (when applicable)
Now I am ready to leave and to share, during my trip, about my explorations… I hope you will benefit by my packing tips. Don’t forget to check my guides.
It’s time to enjoy the trip!