So your flights are booked. The plan is all set and you’re going on your first solo adventure. The only problem is, you haven’t the faintest idea of what to pack or even what to pack it in.
Don’t worry we’ve all been there and through trial and error we have learnt how to pack for any tip, well at least we think we have. You don’t want to much or too little it can be a problem having to many rain coats but equally as difficult if you haven’t packed one at all.
There a few things you can do which will help make the packing side of things a little less stressful and make that bag as useful as it can be. We’ve come up with a few ideas to help you and some ideas of what to pack along with these ideas.
Check the weather
This might seem very obvious but there are plenty of people who book last minute holidays to sunny destinations only to realise far too late that it is monsoon season and that they will have to spend their weekend in the hotel.
Checking the location and weather for the time of year you are there will give you a general idea of what to expect.
If you expect rain pack a poncho or a light rain coat unless you plan on being in the rain for extended periods of time. A light coat or poncho can dry easily and won’t take up to much packing space.
If it’s a beach holiday, pack light as you can always buy items by the beach for a fraction of the price that you would find at home.
Research you activities
While your away you will obviously have some activates planned, they may be as mundane as lying by the pool or as extreme as climbing to Everest base camp.
No matter the activity it’s always a good idea to check out what gear you may need to bring yourself and what you can get when you are there. This will make the things you list as a priority easier to distinguish.
For example, a fanny pack probably wouldn’t be the best piece to bring on a scuba diving trip, meanwhile it could come in useful at a music festival.
Make a list
Making a list is one of the best pieces of advice I can give. Write down absolutely everything you can think of packing or better yet lay it out in front of you. Now look at the list or pile with a subjective eye and take out what isn’t essential, then take out things you simply want to bring. A guarantee that this pile will reduce in size dramatically. This will make your packing easier again.
Mind your safety
Before visiting any late night event, always check the place online for reviews. Consider getting an app to share your location with a designate person and always send yourself an email with all the documents you need for the trip: flights, passport scan, insurance letter scan, etc. You don’t want to end up stranded because you’ve lost your paper documents!
Packing doesn’t have to be stressful and these three little tips can help reduce your packing size by quite a lot. Always remember that whatever you can’t fit in can easily be found along your journey as well, either from a friend or from a cheap store.