Travel Tips: Packing Essentials
Posted by Ryan J. Beard on Aug 1, 2012 - 9:26:33 PM
LOS ANGELES—Vacation is meant to be a time to relax, but
let’s face it, packing and traveling can sometimes be very stressful. Long trips, plane rides, packing, and
the anxiety that can come with being in a new place can all add to your stress
level. Staying organized and
having a few travel essentials however, can ease the pain of traveling and help
you get to your destination free of stress.
If you are planning on backpacking, then make sure you
invest in a quality backpack that distributes the weight of what you have
packed evenly though your shoulders and hips. I recommend visiting your local travel store or REI to try
on a backpack before you make your purchase. At REI you can try on a backpack and have a salesman pack it
with however much weight you anticipate to be carrying to make sure you will be
as comfortable as possible while carrying your load. Also make sure to buy a backpack that opens from the top as
well as the sides, this way you can easily keep your pack organized. Osprey and Northface both make quality
If you are concerned about theft, I advise purchasing a Pac
Safe bag or backpack. Pac Safe
luggage is lined with metal wire mesh that prevents thieves from stealing. Sneaky thieves in crowded trains or
streets will use a razor to slit the bottom of your purse or backpack and empty
whatever valuables are inside. Pac
Safe luggage prevents such theft.
Additionally, you may prefer carrying your currency within a money belt
rather than your wallet.
Staying organized within airports makes travel easier. Having a travel wallet keeps all of
your tickets and passports together and organized. I recommend the Victorinox Travel Organizer.
Having your own towel is never a bad idea. If traveling frequently for an extended
amount of time I recommend purchasing a quick dry towel. These towels are smaller but can dry
out in less than a day, preventing your towel from becoming smelly within your
If you are traveling abroad and not planning on having a
cell phone, it is a good idea to carry some sort of wireless device besides a
laptop. A iPod touch for instance
will help you book hotels or hostels, get directions, skype with friends back
home, and even contact new friends you have met abroad wherever you can find
Other travel necessities include a few good books, and of
course your iPod and headphones for trains and planes. Finally bring a pad lock to lock up
valuables in hostel lockers, and make sure to have some foreign currency before
you begin your travels.
Once packed and prepared, travel can be easy. Your stress free vacation can begin
immediately after you’ve left home for the airport. If you have any comments or questions regarding travel
please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.