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Short Trip vs. Long Vacation: What Needs to be Inside Your Bag?

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Travelling can be both a stress-reliever and a headache. It becomes a stress-reliever if you have prepared days before the actual date of travel and you get to your destination safe and sound. A headache, on the other hand, if you arrive on your destination noticing that you have left so many things at home; perhaps, the charger of your smart phone, your dress for the formal dinner, or the tiny little flash drive for the business presentation.

Travelling is much like eating an ice cream; you have to enjoy the very tip of the frozen delight down to the very bottom of the cone. Therefore, to free yourself from troubles from day one until the last day of your journey, you should be knowledgeable with the essentials that you need to place inside your bag. Of course, a shorter trip would mean lesser things to bring and a smaller baggage while a longer vacation requires a larger suitcase with more things inside it. Let’s learn how to navigate packing for a Short Trip vs. Long Vacation


Packing Checklist for a Three-Day Trip

 

CLOTHES

 

Underclothes and Socks
Five Cotton Shirts
Two Pairs of Shorts
A Pair of Pants
A Pair of Comfortable and Lightweight Shoes
A Pair of Slippers
 

ELECTRONICS

 

Mobile Phone and Charger
Camera and Charger
**To bring a tablet, iPod, and/or laptop is the traveler’s discretion.
 
TIP:
When going to the beach, make sure to bring a couple more underwear and an extra beach short (for men). Ladies will surely bring about five pieces of swimwear for a three-day escapade!

 


Packing Checklist for a Week-Long Vacation

 

CLOTHES

 

Underclothes and Socks
Ten Cotton Shirts
Three to Four Pairs of Shorts
Two Pairs of Pants

 

**Wearing the same pants twice is fine as long as you did not use it for mountain climbing or mud rolling.

A Pair of Comfortable and Lightweight Shoes
A Pair of Slippers
 

ELECTRONICS

 

Mobile Phone and Charger
Camera and Charger
**To bring a tablet, iPod, and/or laptop is the traveler’s discretion.
 
TIPS:
1.       When travelling overseas, never forget to bring your passport and visa.
2.      Your home country and your destination may not have the same voltage; so, be ready and bring a power converter.

 


Carry-On Essentials for Both Short Trip and Long Vacation

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MEDICATION

 

Eye Drops

 

**This is important to keep the eyes hydrated especially when travelling during summer season.

Pain Reliever
Prescription Medications
First Aid Kit
 

BEAUTY PRODUCTS/TOILETRIES

 

Cream, Lotion, Perfume, and other Cosmetics
Travel-sized Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Soap and Shampoo
Hand Sanitizer and/or Alcohol
TIPS:
1.       A lot of people travel by plane, but only few know what the TSA’s 3-1-1 Rule is about. For your convenience, always follow this guideline:

 

Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container; must be in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. The bag limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. (www.tsa.gov)

2.      Check the weather in your destination. If it is rainy, then reading this post would surely help.

 


Did we miss out some things you should bring? List them in the comment box below!

-Happy Globetrotting!