How you pack for a trip is very important to your experience on your travels. However, there are a lot of variables, so if you’re wondering what you need to pack, here are a few things to take into consideration.
How long is your trip?
This is the first thing to consider. Pack enough to last. If it’s longer than a week, consider finding a laundromat so you can pack fewer clothes.
How are you traveling?
If you’re traveling by bus, you won’t have much room for luggage. Plane travel allows for significantly more baggage, and travel in your own vehicle lets you bring as much as you need or will fit.
Where are you going?
What’s the climate like? Is it warm, cold, sandy, wet, or dry? Make sure you have coats, umbrellas, lotion, or sandals as wherever you’re going requires.
How much down time will you have?
For any type of travel that you’re not driving, it’s good to have something to do. Or if you anticipate times after you’ve reached your destination during which you won’t be particularly busy, have something to keep you entertained. Books, games, whatever that may be.
What is the intent of the trip?
Consider what you plan on doing and pack respectively. If you are going on a business trip, pack appropriate clothes. Going to the beach? Pack beach towels and so forth. If there may be a formal occasion, pack something nice that travels well.
Where will you be staying?
Are you staying at a hotel or with friends? Is there anything one may provide that the other wouldn’t? Stick it in your bag.
After considering these questions, make a list of what you need and check it off as you put things away so you don’t forget anything. With a bit of preparation, your trip will be much more relaxed.