Do you love to travel but hate to pack? Do you have a difficult time deciding what to bring and worry that you might forget something essential? The amount of things that are usually required for a trip, especially an international trip where you may not be able to run down to Target to buy something you forgot, can be overwhelming! Our family traveled on mission trips to Guatemala and Costa Rica this past year and on our trip to Costa Rica I took extensive notes and finally feel like I actually brought everything I could want or need with room in my suitcase to bring a few souvenirs back. How did I do it?
Here are the bags we were allowed to bring to carry our things in.
- A purse or briefcase
- Carry on bag
- One suitcase that could not weigh more than 50 pounds.
- Passport holder
- Wear a jacket or hoodie so that you don’t have to pack it. Even in warmer climates it can get chilly in the evening.
- Put at least one change of clothes and all of your medications in your carry on bag. This way, if your suitcase is lost or delayed, you will at least have a change of fresh clothes and your important medications.
- The passport holder I bought was one that I could wear around my neck. I kept cash, my passport and boarding passes in it. It is a life saver for accessing important items easily when you are at security or customs and prevents you from having to dig around in your purse to find your documents while everyone behind you in line gives you angry looks (don’t ask me how I know).
If your want to pick one up, Amazon has them for a great price!
To save you from the trial and error of packing things that you won’t need or forgetting things that are crucial, I have come up with a handy dandy packing list that not only has a list essential items to pack but, the list is categorized so you know the best bags to pack each item in. Let me know if there is anything you would add to the list! Happy travels!