The following list represents some of the most essential items that you think about taking on a getaway:
1 - Travel Documents and Supplies
This might seem like something of a boring choice, but is nonetheless essential to ensuring that you don’t experience any problems at the airport and on your trip. Passports, visas and insurance documents are among the most important to have with you, as is information about hotel bookings, and a printed itinerary with phone numbers and addresses.
2 - Adaptable Clothing
You might not have a lot of time to put together a comprehensive wardrobe for a trip. Compromises are needed, making it important to have a few flexible, easily washable items. For women, maxi dresses are ideal items for wearing at the beach, and during the day and the night. Men can get away with a few smart shirts, some washable shorts and sunglasses and hats.
3 - Essential Toiletries
Don’t worry too much about filling your suitcase with a lot of toiletries, especially if you’re packing light. The essentials can be kept in a small carry on bag, and you can pick up anything else in the hotel or at the airport when you arrive.
4 - Smartphone and Apps
Loading some apps onto your smartphone before you travel will save on having to bring books, and can speed up the process of navigating a city during a short trip. GPS apps, language translators and currency converters are probably all that you will need for a quick getaway.
5 - Small Carry On Luggage
A small carry on bag will likely be enough for a short trip. The bag should be small enough to act as hand luggage for a plane journey, and should be able to carry smaller bags of essential toiletries, as well as travel documents.
6 - Child Backpacks for Family Trips
Quick family trips are more of a challenge in terms of cutting down on space. While packing enough clothing and toiletries in a main suitcase, you can also give each child their own backpack for a few toys, books and games. Try to be as ruthless as possible over what can go, and make sure that bags aren’t left out unattended.
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7 - Voltage Adapters
Picking these up before a trip is preferable to having to find a local shop when you arrive at your destination. A European or American adapter should be all you need for a short trip.
8 - Medicine in Clear Bags
Any essential medicines for a trip should be packaged in clear bags with labels. Doing so will help speed up your progress through customs.
9 - Reading Devices
A single reading device will save you a lot of luggage space if you’re going on a short trip, but still want to keep yourself entertained during the journey. Kindles are particularly useful, as they allow you to take more books than you’ll probably need, while being portable enough to be carried around in your hand luggage.
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