Think about your last trip abroad. Try to remember what did you take with you and how much of it did you actually used during the trip.
3 questions before packing clothes
Most people pack too much.
In the old days it was common to adjust outfit for any occasion. Today, the dress code is much more flexible and can go in jeans to the opera, sit at the bar with shorts or sit in a fancy restaurant in clothes you have walked with them just roam the city.
Let’s start with a little exercise, even if you are not planning a trip in the near future: take you a week, and note down what clothes you are using. What are your favorite clothes, what is most comfortable for you and what really serves you best at work or during your leisure time. This list can serve you in the future, before you pack your clothes.
So how do you choose the right amount of clothes? There are three questions you need to answer: where I go, what the weather is expected and what type of activities planned? Then prepared a list like this in front of you:
2-3 pairs of pants – one festive functions ‘couple’ more, but is also suitable for everyday. Women can play well with skirts, provided they have enough choices to rig.
4 shirts – recommended to go to the system of layers, especially if you are traveling in the summer. Wherever you log abroad will be heated, and you should be comfortable spread. In addition, layers let you create a variety of combinations and feel that you have more stylish options.
2 pairs of shoes – one pair should also be sufficient, boot or shoe half less convenient for them to walk a lot, but they are also suitable seating in the restaurant.
Underwear and socks – divide your trip days by two. Most hotels and hostels in the Middle east have laundry room, and you can wash underwear in the sink. The whole process will take about five minutes when you are already in the shower, and save you a place in the suitcase.
In general, you should make sure to choose clothes in neutral colors (black, blue, white and gray), to be able to play combinations between them to create a “look” more. Those can attach accessories (scarves thin, belt, jewelry), and get through an upgraded look with less weight.
Leave your favorite shampoo at home
As long as you do not use a cosmetic item custom made specifically for your skin or your hair, there’s no reason in the world to carry shampoo and soap with you. Every hotel or hostel supplies at least soap for your use, and you can always ask for more. Some hotels will also give body lotion, toothbrush and toothpaste and even Q-tips, everything depends on the level of the accommodation.
The little things that really matter:
- Purse – all you really need during your stay in the middle east is a passport, credit card, cash and driver’s license as a backup. There is no reason to carry your regular wallet packed with all the membership cards, notes and other old things that manage to enter it. Besides the fact that you do not need all these things, packed wallet is a source of constant anxiety from pickpockets. You can also fold the bills and put the credit card in your front pockets.
- Drugs – unless there’s something you consume regularly, take you only a Band-Aid and two headache pills. All other things, if you need to, you can buy at a pharmacy.
- Books – Few people actually read five books a week. Choose one book that you really like. If you read a lot, maybe it is time to buy yourself an electronic book reader, sold at an affordable price in bookstores and electronics overseas.
- Electricity -it is important to find out whether there is a different connection to electricity on the country you are traveling to and whether you need adapters. If you are traveling on your own, check with travel partners what they plan to bring. Perhaps you can share charges and cables.
- Accommodation – if you plan on staying in a hotel or hostel make sure that there washing machine. If the answer is yes take fewer clothes than you planned just a little detergent packed in a sealed bag, so you do not need to buy at the target location.
- A small packable bag \ shopping bag – whether you live in a local apartment and do shopping at the supermarket or you go to a half day walk in a new city, you should keep a small cloth bag or folding suitcase. It does not take up much space and can be very useful on an everyday basis.
After concluding the list that includes all the things you want to take, organize everything neatly on the bed or on the table. Only then start packing. Put away the clothes you know you are wearing to the flight and remember those Should be the largest and heavy ones (like a sweater and jacket), to save space and weight.
Toiletries and cosmetics is recommended to put in transparent and sealed bags and place them in one case or bag. Some airports ask you to present the fluids you have, and it will be easier and quicker to remove them when they are packaged all together.
When all family members traveling together or you are travelling with a group, it is recommended to disperse each family member items to several different luggage. Meaning that any traveler would put some basic things to another member baggage. Thus, if one of the bags will be stolen or lost, everyone will have basic equipment for the first few days until the arrival of the missing suitcase.
After you finish packing, weighed your bag at home. It will give you an estimation whether you some you took took too much with you or if you should give up on something.