Knowing what to bring on your first international adventure can be challenging. You're not really sure what to expect, so how can you know what to bring? Fortunately, packing smart isn't rocket science. I've made a list of several essentials that I bring with me no matter where I'm going. Just like my tips on planning and preparing for your first international trip, these travel tips are travel-tested. Feel free to use this base list to create your own customized packing list!
I can vividly remember how nervous I was to board my first international flight. I was off to Paris, my dream destination. I found myself wondering what I was going to do/see/experience over the next 10 days. Most of all I kept wondering if I'd remembered to bring everything. I returned home 10 days later with my mountain of luggage, a sore lower back, chaffed legs and blistered feet. Needless to say, that trip (and several others) changed a lot about my life and the way I travel.
Since that marvelous trip to Paris, I've learned that you don't have to bring EVERYTHING you own in order to enjoy your vacation. I still struggle with over-packing, but I'm getting better with each trip. I've learned the hard way that it's never fun to wrestle with bags while boarding public transportation, hustling down cobblestone streets or squeezing into small lifts. Learn from my mistakes, people! Use the checklist below to plan your packing attack. Grab your free printable version by signing up below!
Obviously there are so many more things we could add to this list depending upon where you're headed. Beach bound? Don't forget your snorkel gear to avoid expensive rental prices! Backpacking? Don't forget extra socks and hiking boots! City slicking? Don't forget your favorite cross-body bag! By doing a little research and planning you'll be sure to know what to bring.
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Are there things you would add to these lists? Something you'd never leave home without not mentioned here? Comment below or tweet at me! I'd love to grow this list to include all the essentials 🙂
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What to Pack on Your First International Trip