You've booked your trip, and are getting excited about it, but now you need to get packing! Packing can feel a bit stressful - which you don't need before going on holiday - so here's the ultimate packing list to get you started.
The most important thing to remember is that unless you are travelling to the middle of nowhere, it's not the end of the world if you forget items. So don't stress too much while packing! It's convenient to have everything you need, but you can get anything you missed.
Also, many people over-pack, taking extra suitcases and then not using half of the items they brought. While you want to be prepared, you don't need to overload yourself, and then have to lug everything around, especially if you're going to be travelling to multiple destinations. Start packing with a pre-trip checklist, and compare it to your planned activities and your travel style. If you know you'll be eating out at fine restaurants, you'll need dressier clothes than those who will be staying on the beach the whole time. Checking your list against your activities will make sure you don't miss any specialized travel gear you may need.
For most destinations, roller bags are ideal, so you can simply pull your luggage around. Newer wheeled bags are lighter, too, so are easier to pick up when you have to. If you're going to be hiking lots or travelling to undeveloped areas, light backpacks are recommended.
Packing cubes can help you fit everything; they are very light, and compress your items down to reduce the space needed. A luggage tracker could come in very handy, too.
Using a RFID purse or wallet is recommended to protect against RFID skimming theft, where wireless transmitters steal credit card information. A money belt is useful too, to keep money away from pickpockets.
Pack most of your items in your checked bags, so you don't have to worry about heavy bags while boarding and waiting in the airport.
For your carry on luggage, you'll only want essential toiletries and needs. Many airlines are getting more stringent about only allowing a small bag for carry on, and some are starting to charge for any larger than a purse or small personal item. While you do want to keep this light, there are some critical essentials you will want to have with you, in case your checked luggage is delayed or goes missing.
Because of security requirements, make sure any liquids or gels are in small containers of 100 mL or less, and always check the latest restrictions, or pack them in your checked bag. These need to be kept in a separate clear ziploc bag
Electronics such as phones, tablets, and laptops should go in your carry-on luggage. Don't forget:
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