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What To Pack When You’re Traveling Abroad

By Ben Pate

Vacations can really be a lot of fun. However, the planning stage is far from it. Locating passports, cramming suitcases full of clothes, finding someone to walk the dog: it almost makes a vacation not even worth it. Actually, it doesn’t. Just a little bit of advice can get you through the planning phase, and right on into the fun phase. First, where on Earth is your passport? If you can’t find it, look into an expedited pasport renewal. It’s a little bit more money, but the peace of mind is a huge relief when you’re planning everything else.

No matter if you’re going out of the country or not, it’s a good idea to bring your passport. Not only does it serve as a form of identification, but it can help you out if your wallet gets lost or stolen. If your passport has seen better days, invest in a damaged US passport replacement. You’ll have to do it eventually, and duct tape can only hold it together for so long.

Over packing is so easy to do, and you should do your best not to. When you’re walking fifteen blocks to your hotel and you’re carrying seven bags full of every outfit you own, you will come to appreciate the notion of packing light. First, relax, sit down, and start a check list. Write down everything, no matter how obvious it is, and don’t forget the important stuff, like your passport, travel itinerary, social security card, and all that. It’s generally not a good idea to stuff things into your bag as you think of them, as this could have you panicked and scrambling for your ticket at the airport.

What will the weather look like? What will you are doing? What kind of places will you be staying? These are vital questions to keep in mind when you’re packing for a trip. Consider exactly what type of vacation you are taking. Are you going to the beach? Then you’ll need towels, sunscreen, sunglasses, flip-flops, and a bathing suit. If it’s going to be chilly, bring gloves, a scarf, and a coat. If you’re going to be hiking in the mountains, bring a sturdy backpack and good hiking shoes.

Try to get the travel-sized versions of all your toiletries, especially if you’re flying. Toiletries take up huge amounts of space and are prone to explosions or leaks. You will most likely be able to run into a grocery store or a drug store to replenish your supply if you run out.

Take the time to scan and make copies of all your important travel documents. This includes everything like your passport, your hotel reservation, important phone numbers, social security card, driver’s license, insurance information, and anything else you deem important. After you scan them, email them to yourself so they are easily accessible. Print copies and leave these with family members or the house sitter so someone always knows where you are.

If not, look into an expedited U S passport renewal or a damaged U.S. passport replacement.

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Pate, Ben "What To Pack When You’re Traveling Abroad." What To Pack When You’re Traveling Abroad. 23 Jun. 2010. uberarticles.com. 24 Jul 2015 <http://uberarticles.com/travel-and-leisure/what-to-pack-when-youre-traveling-abroad/>.

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