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The “How-to-pack-your-life-in-a-suitcase” Guide

[fa icon="calendar"] Sep 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Sophie Grove

Woohoo! You're all booked and ready for your big adventure abroad, but as time draws closer to takeoff, that one dark cloud of stress continues to loom over, doesn’t it? It’s that dreaded travel checklist. Probably something you’ll leave to the last minute and forever regret. Especially when your phone’s already dead at the airport and your treasured charger is waiting at home!

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The Global Work & Travel Co. is all about Travel Made Easy. So we’re here to lighten the mood, and your suitcase! Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or a first time rookie, this bad boy here is going to set you up for life.

CLOTHES

You need to think strategy! Pack lightweight pieces that mix and match and can transition from day to night wear. Yes, it all depends on the country, the season and the culture you’re off to as well.

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  • Lightweight t-shirts and tanks - ones that you won’t care about wearing on repeat.
  • Sweater or fleece jacket - yes, even if you're headed to the tropics!
  • Rain jacket or windbreaker.
  • Shorts (varying in length) -  avoid denim in humid countries (& they take yonks to dry).
  • Long skirts or dresses - they breathe better than pants and they’re conservative.
  • Pairs of light cotton pants or leggings.
  • Underwear - try bringing 2 weeks worth before you need to hit the laundromat.
  • Pairs of thin socks. 
  • Comfy walking shoes.
  • Dress shoes.
  • Light sandals.
  • Flip-flops (aka thongs).
  • PJs.
  • Swimmers & rash vest.
  • A few different hats, scarves and accessories - so you can switch up your look a little.
  • Nice interview get up - chances are you’re going to have at least one and you need to look employable!

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  • Long sleeved shirts - it’s all about layers.
  • Thermal wear - shirts, pants and underwear.
  • Sweaters or sweater dresses.
  • Pairs of thick pants - jeans and cargos.
  • Pairs of leggings - also for layering up.
  • Underwear - try bringing 2 weeks worth before you need to hit the laundromat.
  • Pairs of thick socks.
  • Heavy coat.
  • Gloves.
  • Rain jacket or windbreaker.
  • Warm PJs.
  • Boots or closed-toed shoes.
  • Hiking shoes.
  • Flip-flops / Thongs - mostly for protection from those nasty hostel shower germs!
  • A few different hats, beanies and scarves - so you can switch up your look a little.
  • Dress shoes for interviews and work.
  • One nice interview outfit - blazer, trousers & shirt so you look dashing

WHAT NOT TO BRING:

  • Your whole closet. Less is more, with scarves and other great accessories packed there’s no such thing as outfit repeating.
  • Heaps of shoes. They’re a big space hog. Good comfy walking shoes, sandals, and a nice pair for formal occasions is all you need.

TOILETRIES

You just need the basics, you can buy the rest when you get there.  You don’t want to risk your fav products exploding all over your clothes. Try and find as many mini’s or 2-in-1’s as you possibly can and you’re already winning at this travel thing. You’ll need:

    • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss.
    • Shampoo & conditioner.
    • Body wash & lotion.
    • Wet wipes.
    • Lip balm.
    • Dry shampoo.
    • Perfume & deodorant.
    • Nail clippers & tweezers.
    • Mini sewing kit.
    • Razor.
    • Cotton buds.
    • Hair brush, hair ties and bobby pins.
    • Sunscreen.

Save yourself the trouble and cash by bringing along a travel sized first aid kit with:

  • Throat lozenges.
  • Motion sickness pills/bands.
  • Eye drops.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Paracetamol and Nurofen.
  • Vitamin C tablets.
  • Cold & flu tablets.
  • Antiseptic cream.
  • Band-Aids
  • Any prescription medication with the label/script.

jeff-hopper-17306.jpg(“The camera adds ten pounds” said the check-in agent weighing the bag 😉 

TECH

Behind every amazing travel pic is the right equipment, but do try to bring the bare minimum. This is where weight and suitcase space can get lost amongst an armload of tangled cords and power accessories, so only bring:

  • A waterproof smartphone case.
  • GoPro/camera/chargers.
  • International adapter.
  • Universal charger.
  • Laptop, iPad, or e-reader.
  • External battery pack.

ANY OTHER BITS & PIECES

  • Backpack - splash out on a decent one if you can, it will cop lots of wear & tear.
  • Money belt - great for piece of mind when lugging around money and passports.  
  • Lightweight travel towel.
  • Extra batteries. 
  • Packing cubes - a great way to organise your clothes and compress what you need.
  • Headlamp/torch.

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IN-FLIGHT ESSENTIALS

Fill up your carry-on with all the fun stuff to keep the good times rollin’ while you’re in the air:

  • Phone & charger - because what would life even be without it?
  • Documents: (because triple checking never hurt anyone)
      • Passport
      • Travel insurance details
      • Visa
      • Return flight details
      • Driver's license
      • Bank card/credit card
  • Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask and ear plugs.
  • Gum or mints.
  • E-reader or iPad.

Use the leftover room for chargers, cords and headphones.

The best of the best travel apps you should totally get sorted before you head: 8 Best Travel Apps For Your Next Journey

TIPS & TRICKS FOR SUCCESS

Put your clothes on a diet - lay out all the ones you intend to take with you and half it.

Only bring neutral coloured clothes that will mix and match. Your red leather hot pants and zebra print can stay at home.

Make copies of all your important documents. Keep them separate from the originals.

Rolling your clothes tends to be way more space efficient. Roll, burrito or cube everything you can!

Pack a range of plastic bags. You never know when a trusty ziplock can save your suitcase from laundry stank or toiletry spills.

If you have bulky jackets or shoes, try wearing them on the plane (as long as they’re comfy!) to save that precious weight allowance.

Check the local weather - Australia isn’t always hot, Canada isn’t always covered in snow. Plan accordingly.

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Hopefully by now you’re packing is on point for the ultimate trip abroad! For those with a serious case of Pack Anxiety (it’s not an actual condition, but it should be) holding them back from their travel dreams, fear no more! Click that little blue button to find out where you could go with this huge burden off your shoulders…

Take me away!

Topics: Travel Advice

Sophie Grove

Written by Sophie Grove

Sophie is a Creative Writer and Social Media Coordinator and is a travel lover at heart. She’s got a few stamps in that passport, but knows she’s barely scratched the surface of what's on offer in this big old world. Follow her as she continues to scratch the surface with The Global Work & Travel Co.