Travel Planning Guide
All you need to know and do before traveling

Packing

Learn about the restriction on liquids, carry-on and checked luggage on airplanes.

Packing List

Notes

1 If you're going for a long holiday, or lightweight travel, I suggest you spend a bit and get a pair of pants from an outdoor gear store. There you can find good pants made of synthetic fabric that dries quickly after washed, are lightweihth, water resistant, stain resistant and with zippered pockets. In constrast with the heavy cotton fabric pair of pants (aka jeans) you already have in your wardrobe, it has none of these qualities, but it's fine for short trips.

2 Even if you're going to hot climates, bring a light jacket. It can be cold in airplanes and other transportation. Or sometimes you might just want to protect your arms from sunburn.

3 If you're going for a long holiday, or lightweight travel, I suggest you spend a bit and get winter clothes from an outdoor gear store. Remember the key is to use many layers, and not a big jacket. For up to 0 degrees celsius, it should be enough for most people: a thermal bottom, thermal top, tshirt, medium fleece, heavy fleece, windbreaker/rain jacket, gloves and beanies.

4 For a short trip any socks you already have are fine. If you're travelling for a longer time consider what material your socks are made of. Merino wool is the best but expensive. Synthetic fiber is better than cotton, similar price to cotton but a bit harder to find. Cotton is the worst material, but cheaper and easy to find.

5 This is a multi purpouse item. You can use it to protect yourself from the sun and wind, seat in dirt surfaces, makeshift bag etc.

6 If you're only staying in hotels don't bring a towel. Hostels and camping sites usually provide a towel for an additional fee - rarely they won't be able provide a towel at all.

7 Bring a microfibre towel, not a cotton towel. Microfibre absorbs more water so you'll be fine with a smaller one. It also dries faster.

8 If you're trying to fly with carry-on only, most toiletries can easily be bought at your destination. And the very basic ones will be supplied by your hotel. See other notes for some exceptions. If you're particular about your favorite products you can buy small bottles and bring only smaller portions with you instead of the whole original package. Also contact lens cases are a great trick to bring small portions of make up.

9 Also these days it's easy to find all commom medicines in any country, no need to bring a whole pharmacy with you. Note that in some countries prescription medicines need a prescription, others not really. Also note, that in some countries pharmacies might not open early or close late as you might be used to.

10 In less developed countries there might not be available the latest/top of the line products you're used to.

11 Bring a doctor's prescription/note. If your medicine is commonly illegaly abused (like opiods) is better to double to check the regulation of your destination, as there might be stricter controls.

12 Hand sanitizer is hard to find in some less developed countries

13 Sunscreen is more expensive in some less developed countries. This is due to less demand, or that store owners know that only tourist buy it, not the locals.

14 It is important to have some tissues with you all the time in some less developed countries as public toilets do not provide toilet paper. This is specially true in countries where people are used to cleaning themselves with water, not toilet paper.

15 Remember not to put all of your eggs in one basket. Keep some of your cash, cards, and house keys separate from the rest.

How to pack

Rolling up your clothes is the best method to pack. Watch the video below to learn how to do it.