Traveling abroad is one of the most exciting and eye-opening opportunities you will ever experience. The packing and flight to your destination? Not so much.
After traveling all over the world and working in the travel industry for more than a decade, we’ve learned that what you take on your trip can make the difference between a trip you’ll never forget and a trip you wish you could forget.
Here are 10 items to bring on every international trip.
1. Packing cubes
If you haven’t used packing cubes before, I’m here to tell you they will change your life. Not only do they keep your clothes organized, but they also maximize space, leaving you more room for awesome souvenirs from your travels.
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2. Noise-cancelling headphones
Noise-cancelling headphones aren’t anything new, but they can make a world of difference when you travel, especially on the plane. Loud snoring, crying kids...You get the picture.
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3. Comfortable walking shoes
We can’t stress the importance of packing a pair of comfortable walking shoes — and no, we don’t mean flip-flops! We do a lot of walking, sometimes several miles a day, so choose shoes that are soft but structured and flexible. There’s no faster way to ruin a trip than blisters.
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4. USB cable and power bank
In this day and age, we’re lost without our phones! Keeping a USB cable and power bank in your carry-on, on bus rides and excursions means you always have the power to get that perfect shot. Which brings us to our next item….
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These days, you’d be hard pressed to find a traveler without a camera. And while DSLRs typically provide higher-quality photos and video, you don’t need to lug around an expensive camera to get great pictures. With the latest smartphones, you can get the perfect Insta picture with just a couple of clicks.
6. Extra layer of clothing
A warm, comfortable sweater and scarf can make all the difference, especially on a long flight when the temperature isn’t always cozy.
7. Water bottle
In addition to staying hydrated on the flight, it’s critical you stay hydrated throughout your trip. A reusable water bottle not only keeps you hydrated, but it also saves you money. Many cities we visit, like Rome and Reykjavik, have safe, clean, delicious tap water and fountain water at your disposal.
8. One rolling suitcase and day pack
We can’t tell you enough to pack light. When you overpack, it’s easy to get disorganized. Plus, heavier suitcases are more difficult to transport and may incur additional airline fees. We suggest packing one rolling suitcase (with packing cubes!) and bringing a day pack for excursions and activities.
You can’t travel to another country without the proper adaptor and converter. When shopping for an adaptor and converter, please make sure you read which countries it’s for and its wattage rating. You don’t want your expensive flat iron to blow!
10. Your passport and copies of your passport
This one is a given, but we find travelers are more at ease if they have copies of their passport ID page with them in case their original passport becomes lost or stolen.
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