Smart Packing Tips for International Travel

By Alice Ross | TRAVEL TIPS

Dec 26
packing tips for international travel

All of us are looking forward to having our holiday vacation, I mean who doesn’t? But as the day of our trip approaches, there are some preparations we need to do. Having a smart preparation is the secret to hassle-free overseas travel, and some packing tips for international travel will help you to have a fun trip. 

Here are some tips you can follow in order for you to have a hassle-free trip. 


Choosing the Right Bag for Overseas Trip

Choosing the bag to take with you on your trip is very important, especially if it’s an international trip. As much as possible, choose a bag that has a durable handle that can carry or be carried with heavy stuff in it. 

This will make your life a lot easier. There are also different types of bags you can use, wheel luggage and backpacks being two of the most popular. It should be up to you which one is better for your travel style. But when choosing the right bag, there are some mistakes you want to avoid.


Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Travel Bag

A lot of people commit mistakes when buying their bag and while these mistakes are not life-threatening, they can lead to great inconvenience. You may unintentionally purchase a bag that’s not suitable for traveling. Avoid these mistakes. 

Mistake #1: Getting the Wrong Size

Many people find it hard to assess the right bag ideal for their needs. Again, this depends on your specific travel style and more importantly, on your length of stay. If you are planning to travel for just a weekend, then a smaller bag would be enough.


In terms of traveling, you need to dwell on as to whether or not you should check in your luggage. If you go beyond the weight limit for either carry on or check in, then you are likely to pay extra.

In some cases, it would be a better idea to just buy essentials from where you are going. There’s no need for you to bring your entire closet or all your skincare products with you and pay extra.

Mistake #2: Not Looking at the Actual Weight of the Bag


Okay, so it might look pretty, it might look big enough… but have you checked the weight? It’s always a good idea to make sure that the bag you are using is not too heavy that it’s going to consume your free weight for carryon or check-in baggage. This will stop you from going beyond the weight limit applied by the airline you are flying with.

You can try to lift the bag as you choose which one to buy. See to it that has a good weight. Normally, bags made of genuine leather are quite earlier.

​Mistake #3: Not Considering the Warranty

Many people don’t consider the importance of a warranty on the bag they buy to protect them. Bags of high quality are not always expensive. That’s why it’s best to make the most of your purchase. The warranty must cover all the damages and faults because of poor construction or unforeseen circumstances.

How to Fill your Suitcase

One of the most common problems travelers face when packing their stuff for an overseas trip is how they can put everything in their bag. Not everyone is an expert in making make the most of the space in their bag, and if you’re one of them, then this is for you. Here are simple packing ways for you to get the most of your bag.


Tip #1: Put heavier items first

Because heavier pieces of clothing normally use up most of the space then putting in the bottom would make more sense. Heavy clothing normally includes jeans, jackets, and suits. 

On top of that, heavier garments act as the base for the luggage, which makes organizations intact and gives some sort of protection. This means that lightest items are going to be on top.

Tip #2: Roll your clothes

A lot of travelers count on rolling their clothes before putting them in their bag, rather than the traditionally folding them. Rolling your clothes tightly cannot simply save a lot of room inside your bag; it can also save your clothes from being wrinkled.


When choosing the clothes you’re going to bring with you on your trip, it is best to choose clothing that are neutral colors and ones that you can mix and match. White, black, gray, and khaki are some of the most common colors you can get. While clothes are a very important thing you’ll have in your luggage, but of course, you will probably have other things like jewelry and other accessories that will make your trip convenient.

Lighter articles like shirts, underwear, and socks could be folded and rolled as well. When you roll your clothes, this is not only going to help you to keep them from being wrinkled.

Tip #3: Use all the space there is

Whatever spaces and nooks left in your bag, use it by stuffing some of your smaller items in there. You’ll be amazed at the number of things you can put into these spaces in your bag. On top of this, by keeping your stuff neatly and organized will make sure that they will be secured.

The Number 1 Travel Packing Tip: Make a List!

We usually get so excited before our trip and since there’s usually a lot to settle before your trip, that’s why it’s so easy to forget many important things. That’s why it’s a smart idea to have a list to make sure that you’re not forgetting anytime. It’s easy to find generic packing lists online that you can print out and use as a guide. But making a personalized list of what to pack in your trip is always better.


Carry-on Items

Make sure you have all your important belongings including passport, wallet, cameras, chargers, itinerary, medications, itinerary, and other important documents. Make sure to also know all things you cannot bring in your carry on to make sure that you will avoid hassles.



Make sure to have your medications in its original bottle, and if they are prescribed drugs, make sure to have a note from your doctor. Keep in mind that airlines are strict when it comes for certain items including medication. On top of this, you need to make sure to check laws regarding their local laws in regard to medication.

Other Notes

You may want to make sure whether or not your hotel offers a laundry service. If they do, then maybe you don’t really need to bring 10 pairs of shirts with you on your trip. Check your packing list twice to make sure you’re not really forgetting anything.

Make it a goal to pack light, but more importantly, pack intelligently. Check your passport and other documents with you before your trip. Learn how to organize your things and to fold your clothes accordingly.


Have the right size of bags. It’s a good idea to have two bags – one main bag and a daypack. Your main bag will hold bigger items like clothes while your daypack is where you will put your important documents and belongings you need to reach easily, which include passport, wallet, and the like.

Hopefully, these packing tips for international travel have been helpful for you. If they have, make sure to share it with your friends through your social media profile. On the other hand, if you have other questions or you have other tips you want to add, let us know in the comment box below!

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About the Author

Hi, I’m Alice Ross, a long-term traveler who left the corporate world to travel the world. I chose to live life on my own phase and live day by day while immersing myself in new experiences, new knowledge, and new people in a different walk of life I met along the way.

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