25 Jan

What to Pack? Tips and Tricks.

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The last thing you want is to show up in unknown country and have forgotten something! However don’t forget, you can buy certain items in other countries, therefore there is no need to pack everything. I have written a list of things that you need to pack and split it up into categories to help make your life easier.


There is nothing worse than getting on a long haul flight and realising you put something important in your check on luggage. A flight to China is at least 10 hours, so make sure you have everything you’ll need with you. Remember any liquids that are taken on the plane in your carry on must be under 100ml and put in a zipped up plastic bag. 

Important Documents

  • Boarding pass(es)
  • Visa
  • Passport 
  • Emergency contact list
  • Cash (bring pounds and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)
  • Credit card / Debit card
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)
  • Wallet
  • Travel itinerary 


  • A book
  • Mobile Phone (Fully Charged)
  • Headphones 


  • Face wipes
  • Gum
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Prescription medication(s) that you’ll need during the flight
  • Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)
  • Travel pillow

IN Your Check On Bag

This is the luggage that you won’t see from the second you check in on your flight to when you get off it. Be sure to check your airlines weight restrictions or you could get a costly surprise when you get to the airport. 


Keep these in a plastic bag at the top of your checked suitcase. To save room in your suitcase, buy standard items such as shampoo, conditioner and body wash in your host country.

  • Medication
  • Face lotion/moisturizer
  • Makeup
  • Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)
  • Mouthwash (small)
  • Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste


  • Bobby pins
  • Comb
  • Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)
  • Glasses and glasses case
  • Hair ties
  • Hairbrush
  • Headbands
  • Nail clipper
  • Razor(s)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Tampons and pads (enough to cover one month or until you can buy more)
  • Tweezers
  • Hair Dryer (you could check to see if your hotel supplies one)
  • Flannel


Mixing and matching outfits and layering saves a ton of space in your suitcase! Make sure you check the predicted weather of the country you’re traveling to so you can dress appropriately. Don’t bring anything you’d be devastated to see ruined or lost!

  • Comfortable Shoes / Trainers
  • Swimming Wear
  • Bras (one for every 3 days)
  • Flip-flops
  • Formal outfit and shoes
  • Gloves
  • Going-out outfit
  • Hat
  • Heavier coat (for colder climates)
  • Raincoat
  • A Jacket
  • Jeans (2, one black & one blue)
  • Jewellery (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)
  • Leggings
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Pajamas
  • Trousers
  • Scarf
  • Short-sleeve shirts
  • Shorts (if weather appropriate)
  • Skirts
  • Socks (one pair for each day)
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatshirt
  • T-shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Underwear (one pair for each day)
  • Watch
  • Workout clothes 


Remeber that most of yout electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work! I reccomend taking an extension lead so you only need to buy one converter.

  • Camera (remember your case and USB cords)
  • Mobile phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)
  • Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)
  • Flash drive
  • iPod
  • Laptop
  • Laptop case
  • Outlet adapters (2-3)
  • USB cable


Remember to check if the medications you take are legal in the country you are visiting by contacting the country's embassy.

  • Adhesive bandages
  • Allergy medicine
  • Birth control
  • Cold and flu medicine
  • Eye drops
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Over-the-counter pain medicine
  • Vitamins


  • Backpack (small)
  • Journal
  • Language dictionary
  • Map
  • Playing cards
  • Travel guide
  • Umbrella (small)

Still struggling with your packing? Check out this app http://www.packpnt.com/ ! Available for Android and Apple. It will organise what you need to pack based on how long you are travelling, your destination, weather and planned activites. 

After following this list you should have everything you need for your trip. I hope you have a safe flight and enjoyable trip. 

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Amelia Bird

Hi, I'm Amelia. I have first hand experience when it comes to studying as I have just graduated from university. I studied Music Business in Brighton at a music school. I love to travel and am continually ticking off places on my bucket list, therefore I hope my travelling advice helps you with your adventures. I currently work at AEECIC, so you may hear from me and I look forward to working with you. 

Website: www.linkedin.com/in/amelia-bird/

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