Packing for any international trip can be a daunting task, especially if you're not well-traveled. Before getting on the plane, you have to decide what should be checked in and what’s needed for a comfortable flight. First up, always pack the night before if you're leaving in the morning to avoid throwing everything in in a rush. Before you even open your wardrobe, stop, sit down and re-visit your itinerary so you can plan to pack only what you really need. Keep in mind your destination and it’s climate and look up the weather forecast so you can pack appropriately.
- Travel documents. Needless to say, it is absolutely important to put your travel documents such as boarding pass, passport, visa (if needed) and other supporting documents in your carry-on bag so you can whip them out when the need arises.
- Money, money, money. It’s a must to exchange to the local currency at the airport, in case you have to pay for something at the start of your trip.
- Handphone, laptop and chargers. If you’re bringing a laptop, do keep it in your carry-on. In the case where your luggage decides to take a detour without you, you still have some connection to the world. Also, your electronics can possibly be your in-flight entertainments!
- Toiletries. Toiletries are usually heavy and cumbersome, so pack smartly when it comes to these vital items. Purchase some travel-sized toiletries (most mainstream brands offer minis these days) or decant your favorite essential liquids into smaller containers, which are readily available to buy from most pharmacies. Don't forget to pack Rootology: Breathe Free to prevent an in-flight runny nose or sniffles.
- Set of clothes. In the event that your check-in luggage goes missing, you should also bring undergarments and a set of t-shirt and pants. Take it as insurance!
- First-aid kit. Bring a handy dandy first-aid kit with some medicine (more specifically, travel sickness tablets) for that unpredictable and extremely unnecessary headache, nausea, queasiness, tummy pains, flu and injuries!