Jacey Smith

When traveling out of the country, there are a lot of things that you need to pack. First thing to do is to check the weather and pack accordingly because the seasons are different depending on where you go and you want to make sure you bring the right clothes. Some things that you pack for Alaska in December will be different than going to Australia in December, but what I have created is a general list of things that I believe you will need no matter where you go in the world. 

1. Converter

The first thing that is essential is a converter. You want to be able to take tons of pictures, post on social media and get directions to new places without having your phone die on you. Having a way to charge your electronics in a different country may require having a converter. Make sure you look up how it is where you go and make sure that you get the right one. The worst thing that could happen in being in a foreign country with a dead phone and no way to take pictures to look back onto later on!

2. Portable charger

Another important item that goes along with the first is a portable charger. Most trips I go on, I am out and about doing things all day and my phone does not stay charged the whole day. Having the portable charger can come in handy for a bunch of reasons. You want to be able to take pictures, to call and text your friends, using maps, and translating. A portable charger can help you with all of these!

3. Water bottle with a filter

When traveling out of the country, some water may not sit with you right and make you sick. Investing in a water bottle with a filter is a smart idea. I did not bring one when I was in Europe and had to continually buy water bottles. It would be more sufficient and smarter to bring a reusable water bottle with a filter. Another helpful tip for packing is to bring some yummy snacks from home. Going to new places will be an eye opening experience and they will have all kinds of food to try. At the same time, having your favorite go to snack in your purse will make sure you can keep touring the town for another hour or so before going to dinner.

4. Extra cash

Some places may not accept cards so you will want to have extra cash on you depending on the currency. I learned from a friend to keep cash in different places such as some in my purse and some in a different pocket and some in my suitcase. For example, in Europe, it is common to have “pocket pickers”, who are trained to take stuff out of your purse or pocket and they do it so fast that you do not even notice. Having cash in different areas will add an extra step of safety. You want to still have money if some was taken. It may not be necessary to do this, but you would rather be more cautious than sorry later on. 

5. Passport holder

Going off the last point, it is also important to buy a passport holder. Even if you have a purse or backpack, you should keep your passport, money and other small valuable items in your passport holder. It adds extra caution to other people trying to steal your stuff. It was easier to access and added more safety. You never know what could happen and you want to make sure your valuables are right in front of you at all times.

6. Photocopies of important documentation

If something were to happen, you would want to have an photocopy of your passport in your suitcase or somewhere separate from your where your actual passport is. You do not want to get in a situation where you are not able to show identification and go back home. It is just an extra step that is not necessary to do when travelling out of the country but would rather do this just to be safer.

7. Comfy walking shoes

Traveling to a new country means that you will do a lot of exploring. Whether that is exploring the mountains, cities, or somewhere tropical, you want to have good walking shoes. You do not want to worry about buying band-aids for your blisters. Make sure they are broken in and you do not mind spending hours in them. Uncomfortable shoes should not stop you from enjoying the new culture. It is also important to bring a jacket or appropriate clothing. Look at the weather before you leave!

There are a lot of things that you should pack depending on what part of the world you are going to and during what time of the year. This is a list that is useful no matter where you go. I hope these are helpful for you when it comes to packing for your trip!