An Essential Packing List!

If you are planning a trip, whether it is for leisure or business how you pack is important. The last thing you need is to get to where you are going, only to discover that you have forgotten something that you desperately need.

The clothes you need

Top of your list is the clothes you need. Naturally, you want to look your best, so it is well worth taking the time to put together a travel wardrobe that works.

Take the time to sit down and work out what you are going to be doing while you are away. This will help you to work out what outfits you will need to pack.

Wherever possible, make sure that the clothes you take are co-ordinated. That way you can mix and match them, and will not have to take as many items of clothing with you.

Lightweight and crease-resistant clothing

It is important to pack clothes that are appropriate to the climate. However, you will be able to get more in your case if the clothes you pack are lightweight.

Packing crease resistant clothes is also a good idea. You will look better in them, and because you will be able to fold them up tighter you should be able to get more into your case.

Clothes for exercising while you are travelling

It is always well worth following an exercise regime while you are away. Doing so will keep you energised, and reduce the amount of weight you put on.

A swimming costume or men’s shorts are a travel essential. In most parts of the world, there will be the chance to enjoy a swim in the sea, a lake or a pool. It is great exercise, very relaxing and a good way to meet people.

Camera gear

Whether your trip is for work or leisure it is nice to get out there and take some photos. The chances are you will not return to that precise location any time soon. So, it is worth taking some snaps to help you to remember your trip.

Photography is a big part of what I do, so I always make room for camera gear. Modern phones have cameras, but it is good to take a compact and some lenses. By far the best way to carry these is to put them in a camera carrier. However, if you do not have much space put them in soft cases and wrap each one in your clothes to protect them.

A laptop

If you have enough spare room, it is always worth taking your laptop with you. This will allow you to edit your photos as you go, something that is not as easy to do on a tablet or Smartphone. There is the added advantage that you can enjoy watching movies and playing games on relatively big screen, as well as work if you need to.

Of course, everyone is different, so the list above may not necessarily work for you. However, it should give you some ideas, and get you thinking about the best way to pack for your next trip.

About the author


Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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