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Think of all the necessary functions you will need to perform, and be prepared to address each. Start with these 12 top functions while traveling…
Understanding how to pack for your trip and optimize your suitcase can make a big difference in how smoothly your whole trip goes. Pack too much, and you’ll be struggling with a heavy suitcase getting on and off trains and in and out of hotels. Pack too little, and you’ll find yourself wearing the same clothes over and over again, and shopping for essentials in unfamiliar stores.
Finding the right balance is essential. Doing a good job with your trip preparations will ensure that your days of travel will be comfortable and hassle-free.
Think of packing as preparing to perform all necessary functions during your trip. Anticipate what you will need to be able to do, and take whatever you will need to be able to do it.
Start with these 10 Critical Functions and take what you need to be ready to perform them:
#1: Be prepared to transport your own bags.
Take suitcases that meet airline standards, are light-weight when empty, and have 360°-spinner wheels for easy lifting and pulling…
Organize tickets, accommodation contact info, reservations, maps and Day Pages into plastic folders. Bring an envelope for receipts.
#5: Manage and handle your money and passport.
Safely carry passports, credit and debit cards and cash. Use cash knowledgeably, with ready access to more when needed. Bring photocopies of passports and cards.
Arm yourself with practical items to handle any likely physical challenge and prevent lost days. Band-Aids for blisters, Tums, Metamucil, Melatonin for jet lag, sun block, decongestant, Advil.
Take tape and labels to ship boxes home and keep down the weight.
Pack a camera (or iPhone) and a journal to record your trip.
Use a packing system that maximizes space, minimizes time to unpack and repack and prevents wrinkles.
Carry clothing for warm and cool, sunny and rainy weather. Take comfortable, cushioned shoes to be ready to walk miles each day, including on cobblestones and up and down hills and stairs.
Be prepared to make calls and use essential phone apps (maps, Internet and translators). Take power adapters that work in Europe and any recharging cables you’ll need. Carry along an extension cord in case power outlets are sparse and inconveniently placed.
Take a day pack that is light enough to carry with you every day, packed with umbrella, water, Day Pages, phone, camera, tickets and vouchers. Carry a sunhat and a light wrap when you need it.