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Packing for international trips can (understandably!) be one of the most challenging parts of traveling. So today I’m sharing a round-up of practical packing tips for international travel to help make packing and your entire travel experience as smooth and seamless as possible.
8 PACKING TIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
1. Choose a Color Palette
One of the easiest places to start when it comes to packing for international travel is choosing clothing that falls into a color palette. Maybe you choose all neutrals for a winter trip (black, white, navy, and tan) or maybe you choose all pastels for a spring or summer trip. Whatever color palette you choose, this will make it easy to mix and match your clothing pieces into a variety of different outfits. It can be tough to pack light, especially if it’s a long trip, so maximizing your outfit combinations is key! Every piece you pack should be able to pull double-duty meaning it can be used in more than just one outfit. We love multi-purpose pieces!
2. Make a List of Outfits
Another one of my packing tips for international travel is to make a list in your phone of all the outfits you plan to wear. You can even take this a step further and take a picture in the mirror of you in each outfit. This will save you time getting ready each day and help keep you organized! It seems simple but this means one less decision you have to make every day of your international trip. I recently shared my Italy Packing List with some of the cute and versatile pieces I packed!
3. Maximize Packing Space
I really try to avoid checked luggage if I can on international travel (remember that summer when it felt like everyone was loosing their checked luggage?!) so I often opt for only carry on luggage and my personal item. This means packing space is at a premium so it’s important to maximize space where you can. One of my biggest travel packing tips is to roll your clothing (apparently this is a big flight attendant hack!) instead of folding, as well as utilize packing cubes. Packing cubes are great because they compress your clothing down allowing for more space in your luggage.
4. Wear Your Bulkiest Items on the Plane
This packing tip is really for fall and winter travel, but I always recommend wearing your big and bulky items on the plane. Wear your winter coat, lugsole boots, and chunky scarf on the plane to save valuable space in your luggage! While it may not be the chicest airport look, you’ll certainly be happy to have the extra packing space.
5. Track Your Items
Sometimes checked baggage is unavoidable despite our best efforts at packing light. In this case, I strongly recommend purchasing an Apple AirTag or two and sticking them in your checked bags. This handy device allows you to track your luggage via bluetooth and Apple’s vast “Find My” network. When your international flight lands, open up the “Find My” app and see if your checked bag is at the same airport you are!
6. Handle Liquids With Care
I always recommend keeping your liquids in clear storage (I love Truffle’s pouches), but when it comes to international travel packing it’s super important to pay attention to different country’s liquid policies. You may be fine departing the United States and following TSA’s protocol, but there is a chance you may be over the size limit for your return flight to the United States. This only applies to carry-on liquids, but I’ve found that generally TSA is much more lenient and has larger limits than many European countries. Don’t get caught off guard!
7. Bring Emergency Meds
When traveling internationally I try to avoid overpacking and packing frivolous items, but one thing I think is worth it is a small collection of “just in-case” medicines. I stick a handful of TUMS, Pepto Bismol, headache, cold/flu, etc. medicine in a ziplock bag to have on hand. There’s nothing worse than being under the weather in a foreign country and having to try and navigate the local pharmacy.
8. Leave Your Dyson at Home
I’ve found that hair devices are the biggest challenge when it comes to traveling internationally. Charging an iPhone, Laptop, and Kindle are all pretty straight forward (just buy a USB charger for whatever country/region your visiting) but hairdryers and curling irons can be more of a challenge. My tip is to leave your high-end devices at home and instead purchase a dual voltage curling iron or blow dryer brush on Amazon for the trip (most hotels and rentals will have a hair dryer on hand.) This way, you can simply plug the device into a plug adaptor and it’s ready to go. Dyson products are not dual voltage so you run the risk of completely ruining them overseas if you’re not careful!