Vacations are exciting, and many people look forward to their time away for several months. There are new places to see, people to meet, food to taste, and experiences that will last a lifetime. As the date draws nearer, people begin to ask themselves what they are going to bring along with them in order to have the best possible experience.
First things first, check the usual weather for that time of year in your destination. It’s important to have suitable clothes for the climate you will be visiting; a beach city will call for lighter wear and a ski trip will require winter clothing. However, there are cold snaps and unseasonably warm days, so it’s best to pack an alternative to the usual clothing. Bringing a light jacket to the beach or trading a long-sleeved shirt for a sweater will give you more options in case the weather is different.
Another question to ask is whether the outfits you are bringing along are adequate for the culture you are visiting. Some places are more conservative and modest, while others are less so. Make sure that your outfits will be acceptable in the region you are visiting, particularly when going overseas. One culture’s acceptable eveningwear might be scandalous in another, so it’s best to know whether or not your clothing will be suitable in your new location.
Many people have difficulties with over-packing; since they don’t want to be caught out with the wrong clothing for the weather, they overcompensate and bring something for every eventuality. One way this can be mitigated is by choosing one or two items from each category and using laundry facilities in the city you are visiting. This eliminates the need to bring your entire closet along with you, and the regret when you are forced to lug an extremely heavy suitcase up and down the streets, or finding room for a large bag in the overhead bins of the airplane.
There are some items that will always be useful wherever you travel: good walking shoes, because sightseeing can be hard on the feet; toiletries, because while some hotels provide them, not all of them do, and it’s easy to reach into your bag if you need to freshen up after a long flight; socks; because it can often be cold in the evenings, even in warm locales.
Bring along your favorite clothes for a feeling of confidence in your new location. A touch of home when you are on the road is always welcome, and you will feel happier with the choice of wardrobe. Your vacation should be a memorable one, and your clothes the last thing on your mind.