What I Pack to Travel Abroad

I am less than a week away for setting out for Tokyo, Japan! Where I will be for 11 days (ish). I am so excited and have so much to do to get ready. But thankfully, I have my go-to things I ALWAYS pack when I travel

Traveling abroad is an amazing experience, full of adventure and learning. It can also be really nerve wrecking, and sometimes scary. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to over twenty countries; ten of those were solo trips that taught me a lot about travel and what to pack to make it as easy as possible. Here are my packing tips for traveling abroad.

1. Invest in great small bags – Luggage is important, but you really only use it on the day of you leave and the day you arrive home. I strongly recommend investing in a great backpack. I like mine from North Face but I’m sure there are plenty of great backpacks out there. My big requirement is to have one big pocket (with a laptop sleeve) and a smaller one with lots of little pockets, slots, zippers, etc. This makes it easy to pack a lot and stay organized. And a small shoulder strap purse for when you don’t want to wear your backpack. I love this simple leather crossbody bag from FOUNT Leather. All of their bags are handcrafted in downtown Cleveland. They are simple but bold and absolutely gorgeous.

2. Bring vests, not jackets – If the weather allows for it, bring a vest instead of a jacket or coat – they take up too much room in a suitcase. And are really bulky and hot walking around exploring cities. Vests provide almost (if not all) the same warmth of a jacket – and extra pockets!! This Patagonia vest is my absolute favorite.

3. Buy a Passport Case – At first, I thought passport cases were frivolous, but I received one as a gift and started using it as a fluke. It actually helps me to not lose my passport in my giant tote or backpack. I love this one from Kate Spade.

4. Use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap – I love it because it’s so versatile; it can be body wash, face wash, shampoo, or laundry soap. It’s great if you need to pack light. Tip: Target has little bottles in the travel section.

5. Pack with space saver bags – I have recently discovered these and they are great! Especially, if you need to pack a lot of clothes in a carry-on suitcase. After putting the clothes in the plastic bag, you roll it up, releasing the air out of the bag. You will have so much more room in your suitcase.

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