Items to pack on your next Sustainable Trip
The lead-up to that trip of a lifetime can be almost as exciting as the adventure itself – planning your itinerary, researching all the amazing natural and heritage experiences to visit, endlessly scrolling social media photos of breathtaking sites. But one part of the prep can cause quite a bit of stress – the packing! However, with a checklist of eco-friendly items to pack, and clever space-saving hacks, you can enjoy the packing process while saving the planet.
Key considerations for your packing list
Although there are certain items that will feature on nearly all packing lists (ID, travel documents, credit cards, travel insurance, etc.) there are some major factors that have a major impact on the rest of your checklist. Your destination is the main player. If you’re exploring beautiful heritage sites in New Zealand, for example, you’ll probably have a different packing list compared to visiting key sites in Las Vegas. Other factors include:
- Weather. Are you traveling somewhere hot or cold, wet or dry, changeable, or windy? This will affect what clothes and accessories you’ll need to pack.
- Activities. Are you sightseeing, relaxing, or taking part in sports? This will influence your choice of shoes, equipment, clothes, and more.
- Culture. Do you need to cover up to be respectful of the local culture, or is it a beach vibe where a two-piece and sandals are all you need?
How to save space when packing
Whether you’re packing a suitcase, a carry on, or a backpack, there are some clever packing hacks that help save space. Firstly, try rolling your clothes instead of folding them. This can not only save space but also means they’re less likely to crease, too. Secondly, try using a compression bag to fit your clothes into a smaller space. This involves folding your clothes and laying them inside the bag and then pushing out all the air by rolling up the bag.
Thirdly, choose items that can pull double-duty. Versatile clothing can be a game changer, especially if you’re not putting anything on the hold. This can be as obvious as a reversible top, or as subtle as a scarf that has hidden pockets to keep your valuables safe from pickpockets.
Multi-tasking toiletries can also be a great space saver. If you’ll be cleaning dry skin on your trip, choose a body wash or beauty bar with ingredients that lock in moisture and replenish natural nutrients – that’ll do the job of moisturizer, too. For extra advice about cleaning dry skin, read more.
Remember to put anything that could leak in a plastic bag and place items you’ll need straight away at the top of your bag. If you’re only taking a cabin bag with you, then solid toiletries like beauty bars are ideal, as you don’t have to worry about restrictions on liquids in your carry on.
Here are some ideas of essential items you might need to pack for your trip:
- ID and documents: passport, tickets, travel insurance, health card, driving license, etc.
- Medications and prescriptions
- Local currency, credit/debit cards, and travel money card
- Devices, chargers, and adaptors: phone/tablet/laptop/e-reader
- Clothing, footwear, and accessories
- Toiletries including sunscreen
With these tips, you can pack with confidence and make the most of your trip.