So you are going to take a trip, heh? Lucky you! But, packing for the vacation can be a pain. There is so much romance and anticipation. But, don't get so carried away by the fun and the romance that you reach your destination discovering that you forgot all the stuff that you really need. You need to keep in mind where you are going, how long will you be there, what are others wearing, attending any dressy events? What looks good and what is comfortable. Taking a short reality check to pack and organize your bags properly will do a lot towards making your vacation trully enjoyable. So here goes!
Dont pack complete outfits unless you are going to very formal places. If a touristy trip is what you are on, packing stuff that can be mixed and matched is a great idea. The rule to follow here is not to take anything that cant be worn as a part of two different outfits. You can achieve a magical effect by ensuring that your clothes can be worn in layers for example, a shirt worn one day can be paired with a jacket on another day to create a totally different effect.
Denim and Khakis are great for casual travelers. They wear well, look great and allow you to lounge in them just about anywhere. A simple way to remove wrinkles is to hang them in a bathroom and turn the shower on. The steam will soften the fabric and a simple iron available in most hotels will do the trick.
While on clothes, do remember that animal skin is pass. In fact, it could even get you in trouble if the country that you are visiting has rigid rules.
One essential, often overlooked item is shoes. Remember you will be walking and standing for long periods. Take shoes that you are comfortable in. Just about three pairs should suffice. For women, tery and bring shoes that match the predominant color in your dresses, that is always a bonus. But, be sure to take a pair that is ideal for walking. Oh, and dont forget (only if you are going to use it) a pair of high heels.
Dont Flaunt It
As far as jewelry is concerned use good judgment. Just because you can pack it in easily, dont cart it around. You might be tempting fate if you go around flaunting too much of it. Something classy and not too flashy would be just right. While on the subject, take great care of your cards, documents and cash. A bag worn around your waist is a good idea for most places.
Finally, a few words on personal safety. Many countries have their own standards of how men and women should dress. While no one expects you to adhere to these completely, knowing about them and dressing conservatively is always a good idea. The idea is to enjoy your holiday and come back home wanting it to go on for a little longer. Have fun.