COVID slowed us down for a couple of years, and now a few health issues challenge us. We're still traveling if not writing about it quite so much. Our goal in 2022 was get to all seven continents in one year... and we did it.
Going forward health issues may not allow us to travel. No one can take away those memories though. We hope all of you are well and staying safe... and that you find some inspiration here for YOUR future travels.
We're giving you our basic packing list to help you with packing light...
...so you can take only carry-on luggage like we do.
When you're staring at those empty suitcases, a basic packing list will help get you started packing.
People always say, "Oh, you must just leave your suitcases packed."
No, not really.
We leave our plastic bags packed and the travel purse,
....but believe me...
...we use our list all the time!
It's exciting to plan your trip, but packing and getting all of your documents together is a bit more of a chore.
Lay things out, consult our list, and think... do you really want to carry all of that around?
Remember to color coordinate your travel wardrobe, pack for layering, and make sure everything is comfortable.
You'll want to tweak the list if you're traveling in cold weather, you'll be playing in tropical weather, or if you might run into mixed weather. We've got lists for all of those. It's easy to adapt a basic packing list for any special circumstances.
Let's face it your trip is special... any trip is special! But you can pack light for special trips.
We've also got tips and lists for you if you're wondering what you can fit in that plastic bag. You know... the one that security is requiring for carry-ons. One quart or one liter plastic bag.
Check out more of our packing tips...
We have them listed on the right so you can navigate to them. (Look clear down to the bottom right of the page.)
Be sure you have a sturdy bag and one that is the right size for carry-on. (Not all bags that claim to be carry-on size really are carry-on size... be careful.)
You can take your medications and small amounts of liquids, creams and gels in your carry-on luggage, but remember the security rules....
Security Alert Packing Guide
Cosmetics Packing Guide
Guide to Packing Medications. Remember that plastic bag!
If you want to take larger amounts, many of your amenities may not be taken on the plane as carry-ons depending on security alerts at the time of your flight. Those larger bottles must go in checked luggage.
If you are traveling with a friend or spouse as Mark and I do, try to take one suitcase on board and check the other. Always check ahead to see what is allowed onboard your carrier especially if you're traveling at a time of high security alerts.
Don't let security alerts stop you. Get together the clothes on your basic packing list, grab your passport and get on the road.
We think our basic packing list is pretty good, we hope you like the rest of our tips and stories too.
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