Is International Baggage Different?

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Most people have a fairly established internal list of items they try to remember for travel, developed over years of forgetting various crucial items: toothbrush, swimsuit, medications. These items also make sense for international travel. However, international baggage can require additional items and more care during the packing process. International trips can be longer, more adventurous, and in new and possibly remote locations where you may not speak the language, let alone know how to ask where to buy tweezers, for example. This article gives you some things to think about in both content (what to bring) and delivery (how to get it there).

What Kinds of Items Should I Bring in my Luggage for my trip outside the country?

Some things are the same regardless of whether you’re traveling domestically or internationally: for example, your clothes. However, you probably pack more bags and require more luggage for an international trip than you’d pack for a weekend away. Different climatic conditions as well as events on your itinerary will also dictate the best clothes to bring. Clothes for hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro are different from formal dinners with business associates; if you’re doing both, you’ll also need to be prepared. But other items you may not have considered before. A money belt and your passport should travel with you at all times, but other items are better suited to your checked or delivered baggage.

Packing for your Trip Abroad

Below is a partial list of items that would be useful in most international locations. Of course, think through your own destination and trip to decide what items make sense to include in your international baggage and which additional ones would be required.

  • Electrical converter and adapter plugs – If you have anything from a hair dryer to a computer that you expect to use in foreign countries, an outlet adapter is a must. Research the particular power setup in your destination country or bring a kit which has adapters for all the standard setups.
  • Over-the-counter medications and basic first aid kit – Cold medicine, painkillers, bandages, moleskin for blisters are all good bets and often easier to bring than to buy. Depending on the destination, malaria tablets, diarrhea medication or antibiotics might be called for.
  • Guidebook – Choose one and stick with it.
  • Swiss army knife – From splinters to bottles of wine, this small tool can help!
  • Light raincoat or umbrella – If it’s raining, you don’t want to waste time getting rain protection. A small travel umbrella in your international luggage can make all the difference.
  • Cables and cords – Phone chargers, laptop chargers, adaptors to get photos off of full cameras or discs
  • Gifts – Depending on your trip, bringing small gifts from home for business associates or local hosts will add a thoughtful touch to your trip.

Getting Your Bags for Your International Trip Shipped There and Back

Since international trips can be longer and often come with opportunities to use your favorite sports equipment (snowboard, golf clubs, SCUBA gear), the luggage you plan to take to other countries can be bulkier and heavier than your domestic luggage. Instead of hauling that extra weight to the airport then paying overweight fees to the airlines to get it there, consider luggage delivery through a service like Luggage Free. They’ll pick up your bags from home at a time of your choosing, deliver it to your destination before you arrive, then pick it up before you head home. Luggage Free delivers to over 120 countries worldwide. Call now to find out more.

Let the world be your oyster! Live it up and let Luggage Free handle the hassle. No more lugging huge bags through airports and customs. We’ll do it all, from the heavy lifting to the paperwork, so you can relax and enjoy the ride. Planes, trains, and automobiles are much more enjoyable when you can kick back live in the moment without worrying about dragging bags around with you. Give us a call and we can help you map out exactly how Luggage Free could best serve you on your next international trip.

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