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Making a Packing List for Travelling

So you've decided to go on holiday, you have picked up a destination, booked your flights and hotel. After this the only thing left to do is pack your luggage and go. But this is often the hardest part. Determining what to bring with you to make your trip stress-free and comfortable is not that easy. Packing, randomly putting things in your bag usually isn't very productive and efficient. Making a list of what to take is the best way to prepare. In order to make a good list for your travelling, you need to consider a few things. One of them is of course the length of your trip. Packing for a 2-week trip is much different than for a long weekend. If you're going to have a short vacation and stay in a nice hotel, you don't have to bring your whole wardrobe. Before making a list, it's good to inquire or check online whether the room you'll be staying in has a hairdryer (one less thing for a woman to take with her) and bathroom amenities. Most hotels these days offer a pair of towels at your disposal, as well as a small shampoo and soap. They might not be offering toothpaste, so take a small tube in your luggage. If you are going to change places and travel around, take a bag on wheels and try to keep it as light as possible. The biggest part of your luggage is clothes and shoes. They should be based on the weather and the place you are staying in. If you are planning a business trip you need to take at least two suits and a few dress shirts. Pick two pairs of formal shoes which go with most of your outfits. If you are staying in a hotel with a swimming pool, pack your swimwear too.  In terms of socks and underwear the general rule is one pair per day of staying. This means you will have enough to feel comfortable during the stay and not constantly do laundry. If you are going on an ordinary trip, pack clothes that are comfortable and match well with one another. The key is to be able to create a variety of different outfits with just a few pairs of clothes. The next part of your list is gadgets and electronics. Be reasonable and take only the things you usually use when on holiday. Do you even need your laptop? Are you planning to do some work? If not, you might as well use your phone to check emails and other things. Don't forget your camera, its charger and a spare pair of batteries for it. If you are taking your laptop you can try fitting the other gadgets in its bag too - camera, mp3 player, chargers for phone and camera, etc. Last, but not least take toiletries that are absolutely essential. Buy them in travel size to save space and weight in your luggage. Once you are ready with your travel list, stick it somewhere you can see it and go through it a few days before the holiday to check if you have forgotten something or need to remove something. A good travel list will literally help you pack in less than 30 minutes and feel calm that you have everything you need in your bag. If you are taking hand luggage and a suitcase, make the list in two parts - one for each bag.