How to competently collect a bag on a trip?

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1. Posted by GowardToliyaty (Budding Member 2 posts) 35w Star this if you like it!

Tell me, what do you put in your suitcase first? What things must be with you during the trip? I'm going on tour, and I'm interested in your opinion.

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 35w Star this if you like it!

Where (approximately)?
Only hot countries or?
Wet season?
Only Cities/large towns?
What I pack depends on where I go.

3. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1188 posts) 35w Star this if you like it!

The most important thing is not in my suitcase, nor should it ever be: The passport. Treat it with utmost care and respect. Guard it more than anything else. No passport, no travel.

4. Posted by Cottonwood (Budding Member 100 posts) 35w Star this if you like it!

Passport, basic toiletries, swimsuit and towel........and then as Andrew Mack kinda said "Where are you going?". Makes all the difference on what you pack if your going to Greenland, Tahiti, or the hot desert of Arizona in August.

5. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 356 posts) 35w Star this if you like it!

Quoting GowardToliyaty

Tell me, what do you put in your suitcase first?

The stuff you need the least - it'll be at the bottom.;)

Sunblock can be hard to find and wicked expensive elsewhere, so that comes first. My gal is from Ireland, so sunblock is often at the top of our list.

Quoting GowardToliyaty

What things must be with you during the trip?

A small kit with pepto tablets, aspirin, earplugs, etc. Also reading material and maps to look at and, of course, assorted electronics.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Feb-2019, at 13:00 by road to roam ]

6. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1745 posts) 35w Star this if you like it!

Quoting road to roam

Sunblock can be hard to find and wicked expensive elsewhere

I've not found this to be the case, but then I'm not starting from where you are, and there's no indication where the OP is based.

This also very much depends where you're going. Most of my travels I don't need sunblock.

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2316 posts) 35w Star this if you like it!

"How to competently collect a bag on a trip?"

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I guess you mean PACK a bag for a trip. If you really mean how to collect a bag from the baggage claim area at an airport it is helpful to have a bag that is distinctive. I can recognize my bag from quite a bit away.

It will make a difference if you are just going on a weekend trip or going overseas for a month. The prevailing weather at the destination will determine any particular clothing. Maybe cold weather gear for cold areas or bathing suits for tropical locations. It makes a difference if you are driving yourself, using a bus or flying somewhere.

If going overseas - like previous post mentions - safeguard your passport! Also this means keeping it dry if you are sweaty or caught in the rain. And do not rip out any pages from your passport too!

Why not come back with information for where and how long you will be gone. For me, I always have a small laptop with me. Some of the normal things I have for longer trips is bags that I can lock. Also a couple padlocks if you are staying in cheap hostels or whatever! (Normally you cannot check in a locked bag at check in unless it is a special TSA type lock or locked by plastic ties.)

If you are flying for the first time you should acquaint yourself with what is allowed through security checkpoints at airports.

Come on back!

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Feb-2019, at 13:25 by karazyal ]

8. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 35w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Quoting road to roam

Sunblock can be hard to find and wicked expensive elsewhere

I've not found this to be the case.

Some places the 'sun block' includes skin whitening chemicals as the locals think lighter skin is desirable, but unless you understand the language pretty well you'll never know that. Some places the recognised brands are very expensive and the less known brands are less effective.

Being a Brit I rarely have to buy sun block at home, so I'm not too familiar with many brands.
So maybe the less known brands are known to the experts,...

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1267 posts) 35w Star this if you like it!

I have a generic packing list that I modify for the place that I am going depending on the climate.

There are some things that I have on the list that I wear, such as hat, shoes, dress, camera, passport case with passport and cell phone, and underarm pouch with cash money.

Some things I have in my pocketbook/handbag - camera batteries, ticket and travel information, small notebook for expenses and a tiny stapler to staple receipts into it, pocket calendar, a Kindle, small flashlight, nail clipper, tweezers, small mirror, calculator, measuring tape, bandaid, folding hair brush, pens, a marker or sharpie and address book with address labels.

In my carry-on bag I have the computer, the chargers for the phone, Kindle and camera batteries, a power strip, and my medications.

In my suitcase, I have appropriate clothing and underwear, at least one other pair of shoes, nightgown, suitsuit (and if I am going to a warm location an underwater camers, a dive skin, mask and snorkel), scrubbie, soap, sunblock, flossers, a raincoat (and maybe a folding umbrella) and a sweater. I also have plastic bags and a mesh bag for dirty clothes.

If I am not traveling with my husband, I also have an extension cord and the battery charger for the scooter battery

10. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1236 posts) 35w 1 Star this if you like it!

What do I put in my suitcase first? I roll up my socks and put them inside my extra pair of shoes and put those in the suitcase. Everything else (my clothes) fits between them. My Dopp kit with toiletries goes on the top and if we're driving, I put all our maps into the computer slot underneath the bag. This is a carry-on size bag but I will check it through.

In my backpack (that I do carry on the plane), I put any prescription meds, my little flashlight, Kindle, computer, two days of clothes in case the bag gets lost and my camera bag on the top. Always keep your passport, travel documents, list of places you are going, emergency contacts, credit cards and medical information with you.

I've never been on a tour but have looked at some that give you a list of some things to take so you may have to factor that into your plans. I only take the clothes I wear at home so don't have travel clothing. If we're going someplace cold, I will wear a coat so I don't have to pack it.

You don't say where you are going, but most places if you forget something, you can buy it locally so don't stress too much over packing. It would be nice to pack the perfect suitcase, but it won't ruin your vacation if you need to buy toothpaste, undies or deodorant at one of your tour stops.

Relax and enjoy your trip.