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Packing Essentials for Your Next Trip Abroad

Knowing what to pack - and what to leave behind - when prepping for your next big vacation.

By Blake McCoyPublished 2 years ago 3 min read

Vacations are so exciting that it can be easy to accidentally forget to pack a few essentials. While missing out on an item or two isn’t the end of the world, traveling abroad can make forgetting an item a bit more complicated, especially depending on the item.

There are many ways to go about packing to ensure that you get all the essentials. We’re here today to talk about what those essentials are. With any luck, this will help ensure that you pack everything you need for your next big adventure.

Passport and Visas

The more obvious travel essentials would be the paperwork required, such as passports and visas. When planning a vacation abroad, it is critical to do a few rounds of checks here. First, ensure that everything is correct – and up to date. Second, ensure that these items are packed securely and not unintentionally left behind.

Day Bag

It is critical not to misjudge the value of a good day bag for those traveling abroad. Remember, you’re not going to want to carry your suitcase around the whole time. And yet there will be items you’ll need on you while touring. A day bag can be a purse, backpack, or other useful bags. Ensure that it is sturdy and comfortable before packing it into your suitcase.

Universal Travel Adaptor

Another essential item for traveling abroad is a universal travel adaptor. These days, people tend to travel with many technical items; phones, cameras, e-readers, and even laptops. However, these items won’t be any good if you can’t charge them. Carrying a set of universal travel adaptors ensures that you can charge your electronic devices no matter where you are or the plug situation.


Do you take any medications? If so, it is essential to plan ahead. Make sure you have enough of your prescription for the trip – and that they make it into your luggage. Depending on the medication, it might be worthwhile to check with your airline to ensure that all rules regarding packing and paperwork are followed.

Comfortable Shoes and Clothes

It’s amazing how much clothing can affect how one feels. Uncomfortable clothes or shoes can quickly ruin an experience, even if it would otherwise be a delightful vacation. As such, remember to pack comfortable shoes and clothes. Ideally, these items should be appropriate for the climate you’re traveling to. Including a few additional items, such as a warmer jacket, sunglasses, and different shoe choices.

About Blake McCoy

Forever curious — Blake McCoy has built a successful career as a broadcast journalist by traveling to new places, seeking out new people and questioning everything. Even the biggest news stories start with a tip or hunch. A journalist explores it from all angles until a story takes shape. That boundless curiosity is what makes travel Blake McCoy’s favorite pastime.

Blake McCoy’s career often takes him to exciting new locations covering events as they happen. Journalism rewards curiosity. In his off-time, Blake McCoy channels that innate curiosity into travel with assignments he gets to choose himself.

A California native, Blake McCoy grew up outside Los Angeles. His first travels were to explore new beaches, attend summer camp in the mountains of Big Bear and on weekend trips to places like Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Catalina Island. As a teenager, Blake McCoy relocated with his family to Nevada and a small town outside Las Vegas rich in history. Founded by the federal government in the Great Depression, Boulder City was built to house workers constructing the Hoover Dam. Today, that dam creates Lake Mead, the largest man-made reservoir in the United States, responsible for generating power and allocating water for three states — Nevada, Arizona and California.

Pick up some travel insight and glean some tips from Blake McCoy by visiting his blog page for the latest updates and information!

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About the Creator

Blake McCoy

Blake McCoy is a dynamic, engaging broadcast journalist with a depth of experience. As a network news correspondent, Blake has traveled the country sharing stories of human triumph and tragedy, struggle and perseverance.

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