Let's prepare your stuff!

1. Choose Your Main Luggage

Wherever you're planning to go, pick luggage that is versatile, lightweight and big enough to hold all your essentials. It’s also important to finding a travel bag that's as versatile as you need it to be, while also fitting all your stuff and being easy to carry.

1. Rolling Luggage

2. 4-Wheels

3. Duffel Bag

4. Wheeled Backpack

5. Travel Backpack

6. Carry-On

2. Organize Your Stuff

If you have lots of different types of activities you plan to do, that means you have a fair amount of gear you need to pack into your suitcase. Keeping everything organized can be a challenge. One of the best things you can do when you're packing for any trip, especially one that requires you to pack lots of layers, is to make sure you use packing organizers.

3. Pack Your Toiletry Bag

The Toiletry Bag Basics

1. Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash

2. Hair brush or comb, hair ties

3. Deodorant

4. Shampoo and conditioner

5. Face wash

6. Feminine hygiene products

Toiletry Bag Extras

1. Cologne/perfume

2. Personal mini mirror

3. Hair products like hairspray, hair gel and beard oil

4. Shaving kit and extra razors

5. Facial tissues and/or toilet paper

6. Travel Towel

7. Scissors, nail clippers, and tweezers (must be in checked luggage)

4. Travel Health

1. First aid kit (bandages, gauze, adhesives, etc.)

2. Personal prescriptions (copies of scripts)

3. Pain and fever relievers (also children’s strength if you are traveling with kids)

4. Cold medicines and throat lozenges

5. Allergy medicines

5. Prepare Your Personal Item Carry-On Bag

The next thing you’ll want to do is prepare your personal item carry-on bag with anything you’ll want with you on the flight. It’s always a good idea to make sure you have an outfit (or two) and a few essential toiletries in your personal item just in case your luggage is lost. If you’ll be traveling around to multiple destinations, make sure this bag has items to keep you cozy on any train, boat or bus rides. It's always nice to have a bag that's easy to access so you don't have to get into your luggage each time you need your eye mask. But remember, you’ll be carrying all of this, so keep it light.

Here are some good things to include in your carry-on bag packing list:

1. Mobile device and charger

2. Laptop, iPad, or E-reader and charger(s)

3. Headphones (consider noise-reducing headphones if you're sensitive to sound)

4. Camera and Go Pro/video camera, memory card, and chargers

5. Travel journal and pen (it’s awful when you forget your pen!)

6. Books and magazines

7. Water bottle

8. Guide books, travel guides, maps, language guides, etc.

6. Collect Important Travel Documents, Cash, and Credit Cards

1. Passport/visa(s)

2. Personal ID/Student ID card

3. Cash and credit card(s)

4. Travel insurance information

5. Reservations and itineraries

6. Hotel and/or tour contact information

7. Transportation tickets (plane, train, bus, car, etc.)

8. Emergency contacts and important addresses

7. Consider Travel Security

In most large cities, travelers should always be on the lookout for pickpockets. The easiest way to keep your belongings safe is to keep them hidden and close to you. One way to do this is to stash your valuables underneath your clothing. Another way is by locking your bags closed and using reflective accents to help folks see you at nighttime.Wearing a money belt or neck wallet lets you keep your valuables close to your body and away from prying hands.

Wherever you are headed, you’re going to have great time! Just make sure you think through your list of activities beforehand so that you’re able to bring everything you need and pick the right luggage. And remember, you are a traveler. Respect the people and places you go to visit. Travel changes us to be better than we were by opening our eyes and giving us newfound respect.

Best of luck! Travel well.