The Art of Packing your Bags - 101

The Art of Packing your Bags - 101, 06.02.2014

To a lot of people, the worst part of travel is getting ready to pack your suitcase. Just staring at an empty suitcase can bring the excitement of upcoming travel to an immediate halt. Even if we're only going somewhere for a short period of time, we want all of the comforts we're accustomed to and clothing for any weather we might be exposed to. Packing your bags is an art, as is picking the right things to take. All people who are well-traveled will tell you, the best bag is a light bag!


Before leaving the things you decide to bring may change depending on the climate of wherever you're traveling to, the activities you're going to do while there, and based on your own typical routine.


That notwithstanding we've compiled a short list of things to keep in mind while you prepare your bags. Hopefully you find it useful...


Don't forget to take the following things on your travels!


  • Passport (Check to make sure your passport and visas are all valid and haven't expired)
  • If the last name on your national identity card, passport, and ticket are different then bring your marriage license as well.
  • If you plan on renting a car, remember your driver's license (some countries require an international driver's license).
  • Plane ticket. If you've done online check-in then print out your boarding pass
  • Credit Card (If you've bought your ticket online, you may be required to present the credit card you used to purchase the ticket at the check-in counter).
  • Debit card, cash, or traveler's checks
  • If you're a Turkish national traveling from Turkey, you'll need an exit stamp before flying (these can be purchased beforehand from Ziraat Bank or in the airport)
  • Some form of proof of purchase from your hotel (Some countries require you notification as to where you'll be staying. As a result keep all address information in your hand-bags as you travel).
  • Travel insurance print-out (Many countries stipulate that you must have travel insurance when you apply for a visa. Even for countries that don't require a visa, it's still worth it to get travel insurance. You can receive travel insurance from Turkish Airlines. –link verilecek)


Bring clothes after having checked what the weather will be like at your destination!


  • Footwear (bring shoes that you can use when you're doing a lot of walking around)
  • Dress for the season (Choose clothes that are comfortable, don't cause you to sweat too much, that don't wrinkle easily and that you can breathe in. Even if you're going somewhere warm bring something long-sleeved and things in case it rains).
  • Underwear, socks
  • Pajamas/clothing for night-time. Sweats.
  • Handbag, wallet
  • Hat, scarf
  • Bath towel, hand towel
  • Swimwear/bikini, beach wear
  • Jewelry, accessories


Electronic goods


  • Mobile phone and charger (Make sure that you can use your phone abroad and that the rates aren't too steep. Call your GSM operator to learn about what plans are available to you)
  • Camera, charger, memory card       
  • Video camera, (cassette, battery and charger)
  • Laptop computer and charger
  • Music player and headphones
  • If the outlets and electricity systems are different at your destination, then bring adaptors or relevant plug-ins
  • If you're staying at a hotel without many stairs, bring a hair dryer.


Health Care


  • Medicine (People who need to take their medicine regularly should make sure not to forget them. Also you might want to take allergy pills, cold medicine, medicine against reflux and stomach disorders, pain and fever medicine, muscle relaxants, Band-Aids, and vitamin pills)
  • Sunglasses, and regular eyewear or contact lenses if you wear them
  • Mosquito repellent if you're going somewhere hot


Personal Care Products


  • The better hotels will have soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, hair nets, cotton swabs, and mini sewing kits. The fewer things you take with you, the better so be careful about taking too many things that'll be provided for you anyway. 
  • Washcloth
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss
  • Perfume/deodorant
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Nail clippers
  • Sun screen, moisturizers
  • Shaving materials
  • Makeup and makeup cleaning materials




  • Books, guide book, map
  • Notebook, pen
  • As needed - flashlight, lighter, pocketknife.


Due to security procedures, there is a limited amount of liquid that is allowed on flights. Also don't forget that things like lighters and knives aren't allowed in the cabin!

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