Top Ten Packing List For Your Student Travel
Peak Performance Tours plans trips around the world and with travelers now dealing with baggage fees, limited food options on flights and strict airline security requirements, packing properly is more important than ever. Here are just ten suggestions that we’ve learned about and some of these suggestions could be great promotional items to give out prior to or at the program.
#1 - Snacks
Unless you’re flying first class, you can expect marked-up bagged snacks as your food choice on flights that you could buy in the store for a lot less. If you don’t want to pay $3-$5 for a bag of spiced nuts or M&M's, bring your own bagged candy, crackers, health bars, nuts whatever works for you.
#2 - Security Bags, Clothing, and Accessories
If your passport or wallet is stolen while you're overseas, it will not only set your budget back but also impact your trip plans in the time to get it replaced. Always make an extra copy of your passport. Pay attention and always be aware of your surroundings. If you want further back-up protection, you might want to consider purchasing a security bag/wallet or money belt.
# 3 - Compression Sacks
As long as you stay within airlines' bag-weight limits, you can stuff as much as physically possible into your suitcase. However, the more bags you check or the heavier your bag, the higher those fees climb. One simple way to maximize suitcase space is to use travel compression sacks designed to save space by eliminating air surrounding the contents of the bag
#4 - Empty Water Bottle
Avoid the overpriced newsstand bottled water by packing an empty bottle in your suitcase and filling it up after you've gone through security at a water fountain. To save space, opt for a squishy, foldable flask.
#5 - Travel Laundry Detergent
Pack travel laundry detergent and stain remover to use in case of a spill emergency. Something like the Tide Stain Stick which fits in a pocket or purse and, at less than 3.4 ounces, is carry-on compliant. Laundry soap sheets also work and because they’re not liquid, are OK to bring on the plane.
#6 - Duct Tape
Duct tape has myriad practical uses and can be taken on a plane. Use the tape to put things back together if your suitcase gets ripped by baggage handlers, saving you from having to spend money on a new bag during your trip, especially if you’re at a destination with an unfavorable exchange rate. Purchasing a big-ticket item like a new suitcase could really eat up your budget. Good for a quick fix to damaged clothes or shoes too!!
#7 - E-reader
This is not for the book devotee but if you are an avid reader you can cart a virtual library of reading material in luggage without sustaining overweight-bag charges by using an e-reader. Even a single large hardback book is enough to seize some serious suitcase space.
#8 - Sunscreen Stick
If you're traveling to a place where sunscreen is compulsory, like a beach resort in the Caribbean, any sunblock for sale in local shops will be expensive. The 3.4 ounce maximum bottle size that the TSA permits in carry-on luggage most likely won’t be enough for a good week of heavy-duty equatorial sun rays. The wallet-friendly solution is to buy solid sunscreen at a local drugstore.
#9 - Luggage Scale
Overweight-luggage fees are usually as hefty the bags that incur them. Some airlines charge up to $200 for an overweight suitcase. If you’re a heavy-duty shopper, you might want to consider buying a luggage scale to bring with you. Overweight charges can easily be avoided if you pack a luggage scale and weigh your bag before arriving at the airport.
#10-Empty Carry-On Travel Bottle
Travel-size products, although convenient, are very costly, especially if it’s a product you use often. You are better off purchasing your own carry-on travel bottle and filling it with the product of your choice. For example, a travel-size bottle of a leading brand Moisturizing Lotion could cost up to $13 for 1.7 ounces whereas the full-size version might cost $24.50 for 4.2 ounces. That's a price increase of about 30 percent!
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