Going abroad for a conference? Here are some helpful tips to make preparing for your journey easier.
- Clear storage (e.g. old photos)
- Make sure it's unlocked for SIM cards from any country can be activated on it.
- If owning Bluetooth headphones, bring a 3.5mm jack to use them in-flight.
- Power bank (10k++ mAh rating)
- Outlet adapters
- Bring at least two (one for your phone and laptop)
- Flash disk
Identification & documentation
- Passport & visa (including scanned copies)
- If passport was recently renewed, bring the old one as well.
- Double-check travel validity date.
- Driver's license
- Travel itinerary & conference print-outs
- Travel diary containing names & addresses (in case phone gets lost)
- Breathable, easy-to-wear clothing and footwear
- Slip-on shoes
- Track pants
- T-shirt w/ front pocket
- Conference & everyday clothes that match the season
- Accessories (e.g. belt, fanny pack)
- Spare underwear inside carry-on luggage
- Laundry bag and additional bags to put dirty clothes in
Comfort & convenience
- Travel pillow
- Sleep mask
- Water bottle/tumbler
- Sanitary & flushable wipes
Sanitary & medication
- Toiletry bag containing 100ml or less of the following:
- Facial cleanser
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Hair product
- Hand towel & body towel
- Paracetamol & other over-the-counter drugs
- Prescription medication
- Bring the actual prescription to avoid getting questioned.
- Facial razor
- Lip balm
- Bath lily
- Pain relief patches
- Travel insurance
- Online seat selection & check-in
- Spare glasses
- Gifts to friends and family
- Pocket money (in small denominations)
- Roaming activation
- Airline phone app to check flight availability
- A VPN subscription, useful when connecting to public hotspots within airports, hotels, etc.
- Credit/debit card
- Call issuing bank and let them know your intentions to use the card in another country.
- When choosing connecting international flights, choose ones that are at least three hours in between of each other, as unexpected delays might force you to re-book your flight. In my case, I had a 24-hour layover in LAX because there was only a single flight to New Zealand available every day.
- Always pack the important stuff inside your carry-on luggage (e.g. passport, prescription medication).
- It's good to have at least one set of clothes and underwear in your carry-on in case you get laid over for more than 12 hours and would rather leave your checked-in luggage at the airport.