Packing Tips: Everything You Need for an International Adventure

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International travel opens our eyes to unique adventures, diverse cultures, flavorful cuisine, and an amazing array of awe-inspiring sights, sounds, and smells. With Hilton properties covering 124 countries and territories, the hardest part just might be deciding where to visit first.

No matter where you travel, having the right gear is essential. Packing efficiently and effectively helps make the journey smoother, more enjoyable, and stress free. Follow these tips to make practical packing decisions, stay organized, and ensure a hassle-free international travel experience.

Do Research on Your Destination

Before you start packing, research the weather at your destination and consider the potential climate factors during your visit. Traveling to a tropical all-inclusive resort like Hilton Tulum Riviera Maya All-Inclusive Resort? Lightweight clothing, sunscreen, and swimwear should be on your packing list. Headed to an adventurous Peruvian retreat like Hilton Garden Inn Cusco during the rainy season? Don’t forget your hiking boots and waterproof gear.

Similarly, if you’re planning to attend more formal events, such as a wedding, theater show, or upscale dinner, you’ll also need to consider the dress code for these functions when packing.

Choose Lightweight, Versatile Clothing 

Overpacking can lead to hefty baggage fees, exhaustion from lugging around heavy suitcases, and less flexibility during your travels. Aim to pack only what you'll truly use and leave extra room to bring home those must-have souvenirs.

When selecting your clothing, focus on versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched. This approach minimizes the number of items you need to pack while still providing numerous outfit options. Neutral colors and simple designs are often the best choice, as they can be dressed up or down as needed.

Layering also is essential for making the most out of a limited travel wardrobe. For example, bring a light shawl or sweater to cover bare shoulders when exploring Roman chapels during your stay at Cosmopolita Hotel Rome, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. Or, pack extra layers of thermal warmth for skiing on the snowy slopes near Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa in New Zealand.

Invest in Quality Travel Gear

Investing in quality travel gear can make a huge impact on your packing experience. While purchasing durable luggage and a quality backpack can sometimes come with a hefty price tag, having items that are well-made and easy to use will provide an invaluable level of comfort and convenience while on the road.

Packing cubes are also a game-changer when it comes to organizing your luggage. These small, zippered pouches help you separate and categorize your belongings, making it easy to find what you need without unpacking your entire suitcase. When selecting packing cubes, opt for ones that also compress your clothes, which further saves valuable space.

And remember that each airline has its own luggage size and weight restrictions, so it's essential to check these before your trip and choose gear that meets your airline’s requirements. 

Don’t Forget the Essentials

Toiletries can take up a significant amount of space in your luggage. To minimize the bulk, transfer your liquids into travel-sized containers and only pack the essentials.

Keep aside the most critical items and ensure they’re in your carry-on bag. Here you’ll want to keep your passport, wallet, phone, charger, any medications, and a clean change of clothes. If your checked luggage is lost or delayed, having these basics will be a lifesaver.

Create a Packing List

Whether you’re planning to hike through the enchanting Karura Forest near Kwetu Nairobi, Curio Collection by Hilton, or surf the iconic waves of Bondi Beach during your stay at Hilton Sydney, having a detailed packing list for your international adventure is a must.

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International Travel Packing List

Here are some items you’ll want to be sure to include for your international adventure.

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