How to create a budget travel packing list

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A lot goes into planning your next trip. From finding accommodations to securing the right activities, you need to make sure everything runs smoothly from start to finish. 

That means planning the right packing list to suit your budget

We all wish we could travel on a luxurious budget, but that’s not the reality for most travelers today. Luckily, there are a lot of affordable options to make travel easier than ever for everyone to afford. Keep reading for a guide to creating a budget travel packing list! 

First, make a list of essentials

Your first step is to create a list of must-have travel items. Be honest with yourself about what you really do or don’t need. You should have a pair of clothes for every day of your trip, as well as a backup pair just in case. Realize you can most definitely wear clothes again if you need to! Be honest about your activities. Do you really need hiking gear if you aren’t actually going hiking? Will you be going out at night or to special events? You can’t go wrong with bringing two pairs of shoes: one for everyday walking around and one for more fancy occasions. The last rule of thumb is if you don’t wear it at home, you won’t wear it when you travel!

Next, consider how you’ll pack

How will you be packing for your trip? Are you using just a carry-on for the plane or do you have a full set of luggage? If you’re packing for an extended trip, you might want to look into shipping options to keep costs and excessive baggage low. How you pack is just as important as what you pack! Though you’re traveling on a budget, it’s always worth investing in high-quality packing equipment that will make it easier for you to store what you need and stay organized. Packing cubes can completely transform the way you pack your clothes, for instance! 

Add disposables to your packing list

When you’re calculating the cost of your trip, you should include more than the price of the flight. Also, calculate the cost of any disposable products you plan to bring with you! Bringing disposable toiletries or items will ensure you’ve got extra space for things like souvenirs on the way home. Leave your toiletries behind when you’re through with your trip (except any essentials you might need on the plane) and consider donating unneeded clothing to local charities in your destination.