How to Pack For Your TA Trip Abroad
You’ve booked your trip with Therapy Adventures and you have everything in order: your flights are booked, your itinerary is set, but there’s one problem… What in the world do I pack? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Below we provided the ultimate list of must-have items so you can make the most out of your therapy trip abroad.
What to bring:
- International power adapter. Many countries don’t use the same outlets that are used in the United States, so you will need an adapter to charge your personal devices. They can be bought inexpensively online or in most stores. Research the specific country you will be traveling to and make sure you pick up the right adapter.
- Clothing. Bring appropriate clothes for your trip. While this will vary depending on your destination, we recommend researching the climate during the time of year you will be travelling as well as the location’s social and religious norms to ensure your clothing is culturally appropriate.
- Comfortable shoes. Chances are you will be doing a fair amount of walking, so you’ll want to have at least one good pair of shoes. Roads in Central and South America may be minimally maintained pavement, dirt, or cobblestone. Bring a backup pair in case your first pair gets soiled!
- Jacket. Even when travelling in the summer, the evenings might be cooler, and rainstorms can strike at any minute. Bring a light jacket and/or rain jacket to be safe!
- Water purifier. Depending on where you are traveling, the tap water may not be safe to drink. You should plan on bringing a water purifier or buying bottled water for the duration of your trip. Before your departure, make sure to research whether or not the water in the area is safe to drink.
- Money pouch. Storing cash in an under-clothing money pouch is a great way to carry money safely. When possible, we recommend storing cards and cash you won’t need immediately in a secure location. And, when you’re out and about, keep your valuables tucked away with a money pouch and/or anti-theft purse.
- Sunscreen & Insect repellent. If you’ll be spending any time outside, you’ll be grateful you have these.
What NOT to bring:
- Valuable items. You’ll want to leave expensive jewelry and accessories at home. Flashy watches, rings, earrings, and sunglasses can attract unwanted attention and make you a target for pickpockets. Do yourself a favor and leave your nice jewelry at home and wear basic items and accessories for the duration of your trip.
- Too many gadgets. While you might be tempted to bring your phone, tablet, camera AND laptop abroad, you might be better off leaving your favorite devices at home. First of all, bigger computers and cameras may take up a lot of valuable packing space and weigh your luggage down. Additionally, expensive items run the risk of being stolen or damaged!
- Extra toiletries. What people often forget is that items like shampoo, conditioner, and soap can be easily found in foreign countries. Skip the hassle of lugging around big toiletries and unnecessary beauty products – free up some space and stick to the bare minimum!
Let this information guide your packing. Do some research before your departure to ensure you feel prepared and organized for the trip of a lifetime!