Packing · Visas

Voyage Prepping and Stressing

I started packing early last week in the hopes of not feeling rushed at the last minute. Of course, that happened anyway, but I’m finally done!

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I was able to cram 10 months’ worth of stuff into two checked bags and a backpack. I really like that the hard-shell luggage is a lot lighter than what I’ve used before, so I was able to pack more into them. This will be my first time trying out this kind of luggage.

So, what are some other things that I recommend taking with you for traveling?

  1. A guidebook:I know some of you might think that getting a guidebook is touristy, but I swear by them. When I went to Paris last year, my aunt bought me the Eyewitness Travel brand, and it was one of the most helpful ways to read up on the must-sees of the city. It’s still important to look past the main hotspots when visiting a new city or country and go off the beaten trail, but sometimes those places can be found in the guidebook, too. And nothing gets you hyped to travel like glossy, scenic pictures…
  2. FullSizeRender (9)A portable charger: I’ve never used one of these before, but I’m hoping that it’ll be a lifesaver for me. My iPhone battery was basically shot after four months of not having cell phone service and constantly looking for wifi hotspots. I purchased this portable charger off Amazon.
  3. FullSizeRender (11)A luggage scale: My usual method of making sure my bags are the right weight is to stand on a scale with my luggage and subtract my weight from the total. I’d like to think that I’m a little more seasoned now, and this scale is very helpful. Like before, I purchased this on Amazon.
  4. FullSizeRender (10)Pictures from home: I can’t stress enough how homesick you will feel. Whether you’re moving abroad or just to a new city in the U.S., have some sentimental pictures of your family, friends and significant other to cheer you up.

On another note, applying for my Turkish work visa was a long and stressful process. For the future, I recommend using UPS or FedEx.

I’m about to depart from JFK now, so the next time I write, it’ll be from Turkey!

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