It is always exciting to get out-of-town, whether it is for a quick trip or a few weeks or months abroad. Regardless of your destination or length of your trip, you will need to pack. For some people this process is easy, but for some who have never been abroad, trying to figure out what to bring and what not to bring can be a challenging.
When traveling abroad, here are a few items you should avoid bringing.
Instruments: You may be excited about your new guitar from Guitar Center, but it wouldn’t be a good idea to bring this on your trip. Not only can it be a pain to carry it around, you are also making yourself a target for thieves. Unless you are a traveling musician or plan to use your guitar every day while you are away, leaving it at home would be wise.
Electronics: Like many of the items you shouldn’t take abroad with you, it is tempting to bring your electronics. A camera and your phone are appropriate, as you will need to contact people and take pictures of your adventures, but anything else may be too much. Of course, if there is a safe place to store more electronics and you see a purpose, exceptions can be made.
Expensive jewelry: Everyone likes to look good, whether they are in the U.S. or traveling abroad. For some, looking good will call for them to accessorize. Sure, wearing your most expensive pieces of jewelry will make you look great, but they also make you appealing to robbers. Instead of bringing expensive jewelry, opt for things that can easily be replaced.
While on your trip, you may want to bring certain things along to make yourself feel a bit more comfortable. Because of this, when you pack, you will be tempted to almost pack up your entire home and load it on the plane. Of course, this is not the best idea, so when you are packing, it is important to bring only what you need instead of what you want.