Why You Need a Packing List

A packing list is a tool to not only help us become better travelers, but to have an easier and more enjoyable travel experience. Packing right can help us navigate through airport security. And bringing the right travel essentials can create a more comfortable ride on the plane no matter where we’re sitting. It can also help us travel adeptly on trains and buses and navigate subway systems. The ultimate goal is to have an easier time getting from point A to point B without overstraining our back, our knees or our brain.


Personalize your list based on how you travel

Before you start to pack or even make a list, you need to ask yourself how you’ll be traveling. Having a rent-a-car the whole time you’re in Spain is different than going by train through multiples countries with your Eurail pass. Packing is personal. We all travel in different ways and have different needs and requirements. My choices will not necessarily be your choices. That said, I love reading blog posts and watching YouTube videos that detail what and how people pack. I learn a lot from other travelers. I pick the ideas I think would work for me and incorporate them into my packing list and travel essentials. I always glean a few valuable nuggets of information from my fellow traveler.


Share and learn from others

That's why I'm sharing my packing list with you. I’ve published The Perfectly Prepared Pandemic Packing List for Slow Traveling Europe for you or anyone to download. Click here to subscribe or resubscribe and receive the packing list. If you’re a new subscriber, you’ll receive the newsletter I send out every other Wednesday with the latest posts on slow travel and living a European lifestyle wherever you reside. If you’re resubscribing, don’t worry, you won’t receive the newsletter twice. Please share the link with your friends.


Let me preface this by saying, it’s not perfect. No packing list is. You have no idea the number of suitcases I’ve tried, the various ways to carry my passport and valuables, the small carryon, the big carryon, the soft-sided luggage and the hard clamshell. The choices are endless. Then there’s what you put in all those pieces. Packing less and lightening your load can make travel easier, but only if you’ve brought the right items. Maybe this is why I am so obsessed with packing lists and trying to perfect mine.


Since we're still in the midst of a pandemic, it's important to travel safely and take all precautions. On my packing list, I've included the safety and health items I take on every trip.


I hope The Perfectly Prepared Pandemic Packing List for Slow Traveling Europe inspires you to create or edit your own packing list. Let me know in the comments below.

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Hi, I’m Lori Cronwell. As a writer and frequent traveler, I admire the values most Europeans embrace: choosing quality over quantity; residing in smaller, more sustainable homes; working less and spending more time with friends and family.
 

Those values were key in my decision to drastically downsize to a 700 sq. ft. accessory dwelling unit (ADU) with the goal of creating a simpler, more sumptuous life with time for travel.
 

Slow travel, that is. Spending more time in one place — even if it’s just a week. You'll not only spend less, you'll discover a deeper and more meaningful travel experience.

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