Packing Tips for an Extended Vacation | Michael Barbieri PhD

Michael Barbieri, PhD
2 min readSep 19, 2022

Getting ready for an extended vacation can be fun and exciting but can also be very stressful. If you’ve ever been on a trip, you know that plenty of things come with the preparation.

This list of tips will not only help you with some of the other preparations, but it will also help you pack for your trip to have the best possible experience.

1. Bring Another Bag

If you’re planning on taking a trip to a variety of unique locations, then it’s essential that you bring home a few souvenirs. Having an extra bag will also help you pack for your trip and make it easier to get back to your home.

2. Backup for Lost Luggage

While lost luggage isn’t the most common occurrence, it still happens. This means you should pack various items in your carry-on for your trip, such as a change of clothes, a pair of underwear, and medications. You should also include things you can’t live without, such as expensive items.

3. Check the Weather

It’s important to keep in mind that a typical weather forecast is only about five or ten days out. If you’re planning on taking an extended holiday, this weather forecast might not be accurate. Before you start planning your trip, it’s crucial that you keep in mind that the long-term trends are also in your favor.

4. Items for Freshening Up

Depending on the length and type of your trip, this will likely vary. However, the main idea is to get your clothes fresh and ready to go once you’re back home. If you’re traveling for a week or so, you can usually just use a bottle of fabric spray.

5. Double-Check Just In Case Items

Before packing, ensure you’re only bringing items you know will be helpful for a specific day. For instance, if you have a journal that you don’t think you’ll be using every day, then make sure it’s not in your suitcase. The general rule of thumb is that if you brought it on a trip before and didn’t use it, chances are that it doesn’t belong in your bag.

Originally published at on September 19, 2022.



Michael Barbieri, PhD

Dr. Michael Barbieri runs Global Intelligence Consultants, Inc., a notable investigative firm, alongside his wife. Visit to learn more!