Packing & Paperwork
All those boring but necessary travel details: passports, packing lists, trip insurance, health insurance, customs regulations, and all the other super-fun pre-trip preparations and paperwork
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Even Roman gladiators know the importance of packing into a single, carry on–sized bag (and are fashion-conscious enough to make sure their rolling suitcase matches their togas.)
Ah yes, pack. And not just pack: pack light. Say, if I pack light enough, can I fit everything into a carry-on bag? And wait: what do I do about my camera charger, cellphone, and other electronics in Italy? What about those specialty travel gadgets and gear? Do I need a sleep sack and a moneybelt? What about luggage? Oh, and I should definitely buy a few good guidebooks.
While we're on the subject, what about all those other annoying details: passports, visas, customs, health insurance, and trip insurance? What's more, how can I keep all my important documents safe while on the road? Shouldn't I leave copies of everything with someone back home?
Unexciting as all these things are, they're an integral part of getting ready for a trip. This section will try to make handling these details as easy and painless as possible.
Along with pointers to where to get download passport forms and shop for health and travel insurance there's a comprehensive section on precisely what you'll need to travel, so you can pack your entire world into one bag and have twice as much fun on the road as people who brought four times as much stuff.
- The Ultimate Packing list
- The fine art of packing light
- Luggage and bags
- Electronics in Italy
- Travel gadgets and gear
- Sleep sacks
- Moneybelts - A necessary evil
- The backup info sheet
- Paperwork: Passports, customs, health insurance, & trip insurance
This material was last updated February 2011. All information was accurate at the time.
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