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The Complete and Only Travel Packing Checklist You’ll Ever Need

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As the pandemic continues to wind down in the United States, more and more people are hoping that maybe, just maybe, they’ll be able to start traveling sometime soon.

While it’s important to wait until everything is safe, it’s never too early to start planning your next trip. And, whether you plan on going to the state next door or a country on the other side of the world, you need to make sure that you bring along all of the right travel essentials.

To make your life easier, we’ve put together this packing checklist. Reading it will help you figure out exactly what you need to bring along (and what you can leave back at home).

Read on to learn about the different travel essentials you’ll need to bring with you regardless of where you go.

The Right Clothes

People everywhere struggle with deciding on which clothes to bring while traveling. The combination of factors—the desire to look nice, needing to be practical, and limited amounts of space—make finding the right clothes an arduous task.

Generally, it’s best to take the more practical route. Don’t worry about having endless changes of clothes on hand. Focus on having the clothes you need to make it through the week (or weeks, or month, etc.)

Make sure to check the weather forecast of the place you’re traveling to beforehand. You don’t want to pack for the beach, then realize that a cold front moved into the region.

Toiletries

Like packing clothes, packing toiletries can also be challenging. What you can bring along with you depends a lot on the mode of transportation that you’re taking.

If you’re going by plane, try to put any liquids you bring in an accessible place. You might need to take them out while passing through security. You also need to make sure that they don’t exceed more than 100 mL.

If you’re traveling by car, you won’t have to worry about size restrictions. However, it’s still a good idea to not bring more than you need. Your bags will be lighter, and you’ll thank yourself later!

Important Documents (and Copies of Them)

Are you looking to travel outside of the United States? For most countries, you’ll need a passport to do that. In some cases, you’ll also need a visa for the specific country that you’re headed to.

Check the requirements before you leave to ensure that you have everything you need.

You’ll also want to make copies of all of your important documents. Do that for everything from your passport to your bank card. If you lose something, you’ll have a much easier time taking care of everything.

Any Medications You Need

Even if you’re not traveling to a destination that’s far away, you don’t want to take any chances when it comes to medication. Make sure that you stock up on all of the medicine you’ll need for the time that you’re traveling before leaving.

It’s also a good idea to keep your medication in your carry-on instead of your checked luggage. If something happens to your bags, you want to ensure that you have what you need on hand.

A Camera

Today, most people use their phones as their cameras. While you can, of course, take photos on your phone, consider bringing along a separate camera for the trip.

While you might think that your phone snaps perfectly adequate photos, you’ll be amazed at the quality of pictures that come out of a DSLR or other type of camera.

You can even buy a disposable camera for the trip. These are cheap and don’t allow you to look at photos after you take them. That might sound like a disadvantage, but it means that you won’t waste time trying to take the same photo over and over again.

Bringing a camera allows you to focus more on being in the moment instead of posing.

Information About Your Destination

It’s never a bad idea to learn more about your destination before you get there and when you first arrive.

Even if you plan on using your phone, it’s not a bad idea to bring along a physical map. You can study it to better understand the area, helping ensure that you and your travel companions don’t get lost.

You should also print out information about the place where you’re staying. You can show it to taxi and Uber drivers or use it to ask for directions if you get lost.

You should do this regardless of whether you’re staying at a hotel, an Airbnb, or a timeshare. If you want to learn more about the different types of timeshare reservations, check out this link.

Things to Pass the Time While Traveling

Even the best travelers need to find things to do to pass the time on long voyages. Whether you’re sitting on an airplane or in the passenger seat of a car, make sure you bring along some items to pass the time.

Headphones are a great thing to bring, as they allow you to listen to podcasts, music, and even movies and TV shows. Many people also enjoy reading while traveling, so consider putting a book or two in your carry-on.

A Packing Checklist to Make Your Life Easier

Packing for a trip—no matter how big or small that trip is—can seem like a lot. Luckily, by taking the time to plan things out beforehand, you can make your life easier later on.

Use this packing checklist as a guide to ensure that you have everything you need before setting out on your trip. Remember to check and double-check that you have the travel essentials you need—you’ll thank yourself for doing so later on!

Are you looking for more smart travel guides and tips? If so, make sure to check out the rest of our site.

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Best Architecture in the US by City

America is a country full of history and its cities show some serious architectural range. These 10 cities have awesome and unique architectural styles throughout them and have some pretty special buildings that should be visited. I compiled a list of cities in the US that have very unique architectural styles and interesting buildings.

 

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America is a country full of history and its cities show some serious architecture range. These 10 cities have awesome and unique architectural styles throughout them and have some pretty special buildings that should be visited. I compiled a list of cities in the US that have very unique architectural styles and interesting buildings.

 

Norfolk, VA

Norfolk Virginia is a port city that has been around since the 1600s. Neighborhoods with fancy and ornate plantation style estates are surrounded by dense city centers.   Very interesting row houses are typical here showing their rich history and beauty. Come for the near by Virginia Beach boardwalk and stay for the very inspiring Scope Arena. Hosting bands like the Grateful Dead and The Rolling Stones, the arena is stylish and futuristic looking.   Side note, the arena is built on a marsh and is slowly sinking at an average of 5 centimeters a year.

 

Las Vegas, NV

What is this “city” doing on this list? Well, Vegas is special because it has every style thrown together in a hodge-podge on the famous strip. Casinos are awesome and grandiose if they are anything. The newer buildings are so epic that even purists enjoy them.

 

Pittsburgh, PA

For a region that is so ruggedly beautiful the Steel city’s architecture actually matches the surrounding area pretty well. The downtown high-rises are spectacular and the Victorian homes on the North Side are eloquent. With tons of scenic vistas, the city has an excellent cityscape and skyline that’s pretty impressive.

 

Philadelphia, PA

The other side of the state of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia is known for eclectic styles and American history. From the Liberty Bell to Constitution Hall, Philly is full of Colonial American style. Check out Loews Hotel for an awesome architectural hotel.

 

New Orleans, LA

If it were up to just me, I’d put New Orleans at the top of the list. The Cajon city has so much rich history with French, Spanish, Creole, Caribbean and European influences. The French quarter may be the most popular among tourist but it’s the stereotypical shotgun homes Victorian mansions that really shine.

 

Charleston, SC

Populated by church steeples and classic row houses, Charleston is not your stereotypical architectural city. The downtown area is walk able and a dream for fans of cobblestone streets and a distinctly European feel.

 

Providence, RI

All you have to do is head to College Hill and hang around Brown University. The school has a rich history and beautiful buildings. With a mix of revolutionary war era homes to cape cod bungalows, Providence has plenty to look at.

 

Chicago, IL

After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, Chicago had to switch from wood to metal. Gone were the stereotypical wooden row houses and replaced by huge steel behemoths. Chicago has an impressive skyline with so many tall skyscrapers. The bridges that cross the Chicago River are the real stars. You have so many drawbridges in the downtown areas that bridge fans can spend weeks here.

 

Savannah, GA

Come to Savannah for the perfectly maintained and preserved downtown neighborhoods. Houses look exactly like they did 200 years ago and are restored with amazing accuracy.

 

Buffalo, NY

The number one city on our list is Buffalo New York. The birthplace of American Architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright, Buffalo is a dream. Filled with beautiful old school architecture mixed with incredible forward thinking modern designs.

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New Banksy Hotel Opens in West Bank

International street artist and controversial figure Banksy has struck again, and this time it’s in the West Bank.   The Artist Banksy secretly opened up a nine-room Palestinian guesthouse/hotel in Bethlehem last weekend. The hotel has a catchy name too, The Walled Off Hotel.

The street art filled hotel is set to open on March 11, and is open to journalists now. Rooms are available for $30 a night, so it’s quite affordable. The hotel is situated right next to the West Bank separation barrier built by Israel to fend off Palestinian attacks. The views from the hotel are of the wall and that’s it.

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International street artist and controversial figure Banksy has struck again, and this time it’s in the West Bank.   The Artist Banksy secretly opened up a nine-room Palestinian guesthouse/hotel in Bethlehem last weekend. The hotel has a catchy name too, The Walled Off Hotel.

The street art filled hotel is set to open on March 11, and is open to journalists now. Rooms are available for $30 a night, so it’s quite affordable. The hotel is situated right next to the West Bank separation barrier built by Israel to fend off Palestinian attacks. The views from the hotel are of the wall and that’s it.

Each room features the stereotypical satirical artwork from acclaimed artist Banksy.

Reporters got a sneak peak this week and took pictures of the artwork. The stand out was from room ‘Three” called the Banksy Room, had a giant mural of a Palestinian and an Israeli having a pillow fight.

This isn’t Banksy’s first trip to the area, last year satirical artwork sprung up all over the Gaza Strip. Banksy claimed responsibility for these graffiti attacks. Politically charged art has fueled Banksy’s success and has turned street art into an expensive art form.

The small boutique style hotel has a presidential suite and a museum displaying many of the artist’s more politically charged work. The museum looks like an old gentleman’s club from colonial times. It has a life-sized statue of Arthur James Balfour in it who created the Balfour declaration, which led to the creation of an Israeli state.

The secret project took 14 months to complete and was supervised by the mysterious artist himself. This hotel is the artist’s biggest collection of work in years and has no end date as of yet.

Banksy has been putting up politically charged street art here and in the nearby Gaza Strip. Known for satirical stencil art, Banksy has long been a thorn in the status quo. From humble beginnings in London, Banksy has become a worldwide phenomenon.
So, who’s coming to Bethlehem with me to stay at the Walled Off Hotel and see this amazing street art in person? I’ll pay for the hotel, just saying, I think I can afford the $30 a night price tag.

Already accepting reservations, the hotel will surely book up fast; let’s just hope the conflict doesn’t take this hotel as a victim.

The artist has recently dropped pieces in the area on a two-story building that was destroyed in a battle between the Israeli forces and Palestinian people. Children are living through this never-ending conflict and at least now they have some attention brought to them that isn’t negative. I can’t even imagine growing up in these types of situations and I feel for any child who has to deal with that. Unfortunately these kids have no choice as to where they are raised but Banksy sees that and is making it’s a cause we can all get behind.

Check out this awesome art experiment and support artists like Banksy who see an issue and is doing something about it.

Keep fighting the good fight y’all.

 

 

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Thailand Plans to Welcome Back International Tourists by October

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Hope is knocking on the door of travelers who are anxious to spend their Christmas holidays in Thailand. However, provided that they are willing to spend a few weeks in a kingdom with limited areas.

During a public forum held in August 2020, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism, said that the country is planning to allow foreign tourists to enter the country under the program, Safe and Sealed. He claims that he has already asked the prime minister to approve the expected date of opening on October 1. Ratchakitprakarn says that he has already requested Phuket as a model and has gotten approval from the Center for Economic Situation Administration. Upon launching the program, tourists will be able to enter Thailand’s largest island, Phuket. However, travelers will need to stay in quarantine in a selected resort for not more than 14 days upon arriving.

 According to Phipat, the famous Patong Beach is an excellent example wherein three to four resorts are set up there. Keeping the tourists in the area would allow them to spend time on a beach, given that they would stay in their designated areas. Travelers are also required to get tested for COVID-19 at the beginning and the end of their allotted quarantine period. However, the minister says that tourists who want to travel outside of Phuket would have to undergo a third COVID-19 test and have an extension of seven days under quarantine. Besides that, hotel staff who work in the designated areas aren’t allowed to leave the premises without taking a COVID-19 test and going into quarantine. 

Governor Yuthasak Supasorn of the Tourism Authority of Thailand has told CNN that the government has approved the travel plan. The next phase would be holding a public hearing to obtain the residents’ approval. 

The Step for the Future

Like most countries who have always relied on tourism, Thailand has been hit pretty hard by the pandemic. Aside from having all international commercial flights being banned, the residents on returning flights would have to be put into quarantine for 14 days. Gratefully, Thailand hasn’t had a locally transmitted COVID-19 case for more than three months now, which gives travelers a sense of relief as they go on trips for the weekends. Managing director Bill Barnet of the Asia-focused consulting firm C9 Hotelwork claims that welcoming international travelers is the right step.

According to Barnet, COVID-19 is different compared to other events like 9/11 and the restart of traveling. He claims that the Safe and Sealed program may not be a silver bullet, but a step forward against “the deer in headlights position.”

He diminishes any form of criticism that says the project may be too restrictive. Barnet claims that Phuket has proven its appeal as a destination for people looking to escape the winter season. Barnet notes that Russians, Britons, Germans, and Scandinavians have always returned to Phuket yearly and stay long-term guests. He claims that the moment the temperature drops in Europe, the people will quickly mark Phuket as one of their destinations. 

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