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Five Packing Tips when Traveling to a Developing Country

Packing for humanitarian travel is different than packing for a holiday. We want to share with you some essential packing tips that we have learned through our close collaboration with humanitarian organizations.

Packing tips composed through collaboration
Raptim’s travel consultants are always available to provide you with information about traveling to an uncommon destination. Since 1949, humanitarian travel has been our specialty. We progressively learn from every trip we arrange. Not only do we gain this knowledge by arranging travel for humanitarians only, but by also working together with humanitarian organizations all across our globe. Collaboration is paramount. It’s the platform of which our staff possesses unmatched knowledge about preparing for humanitarian travel. Our clients are our priority. Also, we learn from every humanitarian organization we arrange travel for. This has enabled us to know the world you work in.

  1. Luggage bands for groups: you can use unique, preferably bright-colored luggage bands to identify group luggage. You will, at an instance, identify your bags at the waiting section of the airport after your flight.
  2. Don’t put your home address on luggage tags: when bags get stolen, do you want the thieves to know your home address especially now that you’re going to be away for the coming weeks? For this reason, it’s important not to include your home address on your luggage tags.
  3. Bring solar-powered equipment: this one is particularly important when traveling to a region struck by natural disaster. Electrical power is often susceptible to short-circuiting causing full-time or, at best, part-time outages. A solar-powered charger enables you to charge your mobile phone even in these circumstances. An absolute necessity, right?
  4. Disguise valuables: expensive mobile phones are easily disguised by using a smartphone cover. It’s also advisable not to bring a shiny or conspicuous wallet. Carry your money, passport and other valuables in a travel document holder instead.
  5. Carry necessities in carry-on luggage: always take your medication, valuables and other absolute necessities with you in your carry-on luggage. This way, you won’t face an enormous problem if your luggage doesn’t arrive at your destination in time. Although this rarely happens, it’s better to take this precaution. They say prevention is better than cure.

Traveling with as little as possible is great and comfortable. But, at the same time, you don’t want to leave useful items at home. While walking significant distances to hard-to-reach locations is not uncommon during humanitarian travel, not every country provides access to large superstores at which you can buy the commodities you need. For this, our golden rule is: research your destination. Know which items you need to bring along and those that you can leave at home. Please contact us through our quick address locator should you desire more information about packing for humanitarian travel.

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