A utility tells you what to pack for travelling

By | August 7, 2005

There is a good online utility called The Universal Packing List. After filling in your trip’s information, it will generate a custom packing list suitable for that particular journey.

It will return a very detailed check list. Example as follow. You definitely don’t want to bring all of items in the list along but it should be a good reference on what you should bring.

The Universal Packing List


Here is a snippet of what it will return:

Electrical stuff

General electrical or electromechanical stuff sometimes worth bringing with you.

General electrical items

Cell Phone (Mobile Phone, Cellular Phone)

Remember that there is a big risk your phone may not work in other countries.
It could be the wrong network technology, or your phone service doesn’t
allow you to use it outside your own country, or even outside your own state
in the US. An alternative is to rent a phone at your destination, but that is
probably expensive.

Charger to Cell Phone

Remember that you may need a Wall socket adapter if you wish to recharge the
batteries of the telephone, unless you have one of those new solar-powered cell
phone battery chargers.

Computer

There are many choices from Laptop, Notebook to Subnotebook. Make sure you really
need it, since many of them are heavier than you first might think! Remember that
you may need a Wall socket adapter if you wish to recharge the batteries in the
computer.

PDA

Watch

Next time I’ll buy myself a Swatch or something similar. No big deal if it gets
stolen, and they are waterproof and sturdy. Be sure the battery is fresh! Some
watches have a handy alarm feature and a built-in tiny compass. Another handy
option would be a watch with a built-in calculator, but they are unfortunately
often ugly beyond description and also seldom watertight.

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Flashlight (Torch)

I have a Maglite (a thin black slick metallic torch with an adjustable magnifying
glass) that I like to bring with me. It’s nice to carry along at night in strange
neighbourhoods abroad. Kind of expensive. The smallest Maglite is called
“Solitaire” and can hang off your key ring. An alternative is the tiny,
long-lasting LED lights that cost about $10 US. Get the kind with the lockable
on/off switch for hands-free use.

Batteries

For your camera, flash, torch, watch, Walkman, PDA and GPS.

Digital Camera equipment

In many cases a digital camera is probably a better choice for a trip
than a normal camera, since they are so much simpler to handle, takes
up less space in your luggage, and are cheaper to use in the long run.
But the quality of digital photos aren’t yet really as good as normal
photos, so if you are really into this, then you’d better bring a normal
camera and normal film.

Digital camera

Be sure the batteries are fresh!

Memory cards

Some memory cards are now so large (4 GB CompactFlash are available, for
example) that you may be able to get away with a single card for the
whole of your trip. Try to estimate how many pictures you’ll take during
your trip, and how much memory they normally take up on your memory card,
and you should be able to calculate what size memory card you’ll need.

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Battery charger

If your camera uses non-standard batteries, and you’re off to a longer
trip. You may also need a Wall socket adapter.

Associated cables

To your charger, or from the camera to your computer, in case you want to
move some of the pictures off your memory card, to make room for more
pictures.

Generic photo equipment

Various things to bring with you if you bring along a camera or video camera.

Camera bag

Music items

A Walkman can be heaven and hell. It can be stolen, and it can also give you some of
the best highlights of a trip.

Music player (Cassette, CD, MiniDisc, MP3)

For travels it is probably best to take a player that can read MP3 disks, since
they can store about 10 times more music, as well as many many MP3 audio books.
Particularly great if you can’t read on buses. Even better if it has a radio
tuner. There are solar cell battery chargers you can buy, so that you don’t
need to buy so many batteries. Remember that you may need a Wall socket adapter
if you wish to recharge batteries the normal way.

Headphones

Can also be a good idea on long flights, since the ones you’re offered on planes
are often of very low quality.

Music media (Music cassettes, CDs)

If you bring too many, they take up a lot of place in your backpack. If you bring
too few, you get sick and tired of them in a flash. One option is to leave them
all at home with your music player. That way all your music will be like brand
new when you come home.

Where do you want to be 5 years from now, 10 years from now, or even this time next year? These places are your goal destinations and although you might know that you don’t want to be standing still in the same place as you are now, it’s not always easy to identify what your real goals are.

Many people think that setting a goal destination is having a dream that is there in the far distant future but will never be attained. This proves to be a self-fulfilling prophesy because of two things:

Firstly, that the goal isn’t specifically defined enough in the first place; and secondly, it remains a remote dream waiting for action which is never taken.

Defining your goal destination is something that you need to take some time to think carefully about. The following steps on how to plan your life goals should get you started on a journey to your destination.

1. Make a List of Your Goal Destinations

Goal destinations are the things that are important to you. Another word for them would be ambitions, but ambitions sound like something which outside of your grasp, whereas goal destinations are certainly achievable if you are willing to put in the effort working towards them.

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So what do you really want to do with your life? What are the main things that you would like to accomplish with your life? What is it that you would really regret not doing if you suddenly found you had a limited amount of time left on the earth?

Each of these things is a goal. Define each goal destination in one sentence.

If any of these goals is a stepping stone to another one of the goals, take it off this list as it isn’t a goal destination.

2. Think About the Time Frame to Have the Goal Accomplished

This is where the 5 year, 10 year, next year plan comes into it.

Learn the differences between a short term goal and a long term goal. Some goals will have a “shelf life” because of age, health, finance, etc, whereas others will be up to you as to when you would like to achieve them by.

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3. Write Down Your Goals Clearly

Write each goal destination at the top of a new piece of paper.

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For each goal, write down what is it that you need and don’t have now that will allow you achieve that goal. This could be some kind of education, career change, finance, a new skill, etc. Any “stepping stone” goals you removed will fit into this exercise. If any of these smaller “goals” have sub-goals, go through the same process with these so that you have precise action points to work with.

4. Write Down What You Need to Do for Each Goal

Under each item listed, write down the things that you will need to do in order to complete each of the steps required to complete the goal. 

These items will become a check-list. They are a tangible way of checking how you are progressing towards reaching your goal destinations. A record of your success!

5. Write Down Your Timeframe With Specific and Realistic Dates

Using the time frames you created, on each goal destination sheet write down the year in which you will complete the goal by.

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For any goal which has no fixed completion date, think about when you would like to have accomplished it by and use that as your destination date.

Work within the time frames for each goal destination, make a note of realistic dates by which you will complete each of the small steps.

6. Schedule Your To-Dos

Now take an overview of all your goal destinations and make a schedule of what you need to do this week, this month, this year – in order to progress along the road towards your goal destinations.

Write these action points on a schedule, you have definite dates on which to do things.

7. Use Your Reticular Activating System to Get Your Goal

Learn in this Lifehack’s vlog how you can hack your brain with the Reticular Activation System (RAS) and reach your goal more efficiently:

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8. Review Your Progress

At the end of the year, review what you have done this year, mark things off the check-lists for each goal destination and write up the schedule with the action points you need for the next year.

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Although it may take you several years to, for example, get the promotion you desire because you first need to get the MBA which means getting a job with more money to allow you to finance a part-time degree course, you will ultimately be successful in achieving your goal destination because you have planned out not only what you want, but how to get it, and have been pro-active towards achieving it.

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