Packing for a trip can be one of the most stressful aspects that will require your attention before you take off, but it doesn’t have to be completely awful either. The basic rule of thumb is to lay out everything and anything you think you may need, then cut it in half – then repeat. Even then, you may still need to repeat. Depending on where you’re going, there are certain things that you will want to make sure you pack, like your medications or perhaps an electronic device – bring things that may be difficult to come by wherever you’re going. Be smart about it, think about your absolute necessities, because let me tell you from experience, bringing a laptop, iPad, iPhone, and camera system along with you isn’t always the best option! I do have a much more detailed guide to packing here.
The truly most important part of traveling around the world, outside of your home country, is understanding where you can go, as well as what you have to do for all of the bureaucratic-fun stuff that is inevitable, no matter where you’re from or where you’re going. Sure, if you’re a United States citizen and you want to travel around Europe for a bit, that’s okay – but if you’re from any other country and want to visit the USA, then you must jump through all types of hoops.
For example, if you’re from the USA, and you’ve been dying to make a trip over to China, you can’t just show up – like, at all; so don’t even try. The point is that you must make sure to file all of your paperwork ahead of time. There are several resources online that can help you, but to be honest, it’s a bit tricky at times, to figure out exactly what you need to do, as well as what sort of restrictions and time limits the countries require. I would suggest going straight to ESTA, as they will be able to take care of most of your paperwork/visa issues, especially if you’re a UK resident that’s interested in visiting the USA.