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What To Pack for Short-Term Stays

October 24, 2023

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Short-term housing is a popular choice for many people today, whether they're traveling for work, studying abroad, or simply enjoying a long vacation. A survey by revealed that 56% of travelers prefer short-term rentals over hotels due to the added privacy and home-like environment. This trend has led to an increase in demand for fully furnished short-term rentals.

What To Pack When You're Staying In Short-Term Housing

Packing for short-term housing doesn't have to be stressful. By following these tips and tricks, you can ensure you have everything you need for your stay. Remember, the key is to pack light and smart, focusing on essentials and leaving behind what you can easily purchase at your destination. Happy packing!

1. Clothing: Depending on the length of your stay and the climate of your destination, pack enough clothes for about a week or two. This should include a mix of casual and formal wear, sleepwear, underwear, socks, and shoes. 

2. Personal Toiletries: While some apartments may provide basic toiletries, it's always a good idea to bring your own. This includes travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrush, and a razor. If you have specific skincare or haircare products you use, pack those as well.

3. Medications: If you take any prescription medications, be sure to bring enough for the duration of your stay. It's also a good idea to pack a small first aid kit with band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and over-the-counter pain relievers.

4. Electronics: Don't forget your phone, laptop, chargers, and any other electronics you use daily. If you're traveling internationally, you may also need a power adapter.

5. Important Documents: Always have your ID, passport, and any necessary visas or permits. It's also a good idea to have a copy of your travel insurance and any other important documents you might need.

6. Snacks: While your apartment will likely have a fully equipped kitchen, it's always nice to have a few familiar snacks on hand for when you first arrive or for late-night munchies.

7. Entertainment: Consider bringing a book, a deck of cards, or download some movies or series on your device for downtime.

8. Personal Comfort Items: This could be anything from your favorite pillow to a cherished photo or a cozy blanket. Having a few items from home can make your temporary housing feel more comfortable and personalized.

9. Fitness Gear:  Although many housing options come with access to a fitness center, if you prefer to use your own fitness gear, you can. pack lightweight options like resistance bands or a yoga mat.

10. Laundry Supplies: While many furnished apartments come with laundry facilities, they may not provide laundry detergent or fabric softener. A few laundry pods can be a lifesaver.

Remember, every fully furnished and equipped apartment will be different, so it's a good idea to check what's included before you start packing.


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