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The ultimate packing list

February 25, 2009

Travel packing checklistPacking your bags for that exotic trip is not an easy task. Especially, when you have to remember all the essentials and things-not-to-carry. Apart from these, there are financial things and chores to remember before you leave your home.

So to make your life simpler, here’s a list of some things one should remember to carry. Remember that this is a comprehensive list and not everything may be required for your trip. Pack light, travel light:

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Essentials Finances
  • Passport (check validity)
    Most countries require you have minimum 6 months of validity at the date of departure.
  • Visa (if applicable)
    Double check on the start and end dates of the visa. Some countries issue visa with a start date as the issue date.
  • Tickets and itinerary (airline, train, bus etc.)
    Keep print-outs handy. Some countries require print-outs to be able to enter the airport during departure.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any other important documents
    Immigration documents, vaccination certificates, letters of employment, etc.
  • Backpack / suitcase / sports bag
  • Notebook
    Take notes wherever you go.
  • Addresses and list of important contacts or numbers
    Friends, relatives, ICE, embassies, etc.
  • Pencils, Pens
    To fill landing forms and notes.
Clothes Clothes Accessories
  • Boots, shoes, sneakers, flip-flops
  • Undergarments
  • Dress shirts, long-sleeved shirts
  • Dresses, skirts
  • Jacket / light jacket
  • Jeans, shorts, pants or trousers
  • Jumper, sweater or fleece
  • Long or thermal underwear (in case of winter)
  • Pyjamas/Sleepwear
  • Sarong (in case of beaches)
  • Socks
  • Swimming gear
  • T-shirts, singlets
  • Cap / Hat
  • Belt
  • Cotton handkerchief or tissues
  • Jewelry
  • Raincoat / umberalla
  • Safety pins
  • Scarf
  • Sewing kit
  • Ski glasses (in case of winter destinations)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ties (if traveling on business)
Toiletries First-Aid Kits
  • Anti-bacterial cream
  • Comb or brush
  • Condoms and/or contraceptive pills
  • Contact lens or glasses
  • Cotton buds
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Earplugs
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Hair products (gel, spray etc.)
  • Lip balm
  • Mirror
  • Moisturizer (face and body)
  • Razors, Shaving cream
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sleeping pills
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen and after sun cream
  • Talcum/baby powder
  • Tampons and pads
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Band aids
  • Compression bandages
  • Diarrhea tablets
  • Insect and/or mosquito repellent
  • Iodine/hydrogen peroxide
  • Medicines/prescription Drugs
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Paracetamol, Tylenol etc.
  • Replacement/re-hydration salts sachets
  • Small scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Vitamin pills
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Yellow Fever certificate or International Certificate of Vaccination (if necessary)
Rules for carry-on liquids
What kind of every-day use liquids can or cannot be carried inside the airplane. List of policies on carry-on liquids from TSA’s policy page.

 

Other Items
  • Backpack rain cover *
    Depending on your destination, a good cover on backpack is essential for rainy days.
  • Batteries *
    Usually AA or AAA sized ones, but this applies to all the batteries you may need for the equipment you’re carrying.
  • Books *
    Travel guides or your favorite ones.
  • Bottled water *
    Although not essential, you may want to carry an empty bottle which can be filled from airport fountains after security check-in.
  • Camera, film, batteries, Memory Cards *
  • Chewing gum or mints *
    Keep these in your cabin bag and start chewing on it as soon as the flight descends, prevents popping ears.
  • Combo or key locks *
  • Duct tape
  • Eating utensils
  • Electrical adapter and plug converter *
  • Fishing line
  • Flashlight or torch *
  • Frisbee, hackey sack, ball, pack of cards or other recreational items
  • Gifts are always appreciated while travelling
  • Guidebooks *
    How about using Evernote for saving your guides online and accessing it while you’re traveling? This helps packing lighter.
  • Inflatable travel pillow *
  • International driving license *
    If you plan on driving in a foreign country, then IDP is a must.
  • International Student Identification Card – For discounts worldwide *
  • iPod, MP3 player etc. *
  • Laptop, adapter *
  • Laundry detergent
  • Maps *
    How about Google Maps instead?
  • Mini camera tripod
  • Mobile phone or SIM card *
  • Mosquito net or repellent
  • Passport photos *
  • Phone card – Both for local and international calls
  • Photocopies of important documents in case they are stolen *
    Tips on what do you if your documents are stolen?
  • Phrase books or dictionaries *
  • Pillow or pillowcase to stuff with clothes *
  • Plastic bags *
  • Charger for electrical items *
  • Resume and work references (if working)
  • Sleep sheet / bag / mat *
  • Swiss Army knife *
  • Toilet paper *
  • Towels, beach and otherwise *
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Universal sink plug
  • Watch *
  • Wet wipes/Baby wipes *
  • Ziplock bags *

* – indicate important ones
 
Some useful links:
1. Packing Light and Right
2. 21 Tips to Help You Pack for a Trip
3. Packinglistonline.com provides a personalized packing list based on your departure dates, destination and means of transport.
4. Rick Steves



  • Astha Mehrotra

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  • at

    this list was very helpful and saved lot of my time !! thanks for putting it together.

  • meet

    very useful

  • DWJTravel

    This is a very useful list. Thank you for sharing. The list is something that I am going to print out because I am often travelling and always end up forgetting something!

    I would be delighted if you took a moment to have a look at my travel tips for packing light.

    http://www.dontworryjusttravel.com/tips/travel-tips/how-to-pack-light

  • GionniH

    Add power adapters to the list. They can usually be bought at destination, but it’s better to have your own. Best are the multiway adaptors with plugs and sockets for the four major plug types: USA (also Canada and Japan), Europe, UK, Australia (Also used in New Zealand, Argentina, and parts of China).

    Want to make friends in an airport or hostel? Carry a power strip that lets four or more plugs share a wall socket.

  • Nice list.

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  • Hello

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    • Travel On The Dollar

      You’re most welcome!

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