The Ultimate Packing List

Travel On The Dollar
February 20, 2019  •  4 min(s) read

Ultimate 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:


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.
  • ATM card (Inform Bank / card company before departure)
  • Calculator or currency converter apps
  • Cash in the local currency of your arrival destination
  • Credit card (Inform Bank / card company before departure)
  • Money belt
  • Sufficient Travelers’ checks (and receipts for travelers’ checks)
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)
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.
  • International driving license
    If you plan on driving in a foreign country, then IDP is a must.
  • International Student Identification Card – For discounts worldwide
  • Laptop, adapter
  • Laundry detergent
  • Mini camera tripod
  • Mobile phone or SIM card
  • Mosquito net or repellent
  • Passport photos
  • Photocopies of important documents in case they are stolen
    Tips on what do you if your documents are stolen?
  • Pillow or pillowcase to stuff with clothes
  • Plastic bags
  • Charger for electrical items
  • Sleep sheet / bag / mat
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels, beach and otherwise
  • Universal sink plug
  • Wet wipes/Baby wipes
  • Ziplock bags

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