The Ultimate Travel Packing Checklist

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When you are planning to take a vacation, the first important thing you need is a travel packing checklist. Put down every item which you need and plan to take with you. A checklist will prove to be very useful in ensuring that your trip goes smoothly without any hassles. Here are some helpful guidelines on what you need to pack when travelling.

Travel Packing Checklist

Clothing and Accessories

You need to keep in mind, the weather conditions of the area where you are headed to, when packing your clothes. Put in jackets, sweaters, socks, shoes, gloves and caps for cold climate. If it’s going to be hot, then pack light colored, loose fitted comfy garments. It is best to carry versatile garments such as a jacket, three-fourths sleeve tops, cardigan, and jeans as you can make do with these clothes in changing climates. Accessories like sunglasses, hat, slippers and scarves can go with most outfits.  Consider mix-and-match options and layering, to avoid packing extra items and saving space. Remember to pack your night wear in which to wind down comfortably for the day.

Cosmetics and Toiletries

Most often people forget packing the basic toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soaps, shampoo and a razor or trimmer. Buy toiletries only of the size you need for the vacation. Use a separate, secure bag for these items to avoid leaks in your baggage. Carry your makeup essentials such as moisturizer, hair spray, hair brush, nail clipper, nail file, small mirror, tissues and towels.  You may also include a hair dryer, sunscreen, deodorant or a perfume in the list.


A camera is an essential requirement for a trip. Remember to carry its charger and batteries. You will need your mobile charger, as well as tablet charger, if you plan to carry it. Your favorite music player device and earphones are a must when you hit the road. If you are exploring sea life, you will need to carry an underwater camera. Secure your digital devices in a safe bag to avoid damage while travelling.


Carry your journey tickets in an easy-to-access travelling bag. Important documents such as your passport or identity cards should not be packed in your luggage. It’s better if you place these in a travel body pouch, which you can wear all the time, wherever you go. Carrying prescriptions will be helpful in case of medical emergencies. If you got any coupons for discounts on hotels or rental cabs, don’t forget to pack them.


Pack prescription pills along with prescription notes and receipts as well to avoid any problem with customs. Place all your medicinal requirements in a travel-size first aid box. Include medicine for cold, cough, fever, headache and nausea. You may also carry pills for jet lag. Do not forget your vitamin pills and regular prescribed pills. Carry insect repellent and a lotion to provide relief from insect bites. A sunburn lotion will help soothe if your skin is sensitive. A hand sanitizer is very important when you are travelling and it must be kept handy all the time.

Other Essentials

Maps and travel guides will be helpful in knowing and exploring the new places. Books and magazines will help kill boredom during the journey. You may need a sleeping bag and travel-pillow for a comfortable night-time. Carry reusable plastic bags to collect dirty clothes and shoes. These will help in separating your clean clothes from getting mixed with soiled ones. A knife, spoon and an opener will be helpful when you are travelling or when you go for picnics.

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