When you are planning for a trip, it really helps to have a travel checklist you can follow along with – to make sure you don’t forget anything important.
Packing can be stressful and it’s easy to accidentally forget something important. With a checklist, you don’t have to think so hard. You can simply follow along with the checklist and make sure you have remember all the travel essentials you wanted to bring.
So, what should you include on your travel packing list? Your packing list for vacation will of course depend on where you are going and what you plan to do when you get there. However, there are a few essentials that you will likely want to bring along with you on any trip – which is why a general international travel packing list is helpful.
The key to packing light is to bring items that are compact and serve multiple purposes. For example, a sarong is a great travel essential. It can roll up very small but it can be used as a scarf, a skirt, a swimsuit cover-up, a towel and even a lightweight sheet or blanket. Another great item is a simple cotton dress that can be worn with casual shoes or sandals during the day, then dressed up with jewellery in the evening.
Also, remember that if you are coming for a long trip you might be able to find the items you need when you arrive. Most items are available in local shops and pharmacies abroad – with the exception of special prescription medication and some other personal items.
Travel Packing List: What to Pack for A Trip
Wondering what to pack for a trip? Here are some of the typical essentials that most travelers will want to bring with them on their trip. You can use this vacation packing list as a base for developing your own unique, personalized packing checklist.
Clothing Essentials Packing List
Pajamas (although, these are not necessary if you are short on room. You can sleep in a t-shirt)
Sweaters (even if you’re in a warm destination, pack one lightweight layer for air-conditioned airports and buses)
Toiletries Packing List
Shampoo/Conditioner (some hotels will have it, but it’s not guaranteed.)
Small packet of laundry detergent (so you can wash your clothes as you go)
Hair products (gel, hairspray, mouse, etc.)
Contact lenses and solution
Motion sickness pills (especially if you will be traveling by boat)
Cold and flu tablets
Anything specific to the location (such as antimalarial pills)
Electronics & Miscellaneous Items Packing List
Adapter (research which type of electrical socket is used at your destination!)
Important Documents & Travel Necessities
Copies of passport/credit card, etc.
Tips for Maximizing Space in Your Luggage
Place the largest and heaviest items in first, then pack the other small items around them.
Bring some laundry powder and wash your clothes in the sink as you go, so you can wear them more than once and don’t have to pack as much. (Wearing clothes with quick-dry fabric really helps with this.)
Wear your bulkiest clothes and shoes while on the plane to save room in your luggage.
Roll your clothes rather than folding them. It saves more space and eliminates creases.
Bring a couple of canvas bags. They roll up small and can be used for dirty laundry, shoes or shopping bags.
Pack items inside other items. For example, roll up socks and put them inside your shoes.
Last but not least – if you want to pack light, simply bring a smaller suitcase. You’ll be forced to choose only the things you really need.
Share your packing tips with us!
What do you include on your packing list? Do you have any smart packing tips you use when you travel? If there’s anything we’ve missed on this vacation checklist, let us know in the comments below.