What to pack: The Ultimate Travel Packing Checklist

What to pack Having a travel packing check list can avoid last-minute delays or goof ups. I have always written down the items needed for a particular trip before I begin to pack them. Having a handy check list is a good way to keep a track of all them items you’re carrying and it also ensures that you do not forget or leave behind anything during your travels. Below is a universal check list that can be used for different trips.

The Correct Luggage Bag

Carrying a big luggage bag is not always a good idea. Having a compact and lighter bag is useful as it can be maneuvered around different places very easily. A huge luggage bag comes handy if you have too many things to carry and aren’t moving between locations too often.  I always recommend a small or medium luggage bag and a personal hand bag per person. The main luggage bag is essential as it acts like your moving closet. Your main luggage bag can be left behind at the place of stay and a smaller back pack/ personal hand bag can be carried around with just the essentials

Travel Documents

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Personal ID
  • Boarding Pass (And a pen)
  • Transportation tickets
  • List of all contact numbers of all hotels/tour agents

Clothes & Accessories

Check the weather of the place that you are visiting and carry clothes accordingly.

  • Light weight clothes that can be mixed and matched with each other
  • Shirts
  • Pants/shorts
  • Sleep wear
  • Socks
  • Jackets
  • Underwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable Shoes for Walking
  • Extra pair of comfortable slippers (just in case)
  • Jewelry
  • Belt
  • Scarves


Do consult your family physician who could prescribe the correct medicines for:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Pain and Cold Relievers
  • Allergy Medicines
  • Diarrhea/laxative medicines
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Pills to stop nausea
  • Pills to relieve Motion Sickness
  • Anti-bacterial cream
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Vapor Rub

Personal Hand Bag

A comfortable light weight hand -bag with essentials like

  • Lip-Balm
  • Cold Cream
  • Essential Medicines
  • Mints
  • Passport
  • Money
  • Hotel Keys
  • Tissues (Wet and Dry)
  • Portable Charger
  • Sun glasses


  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Body wash
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Face wash
  • Face cream
  • Make Up
  • Make Up Remover
  • Moisturizer
  • Perfume
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen cream/ lotion
  • Hair Products
  • Shaving kit
  • Small Mirror
  • Panty Liners
  • Cotton Pads
  • Sanitary Napkin
  • Scissors

Other things to consider before leaving for a trip

  • Set up a vacation responder for all emails
  • Stop newspaper delivery
  • Stop milk delivery
  • Unplug all appliances
  • Turn off all taps
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Leave the house key with someone you can trust
  • Share your itinerary with at least a few friends and let them know where they can contact you in case of emergencies
  • Check in online with airline

Do you think I have missed out on anything? Share in the comments below.


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