The Ultimate Packing List for any Trip !!
Whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter or a first time traveler, having a detailed travel packing list for your checked bag can make all the difference in preparing for your trip. We’ve rounded up all the things you may (or may not) need to bring on your trip carefully organized by category. To help you plan more efficiently, we’ve also included a printable travel checklist you can customize for every trip!
Feel free to download the “Printable Travel Checklist” below!
I) My Usual Packing List
Clothes to Pack
- Shirts (casual/designer)
- Jeans/ Pants
- Umbrella / Raincoat/Poncho
- Laundry kit (soap, stain remover)
- Laundry bag
- Shoes (Sports/Casual
Toiletries to Pack
- Face lotion/gel/etc.
- Shaving supplies
- Hand sanitizer
- First-aid ointment
- Insect repellent
- Pain relievers
- Lip Balm
- Books /e-books
- Video/MP3 player
- Cell phone
- Electronics chargers/Power Bank
- Voltage adapter
- Extra memory card
- Camera + Chargers
- Hard Cash
- Credit/ATM cards
- Itinerary/ Reservation Copy
- House keys
- Emergency contacts
- Pashmina/travel blanket
- Travel pillow
- Earplugs/eye mask
- Change of clothes
- water bottle
II) How To Pack for Hiking/Trekking !
|Bagpack & rain cover||(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps|
|Day pack + rain cover||20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)|
|Walking stick||Advisable (At least one)|
|Head Torch||1 Nos. (Hand torch would be an alternative)|
|Water bottle/Hydration pack||2 bottles of one litre each|
|Snacks||Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors|
|Personal Medical Kit||Consult your doctor|
Think about your head
|Sun cap||1 Nos.|
|Woolen cap||1 Nos.|
|Sunglasses|| It should be U/V protected.|
People who wear spectacles-
(A)- Use contact lenses.
(B)- Photo chromatic glasses.
Keep these handy
|Waterproof gloves||1 Pair|
|Fleece/woollen gloves||1 Pair|
Be comfy at the trek
|Trek pants||2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, denim, jeans)|
|T-shirts||2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)|
|Fleece T-shirts||1 Nos.|
|Fleece jacket||1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)|
|Down feather / Hollofil jacket||1 Nos.|
|Wind & waterproof jacket & pant||1 Pair|
|Thermal inners||1 Pair|
Mind your step
|Trekking shoes||1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle)|
|Floaters/flip-flops||1 Pair (Optional)|
|Cotton socks||4 pairs|
|Woollen socks||2 pairs|
|Gaiters||For water treks|
|Gumboots||for special Treks|
|Sunscreen cream||Hand sanitizer|
|Lip balm||Toothbrush and toothpaste|
|Toilet Paper & wipes||Quick dry towel|
III) Guide to help you pack for your International Trips !
Step 1: Picking the Right type of Travel Bag!
Wherever you’re planning to go, you’ll need to choose luggage that is versatile, sturdy yet lightweight and big enough to hold all your essentials
- Rolling Luggage – Traditional, the stuff your family holidays were made of. Depending on how much luggage you plan to take, your bag can become heavy quickly, so if you know there will be lots of walking with your bag, consider purchasing a case with 4 wheels that will reduce the pressure required on your wrist from dragging it.
- Duffel Bag – Simple, Lightweight and Durable, it’s just like carrying a sports bag! They’re also great to have as an ‘extra bag option’ as they generally fold up quite small and can be used for the ‘extra stuff’ and souvenirs you may acquire on your travels.
- Wheeled Backpack – If you’ll be going through different types of terrain, or switching from airports to cobblestones, having a bag with the option to roll it or carry it like a backpack or duffel is really handy.
- Travel Backpack – You know you’re a traveler once you have bought a backpack. But now my backpack is practically part of me
Step 2: Grab the Best Travel Tech
A lot of this section will be dependent on how long your trip is and the destinations you are visiting.
- Smart Phone: Perfect for keeping up with your friends and family back home via social media, using maps to navigate around your destination, and taking quick photos.
- A Good Camera + Spare Memory Card: A ‘good’ camera is entirely subjective and will depend on how serious about photography you are and your technical skill level. And don’t forget a spare memory card or two!
- A Drone: That’s right folks, technology advances at record-breaking rates, drones are getting better and better. Whilst the bigger drones (such as the DJI Phantom) are great pieces of kit, they can be a bit bulky to carry around, particularly if you’re traveling solo.
Step 3: Let's Get You Comfortable!
If you’re going to be on the road – particularly for an extended period of time – you’re going to want to be comfortable on those long travel days. The following travel accessories will keep you comfortable in every potential mode of transport and will help you grab the nap you’ve been craving.
- Travel Pillow: Nothing like a comforting neck pillow during long flights!
- Eye Mask & Ear Plugs: Slap on your eye mask. Put in your earplugs. Block out the light, block out the sound and drift of to sleep.
- Foldable Water Bottle: A foldable water bottle is perfect for filling up from the water fountains after airport security, or folding down and packing into your bag after you’ve finished a hike.
- Travel Moisturizer & Lip Balm: Sometimes your body just needs a little help when traveling through different climates, altitudes and time zones!
- A pen: for filling in forms or jotting down notes. You should always have a pen in your bag whether you are traveling or not!
Step 4: Pack a Capsule Wardrobe!
Packing travel clothes for any trip can be a nightmare. From trying to find pieces that match and can be worn with multiple outfits, to limiting jackets and accessories to save space and finding a way to organize everything so it is easily accessible.
- Lightweight clothing that can be layered
- 1x Longsleeved shirt(s)
- 1x Sweaters or fleece jacket
- 4x T-shirts and tank tops (take a couple that has sleeves to be respectful of the culture you are visiting)
- 2x Travel Pants and/or shorts
- 2x Dresses and/or skirts
- 1 x pair of jeans (good for travel days/airports and planes)
- 1x Rain jacket, windbreaker and/or a mini umbrella
- 1x Yoga Pants & Sports Top
- 1x Pajamas/sleepwear
- 1x Belt
- Undergarments & Socks – wool socks are best for hiking, pop socks for day to day wear.
- 3x Pairs of Travel Shoes: 1x Comfortable walking shoes/athletic shoes, 1x flip flops (for shared shower facilities) and 1x pair of dress/going out shoes.
- Sunglasses and glasses case
- Hat or sun visor
- 2x Scarf or bandana – can be worn in the hair/over the head/as a wrap and as a scarf
- 2 Swimshorts (I like one full swimsuit for watersports/scuba diving)
Step 5: Pack a Capsule Wardrobe!
This is the ultimate packing list for toiletries and is the same for each and every trip you take!
- Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Toothbrush Cover & Floss
- Shampoo & Conditioner (if you’re not likely to be staying in hotels where this is provided)
- Wet Wipes/Face wash
- Travel Towel
Step 6: Pack some Medical Supplies!
- Any prescription medications
- Travel First Aid Kit: A travel first aid kit will usually contain band-aids, antiseptic wipes, bandages, gauze, small scissors and tape/pins.
- Imodium ( for any tummy upsets from new foods)
- Paracetamol (for pain & fever relief)
- Anti-inflammatory Medication (for when your muscles hurt after that hike or had days trekking)
- Bug Spray
- Cold and Flu Tablets/Lozenges
- Antihistamines/Allergy medication
- Motion sickness Tablets
- Sleeping Pills (if required)
- Antibacterial Ointment
- Region-specific medication (ie. prophylactics/antimalarials if traveling to an affected part of the world) Check the malaria risk of a region here
Step 7: Organize your Travel docs!
You’re not going to get far without these essential travel documents:
- Passport/visa(s) – Not sure if you need a travel visa? Check here.
- Personal ID/Student ID card – If you’re a student, some companies offer discount cards to help you get good deals while on the road.
- Cash and credit card(s) –Carry credit cards in separate bags/pockets/travel wallet in case one gets stolen/damaged.
- Travel insurance information
- Reservations, itineraries or pre-printed boarding pass – try and keep an electronic copy of all documents too.
- Hotel and/or tour contact information
- Transportation tickets (plane, train, bus, car, etc.)
- Emergency contacts and important addresses