Travel Packing Checklists (What to Include)

Whether you are a seasoned or a first-time traveler, it is always advisable to have a list of all the things you may want to pack for your vacation. Having an international travel checklist that covers everything from a list of toiletries to those must-have items is important to make your travel experience more exciting.

Between making everything ready, going to work, and getting your passport ready, you may find yourself forgetting some important things that you ought to have done before leaving. To make your work much easier, you can download our ready to use travel checklists.

Before you decide on what to include in your list, the first thing you must consider is finding a travel bag that will be not only versatile as you need it to be but also comfortable and convenient for your travels.

STEP 2: Organize all your travel essentials

If you are planning on doing many activities on your travel, you will have to pack a fair amount of travel essentials into your suitcase. Making sure that everything is well organized in your bag can be very hard. One of the things you can do when you are packing your gear is to use a travel organizer. This way, you will be able to unpack easily or find anything with much ease.

What to Pack

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Underwear
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Hat or sun visor
  • Scarf or bandana
  • Lightweight clothing that can be layered
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses and glasses case
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Belt
  • Pajamas
  • Travel speakers
  • T-shirts and tank tops
  • Underwear
  • Scarf or bandana
  • Pants
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Rain jacket
  • Electric converters
  • Dresses/skirts
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Travel pillow, eye mask, and earplugs

Step 3: Pack your Toiletry bag

To make it easy to access your toiletries when you need them, make sure you have a separate bag for them. some of the basics toiletries you will need for your travels include:

  • Face wash
  • Makeup remover
  • Deodorant
  • Makeup kit
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Sunscreen
  • Face lotion
  • Nighttime moisturizer
  • Hairbrush
  • Comb
  • Hair ties
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash
  • Shampoo
  • Lip balm
  • Feminine hygiene items
  • Prescription drugs
  • Cologne
  • Personal mini mirror
  • Facial tissue and toilet paper
  • Clothesline and detergent
  • Travel towel

Travel Health

  • First aid kit
  • Multivitamins
  • Eye drops
  • Moleskin
  • Sunburn relief
  • Laxative medicines
  • Thermometer
  • Pain and fever relievers
  • Altitude sickness pills
  • Allergy medicine
  • Insect repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sleeping medicines
  • Medicine and vaccinations specific to the region/activity

STEP 4: Prepare your items

The next step is to prepare a packaging list, especially for your item carry-on bag with anything that you will want to have with you on the flight. If you are planning on traveling to multiple destinations, make sure to set aside a small bag that has your items. here are some of the items to include in your bag:

  • Mobile device ad charger
  • Electrical converters
  • Headphones
  • Camera
  • Adapters

You may also want to include the following items in your bag for entertainment purposes:

  • Books and magazines
  • Chapstick and lotion
  • Water bottle
  • Travel journal
  • Travel guides
  • Maps
  • Language guides

Step 5: Collect any Important Travel Documents, Cash, and Credit Cards

When traveling abroad, you must have everything you need in one place. check that you have packed the following:

  • Passport
  • Credit cards
  • Frequent flyer cards
  • Travel insurance information
  • Transport tickets
  • Health insurance card
  • Personal ID and your Student ID card
  • Emergency contacts and important addresses

STEP 6: Consider Travel Security

When you are traveling to a new state or country, it is important to take personal responsibility to make sure you don’t lose your valuables. The best way to make sure that your assets are safe is to get a;

  • Money belt or hidden pocket
  • Luggage travel lock
  • Leg wallet
  • Neck wallet
  • Reflective clothing

STEP 7: Make your home

If you are going for a long trip, it is important that you get your home in order before you leave. Here are a few things you should do before you leave for the airport:

  • Pre-pay your bills
  • Unplug appliances
  • Lock all the doors
  • Stop newspaper delivery
  • Unplug all the appliances
  • Set up timed light system
  • Close all the windows  
  • Turn down the water heater
  • Arrange for the care of your plants, pets, and lawn
  • Store your valuables in a safe place
  • Empty the refrigerator of all the things that are likely to go bad
  • Turn off washing machine taps
  • Leave house keys and trip schedule with a trusted friend or neighbor

Free Checklist Templates

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Advanced Packing List Sample

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Complete Travel Checklist Template

Holiday Travel Checklist Template

    All travel checklists are different. The items you will need for your travels depend on where you will be traveling and how long you will be away from home. Therefore, having a travel checklist can make the entire process seamless.