The Ultimate Travel Packing Checklist


I was about to write this article before I went for a long tour a few days ago. That was an awesome journey indeed as there’s no lack of in my travel packing list. Everything in a journey becomes enjoyable when you pack necessary things with you for using them in need. If you are a frequent traveler or tour-lover, you will require to know what to bring or not with you on the move. Suppose, you want to spend the night under open sky but you don’t have any sleeping bag, you will feel the problematic situation. This is thereason, I am here to share my own “the ultimate travel packing checklist” toease the concept. Packing checklist should contain helpful things. Sometimes weneed to pay extra fees to carry the luggage. Again, carrying heavy bags can betiresome.

So, undoubtedly, it’s important to know how to have a proper travel packing checklist. There are a couple of things you should include as I do. Before you start packing, you should know the weather of your destination, time duration you want to spend, any specific event or ceremony etc. Then the time comes when you start packing. So, what you will take with you?

Bag Selection

First of all, you need to select the most important packing bag for expectable travel. This bag should contain those things you will need most. There are different types of bags available at the market. These varydepending on their size, portability, design. Rolling bags have wheels which are easy to carry. You just need to push the bag with the carrying handle. Duffel bags have a unique design. You can carry them by slinging on your shoulder. Wheeled backpacks also have wheels. This one is better for frequent travelers who need to move faster from one place to another. Travel backpacks are easy to carry with your hand or on your back. These are bigger in size so that you can pack all the necessary things.

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Organizing Things

Organizing things for travel shortens the complications throughout the journey time. I am showing you the lists accordingly which should be organized in your backpacks.

Clothing items are obviously the first thing you need. Most people don’t know what clothes to wear on a travel. So, they put every attire in the bags making them heavier. I take some clothing items alongside regular clothes with me. Here are the lists of these clothing items:

  • Innerwear
  • Undershirts or bras
  • Shirts
  • Jeans
  • Pants
  • Jackets
  • Suits
  • Rainwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Glasses
  • Hand gloves
  • Scarfs
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Watch
  • Stopwatch
  • Wallet or purses
  • Umbrella
  • Shoe cleaner
  • Shoe glue
  • Shoe brush
  • Towel

You can make the list according to your choice. Adding orsubtracting things on the list can be friendlier on your journey. Keeping things more than a single piece can be heavier but useful in some cases. I keep2 or 3 shirts, a similar amount of pants for 2-3 days journey.

It’s time to choose the toiletries items for filling thebackpacks. Usually, the things use in the washroom or toilet for cleaning orrefreshing up, and even for making yourself ready for the next event areconsidered as toiletries items. These are equally important to the clothing items, especially for a long journey. Maybe you don’t require more pieces of items. Here are some of the toiletries items you need to make part of the ultimate travel packing checklist:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Soap or handwash
  • Shampoo or conditioner
  • Facewash
  • Lotion or gel
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Lipstick
  • Anti-mosquito cream
  • Shaving trimmer
  • Shaving kits
  • Makeup tools
  • Makeup remover
  • Lip balm
  • Comb
  • Mirror
  • Hairband or hair ties
  • Body spray
  • Perfume
  • Hair gel or oil
  • Fast aid kit

You can add health kits to your checklist. This is a quite avital matter to stay healthy and fit. Going into different weather or environment can affect your body. I choose these things in my health kit:

  • Bandages
  • Painkillers
  • Vitamins
  • Personal prescriptions
  • Thermometer
  • Diarrhea or allergy medicines
  • Antibacterial cream
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Eyedrops
  • Ant killer
  • Bed bug killer
  • Sleeping pills (if needed)
  • Prescribed goggles

You should not over-pack things in the bags. Just think smartly and act so. There can be more things in your travel checklist. I will call them personal favorite items. Things I use more than my attire are on this list. I don’t make mistake to leave them before I go out of my home. You cancarry these items in a small size backpack, handbag or even in the purse.

Digital things:

  • Smartphone
  • Chargers
  • Earphone or headphone
  • Camera
  • Laptop
  • Voltage adapters
  • Memory card
  • Tech gadgets
  • Credit or debit cards
  • GoPro or video camera
  • E-book reader
  • Tab
  • Mp3 player
  • iPod or iPad

For the entertainment and leisure times, I suggest you keep a couple of things which will make your travel time entertaining and enjoyable. These carry-on items are also needed for comfort when it’s a matter of long journey duration. Actually, it depends on you what you want to keep as carry-on items. As an example, when I go with my friends during the vacation, I keep playing card decks to play together. Here are more items of this carry-on packing checklist:

  • Travel pillow
  • Pashmina
  • Blanket
  • Eye mask
  • Earplug
  • Diary
  • Pen or pencil
  • Ruler
  • Deck of cards
  • Lotion
  • Travel book or guide
  • Journals
  • Magazines
  • Maps
  • Paper
  • Scissors

There are miscellaneous items which you can include in this list too. These are accommodating in any condition.

  • Dry food
  • Water bottle
  • Saline
  • Books
  • Tissues
  • Handkerchief
  • Snacks
  • Chewing gum
  • Empty water bottle
  • Passport
  • Identity card
  • Medical insurance cards
  • Travel insurance cards
  • Car keys
  • House keys

The ultimate travel packing checklist is prepared to assist you before and during the journey. All you need to prepare yourself accordingly. For longer duration, you should keep food items or medications with you. Afterall, if your health is not well, the whole thing will be shattered.  If you worry, as sometimes I do about travel security, you should not stop your journey. There can be pickpockets, thief, miscreation.  But there are also solutions to these. Keep these to have a safe journey:

  • Hidden pocket in the clothes
  • Money belt
  • Secure undercover bra
  • Thigh or leg wallet
  • Travel lock or mini padlock
  • Torch
  • Flashlight

So far, I have listed all the items which are part and parcel for a great travel. Either you stay for a day or a month, this travel packing checklist is equally informative and helpful. I am adding more information you need to care about before starting your travel.

You should pause your regular home-based services like newspaper, mail etc. Set your autoresponder for receiving mail or letter automatically. Plan for caring the pets, plants or other things while you are absent in your home. Pre-pay any bills, payment such as electricity, internet, water etc. as they won’t create any interruption in your personal time. Ensure the safety of your house such as unplugging devices, emptying refrigerators, locking the garages and rooms’ doors etc. However, it’s your time to choose what to keep with you or not. I wish you have a prolongedhappiest journey following this very ultimate travel checking list. All thebest!

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