Aside from helping you find the best accommodation – vacation home rentals, we are now going to help you with another critical component of traveling, packing. When we pack, we always consider the functionality of the things we’re going to bring. This list is intended to avoid moments where you’re already in the car, on the way to the airport, or boarding a plane, and you suddenly realize you forgot something. Since packing can be stressful, we’ve put together this checklist to make sure you’ve got everything you may need. There are things you could most likely forgo depending on the destination of your trip.
- Passport and visa(s) (and extra passport photos)
- IDs/driver’s license/student ID
- Transportation tickets (plane, bus, boat)
- Travel insurance Iiformation
- Vaccination certificates
- Health insurance cards/documents
- Emergency contacts and important addresses
- Prescriptions (including copies of scripts)
It is a good idea to have all your important documents, IDs, and information together in a travel organizer. Make copies of all these things and place them in your carry-on bag, or luggage – just so you have extras in case you lose a bag, your organizer, or your wallet.
- Debit/credit card
- Cash and wallet
- Emergency cash
- Foreign currency
- Money belt/neck wallet
- Prepaid currency card
Just to be sure and safe as well: inform your bank before traveling to avoid having your credit card frozen during your trip. Also consider having soft copies or emailing yourself copies of your passport, IDs, driver’s license, health cards, itineraries, tickets, and bookings so you can also access them online in an emergency.
- Shirts (casual and dress shirts)
- Sweater/long sleeve shirt
- Swimsuits & cover-ups
Clothes are basic. You can roll your clothes, as well as use packing cubes. You’ll definitely be surprised on how much space you can save!
Shoes & Accessories
- Dress/smart shoes
- Snow/rain boots
- Hiking/athletic shoes
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Watch, belt, scarf, gloves
- Sun hat/sun visor/beanie hat,
- Jewelry (which you can pack in a pill organizer)
Footwear can be considered as a basic and an accessory. Even if you want to have options, you should still pack smart. Bring ones that go with the clothes you packed.
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
- Hairbrush/comb, hair ties, bobby pins
- Shampoo & conditioner, soap/feminine wash
- Shaving kit/make-up
- Sunscreen/lotion with SPF/moisturizer
- Petroleum jelly – you can use this for a lot of things: lip balm, blisters, etc.
- Other personal hygiene items
- Glasses/prescription glasses/contacts/solution/case
- Hair styling appliances
- Wipes (for removing make-up, etc)/Q-tips
- Nail clipper/nail file
When packing toiletries, make it light and TSA-compliant. If possible, place them in clear containers and clear bag.
- First aid kit (bandages, gauze, etc.)
- Pain and fever relievers/thermometer
- Cold medicines/throat lozenges
- Diarrhea/laxative medicines
- Allergy medicines
- Motion/altitude sickness pills
- Sunburn relief
- Insect repellent/mosquito net/sting reliever
- Eye drops
- Other medicines and vaccinations specific to the region/activity
Before traveling, check any travel advisories about your destination. Get informed and prepare your body. Get necessary travel vaccines, medicines, and advice.
Travel Comfort & Gadgets
- Mobile device & charger
- Laptop/tablet/e-reader & their chargers
- Headphones or earphones (if you’re sensitive to sound, bring noise-reducing ones)
- Camera, memory card, and chargers
- Extension, converters, and adapters
- Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask, and ear plugs.
- Books/magazines/travel games
- Journal/notebook and pen
- lip balm, lotion, and a water bottle (once you’re through TSA, you can fill it up)
- Food, energy bars, snacks, gum
These things should be in your carry-on bag whether you’re traveling alone, with friends, family, or with kids.
- Emergency kit (which could include a basic sewing kit to mend your clothes)
- Pocket knife/multi-tool
- Compass & map
- Duct tape
- Flashlight/matches (even a small one will do)
Bookmark this vacation packing checklist to refer to on what to pack, and make sure you’ve thought of everything else you might want to bring. We hope you find this checklist helpful whether it’s just for a weekend getaway or a long-term vacation. Have a fun trip!
Is there something you always forget to pack? Do you have anything to add to our list? Let us know!