Packing List for Travel

Packing List for Travel

by Adam Goodwin | 2013 | Last Updated: December 28, 2013

Before Trip

Before the trip, some items to think about:

  • Medications – ensuring have them filled and in the proper containers
  • Get the local currency where you are travelling to
  • Purchase travel insurance
  • Ensure passport/travel documents are valid while you are travelling
  • Confirm all tickets (flights, train, car rental, accommodations, tours)
  • Vaccines/immunizations
  • Travel visas
  • International Driving Permit/License
  • Ensure credit cards are valid and notify bank of travel plans
  • Notify family/friends of travel plans
  • Purchase maps/travel book
  • Book taxi/transportation to/from airport

Luggage Packing

Some items to ensure are in your luggage:

  • For flight/train/ride – music, book, video, entertainment
  • Technology – phone, camera (& case), iPod, travel adapters, computer, charger, watch, alarm, iPad
  • Day bag
  • Glasses – prescription glasses and extra pair, sunglasses, contact lenses and appropriate cleaners/cases/etc
  • Water bottle
  • Underwear – socks, underwear, under shirt
  • Personal hygiene – deodorant, gel, razors, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, body wash
  • Towel
  • Outerwear – jacket, sweater, hoody
  • Wear – shirts, pants, shorts
  • Work out gear – shoes, shirt, shorts, socks, compression shorts
  • Shoes – socks, casual, business, sandals, running
  • Health – medications, vitamins, first aid supplies
  • Wallet – driver’s license, identification, money, credit cards, debit card, cheques, local and foreign currency


Some items to ensure you do once you return:

  • If you stayed with a friend/family, ensure you send a quick thank you note/small gift.  They don’t expect this – exactly why you should send it.

A Call To Action

When this blog post is published on December 27, 2013, over 13,000 individuals will have read this blog.  Help others by commenting below to add items to the list!

Further Reading

Based on your interest in this blog post, you may also wish to read: Time Travel (click here).


These are one person’s thoughts and opinions.  I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.

Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog.



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