If you are a seasoned globetrotter then you may have often come across situations where you have forgotten to carry an essential item for your holiday. Hence, it is important to keep a checklist ready for all types of trips so that you can go through it whenever you start packing your stuffs. If your checklist is not ready; then don’t worry! You can go through the below mentioned list of things and then pack your bags for a vacation. This checklist would be perfect for first time travelers too.

Choosing The Right Bag

Begin with selecting the right travel bag for your trip. It is always advisable to carry a compression sack as it will minimize the space and volume of bulky stuffs like a sleeping bag. A lightweight backpack with several pockets and compartments would help you in packing your belongings easily. If you are traveling with children then it is advisable to pack kids luggage in backpacks that they can carry comfortably. Always carry an extra empty bag for the shopping that you do during your trip.

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Important Documents

The most important documents should always be packed first so that you do not miss them packing in the last minute. A few of them to name are passport, visa, tickets (airline, boat, train, bus, cruise), travel documents, hotel booking documents, driving license, travel insurance card, cash (local currency and foreign currency), credit cards, debit cards, personal identity cards, health insurance cards, printed itinerary, tour reservations, emergency contact details, important addresses, maps, and boarding pass. Ensure that you carry a photocopy of the most important documents, just in case you misplace them.

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Clothing List

Depending on the season that you are going to travel, you should pack your clothes. For instance; if you are traveling in summers then pack lightweight cotton clothes, t-shirts, tank tops, jeans, shorts, belt, socks, sleepwear, underclothes, scarf, hat, and sunglasses. Similarly, if you are traveling during rainy season then carry raincoat, umbrella, rainy shoes, and extra set of clothes as they may get wet often and would take time to dry up.

Checklist For Travelers - Preparation For All Trips And Destinations

Essentials For Activities

To have a wonderful holiday, you would have certainly thought about the innumerable activities that you would do in your trip like swimming, snorkeling, parasailing, and more. So, depending on your preferences, you should carry essentials like swimming costume, swim caps, goggles, masks, big towel, bathrobes, snorkel mask, scuba diving gear, hiking shoes, and a ball to play on the beach.

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Accessories To Carry

With all the vital gadgets that you would carry like laptop, smartphone, camera, video camera, and iPad, don’t forget to pack its accessories like cell phone charger, adapter, ear plugs, electric converters, headphones, memory card, and laptop charger. Women can carry jewelry, artificial accessories, hairpins, rubber bands, and a small pouch to keep expensive jewelries. Some more important things to pack are travel pillow, eye mask, blanket, travel lock, flashlight, and spectacles case.

Checklist For Travelers - Preparation For All Trips And Destinations

Toiletries To Carry

Other than the general toiletries like shampoo, soap, hand wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, lip gloss, lip balm, face wash, and conditioner; few important stuff that you may forget to pack are shower cap, hand sanitizer, mouthwash, deodorant, perfume, hairbrush, sunscreen lotion, moisturizer, makeup and its remover, sanitary pads, and personal hygiene items. In case you are planning to wash clothes then carry a detergent and a thick nylon thread that you can tie anywhere to hang wet clothes. Facial tissues and toilet paper are the two essential toiletries that you must carry.

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If you are traveling with kids then you need to carry a small first-aid box with all basics like band-aid, cotton, thermometer, antiseptic liquid, nail cutter, tweezers, insect repellent, ointment for bruises, and cream for burns. In case you are already having some medicines that have been prescribed by the doctor, then do not forget to pack them for the entire trip. Few commonly used tablets or syrups should also be packed for stomach pain, motion sickness, fever, headache, diarrhea, acidity, and sunstroke. Eye drops, sleeping pills, birth control tablets, condoms, and multivitamins should also be packed safely.

Checklist For Travelers - Preparation For All Trips And Destinations

So, make use of the aforesaid checklist and go well-prepared for your holiday. If you have small kids traveling with you, then ensure that you carry their favorite variety of snacks, plenty of water, wet wipes, and an extra pair of clothes in your hand baggage. That’s all you will need, so have a safe and enjoyable trip!

Author Bio

Astraveler is from Lithuania. He has been to almost 50 countries and still actively counting. Due to such an interesting travel experience he started a blog to share his knowledge with the world.