The Ultimate Packing List to Maximize Your Travel Potential

This is a colorful version of the Packing List I’ve been using to keep my packing focused and everything important checked.

This is both a checklist and inspiration to give you a perspective for what you might need.

The list is broken down into categories, each with two sections: Essentials and Optional items. You’ll need the Essentials 99.9% of the time, while Optionals will largely depend on your particular needs.

You can Print this page, Print the “Minimalist” version of the list, or grab the PDF from this link.

DOCUMENTS

Essential

  • Passport
  • Tickets
  • ID (Usually drivers license)
  • Emergency contact info
  • Accommodation confirmation
  • Copy of Prescriptions
  • Health Insurance Info
  • Bank contacts​
  • Wallet or Purse
  • Credit / Debit cards
  • Cash (small denominations)
  • House Keys

Optional

  • Stationery
  • Luggage locks and tags
  • Guidebooks, maps

ELECTRONICS

Essential

  • Cell Phone / Smartphone
  • Phone Charger (1+1 spare)
  • Laptop or Tablet
  • Laptop or Tablet charger
  • Power bank
  • Travel Adapter and Converter
  • Headphones or Earphones

Optional

  • Kindle / E-reader
  • Apps (Guides, Maps, AirBnB, etc)
  • Flashlight
  • Mini alarm clock
  • Batteries and charger – for small electronics
  • Gorilla pod
  • Selfie stick

COMFORT

Essential

  • Bottle (fill post-security)
  • Gum
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Travel blanket
  • Travel pillow

Optional

  • Insect repellent
  • Books / Magazines
  • Puzzles / Games / Deck of cards
  • Journal / Diary
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping mask
  • Crossbody / Tote bag
  • Snacks
  • Umbrella / Rain poncho

MEDICATION & HEALTH

Essential

  • Antidiarrheal medicine
  • Painkillers
  • Activated charcoal
  • Bandages
  • Plasters
  • Thermometer

Optional

  • Special prescription medication
  • Vitamins
  • Lens wipes / Contact lens case & saline
  • Eye drops
  • Gas relief tablets
  • Sleeping aid
  • Sunburn relief

CLOTHING & WEARABLES

Essential

  • Underwear (bring extra)
  • Socks
  • Bras
  • Shoes
  • Flip-flops / Sandals
  • Belt
  • Jeans / Pants
  • Shorts / Skirts
  • T-shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Long sleeved shirt / Sweater
  • Jacket / Coat

Optional

  • Shirts / Dresses (party gear)
  • Swimsuit / Swim trunks
  • Sleepwear
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Beanie hat
  • Workout gear
  • Hiking shoes
  • Hat / Baseball hat
  • Watch / Smartwatch
  • Sewing kit

TOILETRIES

Essential

  • Toiletry bag
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss / Mouth wash
  • Sunscreen (at least SPF 15)
  • Mirror
  • Hairbrush, Ties, Pins, Clips & Comb
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shower gel or Soap
  • Razors
  • Shaving gel / Aftershave / Beard oil
  • Female Hygiene products
  • Tissues
  • Travel towel

Optional

  • Lip balm
  • Make-up
  • Face cleanser
  • Face cream
  • Hair gel
  • Body lotion
  • Birth control / Condoms
  • Curling / Flat iron
  • Scissors
  • Nail file
  • Clippers
  • Tweezers