The ultimate packing list for travel

Whenever I travel to other places packing was a problem for me. I used to leave something or the other and later regret it all the time during the trip. Sometimes I also left behind things and regretted when I came home

Throughout this forgetting and regretting, I learned that the secret to perfect packing is preparation. Making a list of everything that you’ll use in a day, over the week or month will be the best way to prepare

But here is what comes as a downer. Sometimes I forget to write something down and miss it again. So here is what I did. After lots of trial and error I now have the ultimate list for traveling. Even if it is long term!

And these days I don’t miss anything. Yay!


  • Passport
  • Driving license
    • International driving permit if you need
  • Copy of vaccination
  • Photo IDs
  • Visa
  • Boarding pass
  • Credit card
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance
  • Hotel reservations with phone numbers
  • Emergency contacts
  • Travel tickets copy and/or confirmation
  • Photocopies of important documents

Other important things

  • Sanitizer
  • Face mask
  • Wallet
  • Spare cash in hand
    • Sometimes, cash makes things real quick and easy
  • Glasses/ Contacts
  • Keys

Travelling is hands down one of the best methods to gain experience and knowledge


  • Shirts
  • Trousers/ pants/ skirts
  • Underwears
  • Bras
  • Hoodie
  • Socks
  • Scarves
    • If you need to cover your shoulder or head
  • Dress tops
  • Evening shirt
  • Pajamas
  • Blazer/ coat
  • Summer dresses
  • Activewear
  • Long sleeve t shirt
    • If it will be cold where you go
  • Gloves
  • Umbrella / Rain jacket
  • Sarong
    • For the beach and could double up as extra towel


  • Walking shoes or boots
    • High quality so that it doesn’t cause trouble and comfortable for you
  • Flip Flops
    • Preferably waterproof ones. These could double as slippers, shower shoes and going out footwear
  • Running/ Workout shoes
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Toiletries and Beauty

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Razor
  • Shaving Foam
  • Aftershave
  • 2 in 1 conditioner and shampoo
  • Body wash
  • Body lotion
  • Towels
    • Having your own is safe and hygienic. Pack a quick drying one for more efficiency
  • Moisturizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Hairbrushes
  • Hair gel/ oil
  • Hair ties
  • Hair clips
  • Hair tools and products
    • Gel, cream, dryer, straightener etc.
  • Bobby pins
  • Deodorant
  • Q tips
  • Toothpick
  • Lip balm
  • Pad/ Tampon/ Menstrual cup
  • Nail clippers
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Makeup kit
  • Toiletry bag
  • Ziplock bag
    • For liquids


  • First aid kit
  • Prescription tablets
    • The ones that you take on a regular basis
  • Multivitamins
  • Paracetamol
  • Pain killer
  • Plasters
  • Bandage
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Bite/ sting cream
  • Motion sickness medicines


  • Chargers
  • Powerbank
  • Waterproof phone case
  • Earphone
  • Portable USB charger + cords
  • E-reader
  • Camera
  • Batteries
  • Memory card

Entertainment and others

  • Large water bottles
    • If you get stuck in a place for long time, the last thing you need is to get dehydrated
  • Packing cubes
  • Eye mask
  • Tiny sewing kit
    • Incase you have a clothing emergency
  • Toilet paper
    • Let’s just hope you always get them and don’t need to use these spare ones
  • Mints
    • For immediate fresh breath and also would act as a mood refresher
  • Watch
  • Jewellery
  • Belt
  • Playing cards
  • Physical books
    • If you need entertainment and there is no network
  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Laundry bag and/ or wash bag

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0 thoughts on “The ultimate packing list for travel

  1. Jordanne | Ofaglasgowgirl

    This is such a great and extensive list! I always forget a first aid kit and that’s when I normally need it lol so important to remember good walking shoes, especially if you’re going sight seeing. Thanks for sharing

    1. Vibe Inspire Post author

      IKR!! I was thinking a lot about traveling for the past month. So I thought why not prepare and get ready to travel once we can. And this list is a result of that. Glad it is useful

  2. Jaya Avendel

    An awesomely complete list! Love that a first aid kit can also be a handy place to store any medications for compact packing. Documentation and some way to stay in touch with people, be it by phone or laptop, is so important too.
    Thanks for sharing!


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