Acoustic Post - Ultimate Packing List for Travel

Thinking about what to pack for your next trip. See this ultimate packing list for travel.

Must-have: items that you must carry before leaving the house

  1. Passport / ID / License
  2. Cash / Credit Card / Debit Card
  3. Boarding Pass (print or digital)
  4. Health Insurance card
  5. Visa Documents (if required)
  6. Phone
  7. Home Keys

It’s good to have a digital copy of the ‘must-have’ items in your email.

Good-to-have: items that can be purchased during travel but good to have them handy

  1. Medicines (like painkillers, adhesive bandage)
  2. Sunscreen and sunglasses
  3. Umbrella / Rain Poncho
  4. Fleece / jacket
  5. Phone charger and power bank
  6. Earphones / headphones
  7. Universal travel adapter (for international trips)
  8. Hand sanitizer / face tissue
  9. Insect spray (for hiking or water activities)
  10. Travel pillow
  11. DSLR (if you like to carry one)

Basic: things you need every day

  1. Casual shirts (ranging from 2 to 8 depending upon length of the trip)
  2. Jeans / shorts / skirts
  3. Formal dress / Suit (if you are planning to attend a formal dinner like on a cruise)
  4. Swimsuit and cover
  5. Cap / hat
  6. Waterproof pouch for phone (for water activities)
  7. Beach bag and flip flops (for beach trips)
  8. Shoes and socks
  9. Undergarments (carry enough for every day)
  10. Perfume / deodorant
  11. Body wash, face wash, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner (mostly provided by hotels but carry if you prefer particular brands)
  12. Toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash
  13. Make-up kit and jewelry
  14. Extra carry bag

Important things to arrange before your trip

  1. Make sure your bank is informed for international trips otherwise they may block your credit / debit card to avoid fraud
  2. Check with your mobile operator for roaming charges and data plans
  3. Put your mails (USPS) on hold for trips longer than 14 days
  4. Download movies / music / audio book / e-book for transit and travel

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Let us know if you think we missed something from your ultimate packing list.

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