Basic Packing Checklist: Free PDF Download Inside!

I solemnly swear I will go through this list every time I travel.

I think (keyword THINK) that I am a really good packer. But I always, always forget something. So I hope this list helps people to never forget anything (anything important, at least) while packing again. Some of the items on this list are dependent on when and where you are travelling (you probably won’t need bug spray in the desert, or sunscreen in the middle of winter), but it’s safer to list everything you may potentially need. This list is also available for download here!

Travel stuff

〇 Passport
〇 Visa(s)
〇 Driver’s license or identification
〇 Plane tickets
〇 Any permits (hiking, etc.)
〇 Cash & credit cards
〇 Printed reservation & confirmations
〇 Travel Insurance confirmation

Note: I always like to have printouts AND screen shots of important documents, just in case.


〇 Medications
〇 Shampoo
〇 Conditioner
〇 Hair products
〇 Dry shampoo
〇 Hair brush
〇 Bobby pins
〇 Hair ties
〇 Contact case
〇 Contact solution
〇 Toothbrush
〇 Toothpaste
〇 Face wash
〇 Makeup
〇 Makeup remover
〇 Moisturizer
〇 Body wash
〇 Lotion
〇 Deodorant
〇 Condoms
〇 Razors
〇 Bug spray
〇 Sunscreen
〇 Aloe
〇 Pain relievers
〇 Chapstick
〇 Hand sanitizer
〇 Wet wipes
〇 Travel size tissues

Note: Always check your airlines restricted items list if you are flying!


〇 Phone charger
〇 Outlet converters
〇 Camera & camera charger
〇 Extra memory cards
〇 Headphones
〇 Laptop & laptop charger
〇 Battery bank

The basics

packing list
〇 Glasses & case
〇 Sunglasses
〇 Bras
〇 Underwear
〇 Socks
〇 Belts
〇 Stockings/tights
〇 Pajamas
〇 Swimsuit & cover-up
〇 Purse/bag
〇 Shoes
〇 Jewelry

Note: Do your research and be respectful of whichever culture you are experiencing.

For this step, I usually like to list out my plans each day (like above) and then jot down my out-fit next to it. This way I get a better picture of what I’ll be wearing each day to dress/pack appropriately. Download my free, printable PDF for the full version! 


〇 Travel Journal
〇 Pens
〇 Books & magazines
〇 Water bottle
〇 Trash bags
〇 First aid kit
〇 Luggage locks
〇 Luggage scale
〇 Ear plugs
〇 Sleep mask
〇 Personal care & hygiene products
〇 Hand fan
〇 Stain remover
〇 Padded bottle protectors
〇 Safety pins
〇 Carabiner
〇 Hair styling tools
〇 Slippers

Did I forget anything? Let me know in the comments!

Download a PDF of this checklist, here!


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