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The Ultimate Packing List for Every Trip

By Serita Braxton | Last updated on

No matter how much you travel, there are times when you still manage to forget your toothbrush. It’s an item that you use every single day but with the stress of trying to remember all of your travel essentials there’s always something left behind.

Not anymore! We have created the ultimate packing list so that you’ll always know what to pack for a trip.

Whether you’re getting ready for an adventure excursion in the mountains, are jet setting to a business meeting or want to have everything you need in your carry on, you’ll be fully stocked with all of the essential items for travel. Read on for the full ultimate packing list, or download the printable packing list here.

But before we get into the details, don’t miss these travel essentials you didn’t even know you needed (but now that you do, you’ll never travel without them):

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Clear Nail Polish

Not only can you throw a coat on your nails for a natural gloss but you can also add a dab to your hosiery to stop runs from getting worse or stop your shoelaces from fraying. Is that ring that you picked up at a stand during your trip turning your finger green? No need to toss it, cover the inside of the metal with clear polish to create a barrier against your skin.

dog in large scarf
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Large Scarf

When you’re travelling to cold weather you may automatically wrap yourself in a scarf, but one should be in your bag on every trip. Not only can you use it to bundle up in inclement weather but it’s a must-have on the plane. Cold? Use it as a blanket. Tired? Wrap it around your head rest for support. Backache? Stuff it behind your lower back for more comfort. Spilled your coffee on your shirt during turbulence? Instant cover up. The list goes on, but you get the point.

blue building with door stop
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Door Stop

Before you go, grab a door stop and throw it into your suitcase. While you’re travelling you can wedge it under your door as an added security measure. It can give you an extra piece of mind if you’re staying in a shared house or hostel but have rented a private room. You can also use it in your hotel room or at the front door of your rented apartment.

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Power Strip and Plug Adaptor

The world is full of so many different things to marvel at, including outlets. The U.S. has very different outlets from Europe and even places within Europe have distinctive plugs. Think about all of the devices you’ll have to charge – your international cell phone, your camera, your tablet, and more. A universal adaptor plug will come in handy especially if you’re planning to travel to different countries throughout your trip.

Add a multi-plug power strip or USB charging station so that you’ll be fully charged no matter how many devices you have. You can even help out some fellow travellers along the way by sharing your power strip at the airport.

packing cubes on ultimate packing list
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Packing Cubes

Once it’s time to put your travel essentials to use there’s nothing worse than endlessly digging through your bag to try and find them. Before putting anything in your suitcase get your things sorted and easier to find with packing cubes.

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The Ultimate Packing List for Vacation

No matter what the weather might be, what activities you have planned or what destination you’re travelling to, this list is full of all the travel essentials you’ll need!

Carry With You

Passport/ID/visaBandaidsEmpty water bottle
Boarding pass(es)Medications (labeled)Mobile charger
ItineraryPain relieversPortable power bank
GuidebookFirst-aid ointmentEarplugs
Hand sanitizerTissuesSewing kit
Credit cardsInsurance cards/documentsCash
Sanitizer wipes/sprayEye maskNeck pillow
BooksPen and paperLip moisturizer
Food/snacksValuablesHouse/car keys
Extra outfitEmergency contact list

Personal Items

Toothbrush ToothpasteFloss
MouthwashFacewashFace lotion
Body washShampoo Conditioner
Hair styling productsHairbrush Comb
Cologne/perfumeMini mirrorTweezers
ThermometerAntibacterial/hydrocortisone creamMoleskin
Contact lenses/case/solutionPrescription glasses/sunglassesGlasses case
Eye dropsMakeup Makeup remover
RazorShaving creamVitamins
Birth controlFeminine-hygiene productsSunscreen
Clear nail polishNail clippers/ fileTravel towel
Dental emergency kitTravel size liquid containersClear quart-size bag


MobileCameraCamera bag/accessories
Camera batteryAction cameraTablet
Detachable keyboardLaptopDevice chargers
Charging stationTravel speakerNoise cancelling headphones
EarbudsE-book readerHumidifier
Multi plug power stripUniversal adapter plugUnlocked mobile phone/SIM card

Clothes & Accessories

Long sleeve shirtsJumpersJeans
Athletic shoesCasual shoesSandals/flip-flops
House shoesBeltsScarf/bandana
Dress shirtFormalwearTies
Dress shoesPursesBackpack

Warm Weather Destinations

SunscreenTanning oilLip balm with SPF
Sunburn sprayCooling spray/mistSunglasses
Hat/visorInsect repellentBeach bag/backpack
Small waterproof bagPortable fanFlip-flops/sandals
SwimwearCover-upBeach towel

Cold Weather Destinations

ScarfWarm socksHand and feet warmers
Thermal topsThermal leggingsNeck warmer
Fleece/jumpersWaterproof outerwearJacket/coat
Non-slip shoes/bootsGlovesHats

Adventure Destinations

FlashlightDry bagWaterproof outerwear
Medical kitGogglesAnti-fog spray
Face maskProtective glovesSunglass with UV lenses
HelmetPads for elbows/kneesWaterproof clothing
Padded clothingHiking boots/shoesWaterproof socks
Water shoesWaterproof bag coverPoncho
Snorkel gearWater purifierMotion sickness medicine
Combination lockTravel safe walletSnowboard/skis

Packing Aids and More

Luggage scalePacking cubesStain remover
Laundry bagLaundry detergentDryer sheets
ClotheslineDoor stopResealable bags
Silk sheet/sleeping bagReusable strawsTravel case with document

Carry On Only Packing List

Passport/ID/visaUndergarmentsLip moisturiser
Boarding pass(es)SleepwearDeodorant
Cash/credit cards/insurance cardsSocks/hosieryEye mask
Electronic devicesShoesEar plugs
Device chargersPurses/travel bagEye mask
Power bank/adapterTravel size liquids (face wash, bodywash, lotion, etc.)Neck pillow
TopsVitamins/medicines/birth controlBooks
BottomsHair brush/combValuables
JumpersFirst aid kitEmergency contact list

Wish you had a printable packing list to check off your items? Well now you can! Download the pdf here.

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