Your Definitive Packing Checklist For Every Vacation

It's time for you to go on your dream vacation but you have no idea what sort of clothes to pack and what to take along with you? Here is a generic packing checklist that every traveller should keep handy.

Your Definitive Packing Checklist For Every Vacation


Get ready for your dream vacation with this useful checklist that will help you pack all the basic stuff you will need!

Travel Documents

Packing Checklist For Vacation

If you’re traveling to an international destination, you will need all your documents such as your visa, passport and flight boarding passes. You should also carry a receipt of all your online transactions such as hotel and restaurant booking if any!


Packing Checklist For Vacation

Make sure you’re carrying enough cash for daily transactions such as food and attraction entry fees. Also, keep some extra money at hand in case of emergencies. If you’re going on an international trip, make sure to stop at a Foreign Exchange booth and receive the currency of the country you’ll be visiting.



Other than your mobile phone and earphones, you could also carry your laptop, iPad, Kindle and DSLR, if required. Don’t forget the chargers of all the electronic devices you’ll be carrying. If you’re going overseas, invest in a universal adaptor or get a power bank.

Travel Essentials

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Invest in a good travel pillow if you’ll be travelling for hours together. You could also carry a book and pen to instantly jot down or doodle something that you see or feel. You could also carry magazines and books to keep yourself entertained. Always carry hand sanitizers and wet wipes in your hand bag at all times.

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First Aid Kit


If there isn’t a hospital or doctor nearby in case of an emergency, this first aid kid will give you some releif until medical help arrives.

  1. Pain and fever medicines
  2. Bandages, gauze and adhesives
  3. Medicines for flu symptoms
  4. Laxatives and diarrhea medicines
  5. Allergy medicines
  6. Antibacterial cream
  7. Multivitamins
  8. Sunburn ointment
  9. Insect repellant
  10. Motion sickness medicines
  11. Eyedrops

If you’re leaving the country, make sure to take the medicines and vaccinations specific to the place you’ll be visiting.

Sun protection

Packing Checklist For Vacation

Visiting a tropical paradise? Make sure you protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen higher than 25 SPF. Always carry a pair of sunglasses and a hat.



Ideally, you should pack whatever you find most comfortable in your wardrobe. Here are some examples of the types of clothes that can be carried along with you:

  • 5–7 tank tops or T-shirts that can be mixed and matched
  • 2–3 pairs of shorts of varying lengths. Avoid carrying denim ones to humid countries
  • 2 long skirts or dresses
  • 2–3 pairs of pants or leggings. It’s best to avoid jeans in tropical countries
  • A swimsuit if you’ll be going to a beach
  • 9 pairs of undergarments
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of hiking or running shoes
  • 1 pair of flip-flops or sandals
  • A hat to cover your face
  • A pair of fancy shoes if you’d be going for a special occassion

If you’re traveling to cold or mountainous regions, you should alter your wardrobe and opt for thicker clothes. Here are some examples:

Packing Checklist For Vacation

  • 3–4 long-sleeved shirts for layering
  • 2 thermal shirts and trousers
  • 3–4 sweaters or sweater dresses
  • 1 pair of jeans or thick pants
  • 3–4 pairs of leggings for layering
  • 9 pairs of undergarments
  • 7 pairs of thick socks
  • 1 pair of snow boots
  • 1 heavy coat
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 scarf
  • 1 beanie or winter hat



For personal hygiene purposes, you’ll have to carry a small pouch with all your essentials.

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
  • Hair brush or comb, hair ties, bobby pins
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sunscreen
  • Make up (simple eyeshadow, liner or lipstick)
  • Face wash and makeup remover wipes
  • Moisturizer
  • Lip balm
  • Sanitary pads or tampons
  • Mirror
  • Hair products
  • Clothesline and detergent
  • Shaving kit and extra razors
  • Scissors, nail clippers, and tweezers
  • Towel



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