The Essential Travel Packing Checklist


I was checking my travel map in Matador and found out that my last international trip gave me the 20th country that I’ve visited in the world. *insert celebratory confetti* It’s not a lot compared to how well-traveled others have been, but I’m pretty sure that I have “itchy feet” and wanderlust.

While I love going places–whether local or abroad, I am not a fan of packing. Not at all. I’d rather unpack, which I understand is something that people don’t usually enjoy but is to me like opening gifts on Christmas Day. I do not have enough travel funds to ditch the luggage and head to the airport with just a toothbrush, Packing is an essential part of travel, and is definitely one thing you’d need to ALWAYS do if you plan on living life a la millenial who always needs an escape.

I only got the hang of it in the last 3-4 years, but I’ve recently just been copying and pasting my travel packing checklist via OneNote. So far so good, I must say. I’ve survived with all of the essentials–whether it be at the hot beaches of Bali, or the chilly streets of South Korea.

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I’m sharing with you my checklist of essential stuff to pack for your travels. View the list under the cut.

The Essential Packing Checklist

Stuff for your main bag:

  • Money
  • ATM Card
  • Credit Card
  • Passport
  • Another ID
  • HMO Card (e.g. Maxicare, Philcare, etc)
  • Cellphone
  • Charger and Powerbank
  • Universal adapter
  • Extension cord (if you have lots of devices to charge; so you won’t need a lot of adapters)
  • Eyeglasses
  • Watch + Jewelry
  • Printouts (Itinerary, ticket, boarding pass, reservations, etc)
  • Medicine
  • Comb
  • Lipstick
  • Lip balm

Basic toiletries–preferably stuffed in one toiletry bag or ziplock:

  • Cologne
  • Powder
  • Sunblock
  • Deodorant
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Baby wipes
  • Tissue
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Alcohol
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Feminine wash
  • Sanitary napkins and liners

Clothes

  • Touring clothes (depending on where you’re heading–you may want light dresses for sunny places, and lots of layers for some place cold)
  • Jacket or cardigan (for cover up)
  • A nice dress (in case something not-casual comes up)
  • Lounging clothes (in case you’re chilling at your hotel/AirBnB)
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimwear
  • Scarf (bring 2-3 to easily change up your look)
  • Underwear (3 pairs per day for safety)

Other stuff

  • Sunglasses
  • Plastic bag for used clothes – FIND!!
  • Tour bag
  • Cap/hat
  • Slippers
  • Sandals
  • Rubber shoes
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