Packing Lists

When about to travel it's easy to forget some critical item. Having a checklist of items to take can be a big help. The lists below are intended as reminders for different types of trip. Some items appear in more than one list. If a list contains an item you don't need simply ignore that entry.

Before browsing the list you may want to check over the table of contents to see the overall structure.

Remember, simply ignore any item you don't need or have already included from another list. Each item below comes with an implicit "if needed" tag.

Travel Basics

Luggage and Bags

  • Suitcase
  • Rucksacks, small and large
  • Bum-bags
  • Bathroom bag
  • Security bag

Travel Documentation

  • Passport
  • Identity card
  • Driving licence/license
  • Tickets
  • Medical documents - blood, medication etc
  • Donor cards
  • Road map
  • Other map
  • Youth Hostel card (hostelling)
  • Language books and dictionaries
  • Printed guides to the destination
  • List of contacts

Financial

  • Invoices
  • Travel insurance details
  • Money
  • Wallet or purse
  • Foreign currency
  • Travellers’ cheques/checks
  • Credit cards
  • Cheque book/check book and guarantee card

Personal Effects

  • House keys
  • Keys for destination house
  • Keys for bicycle lock
  • Mobile/cell phone
  • Watch
  • Diary
  • Address book
  • Pens, highlighter pens
  • Gifts
  • Postcard list
  • Envelopes

Toiletries and Medicines

  • Sun lotion
  • After-sun soother
  • Lip salve
  • Antihistamines for hay fever and insect bites
  • Sting-relief cream
  • Antacid
  • Eye drops
  • Make up
  • Shaving gear/razor
  • Hair-dryer
  • Simple first aid kit
  • Soap
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Aspirin
  • Any current medication
  • Dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals etc
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush, floss
  • Toothpaste
  • Comb
  • Mouth wash/freshener
  • Dental retainer

Travel Entertainment

  • Playing cards
  • Travel games
  • Frisbee
  • Ball
  • Bowls
  • Toys

Clothes

It may be easiest to arrange to travel wearing the most bulky casual items.

Formal Clothes

  • Suit
  • Shirts
  • Ties
  • Blouses
  • Skirts
  • Stockings/tights
  • Smart trousers/pants
  • Shoes
  • Shoe polish and brush or duster

Casual Clothes

  • Trainers
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • T-shirts
  • Casual shirts
  • Gloves
  • Hat, cap
  • Scarf
  • Belts
  • Braces
  • Casual trousers/jeans
  • Jackets
  • Jumpers
  • Fleece

Home Clothes

  • Slippers
  • Dressing gown/robe

Work Clothes

  • Boiler suit
  • Toe protectors

Specific Trip Types

Include all that apply to your trip.

Beach and Sports

  • Swimsuit
  • Running shoes & socks
  • Equipment
  • Goggles
  • Face mask and snorkel
  • Sunglasses
  • Towels
  • Golf clubs and bag
  • Golf shoes
  • Golf glove
  • Tennis racket
  • Billiard/pool/snooker cue

Camping

  • Tent, pegs, hammer
  • Sleeping bag and roll
  • Undersheet, other bedsheets
  • Duvet/blankets as needed
  • Mattresses
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Lantern, torch/flashlight
  • Audible safe
  • Burner and gas
  • Water carrier
  • Kettle
  • Pans
  • Table
  • Stools, chairs
  • Cutlery
  • Plates, bowls
  • Cups, beakers
  • Travel sink
  • Cloths
  • Tea towels
  • Washing up liquid
  • Batteries - converters, chargers
  • Camping food
  • Cooler and ice packs
  • Food and liquid storage containers
  • Travel iron
  • Towels
  • Washing powder or liquid
  • Sponge or scourer
  • Camping clothes line (no pegs needed)
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Extra ropes and pegs
  • Anti-mosquito products
  • Multi-tool or penknife (pack in hold luggage if flying)
  • Book of knots
  • Duct Tape
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Toilet paper
  • Room temperature vulcanising sealer
  • Alarm clock
  • Radio
  • Fans
  • Food and drink
  • Rags
  • Candles

Cycling

  • Bike
  • Padlock
  • Bike lock
  • Pump
  • Tyre/tire repair kit

DIY Equipment

  • Ladders
  • Joinery tools
  • Wall covering tools
  • Floor covering tools
  • Electrics
  • Power tools
  • Plumbing equipment
  • Components/cloths/fittings
  • Saw table
  • Router
  • Router table
  • Power drill
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Sander
  • Planer
  • Angle grinder
  • Extension leads

Driving

  • Driving licence and papers (self-drive)
  • Breakdown insurance details including emergency number
  • Green card if visiting the United States
  • Warning triangle, spare bulbs and fuses
  • Country-of-origin courtesy sticker
  • Parking permit
  • Headlamp deflectors
  • Antifreeze
  • Screen wash
  • Oil
  • WD40
  • Tyre/tire inflator with stopleak
  • Fuel
  • Fire extingusher
  • Food and drink
  • Torch/flashlight
  • Lock de-icer
  • Wiper blades
  • Snow chains
  • Car keys
  • Fuel
  • Water
  • Old coat for working on the vehicle
  • Car maintenance manual
  • Car records including tyre pressures

Meetings

  • Text books
  • Study publications
  • Guidebooks
  • Notebook
  • Literature
  • Literature bag
  • Magazines
  • Convention releases
  • Parking permit
  • Identity badge and holder

Sailing

  • Bow dividers, Breton plotter, parallel rules
  • Personal log book, deck log
  • Pencils, eraser
  • Charts
  • Deck shoes
  • Book of knots

Self Catering

  • Tea towel
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee
  • Washing up liquid (small bottle)
  • Scourer/sponge
  • Bed linen
  • Food and drink for the journey
  • Toaster

Skiing

  • Skis, snowboards, boots and poles
  • Ski socks
  • Salopettes/ski pants
  • Thermal leggings
  • Thermal T-shirts
  • Jumpers or fleeces
  • Ski gloves and inner gloves
  • Ski jacket (wear if bulky)
  • Balaclava
  • Scarf
  • Ski goggles or face mask
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunglasses-retainer strap
  • Lift pass holder
  • Photo for lift pass
  • Straps and cords
  • Rucksack
  • Bum bags
  • Hand warmers
  • Ski hat
  • Helmet
  • Apres-ski boots
  • Lip balm
  • Sun screen lotion
  • Locator beacon
  • Stopwatch

Tourist Equipment

Cameras and Other Equipment

  • Conventional camera, flash unit, batteries, shutter release, filters and film
  • Digital camera, leads and memory cards
  • Camcorder with charger, connection leads and tapes
  • GPS, batteries and power lead
  • Sat Nav
  • MP3 player
  • Compass
  • Torch/flashlight
  • Binoculars
  • Waterproof casings for electronic items
  • Tripods
  • Battery chargers with mains and 12V connections, spare batteries
  • CD player with 12V adaptor and cassette adaptor
  • Audio cassettes
  • CDs
  • Flash memory sticks
  • Mobile phone and charger

Domestic Equipment

  • Empty plastic carrier bags (1001 uses)
  • Scissors and sewing kit
  • Washing powder/travel wash
  • Corkscrew
  • Penknife (be sure to pack in hold luggage)
  • Iron

Electrical Equipment

  • 12V inverter
  • Mains plug adaptors for intended destinations
  • Computer, laptop and handheld with all leads etc.
  • Software

Reminders

Things to Remember to Do

  • Set time switches
  • Turn off all unnecessary appliances including hot water
  • Dispose of all perishable foodstuffs
  • Pack this list (for the return journey)
  • Check tyre pressures, oil, fuel levels, windscreen washers and jets
  • Set the video to record programmes that will be missed
  • Inform anyone who needs to know of the planned absence
  • Final check of e-mails and other messages

Final Reminders

  • Set an alarm call (in the UK dial *55*0510# for call at 05:10 the next morning)
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