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What to Pack ?

Hello, I am the author of this blog about Bangkok. Here is a list of the things you may want to take with you to a trip and not to forget.
You don’t really want to arrive to your destination and discover that you have forgotten a specific charger for your camera or a cable. This visual list will remind you to take your specific items, even if they are not mentioned explicitly. For instance an item in the list called “medicine” should remind you to take with you a specific medicine you need.

You probably know that it’s much better to travel light (I can’t do it) , so choose only the items that you need from the list. This packing list is the one I’m personally using before my many trips. It is adapted for a  stay in hotels or hostels, not for camping.

See also the most Important Products for the trip.

Luggage:

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Main suitcase
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Read my recommendations about the main suitcase.
With most airlines, you are limited to 20 Kg in tourist class. (more weight allowed in hand luggage, usually up to 8 Kg)
Bag Name Tag
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Attach several of them to your suitcase. It's just a matter of statistics, an airline will lose your bag and this tag will increase the chances that it won't happen
Airplane hand suitcase
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It is comfortable to have a small suitcase with wheels when you stroll between the duty free shops at the airport, but if you have a big main suitcase maybe you should just take with you the backpack to the airplane.
Backpack for every day
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It should be a multi purpose backpack: suitable to walk in the nice streets and also for the beach. It should be comfortable for the back and big enough to put your laptop inside. Read my recommendations about the Backpack.
Lock
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You may need more than one, for all the zippers of your suitcases. It is more convenient to chose a padlock with a code system over one with a key.
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External waist pouch
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Use it only in safe places, like an airport. Don't give thieves an incentive to easily steal all your important documents and money.
Money pouch (hidden)
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Very Important. It is attached to your belt and it is hidden under your clothes.
See my recommendation about this item.

Electronic Items:

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Smartphone
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Read why you need a smartphone in your trip.
Camera
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Camera case
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MP3 player
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You know you have one in your smartphone, right ?
Don't forget to prepare the music you like before your trip.
eReader
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I use my smartphone for reading books.
Electric Razor
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Make sure it is suitable for 220 and 110 volts.
Hair Cutter (Trimmer)
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Don't worry, there are hairdressers all over the world. Take a haircutter only if you use it at home.
Travel Alarm Clock

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A back-up for your alarm in your smartphone. You don't really want to miss your flight in a trip.
See my recommendation about the travel alarm clock.
Flashlight
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You can take a very small flashlight that doesn't use batteries (it charges with a hand crank). A flashlight is useful in a trip (hotel, train etc)
Laptop or Tablet
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Laptop Case
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External memory drive for laptop
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To backup your photos and other data
USB key
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A USB key is good as backup of data and also to keep separate your sensitive data in case your laptop is being stolen (there are also other ways)
Universal plug adaptor
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Important in a trip. But keep in mind that it doesn't convert voltages so make sure your electronics devices are adapted to 220 volts and also 110 volts. See my recommendation about the universal plug adaptor.
Multi-socket
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Especially important if you use to go to coffee places with your laptop, there is always a shortage of sockets.
Electric cablesFor all your electronic devices
Battery chargersFor all your electronic devices
USB cables
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For all your electronic devices
Batteries
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For all your electronic devices
Memory cards
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For your camera and other devices

Toiletries:

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Toiletries bag
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Make sure it has a loop handle so that you can hang it in shared bathroom of hostels.
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Toothbrush
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Toothpaste
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Tooth sticks or floss
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Mouthwash
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Shampoo
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Deodorant
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You won't always find your favourite deodorant in all countries, so take enough with you.
Soap
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In hotels, you usually receive little soaps everyday.
Soap case
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Razor blades
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Shaving cream
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After shave/ perfume
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Travel Towel
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You better choose one of these modern lightweight, fast dry towels made of microfiber. Make sure it has also a small loop so that you could hang it in the bathroom. See my recommendation about this item.
Travel Mirror
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Comb
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Nail scissors
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It should be a multi purpose scissor (or take 2)
Tweezers
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Nail polisher
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Make-up (lipsticks...)
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Jewellery
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Hair dryer
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If you take one, make sure it is adapted to 220 and 110 volts.

Clothes:

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Trousers/ Skirts
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Short Trousers
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Belt
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T-Shirts
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Choose the ones that are quick to dry and that don't leave colors during the laundry. Don't take with you clothes that you don't use regularly at home.
Sweaters
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Pullover
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Underwear
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Socks
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Night clothes - pyjamas
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Coat, Jacket
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Raincoat
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Shoes
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Sandals
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Flip-flops Sandals
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Important if you are going to use shared bathrooms in hostels.
Sun Hat - Cap
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Sunglasses
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Sunglasses Case
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Gloves
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Scarf
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Winter cap
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Swimming & Sports:

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Swimming suit
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I recommend to do sports while you travel, and swimming is a great sport. You can find swimming-pools in all big cities in the world.
Pool Goggles
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Pool cap
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Obligatory in many swimming-pools, also for men.
Waterproof pouch
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For the beach, kayaking, rafting etc...
Beach towel
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Other special sports ?
If you are going to visit gyms (or do other sports) take what you need.

Sleeping equipment:

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Travel sheet / Sleeping bag
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You don't really need a sleeping bag for a stay in hotels or hostels but taking with you a bed sheet made of silk in form of a sleeping bag could be a good idea for use in trains and for other circumstances.
See my recommendation about this item.
Earplugs
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If you are going to visit many hotels, there is a high probability that some of your rooms will be noisy.
See my recommendation about this item.
Sleep mask
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Travel pillow
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See my recommendation about this item.

Laundry:

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Light cord
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Laundry could be a tough issue while traveling. The hotels want you to use their expensive laundry service and they don't make it easy for you to hang clothes in your room. Take a light cord and do whatever you can. Some hotels will allow you access to the roof.
Clothes pins
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Laundry soapYou should put all your liquids in small plastic bottles.

Health:

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Wet wipes
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It is a miracle that this product was invented. During a trip, you can use wet towels to wash your hands, refresh your face and clean surfaces.
Toilet paper
Analgesic pills
Diarrhea pills
Infection treatment
Throat pills
Antibiotics
Bandages
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Menstrual
Contraceptive
Sunscreen
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Lips balm
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Vitamins
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Your special medicines
Glasses/lenses/
cleaning material
Mosquito repellent
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There are sprays that you can put on your skin, there are electric repellents and also mosquito nets that are quite difficult to hang in a hotel room.
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Storage:

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Plastic Bags
Garbage Bags
Storage Bags
Use plastics and bags to nicely arrange your suitcase.
Document case
Coins wallet
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If you are going to visit a country with a different currency from your home, you will strangely accumulate a lot of coins.

Repairs:

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Sewing Kit
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Safety pins
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Super glue
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Can be found all over the planet, don't really need to take with you.

Documents & Money:

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PassportCheck that your passport has a validity of at least 6 months.
Passport VisasCheck if your need a visa in advance to enter your destination country.
Flight tickets (Train, boats...)In most cases the airline will send you by email an electronic ticket, make a print. Read my recommendations here regarding choosing the flight.
Hotel Reservations
Health Insurance / Travel InsuranceYou can never know so make one. Some credit card companies give you a free health insurance for a limited time but you have to call them before your trip to activate it.
VaccinationsFor some countries and zones.
Passport photosYou may need passport photos for passing borders and extending stays. Save time and bring some photos with you.
Driver license
Your Special Cards Student card, Airline frequent traveller etc
Credit cardsTry to bring more than one for backup. Your credit card should be your main way to get money from ATM and to pay in stores but remember that any ATM withdrawal will entail commissions from both banks. The total commissions are in the order of 7% !
CashYou want to use cash abroad instead of the ATM withdrawals because of the commissions, but you don't want your cash to be stolen. So on a long trip you must use ATM and keep some cash for any case.
Photocopy of passport and other documentsDo it on papers and if not at least make a photo with your smartphone.

Miscellaneous:

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Travel guide bookThe only paper book I take with me on trips.
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Pen
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Maps
Small Notebook
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A4 Papers
Envelopes
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You know the Internet was invented, right ?
Teddy bear
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Don't leave him alone at home.
Reading MaterialPut it in your smartphone !
Or an electronic reader
Information papers (restaurants, recommendations etc)Take a photo of them with your smartphone.

Food:

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Plastic Spoon & Fork
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Swiss army Knife (for fruits)
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Don't put it in your hand luggage, you will have problems at the security check.
Can & Bottle Opener
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Special FoodsFor instance, if you are Vegetarian you may want to bring with you some almonds, nuts etc because some countries are more vegetarian friendly than others.

Just Before Taking Your flight, What to take in the Hand Luggage :

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Snack for the AirportIf you want to save money, take a sandwich with you. The food at the airport is expensive. (there may be also delays with your flights).
Drink for the AirportIf you want to save money, take a small plastic water bottle, because also buying water is expensive at the airports. The security check usually won’t let you pass liquids, so fill the empty bottle from one of the free fountains after the security check.
Sweatshirt for the flightYou may feel cold during the flight.
Toiletry kit for the flightsConsider taking in your handbag equipment for the case there will be long delays in your flights. Put extra pair of underwear, socks, t-shirt, toothbrush, deodorant.
Re-Check the List to PackGo over the list and see that you haven’t forgotten to pack something.
Check bag tagsMake sure you have bag tags on all your suitcases with your name.
Check suitcase locksMake sure you have a lock on all your suitcases.
Don't forget documents & MoneyMake sure to take the important documents: Wallet, money, flight tickets, reservations, passports, sunglasses, keys.

Bon Voyage

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