What to Pack Before the Trip ?

What to Pack ?

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.

Beside each item, there is a link to eBay for this category of item. In eBay you can find the best available prices and many merchants are offering free international shipping.


Main suitcaseRead here 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)
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Bag Name TagAttach 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 See this item on eBay
Airplane hand suitcaseIt 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.See this item on eBay
Backpack for every dayIt should be a multi purpose backpack: suitable to walk in the nice streets and also the beach. It should be comfortable for the back and big enough to put your laptop inside.See this item on eBay
LockYou 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.See this item on eBay
External pouchUse it only in safe places, like an airport. Don't give thieves an incentive to easily steal all your important documents and money.See this item on eBay
Money pouch (hidden)Very Important. It is attached to your belt and it is hidden under your clothes.See this item on eBay

Electronic Items:

SmartphoneRead here why you need a smartphone in your trip.See this item on eBay
CameraSee this item on eBay
Camera caseSee this item on eBay
MP3 playerYou know you have one in your smartphone, right ?
Don't forget to prepare the music you like before your trip.
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eReaderI use my smartphone for reading books.See this item on eBay
Electric RazorMake sure it is suitable for 220 and 110 volts.See this item on eBay
Hair CutterDon't worry, there are hairdressers all over the world. Take a haircutter only if you use it at home.See this item on eBay
Alarm Clock (small)A back-up for your alarm in your smartphone. You don't really want to miss your flight in a trip.See this item on eBay
FlashlightYou 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)See this item on eBay
Laptop or TabletSee this item on eBay
Laptop CaseSee this item on eBay
External memory drive for laptopTo backup your photos and other dataSee this item on eBay
USB keyA 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) See this item on eBay
Universal plug adaptorImportant 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 this item on eBay
Multi-socketEspecially important if you use to go to coffee places with your laptop, there is always a shortage of sockets.See this item on eBay
Electric cablesFor all your electronic devices
Battery chargersFor all your electronic devices
USB cablesFor all your electronic devicesSee this item on eBay
BaterriesFor all your electronic devicesSee this item on eBay
Memory cardsFor your camera.See this item on eBay


Toiletries bagMake sure it has a loop handle so that you can hang it in shared bathroom of hostels.See this item on eBay
ToothbrushSee this item on eBay
ToothpasteSee this item on eBay
Tooth sticks or flossSee this item on eBay
MouthwashSee this item on eBay
ShampooSee this item on eBay
DeodorantYou won't always find your favourite deodorant in all countries, so take enough with you.See this item on eBay
SoapIn hotels, you usually receive little soaps everyday.See this item on eBay
Soap caseSee this item on eBay
Razor bladesSee this item on eBay
Shaving creamSee this item on eBay
After shave/ perfumeSee this item on eBay
Towel 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 this item on eBay
MirrorSee this item on eBay
CombSee this item on eBay
Nail scissorsIt should be a multi purpose scissor (or take 2)See this item on eBay
TweezersSee this item on eBay
Nail polisherSee this item on eBay
Make-up (lipsticks...)See this item on eBay
JewellerySee this item on eBay
Hair dryerIf you take one, make sure it is adapted to 220 and 110 volts.See this item on eBay


Trousers/ SkirtsSee this item on eBay
Short TrousersSee this item on eBay
BeltSee this item on eBay
T-ShirtsChoose 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.
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SweatersSee this item on eBay
PulloverSee this item on eBay
UnderwearSee this item on eBay
SocksSee this item on eBay
Night clothesSee this item on eBay
Coat, JacketSee this item on eBay
RaincoatSee this item on eBay
ShoesSee this item on eBay
SandalsSee this item on eBay
Flip-flops SandalsImportant if you are going to use shared bathrooms in hostels.See this item on eBay
Sun HatSee this item on eBay
SunglassesSee this item on eBay
Sunglasses CaseSee this item on eBay
GlovesSee this item on eBay
ScarfSee this item on eBay
Knitten capSee this item on eBay

Swimming & Sports:

Swimming suitI 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. See this item on eBay
Pool GogglesSee this item on eBay
Pool capObligatory in many swimming-pools, also for men.See this item on eBay
Waterproof pouchFor the beach, kayaking, rafting etc...See this item on eBay
Beach towelSee this item on eBay
Other special sports ?If you are going to visit gyms (or do other sports) take what you need.See this item on eBay

Sleeping equipment:

Silk sheet / Sleeping bagYou 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 this item on eBay
EarplugsIf you are going to visit many hotels, there is a high probability that some of your rooms will be noisy.See this item on eBay
Sleep maskSee this item on eBay
Travel pillow (inflatable)See this item on eBay


Light cordLaundry 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.See this item on eBay
Clothes pinsSee this item on eBay
Laundry soapYou should put all your liquids in small plastic bottles.


Wet wipesIt 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. See this item on eBay
Toilet paper
Analgesic pills
Diarrhea pills
Infection treatment
Throat pills
Bandages See this item on eBay
SunscreenSee this item on eBay
Lips balmSee this item on eBay
VitaminsSee this item on eBay
Your special medicines
cleaning material
Mosquito repellentThere 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.See this item on eBay


Plastic Bags
Garbage Bags
Storage BagsUse plastics and bags to nicely arrange your suitcase.See this item on eBay
Document case
Coins walletIf you are going to visit a country with a different currency from your home, you will strangely accumulate a lot of coins.See this item on eBay


Sewing KitSee this item on eBay
Safety pinsSee this item on eBay
Super glueCan be found all over the planet, don't really need to take with you.See this item on eBay

Documents & Money:

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.


Travel guide bookThe only paper book I take with me on trips.
PenSee this item on eBay
Small NotebookSee this item on eBay
A4 Papers
EnvelopesYou know the Internet was invented, right ?eBay
Teddy bearDon't leave him alone at home.See this item on eBay
Reading MaterialPut it in your smartphone !
Or an electronic reader
Information papers (restaurants, recommendations etc)Take a photo of them with your smartphone.


Plastic Spoon & ForkSee this item on eBay
Knife (for fruits)Don't put it in your hand luggage, you will have problems at the security check.See this item on eBay
Can & Bottle OpenerSee this item on eBay
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 :

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 will 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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