Planning a trip soon? Here is a complete list of things to pack before you leave for your next adventure! Don’t wait until the last minute, get an early start on packing now so you are prepared and organized!
If you are like me, you like to wait until the last minute. Rushing to pack your bags the day before a big trip can be stressful and can lead to ‘overpacking’. Which is likely not a good idea! This can just add more stuff to keep track of!
To help we created a travel packing checklist and easy to follow infographic to help you plan your next travel adventure.
Ultimate Packing Tips for Travelers
This would likely be the most obvious, what exactly are you going to wear on your trip? Depending on how many days you are planning to be gone, is a good indication of how many items of clothes you will need. Keep in mind, you could easily wear certain outfits more than once. Cutting back on just one or two outfits can help cut back on your packing.
Make every effort not to overpack! Some experienced travelers consider packing less on clothes. Packing one or two extra pairs of underwear – that might not be a bad idea.
Suitcase Packing Tips
Curious what the best suitcase packing tips are to help save some space? Simply rolling up your clothes instead of folding them is one way to help save space in your suitcase. Some travelers even recommend organizing there belonging and packing them by using different color packing cubes. Compression sacks can be great too!
Should I pack a jacket?
This might not be the best idea depending on where you traveling to. If needed, you could possibly pack a light jacket but sometimes it is better to just layer on clothes. If you happen to be traveling to a colder climate destination there are many other great articles for preparing for a cold-weather trip.
What clothes will you add to your list?
- Light Jacket (optional)
- Comfortable Pants
- Pairs of Shorts
- Favorite Shirts
- Dress Shirt(s)
- Tennis Shoes
- Dress Shoes
Packing extra pair of shoes
Simply packing a couple of pairs of shoes will make for a lighter load but might not be enough. However, if trying to cut back on weight, consider wearing your ‘heaviest’ pair of shoes or boots to help offset the weight.
Toiletries to Pack
You might be able to get by a couple of days on the small travel size shampoo and conditioner in a hotel room. But sometimes you just want to have your own stuff. Instead of packing full bottles of your basic bathroom products, buy a pack of smaller travel containers to pour just enough in to for the week. This will help save space and is a great packing tip! But don’t skimp on containers, go with good silicone travel containers to keep the liquid secure.
- Floss Picks
- Body Soap
- Shaving Cream /Razors
- Shampoo / Conditioner
A great packing tip is to use ziplock bags when packing these items away. That way if anything leaks it will not damage or ruin any of your other items.
Packing Medicine and First Aid
Plan for the unexpected. Even if you rarely get headaches, a sore back, or even suffer from allergies. Plan ahead! Pack your essential items plus a few items just to be safe.
- Alcohol Wipes
- Allergy Medicine
- Cold Medicine
- Contact Solution
- Hand Sanitizer
- Ibuprofen /Tylenol
- Prescription Medicine
Important packing tip. If you wear contact lens, be sure to pack a backup pair just Incase. And don’t forget your glasses too!
Bringing electronics on your trip
Stay connected or disconnect? If you are wanting to stay connected during your trip, most of the items on this list are a must-have.
- Portable Charger
- DSLR Camera
- Backup battery
- Extra Memory Cards
Bring all travel documents
Traveling can be hectic sometimes and it can easy to forget something. Having an easy-to-follow packing checklist can very helpful before even getting started. The last thing you want is to forget or misplace important documents. It’s a good idea to make copies just in case!
- Copy of all travel docs
- Credit Cards
Important travel tip. Make copies of all important travel documents and carefully store them on cloud storage or on a USB device. Make sure you keep your copies just as safe as the originals. It might be best to even make the file’s password accessible.