Packing is one of the most stressful things about vacationing, and so having a traveling checklist is a must! It’s easy to overlook some stuff when you’re too busy planning out your itinerary. So to help you out, we’ve created this ultimate checklist for your next vacation!
Ultimate Traveling Checklist: Things to Remember
Traveling Checklist: Early Preparation
It may look like a no-brainer – of course, you need your bags! But there are several types of luggage to choose from, and it’s best to select the type that will suit your needs for a specific trip.
How much stuff do you need to pack? Will a medium-sized suitcase suffice or do you need a larger one? Also, if you’re going island hopping or to a place that’s mostly sand, then it might be better to pack a backpack rather than a wheeled luggage.
2. Travel Insurance
It’s always a good idea to be insured. Hopefully, you won’t have to use it, but it’s still something you’d be glad you have in case something unexpected comes up. It may seem like an added expense, but the benefits of having travel insurance are worth considering.
If you’re traveling abroad, it’s best to check where you can get the best exchange rates in your currency. For some, you’d get the best rates when you exchange it in the country of destination, but others get a better deal when they exchange money before they leave home. Also, if you’re not from the USA, it’s best to have some USD on hand, especially when you have a layover since it’s a widely accepted currency.
4. Credit Card
While you don’t want to overspend, you’d at least want to have your credit card with you in case of an emergency, such as missing your flight and needing to buy a new ticket. Inform your bank of your travel plans beforehand to make sure you don’t encounter any issues while you’re outside the country. Also, make sure you haven’t gotten near your credit limit before your trip.
Traveling Checklist: Packing Your Luggage
Again, another no-brainer, because who would forget to pack clothes, right? But choosing the right type of clothes to pack is the tricky part. Check the climate of the place you’re going to, so you know exactly the right kind of clothes to pack.
These things are small, sometimes, you’d forget whether you’ve packed them or not! Double check your luggage to make sure you’ve put these in. The last thing you’d want is to get stressed out because you don’t have underwear on your trip.
7. Comfortable Footwear
Most of the time, you’d be needing to walk long hours to make the most of your trip. While heels may seem to be the ‘Instagrammable’ choice, your feet will kill you after several hours of walking. So pack a comfortable pair of shoes so that you can walk miles and miles with no complaints.
There may be pharmacies where you’re going to, but you’re going to save yourself from a lot of trouble by just bringing your own medicine.
First, you’d save yourself from trying to find a drugstore when you’re in desperate need of medication. Second, you won’t have to worry about communicating your symptoms to the local pharmacist if they speak a different language. And lastly, you get to take the exact medicine that works for you and not just something similar to it.
9. First Aid Kit
You never know when you’ll run into a bit of an emergency, so keeping one in handy is always a good idea. Pack one with the basics such as alcohol, band-aid, gauze, ointment, petroleum jelly, and whatever it is you think will come in handy. At least you’d have something with you in case you get blisters or minor cuts.
Even though most hotels provide you with their soap and shampoos, it’s still advisable to bring your own. You’re not sure if their products will work well with your hair and skin. Also, if you’ve booked an Airbnb, there’s no assurance that toiletries will be included in the unit as well as the quality of the products provided.
11. Toiletry Bag
Taking everything out of your bag just to look for your toothbrush or your deodorant is such an inconvenience. Instead, make sure to keep all your toiletries in a handy bag for easy access. Not only will it control damages when spills occur, but it would also be convenient to just reach for one pouch when you freshen up.
Traveling Checklist: Packing Your Hand Carry
Gadgets, especially smartphones, have become an essential part of our everyday lives. Can you imagine going on a trip and not being able to contact anyone? Or take a snapshot of iconic landmarks you’re going to? Make sure you don’t miss out on any picture opportunity and keep your smartphones and other gadgets charged!
13. Power Bank
It’s no secret smartphone batteries don’t last very long, especially if you’re going to use it for tons of activities such as taking pictures, translating languages, keeping track of your budget, taking notes, and many others. Be sure to pack a power bank so you can charge on the go.
Different countries have different standard voltages and sockets. There’s a big chance your chargers won’t fit the hotel sockets installed when you travel abroad. Bring a travel adapter with you so plugging it won’t be a problem.
Sure, you already have your smartphone to take pictures with, but some shots are better taken with a camera! If you’re in for some thrilling adventure, then you probably don’t want to risk damaging your phone — take an action camera instead! If you’re going to a place with breath-taking scenery from a bird’s point of view, take a drone with you to get the best pictures of the sights! Definitely a must have in your traveling checklist.
16. Books or Magazines
You’d never know how long you have to wait in the airport, so better bring something to read to keep you entertained! Although your smartphone can help you kill time, you’d still have to worry about its battery draining. On the other hand, books or magazines don’t need to be charged, so they are the ideal buddies to keep you company during long waiting times.
Pens are underrated these days since gadgets can take over the task of note-taking, but they’re an essential tool when traveling abroad! You’d have lots of forms to sign when you leave the country and enter a new one. All those immigration paper documents can’t be filled up with your phone. And you don’t want to annoy fellow travelers by borrowing theirs when you should’ve brought your own!
Notepads are ignored like pens. When your smartphone battery runs out and so does your power bank, you’d wish you had them with you!
When your phone battery and power bank lets you down, you’d need a notepad to take down essential addresses and words you can’t pronounce but need to communicate with the locals. It would also allow you to sketch a picture to express yourself or ask questions when faced with language barriers.
19. Travel Pillow
Sleeping on planes can be difficult. Space is limited, and you can barely stretch your feet. But with the help of a travel pillow, you can at least put your head and neck in comfort and try to catch some shut-eye.
20. Water Bottle
You lose a lot of water during flights, so it’s important to keep yourself hydrated while you’re up there. But if you also read a lot of articles about traveling, you’d know drinking water on the plane isn’t the cleanest. So get yourself a water bottle you can fill up before your flight and drink that.
21. Wet Wipes/ Sanitizers
We know the plane staff has limited time to clean up after a plane flight, so we can’t rely on the cleanliness of the things you use inside the plane. If you’re a clean buff, it’s best to pack a small bottle of sanitizer or wet wipes to clean up after yourself. It will also save you from awkward stickiness or stains.
Traveling Checklist: Before Leaving the House
We’ve mentioned several times here that smartphones have become a necessity. It’s usually one of the last things you put in your bag because you use it up to the last minute of preparing, possibly to make a few calls or send messages or even to look something up. Make sure you have it with you before you step out of your house.
23. Travel Apps
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Make sure you maximize the use of your smartphone by loading it up with travel apps before you go! Download maps, language apps, or even budget tracking apps for your convenience. It’s amazing how much your smartphone can make traveling more comfortable for you!
24. Travel Documents
It might seem silly, but things are overlooked when you start rushing! So prepare your travel documents beforehand and put them in a safe place you’d remember. Double check if everything you need is there before going to the airport.
25. House Keys
If you live alone or your whole family is going on a trip for a couple of days, it’s safer to either take your house keys with you or leave it to a trusted neighbor. That way, you won’t have to worry about a thief finding it in your secret space. Giving it to a neighbor, however, can allow someone to access your house in case of an emergency or if the pets need feeding. Make sure to also unplug your electronics before you leave.
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Planning vacations can be both exciting and stressful. But you can lessen the stress and anxiety by keeping a packing list for your trip. Use this traveling checklist to make sure you have everything you need with you. Remember, don’t tick off the boxes on your list until the items are inside your luggage!
What are some must-have items on your traveling checklist? Let us know in the comments!