Packing List

General Packing Tips

  • Rolling items helps you fit more in and they wrinkle less.
  • Packing cubes are great to keep things neat and organized.
  • Adjust packing list as needed, according to the destination, weather, and your taste. If you like skirts, you may not need as many pants, etc.
  • Pack wrinkle-free items as much as possible.
  • Dark items don’t stain as easily.
  • Pack items that are colour-coordinated to make more outfits.


  • 5 pairs of lightweight socks, less for warm weather if you will be wearing sandals
  • 5 pairs of underwear
  • 2 bras
  • pyjamas (T-shirt and shorts or yoga pants)
  • 3-4 short sleeve tops or t-shirts
  • 1 long-sleeve T-shirt
  • 2 tank tops
  • 1 dressy shirt
  • 1 or 2 sweaters (for cooler climate)
  • 1 light cardigan sweater
  • 1 pair jeans
  • 1 other pair pants
  • 1 or 2 pairs shorts or capris
  • 1 pair of leggings
  • skirt or wrinkle-free dress that go casual or dressed up
  • lightweight jacket (even in cool weather, you can bring a light jacket and add layers as needed)
  • rain/wind resistant jacket (or just use your umbrella in summer)
  • collapsible umbrella
  • scarves/pashmina (great as an accessory and to keep you warm on the plane, or on cool evenings)
  • swimsuit & sarong
  • hats for sun or cold
  • gloves for cool weather
  • inexpensive jewelry


(multi-purpose when possible)

  • walking shoes or runners
  • sandals (a nice pair of sandals with thicker soles are more comfortable on cobblestones, and are versatile)
  • flip-flops


  • prescription drugs
  • Band-Aids
  • Tylenol
  • consider antibiotics prescription depending on destination
  • hand sanitizer


(put all liquids in zip-lock bags to prevent leakage)

  • toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss
  • small bottles of shampoo/conditioner/shower gel
  • make-up (try to bring only what you really want)
  • razor
  • quick drying towel
  • comb/hairbrush
  • hair elastics/bobby pins
  • deodorant
  • feminine hygiene products
  • small mirror
  • moisturizer
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellant (if you are going somewhere you will need it)
  • lip balm
  • nail clippers
  • makeup-remover wipes
  • Small packet of tissues, which can be handy when there’s no toilet paper.


  • prescription glasses/contacts & solution
  • sunglasses
  • eye mask and ear plugs
  • a zip-lock bag for liquids and extras come in handy to keep to keep camera dry, store food, etc. plus couple large plastic bags for dirty laundry/shoes
  • notepad and pen
  • a good book (it’s not always easy to find English language books or magazines)
  • business cards
  • apps for travel
  • daypack to fit your camera, snacks
  • water bottle


(in carry-on/backpack)

  • Laptop (and mouse for me) or eReader
  • Digital Camera and extra memory cards
  • Phone
  • GPS – If you need it more than a couple days, it’s often cheaper to buy one than rent
  • Chargers
  • electrical adaptor/converter
  • earphones
  • tripod
  • portable hard drive for backup
  • Swiss army knife
  • mini flashlight


  • passport and visas
  • travel documents printouts (flights, accommodation, tickets) I use the travel TripIt for this, but keep a printout in my suitcase as a backup
  • travel insurance information
  • international travel vaccinations
  • driver’s licence and International driver’s licence
  • credit cards, debit cards
  • small amount of local currency
  • student ID/senior citizen ID
  • email itinerary to yourself and family member/friend along with a scan of your passport
  • list of usernames and passwords (I keep mine on a password-protected spreadsheet, or there are apps for that)
  • money belt or travel pouch
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