My packing checklist

Step 1: Choose Your Main Luggage

Wherever you're planning to go, pick luggage that is versatile, lightweight and big enough to hold all your essentials. If you know you don’t want the extra weight of wheels, traveling with a backpack is going to mean hands-free mobility and ultimate versatility. So I always choose to have a little carry-on backpack and one big backpack to check-in.

Step 2: Organize your stuff

Ones Living out of backpack isn’t easy. Constantly pulling everything out of your backpack to reach something at the bottom is something every traveler hates. That’s why being organized is essential. I’ve found that packing cubes are a great way to keep all your stuff as organized as possible. They’ll also help minimize clothing wrinkles.

What is a packing cube?

It's Basically A lightweight Mesh Cube/Box that you pack your clothes in. There are different size cubes and you generally pack clothings groups in separate cubes. For example, pack all your socks and underwear in one cub, t-shirts in another, pants in another. This makes it easy to know exactly where to find whatever it is you're looking for. 

Step 3: Pack your backpack

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Sweaters or fleece jacket
  • T-shirts and tank tops (be respectful of the culture you are visiting)
  • Pants and/or shorts
  • Belt
  • Socks
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Rain jacket
  • Pajamas/sleepwear
  • Underwear
  • Sunglasses and glasses case
  • Dresses and/or skirts
  • Jewelry
  • Hat or sun visor
  • Scarf or bandana
  • Swimsuit
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Travel speakers
  • Travel pillow, eye mask and ear plugs
  • Electric converters/adapters

Step 4: Pack Your Toiletry Bag

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
  • Hair brush, hair ties,
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner  face wash, laundry
  • Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF
  • Face wash and/or makeup remover wipes and q-tips
  • Night time Moisturizer/Lotion
  • Lip balm with SPF and lipstick or lip gloss
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Extra contacts, solution, and contact case
  • Glasses and prescription sunglasses
  • Prescription medication with the label/script so that you can refill if needed and not be questioned by TSA.

Toiletry Bag Extras

  • Cologne/perfume
  • Personal mini mirror
  • Hair products like hairspray, hair gel and beard oil
  • Clothesline and detergent
  • Shaving kit and extra razors
  • Sewing kit/clothing care kit, stain remover
  • Facial tissues and/or toilet paper
  • Travel  Towel
  • Scissors, nail clippers, and tweezers (must be in checked luggage)

Travel Health 

Check Disease Control and Prevention’s website for comprehensive travel vaccines, medicines, and travel advice information. Whether you decide to get vaccinated or not is your decision, but many vaccinations require administration 2 months before travel begins. So get informed!

  • First aid kit (bandages, gauze, adhesives, etc.)
  • Personal prescriptions (copies of scripts)
  • Pain and fever relievers (also children’s strength if you are traveling with kids)
  • Thermometer
  • Cold medicines and throat lozenges
  • Diarrhea/laxative medicines
  • Allergy medicines
  • Hydrocortisone cream/antibacterial ointment
  • Multivitamins
  • Sunburn relief
  • Insect repellent/mosquito net/sting reliever
  • Motion sickness pills or bands
  • Altitude sickness pills (if you are planning to hike in higher altitudes)
  • Eye drops
  • Medicines and vaccinations specific to the region/activity
  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
  • Prescriptions in original packaging (you’ll want to make sure you have these in your carry-on bag just in case something were to happen to your checked luggage)
  • Sleeping medicines

Step 5: Prepare Your Carry-on bag

  • Mobile device and charger
  • Laptop, iPad, or E-reader and charger(s)
  • Headphones
  • Camera  memory card, and chargers

Travel Comfort, Entertainment, and Information 

  • Travel Blanket (maybe also pillow), ear plugs
  • Travel journal and pen (it’s awful when you forget your pen!)
  • Books and magazines
  • Water bottle – you’ll need to fill it up once you get through TSA
  • Guide books, travel guides, maps, language guides, etc. (if you will need any of these upon arrival at your destination, put it in your carry-on)

Step 6: Collect Important Travel Documents, Cash, and Credit Cards

Start by collecting all of your important documents in a travel document organizer. This is very handy to keep everything together. Your passport, ID, credit cards, coins, documents, ticket, a boarding pass, and a pen!) By bringing all your important information together, this will help ensure you have everything you need to get from one place to the next.

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