The Ultimate Travelofood packing list for a smart traveller

  • Collect Important Travel Documents, Cash, and Credit Cards 


  1. Passport/visa(s)
  2. Personal ID, including a student ID card if you have one
  3. Frequent flyer card(s) and other loyalty program cards such as a hotel or hostel
  4. Cash and credit card(s)
  5. Health insurance cards/document(s)
  6. Travel insurance info
  7. Reservations and itineraries
  8. Hotel and/or tour contact information
  9. Transportation tickets (plane, train, bus, car, etc.)
  10. Emergency contacts and important addresses

Documents Sealed Yellow Envelope Important Devliery Records

  • Prepare Your Personal Item Carry-On Bag 


    • Mobile device and charger
    • iPad or e-reader and charger
    • Headphones (consider noise-reducing headphones if you’re sensitive to sound)
    • Camera and/or a video camera, memory card, and charger
    • Electrical converters and adapters

    Travel Comfort, Entertainment, and Information

    • Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask, and ear plugs
    • Travel journal and pen
    • Books and magazines
    • Games
    • 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)

    Health Items

    • 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)
    • Glasses and case

personal bag


  • Choose Your Main Bag – Whatever you’re planning, we recommend luggage that is versatile, lightweight and big enough to hold all your essentials. The most important decision you’ll make as far as luggage is finding a piece that’s versatile and can fit lots of gear while also being easy to carry. If you’ll be going through different types of terrain, or switching from airports to cobblestones, having a bag with the option to roll it or carry it like a backpack or duffel is handy.

big bag


  • Organize Your Stuff

    The Basics

    • Lightweight clothing that can be layered
    • Shirts
    • Pants and/or shorts
    • Socks
    • Sweaters
    • Jacket
    • T-shirts
    • Belt
    • Pajamas/sleepwear
    • Underwear
    • Sunglasses
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Dress(es)
    • Jewelry
    • A swimsuit or swim trunks


  • Pack Your Toiletry Bag
    The Toiletry Bag Basics
    • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
    • Hair brush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins Deodorant
    • Shampoo and conditioner
    • Sunscreen
    • Make up
    • Face wash and/or makeup remover wipes Moisturizer
    • Lotion
    • Lip balm
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Extra contacts, solution, and case
    Toiletry Bag Extras
    • Mirror
    • Cologne/perfume
    • Hair products
    • Clothesline and detergent
    • Shaving kit and extra razors
    • Sewing kit/clothing care kit
    • Facial tissues
    • Scissors, nail clippers, and tweezers (must be in checked luggage)
    Travel Health
    • 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
    • Eye drops
    • Moleskin
    • Medicines and vaccinations specific to the region/activity



  • Pack Your Day Bag– A lightweight, versatile day bag can be used in a variety of ways and help you stay comfortable and prepared.
  • Consider Travel Security– In most large cities, travelers should always be on the lookout for pickpockets. The easiest way to keep your belongings safe is to keep them hidden and close to you. One way to do this is to stash your valuables underneath your clothing. You can do this with a money belt, hidden pocket, neck wallet, undercover bra stash, leg wallet, or holster. All of these options let you keep your valuables, such as passports, credit cards, and cash, close to your body and away from prying hands. You can review the different styles here to choose one (or more) that works best for you and the type of travel you’ll be doing. You may also want to consider choosing one that has RFID protection. RFID protection keeps your passports (issued after 2006) and credit cards/debit cards safe while travelling. Identity theft can occur when someone is able to “read” through your purse or pocket, because these items contain microchips with information stored on them. You can learn more about RFID safety from Scott Shelter, freelance journalist and frequent traveler .



  • Prepare Your Home


  1. Have post office hold mail
  2. Stop newspaper delivery
  3. Set up an email autoresponder
  4. Arrange care of pets, lawn, and plants
  5. Pre-pay bills
  6. Prearrange school absences for children
  7. Empty refrigerator
  8. Unplug appliances
  9. Turn off heater/air conditioner
  10. Turn down water heater
  11. Turn off washing machine taps
  12. Lock all doors and windows
  13. Set up timed light system
  14. Store valuables in a safe place
  15. Leave house key and trip itinerary with a trusted friend Leave flight and hotel itineraries with a relative
  16. Reconfirm/check-in online with airline



Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination





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