The Ultimate Vacation Packing List: Everything You Should Bring
Vacation time! You’ve been looking forward to this for a while now
and it’s so close you can feel it. But before you can dig
your toes into white sand or make snow angels in the mountains, you need to
undertake a big task.
Packing without forgetting anything.
With this vacation packing list, you’ll never again rock up to
your hotel and realize you’ve left that one thing you really need at home.
It might feel like you’ve got ages to pack, but we often leave it
to the last minute and forget essentials. Read on to discover everything you
need to pack for a stress-free vacation.
Before we get into the list properly, let’s talk about
You might already have a good range of travel luggage but your
vacation type defines which you’ll need. Rolling luggage makes life easier for
airports and many city stays but it’s not ideal for everything.
If you’re heading to Venice for instance, you’ll want a good-sized
backpack. With no cars in the city and lots of cobbled bridges, rolling luggage
just won’t work.
If you’re off for a weekend break, a small case or bag will kill
that temptation to pack way more than you need. The key is to always consider
how you’ll be getting from the airport to the hotel.
Here are all of the things that you need to be sure you put into
your luggage before you leave.
It’s everyone’s worst nightmare to turn up to the airport without
a passport. But there are other important documents you’ll need to take
Travel/Health Insurance – Always take a paper version in case you can’t get online.
Vaccination Card – This is important if you’re going somewhere that requires certain vaccinations or the yellow fever jab.
Booking Confirmations – Not every destination will have reliable internet access so take paper copies.
Identification – In some countries, it’s mandatory to carry ID with you. A driving license if often ideal.
It’s not always easy to buy forgotten toiletries when you land in
a new place. You might be far from shops or be in a country that doesn’t sell
what you need.
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Contact lenses, case, and solution
High SPF sunscreen
Makeup and makeup remover
Hairbrush or comb
Shampoo and conditioner
Medication and birth control
Once upon a time, all you needed was a disposable camera. Now,
half of our luggage seems to be filled with cables and gadgets. With so many
things to take, the last thing you want is to show up without the right
If you’re trying to reduce your luggage, shoes can be a sticking
point. Depending on the type of vacation you’re going on, you might need more
shoes than you can carry! These three pairs are travel necessities.
Comfortable Shoes – Sneakers or slip-on shoes are perfect for plane journeys and can be used for daytime exploring on vacation.
Evening Shoes – A pair of smarter shoes are essential if you’d like to dress up for dinner or go to smarter events.
Activity Shoes – From hiking boots and flip flops to ski boots and deck shoes, this pair is footwear you need for your activity plans.
6. These Four
Is there anything more difficult than picking the perfect travel
clothing wardrobe? Clothes you’ll need will depend on the vacation length, the
activities you’ll be doing, and the washing facilities available.
But no matter where you’re going, these four outfits types are
Travel Outfit – However you’re getting to your destination, you’ll want to be in comfortable, breathable clothes. If you’ve ever worn tight jeans on a long plane journey, you’ll know what we mean.
Day Outfit – Will you be exploring a city or hanging by the beach? Having a few mix-and-match day outfits means you can take a small number of items and mix them up every day.
Evening Outfit – One of the best things on vacation is eating out. Pack at least one evening outfit so you can dress in style.
Activity Outfit – Whether you’re skiing, swimming, hiking, or just sunbathing, don’t forget the activity-essential clothes.
Extra Tip – Always pack enough underwear and socks!
7. Tools for
Vacations are your time to kick back and relax, no matter where
After long flights, you might arrive at your destination
surprisingly exhausted. And with the weight of work finally getting off your
shoulders, it’s important to capitalize on your downtime.
Candles – The best candles to take with you are scented candles. Light one when you arrive and take ten minutes to sit and breathe. Remember to pack a lighter or matches in your hold luggage.
Books – Get a great novel in paperback or on an e-reader and spend some time getting absorbed into the story.
Meditation App – Download a meditation app and spend 10 minutes a day trying it out. It might just be the icing on your vacation downtime.
Foot Foam Roller – If you plan on skiing or hiking, a small foam roller for your feet will ease the day’s tension away.
Whatever you’re planning on doing, you’ll probably need at
least some activity equipment. You can pick and choose from this list to suit
Skis, poles, helmet, and goggles
Fins and snorkel
Quick-dry travel towel
Swiss army knife
Wetsuit or rash vest
10. A Notebook
You might go for months at home without needing a notebook but
when you’re on vacation, it’s amazing how useful they are.
Choose a lightweight notebook and you can use it as an itinerary
planner, jot down words you learn, play games on the plane with it, or use it
as a travel journal.
If you’ve always wanted to sketch or want to write a letter to a
friend, it’s a perfect all-round travel must-have. Don’t forget a pen!
of a Vacation Packing List
Each vacation is different which is why packing can be so tough.
But when you use this vacation packing list, you’ll be able to see
the categories of travel essentials and mold it to fit your needs.
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