This is the checklist I use whenever I travel. Anything not required I cross out. I tick anything I can pack in advance. I circle & leave unticked anything I can’t pack until the last minute (toothbrush, chargers etc.) and also write this down on a post-it for final packing and checks. Please let me know if I’ve missed anything

passport and suitcaseEssentials:

  • Passport
  • Train/bus tickets
  • Airline tickets
  • EHIC health insurance card (EU residents)
  • Travel insurance details (incl. international phone number)
  • Directions to accommodation
  • Overseas credit cards
  • Security / running belt*
  • Sun glasses and case
  • Water bottle* (refillable)
  • Watch
  • Mobile phone (with alarm)
  • Small shoulder-bag / backpack/ handbag (with zips for security)
  • Carry-on bag (check airline size/weight restrictions)


Optional extras:

  • Checked bag (check airline size/weight restrictions)
  • Cash in local currency (or withdraw / exchange on arrival)
  • Travel neck pillow* (foam with a button to secure to case)
  • Pillow case (for stuffing with clothes in hostels)
  • Berocca (for energy and to deter mosquitos)
  • Resealable ziplock bags- for storing liquids and nick nacks
  • Elastic bands – for securing open food packets etc.
  • Electrical tape – for fixing stuff on the go – I wrap some around a pen
  • Pen (and small notebook)
  • Clothes wash – I use powder to cut down on liquids
  • Twisty travel washing line*
  • Washing up liquid
  • Dirty clothes bag
  • Stuff sacks for keeping socks and underwear together
  • Lingerie wash bag
  • Travel clothes drying carousel
  • Silicon water bottle brush
  • Thermos/Collapsible cup
  • Spork (in sandwich bag)
  • Lunch box
  • Padlocks (for bags) & lockers
  • Retractable lockable cable (for trains / luggage rooms)
  • Dirty Laundry bag
  • Plastic bags for dirty shoes, clothes and keeping stuff dry when it rains
  • Spare daypack (drawstring)*
  • Playing cards / game
  • Snacks for the plane – crisps, chocolate – for when you’re watching all those films



You’ll notice a lot of the links below point to natural products, many of which are solids, rather than traditional liquids. This is really useful when travelling internationally, as you have limited space for liquids if you only travel with carry on luggage. Many of these can be used for multiple purposes, cutting back further on how much you need to bring with you. E.g. natural soap as a body and face wash and jojoba oil for a body/face moisturiser, hair serum, cuticle softener and eye make-up remover (when mixed with witchhazel).


Contact lens wearers:





  • Underwear
  • Socks / sockettes
  • Jeans (black / blue)
  • Belt
  • Shorts
  • Tops (layers)
  • Singlets (layers)
  • Cardigans (layers)
  • Jumper / Hoodie
  • Waterproof jacket (good for lying on grass too)
  • Pyjamas
  • Light puffer jacket
  • Dress
  • Skirts
  • Bras (one light, one dark) ♀


Sports gear:

  • Running bottoms
  • Running tops
  • Running bra ♀


Bath & beach:



  • Runners/sneakers
  • Canvas shoes (converse)
  • Flip flops (hostels)
  • Sandles (for walking)
  • Hiking boots
  • Dress shoes / boots
    • High heels
    • Ballet pumps/flats


Summer stuff:

  • Light scarf
  • Sun hat
  • Light summer jacket (also useful for using as a blanket for sitting or lying on grass)


Winter stuff:

  • Beanie
  • Warm scarf
  • Heavy puffer jacket
  • Warm winter boots
  • Snow boots (waterproof)
  • Ugg (sheepskin) boots
  • Thermal underwear

Electricals / entertainment:

To do:

  • Tell bank countries you will visit, to avoid blocked card
  • Turn off unrequired electricals in house
  • Check costs for using phone (calls and Internet) abroad – research local SIMs
  • Download movies for offline viewing to Netflix etc. – for when you’re flying or on long bus journeys
  • Download offline music to Spotify (premium) or Amazon Music (prime) – relaxing soundtracks for when you’re trying to sleep on the plane
  • Install the Sleepo app for Android/iPhone for help sleeping in noisy places
  • Download offline Google maps – for navigating when  you don’t have Intenet.

For others:

  • Local gifts

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