Toiletries and personal care

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Floss
  • Tongue cleaner
  • Soap or shower gel
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Nail clipper
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair styling products
  • Hair styling tools
  • Cotton pads
  • Kleenex
  • Razors
  • Body lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • After-sun aid
    - aloe gel
  • Hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes
  • Bath towel
  • Perfume
  • Tampons
  • Pantyliners
  • Makeup
  • Makeup bag
  • Makeup remover
  • Makeup tools
    - tweezer, eyelash curler, etc.
  • Skincare products
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail file and other manicure tools
  • Perfume atomizer

Personal items

  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Contact lenses
    + case + solution
  • Watch
  • Keys
  • Wallet

Documents and money

  • Visa
  • Passport
  • Photo ID
    - driver's license
  • International driver's license
  • Currency/Cash
  • Cash or travelers cheques
  • Credit cards
  • Medical insurance card
  • Travel insurance
  • Maps and guides
  • Copies of itinerary and reservations
  • Tickets
  • Membership cards
    - auto club, frequent flyer, etc.
  • Business cards
  • Copies of important documents
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Wallet

Luggage and security

  • Luggage
  • Luggage name tags
  • Luggage locks
  • Travel safe
  • Neck wallet or money belt or waist bag

Gadgets

  • Cell phone
  • Sport gadgets
  • Laptop
  • Camera(s)
  • Video camera
  • iPod
  • Headphones
  • E-book reader
  • Charger(s)
  • Extra batteries
  • Memory cards
  • Power adapter and/or converter
  • Travel alarm clock

Clothing

  • Hosiery
  • Underwear
  • Bras
  • Thermal underwear
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Pajamas
  • Bathrobe
  • Shower cap
  • Loungewear
  • Activewear
  • Baseball cap
    - hat, baseball cap, bandana, visor
  • Formalwear
  • Casual shoes
  • Jacket/fleece
  • Coldwear
    - hat, gloves, scarf, etc.
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Swimsuit
  • Cover-ups
    - sarong or pareo
  • Flip-flops
  • Personal selection of clothes
  • Accessories and jewelry
  • Walking/hiking shoes
  • Leggings
  • Sweater(s)
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • Shorts
  • Raincoat
  • Sweatshirt
  • Tank top
  • Jeans
  • Capris

Food and drink

  • Snack
  • Chewing gum or mints
  • Bottled water

Medicine

  • Small first aid kit
    band-aids, antibiotics, advil, etc.
  • Prescription medications
  • Birth control
  • Vitamins
  • Motion sickness pills
  • Allergy medicine

Extras

  • Garbage bags for dirty clothes
  • Lint roller
  • Pre-paid phone card
  • Binoculars
  • Sewing kit
  • Safety pin(s)
  • Umbrella
  • Phrase book
  • Journal (and pens)
  • Addresses to write postcards
  • Book or magazine
  • Earplugs
  • Travel pillow
  • Sink stopper
    + clothesline
  • Copy of this packing list
    - lest you should leave something when you pack for the return trip
  • Swiss Army knife

To do

  • Charge all batteries
  • Put mail on hold or arrange for mail pick-up
  • Make photocopies of travel docs and itineraries
  • Make arrangements for drop-off and pick-up
  • Get cash from ATM
  • Buy or recharge phone card (or SkypeOut balance)
  • Turn on international roaming
  • Check for medical coverage at destination or purchase travel insurance
  • Check for required vaccinations
  • Check weather at destination
    http://www.weather.com/
  • Prepare all clothes
    - dry clean, wash, press
  • Check all carry-on luggage for sharp objects, place liquids in ziplocks
  • Upload music to iPod
  • Pay bills
  • Set TiVo or VCR to record programs
  • Clear answering machine
  • Set up auto email response
  • Adjust AC to save energy
  • Turn off appliances and electronic devices
  • Clean out perishables from fridge
  • Make arrangements for pets to be fed
  • Water plants or arrange for plants to be watered while you are away
  • Take out garbage
  • Call credit card company to notify them about your travel plans
  • Put lights on timer