Travel Checklist – Things to pack for your vacation

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Looking for a comprehensive vacation packing list? Here’s everything you need to carry for your vacation organized by category.

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An ultimate packing list for your vacation


  1. Passport / License (also include copies)
  2. Green card / OCI Card
  3. Printed tickets  – airplane + attractions (or e-ticket / confirmation number)
  4. Itinerary printouts
  5. Airline / Hotel / Car rental contact information saved on your phone as well as paper copies
  6. Cash (in the currency of your destination)
  7. Travel insurance details
  8. Checkbook / Credit cards / Debit cards – If you are going to India and have bank accounts don’t forget to carry your debit/credit cards/checkbooks.


  1. Cellphone + Charger
  2. Tablets – iPad / Kindle etc + Charger
  3. Camera + Charger + Tripod + Memory card
  4. Laptop + Charger
  5. iPod + Charger
  6. Converter / Adapters
  7. Electric strip – if you have a lot of devices to charge
  8. Additional battery pack for your electronics

Clothes & Accessories

  1. Shoes/flip flops/dress shoes
  2. Beach items – Beach towels, Swimsuits + coverup
  3. Bath Towel
  4. Undergarments
  5. T-shirts / tops / dresses / jackets
  6. Pants / capris / shorts / skirts / leggings
  7. Pajamas
  8. Accessories – scarves, jewelry, earrings, bangles/ bracelets, Belt + socks
  9. Raincoats, Umbrellas, Winter jackets, Caps / Hat
  10. Sunglasses


  1. Toothbrush + Toothpaste + Floss + Mouthwash
  2. Bath and Body – Shower gel, Body lotion, Deodorant, Vaseline, Chapstick
  3. Hair – Shampoo + Conditioner, Hair straightener/curler, Comb, Hair clips/headbands, Hairspray, Hairdryer (your hotel may provide it)
  4. Feminine products – pantiliners, napkins, tampons etc
  5. Makeup – Q-tips, moisturizer, foundation, mascara, eyeliner, lipstick, concealer, face wash and makeup remover (pads/cotton balls and solution)
  6. Sunscreen + Bug repellent
  7. Razor + Shaving cream
  8. Medications – prescription / non-prescription (headache, fever, allergies),
  9. Prescription glasses, contacts (solutions & case)
  10. Wet tissues + soft tissues (Kleenex) + Sanitizer

For the plane ride

If you are taking an international flight, you might need to pack some additional items for the long haul.

  1. Medications: Prescription meds, Fever /Pain reliever / Allergy (Tylenol/Motrin/Benadryl), Motion sickness (Dramamine), Multivitamins etc.
  2. First aid – Neosporin + Band-aid + Thermometer
  3. Wet tissues + soft tissues (Kleenex) + Sanitizer
  4. Toiletries – Body lotion, toothbrush + toothpaste, Vaseline, Makeup essentials, Comb
  5. Extra clothes – 2 sets for infants, 1 set for kids + adults. Blanket for kids. Extra jacket.
  6. Empty water bottle
  7. Entertainment – Books, games for kids, soft toy. Electronics such as iPad (charger + earbuds), Laptop + Charger
  8. Snacks for kids/ adults – power bars, chopped up fruits, dry cheerios, infant formula for babies, milk for toddlers
  9. Neck Pillow (any other sleeping aid)
  10. Mint / Gum
  11. Infants/toddlers – strollers, car seat, diapers, changing mat, bib, pacifiers, extra diapers/pull-ups. Always carry extra plastic or cloth bags for dirty clothes
  12. Valuables – Make sure to carry your valuables/jewelry in your purse.
  13. Pen(s) – to fill those immigration documents.


  1. Books
  2. Favorite toys + Beach toys (if going to a beach destination)
  3. iPod loaded with favorite music
  4. iPad loaded with movies
  5. Games

Once you are done packing make sure you review the list of things that you need to before you leave your home.

For a downloadable version click here

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