One of the most stressful things you have to do before you even get into the car to head to the airport, is packing for your holiday or vacation. This handy list might help you before you start packing and it might help you ensure that you don’t leave home missing essential items to pack into your suitcase for your holiday.

This list is not complete nor will it suit everyone or every type of holiday since a packing checklist for a city break will be different to a packing checklist for a 3 stop long haul trip.

Simply cross out items you don’t need then tick off the items from the list by your suitcase as you pack for your holiday.

The list below does NOT include clothes as everyone is different and hopefully this packing checklist will help with the other items which you may wish to bring. If you spot any omissions please make a comment and we can add it to the list.

Packing Essentials

 

Passports (ensure they are at least 6 months in date)
Drivers License (should you wish to hire a car)
Airline Tickets
Visas if required by your destination
Wallet – Debit and Credit Cards
Cash / Travelers checks
Emergency phone numbers
Hotel, rental car, confirmation details
Copies of your travel insurance
contacts

Guidebooks & Maps
Contact numbers to report lost credit
cards

Electric Plug adapter
Cell Phone adapter
iPod / iPhone Charger
Books and magazines
iPod Earphones (ideal for the flight)
PowerBar

Personal Items / Toiletries

 

Travel alarm clock and batteries
Glasses, sunglasses and contacts
Tampons
Birth control
Anti-bacterial hand gel or wipes
Hand lotion
Small first-aid kit
Travel pillow
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Shampoo and conditioner
Hair Brush
Comb
Cosmetics & Soap
Razor and shaving cream
Sunblock & After Sun
Deodorant
Insect Repellant

Extra Items

 

Locks for your Luggage (and keys!)
Luggage name tags (include phone and
email)

Sewing kit
Hiking Boots (make sure they are very
clean prior to packing if traveling to Australia
or new Zealand)

Camera, Flash & Lenses
Camera Mini-Tripod (for the photo
enthusiast)

Batteries
Camera Battery Charger (e.g. Canon DSLR
type)

Extra film or memory card
Memory Card Holders (to keep them safe)
Journal and pen (if you like keeping notes on where you were)
Sweets for the Journey
Finally is the house locked and is the heating off and everything plugged out?

I hope this packing checklist helps you on your vacation

Remember to put all liquids and gels into your checked luggage.
Remember to check there are no sharp items in your hand luggage.
Remember to ask a neighbour to check in on your house when you are away.
Remember to have a good time on your trip.
Updated June 2015

Enjoy Your Holiday!