Packing Your Bags - Travel Checklist 2017

Last Updated:
1 Jun 2017

With the lowered checked luggage allowances airlines are offering these days, it is more important than ever to pack light, while still being sure to pack all the essentials you need for your trip. We've split this packing list by category, to make it easy to pack and make sure you have everything you need. Be sure to check your baggage allowance before you pack, to know how much weight you'll be allowed to bring. Happy Travels!



Clothing

Let's start with clothing. Depending on where your travels will take you, be sure to pack appropriately for the weather and season. Don't forget to take into account what activities you have planned, and pack accordingly. The clothing checklist is split by sub-category, to make it easier for you to know what to bring on your type of trip.

    Essentials
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Sandals/Flip Flops - for the beach, pool, sauna, etc.
  • T-Shirts
  • Sweater / Lightweight fleece
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Swimsuit - you know never when there will be a pool or hot tub
  • Comfortable walking shoes - make sure your feet aren’t stopping you from seeing the sights.
  • Minimum 1 fancier outfit/dress/shirt/shoes - even if not planning on attending any formal events, when travelling you never know when you’ll need to dress up for some unexpected occasion.
  • Beach towel / Travel Towel

  • Dressier
  • Pants
  • Dress Shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Blazers
  • Ties
  • Dress Shoes
  • Slacks
  • Skirt
  • Dress
  • Suit - A Travel Suit/Garment Bag can often be taken in place of a personal carry-on item.

  • Outwear
  • Jacket / Coat
  • Rain Jacket
  • Hat and Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Jewellery

  • Accessories
  • Belts
  • Jewellery
  • Watches
  • Robe
  • Compact Travel Umbrella

Toiletries

Packing toiletries is where the little details come out. Keep in mind that the weight of toiletries does add-up. We suggest either getting some travel-sized toiletries, or simply using some travel-sized toiletry bottles to squeeze in your shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, etc. If packing this into your carry-on, be sure to comply with 3-1-1 TSA Carry-On Liquids Regulations.

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Cotton Balls/Swabs
  • Tweezers
  • Soap/Shower Gel
  • Washcloth
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Nail Care - Clippers, File
  • Shaving Cream
  • Shaving Razor / Clippers
  • Perfume / Cologne
  • Makeup
  • Makeup Remover
  • Brush / Comb
  • Hair Products
  • Small Mirror
  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturizer
  • Lip Balm
  • Insect Repellent
  • Contact Lenses/Supplies
  • Birth Control
  • Feminine Hygiene
  • Medications
  • Vitamins
  • Pain Reliever / Aspirin
  • Rolaids/Tums
  • Alcohol Swabs
  • Band-aids
  • First-Aid Kit - See Compact Travel First-Aid Kits

Flying with Liquids

There are strict limits on the quantity of liquids allowed through security. Please review the limits and packing instructions on the 2017 CATSA Flying with Liquids information page. If connecting through the USA, TSA 3-1-1 liquids regulations apply. Please see the 2017 TSA 3-1-1 Liquids in Carry-On section.

Documents

These travel documents are the most important things you need to pack, yet also the easiest to forget, as they are not every-day use items. Remember, the most important items are your Passport and a credit card - everything else can be bought on the spot in case of emergency.

  • Passport and visas - Check visa requirements for your destination
  • Driver's License
  • Travel Insurance - Insurance Contact Info
  • Wallet
  • Cash - Local Currency and USD/Euro (easy to convert international currencies)
  • Money Belt
  • Credit Cards
  • ATM / Bank Access Card
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Itinerary
  • Maps/Directions
  • Travel Confirmation
  • Hotel/Car Rental Reservation Confirmations
  • Membership / Discount cards
  • ISIC Student Card - Many places only accept ISIC Student Cards for discounts
  • Guidebook
  • Language phrasebook
  • Copies of Travel Documents
  • Copies of Credit Cards
  • Copies of Passport
  • Emergency Contacts Information
  • Credit Card / Bank Contact Info
  • List of Medications
  • International Vaccination Card

Electronics

When out on the road, the worse feeling is when you realise you forgot your camera's SD card, or the cable to charge your phone. Double-check these items to make sure you have all the accessories with you.

  • Cell Phone
  • Charging Cable for Cell Phone
  • Roaming Package or International SIM Card
  • iPad/Tablet/Laptop
  • Charging Cable for iPad/Tablet/Laptop
  • Camera
  • Camera - Spare Batteries
  • Camera - Battery Charger
  • Camera - Cable
  • Camera - Memory Cards
  • Camera - Lenses
  • Camera - Accessories/Housings/Lens Cleaners
  • Small Flashlight / Headlamp
  • iPod/Music Player
  • Headphones
  • Power Travel Adapters and Converters
  • Kindle/E-reader - Loaded with fresh books - Shop Kindle Books
  • Kindle/E-Reader charging cable

Accessories

These are the little things to pack that will help to have a smooth journey, or make for an easier packing experience.

  • Earplugs
  • Sleeping Mask
  • Travel Pillow / Blanket
  • Motion Sickness Medication / Sleeping Aids
  • Travel Locks / Keys - See TSA-Approved Travel Locks
  • Journal / Notebook
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Sewing Kit
  • Laundry Bag / Laundry Kit
  • Binoculars
  • Alarm Clock
  • Travel First-Aid Kit
  • Luggage Tags
  • Backpack / Daypack
  • Hospitality Gifts for Family/Friends
  • Compression Socks
  • Packing Cubes
  • Resealable Plastic Bags - Ziploc type
  • Leave travel plans and itinerary with friends/family

Packing Accessories

These are our top picks for packing accessories to keep everything organized throughout your trip. These links will take you to Amazon.

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