The ultimate guide to packing for a trip. -by Asma Sayed.

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This blog gives you a comprehensive guide to packing for a trip that also includes a few important tips so you don't have to go through the headache of creating one every time you travel.

Travel documents and cash.

Passport/ visa.

Student ID card/ personal ID.


Credit cards.

Health insurance documents

Reservations and itineraries.

Hotel and tour contacts.

Emergency contacts.

Use a small folder to keep all the important documents. Check if your passport and other documents have expired. Inform your bank if you are traveling so they don't assume fraudulent activity and freeze your card. Email yourself a copy of all documents so it is easily accessible if lost. Send your itinerary and hotel/tour contact numbers to a few trusted people from your friends or family. Inform your family beforehand if you are about to go in a region with low network accessibility.

Choose good quality luggage.

Travelling with good quality luggage is more important than it sounds. Travelling with poor quality can be stressful. Speaking out of experience, I was travelling with a trolley bag that I had received as a gift which worked fine for two of my long trips but the wheel became tight and eventually broke. My suitcase was heavy and it consumed a lot of energy to pull it after a long tiresome day of travelling. Luckily I found someone who could repair my wheels on the railway station. So yeah, it is pretty important. If your suitcase chain is broken, it can ruin your day.


Mobile phone.


Power bank.

iPad /kindle.

Earphones/ headphones.

Camera/memory card/batteries/charger/lenses.



Pen drive / hard drive.

Hair dryer/straighter

Portable iron

Clean and charge all your devices. Delete/transfer items from devices to insure space. Install travel related apps which come really handy for e.g. an app that can locate restaurants nearby with the reviews/pictures/menu etc. Mark your chargers to avoid getting it mixed with an identical one. Carry good cases to keep your electronics safe. Download android device manager and make an account with your Google id to locate your phone if lost. The phone GPS should be active to find your phone which can be done by downloading the app in some other android device and logging in as a guest to locate your phone. The app can also lock your phone with a new password and erase all data if you wish. You can also ring your phone even if it is on silent and write a message on the home screen.

Travel comfort and entertainment.

Travel pillow


Eye mask

Ear plugs

Travel journal and pen.

Books/ magazines


Guide books ,travel guides, maps, language guides

Health items.


Wet wipes.


First aid kit (bandages, gauze, adhesives etc).

Painkillers and fever tablets.

Cold and flu medicine.

Throat lozenges.

Diarrhoea tablets.

Allergy tablets.

Motion sickness pills or bands.

Hydrocortisone cream/ antibacterial ointment and dusting powder.

Insect repellent.

Hand sanitizer.

Packing your clothes.













While packing clothes keep in mind the temperature of the place that you are traveling to. Pack light weighed clothing which is comfortable and rugged. Carry versatile clothing that can be paired up with anything.


Carry a good pair of slippers and shoes and put tea bags to avoid any odour. Before leaving, put some anti fungal powder in shoes to avoid any infections and bacteria from breeding.


  • Toothbrush/paste/floss
  • Comb/hair ties
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Makeup
  • Face wash
  • Lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contact lenses/solution/case
  • Mirror
  • Clothesline/detergent
  • Shaving kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Nail cutter/ scissors
  • Plastic bags and newspapers.
  • Ear buds

Things to do before you leave home

  • Stop newspaper/milk delivery
  • Set up email auto responder
  • Arrange care for plants and pets
  • Pre pay bills
  • Empty refrigerator
  • Unplug all appliances
  • Turn off heater/AC
  • Turn off all taps tightly
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Store valuables safely
  • Leave house keys with a trusted friend
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