Thursday, May 21, 2009

The complete essential packing list when you go on a holiday

Here is a complete essential Packing List of all the things that you need to carry before going on a trip or a Cheap Holiday. The list is segregated into different categories that I feel are needed, but based on your trip and the duration of days - you can easily judge for yourself.

First the very essential stuff that is needed :
  • Address list and list of important contact numbers of friends and family.
  • Backpack or a suitcase or even a sports bag (somewhere to pack all the stuff into)
  • Paper or Notebook
  • Passport and the requisite Visa stamps (check the validity of both always)
  • Pencils and Pens
  • Travel tickets and also the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance and also it's emergency contact numbers
  • Finances and the planning in place
  • ATM or a Credit card (again check for it's validity)
  • Calculator or currency converter
  • Money belt (You can't be too safe in some places)

Now coming to the next best thing - Clothes
  • Boots
  • Dresses
  • Jacket
  • Jeans
  • Jumper, sweater, shawl or fleece
  • Pyjamas/Sleepwear
  • Sandals
  • Shoes
  • Shorts
  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • T-shirts
  • Under garments
Other Clothes related Accessories
  • A good hat or a cap
  • Cotton handkerchief
  • Tissues
  • Eye-mask
  • Gloves
  • Umbrella or a Raincoat
  • Safety pins
  • Scarf
  • Sewing kit
  • Sun glasses
  • Ties
And in the Toiletries section :
  • Anti-bacterial cream
  • Comb or brush
  • contraceptives
  • Contact lens equipment or glasses
  • Cotton buds
  • Dental floss (also at many times it serves as a great tool for fixing things!)
  • Deodorant
  • Earplugs
  • Fingernail clippers
  • Hair products (gel, spray etc.)
  • Lip balm
  • Make-up
  • Mirror
  • Moisturiser (face and body)
  • Nail file
  • Razors
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shaving cream
  • Sleeping pills
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen and after sun cream
  • Talcum/baby powder - Useful against prickley heat, in shoes, on sticky zippers and more
  • Sanitary pads
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • First Aid Kit
  • Band aids
  • Diarrhoea tablets
  • Insect and/or mosquito repellent
  • Medicines/prescription Drugs
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Paracetemol, Tylenol etc.
  • Replacement/rehydration salts sachets
  • Small scissors
  • Vitamin pills
  • Water purifying tablets
More ideas on how you can stay Healthy on the Road :
  • Batteries
  • Books
  • Bottled water
  • Camera, film and batteries - Spare flash cards or memory for digital
  • Carbohydrate snacks
  • Chewing gum or mints - Especially if you are flying chewing something will help your ears
  • Combo or key locks
  • Compass
  • Cup
  • Diary or organiser
  • Duct tape - Fixes everything!
  • Electrical adapter and plug converter
  • Flashlight or torch - Don't forget the batteries
  • ball, pack of cards or other recreational items
  • Gifts are always appreciated while travelling
  • Guidebooks
  • Inflatable travel pillow
  • International driving license - If driving overseas, have your driving license translated
  • iPod, MP3 player, Discman etc. - Including music and batteries
  • Laptop - Especially for the business travellers
  • Laundry detergent
  • Maps (incl. small map of the world to show where you are from)
  • Mini camera tripod - Big is better if you have the space!
  • Mobile phone or SIM card
  • Mosquito net
  • Passport photos
  • Phone card - Both for local and international calls
  • Photocopies of important documents in case they are stolen
  • Phrase books or dictionaries
  • Plastic bags
  • Recharger for electrical items - Save some money on batteries
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Swiss Army knife or Leatherman tool - Don't keep in your carry on as it will be removed
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels, beach and otherwise - the quick drying versions are very handy!
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Walkman speakers
  • Watch
  • Wet wipes/Baby wipes - Handy for cleaning hands or washing yourself in absense of a shower
  • Ziplock bags - The freezer ones are usually the best
So, that's all that I could recollect on - Do let me know if I have missed on anything.

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