Planning

Holiday packing list

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Packing for a holiday. Even when we think we’ve thought of everything, there’s inevitably always something that gets left behind. If you’re always the one scrabbling around the airport for toothpaste, our comprehensive packing list will help. It’s been created using suggestions made by our travellers and is categorised to include weather and activity considerations. So, whether you’re exploring temples in Indonesia or hiking the Everest base camp in Nepal, there’s a packing list for you.

Essentials

These are the things that you really shouldn’t be leaving without. If you do anything,
remember these:

  • Passport (check its expiry!) and visas
  • Tickets (particularly e-Tickets)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Photocopies of all of the above
  • Itinerary (airline, train, bus, accommodation bookings etc.)
  • Mobile phone
  • Address book and list of important contacts or numbers
  • Pack, backpack, suitcase … something to pack everything in!
  • Notebook
  • Pens (lots of immigration forms to fill in)

Clothing

Weather

Dressing for the weather is one of the greatest packing conundrums. Too many clothes in hot weather can leave you in a pool of sweat, while underdressing in cold weather can make you ill. Getting it right is all about finding the balance (and googling the forecast before you go).

Hot

Tip: wear light and baggy items to avoid garments sticking to you.

  • T-shirts
  • Short-sleeves shirts
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Light trousers (for the evening)
  • Light jacket (e.g. denim)
  • Thongs
  • Cap or sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Flat shoes or sneakers
  • Short pyjamas (a roomy t-shirt and shorts or nightie)

Cold

Tip: layering will allow you to add or remove items swiftly when going from outside to inside and back again.

  • Trousers
  • Long-sleeved tops or shirts
  • Warm jacket
  • Sweater or fleece
  • Boots
  • Woolly hat or beanie
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Long socks
  • Long pyjamas (flannel is a warm option)

Rain

  • Water-proof jacket or raincoat (preferably a pack-away)
  • Water-proof shoes
  • Umbrella

Snow

  • Snow boots with cleated-tread soles
  • Balaclava
  • Underlayers
  • Thick socks

Occasion

If you’re heading abroad for an event or to a fancy four-star hotel, you’ll want to put your glad rags on.

Smart

  • Elegant dress, skirt, top or jumpsuit
  • Jewellery
  • Heels
  • Clutch bag
  • Suit
  • Dress shirts
  • Smart trousers
  • Dress shoes or brogues
  • Tie
  • Belt
  • Handkerchief
  • Cufflinks
  • Perfume or after shave

For all

  • Underwear: bra, undies, boxers, knickers
  • Safety pins
  • Sewing kit

Activities

We’ve chosen sports and activities that we cover. Note: If you are planning to do any snow sports or activities, to be covered you need to add the snow sports cover option.

Skiing

  • Ski glasses or goggles
  • Ski jacket and trousers
  • Thermals
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Neck warmer
  • Base and mid layers
  • Ski socks

Hiking

  • Breathable and sweat-wicking top
  • Hiking boots
  • Thousand-mile socks
  • Light backpack
  • Base, mid and shell layers
  • Light layers
  • Brimmed hat
  • Headband
  • Hair ties
  • Hiking pants (the ones that zip off and turn into shorts)
  • Binoculars

Swimming and Water Sports

  • Towel
  • Bikini or swimming costume
  • Swim shorts or board shorts
  • Thongs
  • Strong sun cream
  • Sarong
  • Goggles

Golf

  • Polo shirt
  • Slacks or shorts
  • Skort
  • Belt
  • Cap
  • Golf shoes

Yoga

  • Sports bra
  • Leggings
  • Baggy top

Horse Riding

  • Jodhpurs or long pants (stops your legs chafing against the fur)
  • Long boots with a slight heel

Camping

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Pillow
  • Rubbish bags
  • Tent
  • Lantern
  • Bug spray
  • Tape (in case your tent has a hole)
  • Matches, lighter or fire starters
  • Swiss Army knife (don’t put it in your hand luggage as it will be confiscated)

Toiletries

  • Anti-bacterial cream
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Comb or brush
  • Contact lens equipment or glasses
  • Cotton buds
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Make-up
  • Mirror
  • Moisturiser (face and body)
  • Nail clippers
  • Razors
  • Shampoo, conditioner and soap (solid options save space and last longer)
  • Shaving cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Tampons and pads
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Microfibre towel (rolls up small and is quick to dry)
  • Contraceptives
  • Clothes line

For Travel with Children

  • Milk bottle
  • Food/snacks
  • Formula/powder
  • Water bottles/non-spill bottles
  • Baby backpack
  • Baby wipes
  • Bibs
  • Birth certificate
  • Changing mat
  • Children’s books
  • Children’s pain reliever (Panadol)
  • Colouring books and crayons
  • Dummies/pacifiers
  • Extra clothes
  • Kid-friendly camera
  • Nappies/diapers
  • Stroller
  • Sun hat
  • Toys

Useful Travel Accessories

  • Batteries
  • Tablet or Kindle
  • Extension cable
  • Foldable water bottle
  • Collapsible coffee cup
  • Camera (with spare flash cards, battery charger and spare batteries)
  • Combo or key locks for your bag
  • Padlock for your room
  • Day pack or small shoulder bag
  • Eating utensils
  • Electrical adapter and plug converter
  • Flashlight
  • Guidebooks
  • Inflatable travel pillow
  • International driving license
  • Mosquito net
  • Passport photos
  • Pillow or pillowcase (can be used as a dirty clothes/laundry bag)
  • Reusable plastic bag/tote bag
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Universal sink plug
  • Wet wipes/baby wipes (fantastic for cleaning hands before eating)
  • Zip-lock bags (the freezer ones are usually the best for storing liquids)

First Aid Kit

  • Band aids or plasters (fabric and water-proof of varying sizes)
  • Compression bandages
  • Diarrhoea tablets
  • Gauzes
  • Insect and/or mosquito repellent
  • Iodine/hydrogen peroxide
  • Prescription medicines
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Paracetamol
  • Replacement/rehydration salts sachets
  • Small scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Water-purifying tablets
  • Yellow Fever certificate or International Certificate of Vaccination

Money

  • ATM card (Maestro or Cirrus logos on the back are most widely accepted)
  • Cash in the local currency of your arrival destination
  • Credit card (Visa or Mastercard are most widely accepted)
  • Money belt (wear hidden under your clothes)

Packing tips

Right. You’ve got everything you need for your trip, now there’s just the small issue of fitting it all in your luggage. We’ve created some handy packing hacks so you can pack like a pro.
This also depends on the type of trip you’re going on. For instance, you’ll be packing different sorts of items for a backpacking trip than a cruise holiday. However, we’ve kept these tips general, so whatever journey you’re going on you can enjoy their usefulness.

  • Roll, don’t fold
  • Fill shoes and boots with underwear and breakables
  • Place liquids and gels inside plastic bags
  • Use packing cubes or vacuum packing
  • Pack light: get your packing pile and halve it

Author

TID is an Australian online travel insurance company.

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