VMS-Washington – Packing List for Vacation

I created this packing list from years of travels around the States and abroad.  As we all know we always forget at least one or two things in our suitcase which means we all have two or three of several items.  So, made this list for the traveler who doesn’t want to forget anything for their trip.   I bought a App from iTunes called aNote which I use for all my daily needs from my grocery list, to my bucket list and it even has my packing list for my vacations.  Of course, no two people are the same, so consider this list a starting point. It has been designed to be useful for travelers of all types: male, female, young, old, short-term, long-term, etc.If you have any suggestions for items that should be included, contact us with your ideas and we will gladly review.

Below is my ‘basic packing list’, which will be at the heart of any ‘suggested packing list’ – it would form the guts of the thing if you like. These are the essentials NO traveller can do without!

Essentials

  • Address list and list of important contacts or numbers
  • Backpack, suitcase, sports bag (something to pack everything in)
  • Paper or Notebook
  • Passport (check validity!)
  • Pencils, Pens
  • Tickets and itinerary (airline, train, bus, accommodation bookings etc.)
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance (Its better to be safe than sorry)

Finances

    • ATM card (Maestro or Cirrus logos on the back are most widely accepted)
    • Calculator or currency converter
    • Cash in the local currency of your arrival destination
    • Credit card (Visa or Mastercard are most widely accepted)
    • Money belt or a wallet that hangs around your neck (You can’t be too safe in some places)
    • Sufficient Travellers’ checks (and receipts for travellers’ checks)

Clothes

  • Boots
  • Bra (sports and regular)
  • Dress shirts
  • Dresses
  • Jacket
  • Jeans
  • Jumper, sweater or fleece
  • Light jacket
  • Long or thermal underwear
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Pants or trousers
  • Pyjamas/Sleepwear
  • Sandals, shower shoes, thongs or jandals
  • Sarong or Lava lava
  • Shoes
  • Shorts
  • Ski clothes
  • Skirts
  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • Suits
  • Swimming gear
  • T-shirts, singlets
  • Underwear

Clothes Accessories

  • A good hat
  • Bandana
  • Belt
  • Cotton handkerchief or tissues
  • Eye-mask
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Jewelry
  • Knitted (woollen) hat
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Safety pins
  • Scarf
  • Sewing kit
  • Ski glasses
  • Suit bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Ties

Toiletries

  • Anti-bacterial cream
  • Comb or brush
  • Condoms and/or contraceptive pills
  • Contact lens equipment or glasses
  • Cotton buds
  • Q-tips
  • Dental floss (also great 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 prickly heat, in shoes, on sticky zippers and more
  • Tampons and pads
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste

First Aid Kit

    • Band aids
    • Compression bandages
    • Diarrhoea tablets
    • Gazes
    • Insect and/or mosquito repellent
    • Iodine/hydrogen peroxide
    • Medicines/prescription Drugs
    • Motion sickness tablets
    • Paracetemol, Tylenol etc.
    • Replacement/rehydration salts sachets
    • Small scissors
    • Tweezers
    • Vitamin pills
    • Water purifying tablets
    • Yellow Fever certificate or International Certificate of Vaccination

Other Items

    • Backpack rain cover
    • Batteries
    • Binoculars
    • Books/Ebooks with a reader
    • 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!
    • Eating utensils
    • Electrical adapter and plug converter
    • Fishing line – Strongest string in the world!
    • Flashlight or torch – Don’t forget the batteries
    • Frisbee, hackey sack, ball, pack of cards or other recreational items
    • Gifts are always appreciated while travelling
    • Guidebooks, or print outs from the internet (I suggest Lets go series)
    • GPS
    • Inflatable travel pillow
    • International driving license – If driving overseas, have your driving license translated
    • International Student Identification Card – For discounts worldwide
    • 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
    • Pillow or pillowcase to stuff with clothes
    • Plastic bags
    • Power cords and chargers for all your electrical items – Save some money on batteries
    • Resume and work references – Don’t forget these if you are planning to work while travelling
    • Skis, ski shoes, ski poles or a snowboard – If you are planning a winter holiday, you want to remember these!
    • Sleep sheet
    • Sleeping bag
    • Sleeping mat
    • Speakers for iPod etc.
    • 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
    • Umbrella
    • 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

Again, if you have any more suggestions contact us.

Thank you,

VMS Travel staff

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