Embarking on a journey is an exciting adventure, and it all begins with the art of packing. To ensure a seamless and stress-free vacation, crafting and adhering to a comprehensive travel checklist is key. By doing so, you can guarantee that you have all the necessary essentials in their rightful place, allowing you to eliminate any unnecessary anxiety from your travel experience. No matter where your travels take you, whether it's a coastal retreat or a rural escape, it's essential to consult our ultimate travel checklist before embarking on your journey. This comprehensive guide will ensure that you don't forget any important items before you walk out the door.
We’d like to acknowledge our American brethren for providing us with this post, which we have adapted to the needs of European travellers.
Well-packed luggage starts with the right vessels. Because even the neatest, tidiest and most organised packers will regret choosing bags and cases that aren’t sensibly designed. Here are the luggage components you need for short- to medium-length trips (anything under two weeks).
The truth is that there’s no one universal travel checklist, everybody’s checklist should look different. Your destination and the activities you’ve planned should be primary considerations in crafting your perfect packing list. However, the following items are a rough guideline to get you thinking about what you may need to pack. Going camping? Make sure to check out our guide to what to pack camping, too!
The following list is great for people heading to many popular destinations, including urban and tropical ones. Of course, more rustic environments — the desert, the beach or the rainforest, for example — will require special technical clothing and protective gear. Be sure to consider all weather and environmental factors before creating your final packing list.
When deciding what toiletries to bring, it’s a good idea to go through your entire daily routine in your head, from getting ready in the morning to getting ready before bed at night. Note any and all products and tools you use throughout the process and pack those items in your toiletry bag. We always recommend stocking up on a few reusable plastic travel bottles to reduce plastic waste and to keep your toiletries clean and tidy. Plus, they let you take your preferred products with you rather than relying on travel-sized ones or the hotel’s free toiletries. Don't forget that when it comes to toiletries and liquids in general, such as toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, anything that is larger than 100ml cannot be carried on to the plane, thus it must be placed in your checked luggage.
Anyone who’s ever shown up at the airport without their passport or ID knows what a massive pain this can be. If you’re occasionally absent-minded, set a reminder on your phone — or go old-school and put a sticky note on the door so you see it before you leave — that alerts you a half hour or so beforehand to remember to grab any necessary personal documents.
Where would we be without our tech? Travel is one of the most important times to have a well-stocked library of downloaded media, because you never know when you’ll be stuck for long periods of time without Wi-Fi or data. Hardware is vital, too, especially your chargers and adapters. Spend some time stocking your phone with media and apps so you have everything ready to go when you need it.
Before you pack for air travel, make sure you check with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), or your local agency if outside Europe, for the current rules on what you can pack in your carry-on luggage. Some items are barred from carry-ons altogether — firearms, ammo, certain lighters, butane, box cutters, corkscrews, etc. — and some have special restrictions, so always check with the EASA before packing anything questionable in your cabin bag.
In addition to your complete packing list, it’s a good idea to create a list of things to do before you leave. Whether that means lining up care for your pets or printing out your travel plans, a few before-you-go tasks will help prevent any unnecessary issues.
Preparing for a getaway of any length can be extremely stressful, especially if your trip will be long or if you have a lot of things to take care of beforehand at home. But creating a thorough travel checklist will help ensure that you leave nothing behind and that you aren’t left in a scenario without the items you need while you’re away. Start with this travel packing checklist so you’re one step ahead of the game!