For every path there’s a packing checklist, here are a few things to think about as you plan for your next trip. Download our packing check list so that you can adventure further off the path less traveled - seek that inner explorer!
- Passport/Visa(s)/Personal Identification
- Cash & Credit/ATM Card(s)
- Check expiration dates on Passport, Drivers License, and Credit Cards
- Inform bank/credit cards companies if you’re traveling abroad
- Travel & Medical Insurance Documents
- Health Documentation/Vaccination Card
- Prescriptions in original packaging
- Student ID Card/Frequent Flyer Card(s)
- Reservations & Itineraries
- Hotel/Tour Contact Info
- Hotel Loyalty/Hostel Membership Card(s)
- Transportation Tickets
- Printed copies of Tickets/Passports/ Emergency Information
- Email yourself a photo copy of a your passport, drivers license, medical cards & itinerary
- Main Travel Bag/Rolling Luggage
- Backpack/Carry-on Bag
- Money Belt or Security Pouch
- Water Bottle or Bladder
- Sleep Sac/Hostel Sheets
- Headlamp/Flashlight & Batteries
- Pocket Knife or Multi-Tool (pack in checked luggage)
- Lightweight Binoculars/Compass
- Water Purification System, SteriPen or Iodine Tablets
- Permethrin-containing insect spray (for clothing, tents, bed nets)
- Pots & Backpacking Stove
- Lighter & Matches
- Sleeping Bag & Pad
- Trekking Poles
- Lightweight, Moisture-Wicking, Easy Care Clothing (Consider bringing clothing with bug repellent or SPF protection properties)
- Rain Jacket/Poncho/Umbrella
- Outer Shell/Windbreaker/Fleece
- Moisture-wicking Quick Dry Clothing/Wool Socks
- Lightweight waterproof pants/shorts
- Base Layers/Pack Clothes for layering
- Flip flops for showering & travel
- Camp Shoes/Travel Shoes
- Waterproof Hiking Boots
- Swimsuit (modesty based on region)
- Brimmed Sun Hat
- Water-resistant Gloves/Wool Beanie
- Head Scarf/Bandana
- Phrase Book, Guide Books & Maps
- Smart Phone, Tablet & Charger
- Travel Apps: Distance Conversion & Maps
- Camera/Video Camera, Memory Card & Charger
- Music Player, Headphones & Charger
- Water-resistant Wristwatch
- Electrical Converters & Adapters
- Travel Alarm
- Travel Pillow/Blanket/Eye Shade/Ear Plugs
- Travel Journal & Pen(s)
- Reading Material & Games (download to tablet)
- Address Book
- Sewing Kit/Clothing Care Kit
- Clothesline & Detergent
- Duct Tape
- Pack-It™ Sac, Cube or Gear Organizer to organize everyday essentials)
- Water-resistant toiletry bags
- Travel Bottle Set (3 oz or less)
- Clear One-Quart Size Bag(s) for Toiletries in Carry-On
- Comb/Brush/Hair ties
- Toothbrush & Paste/Floss
- Facial Tissues/Toilet Paper
- Personal Hygiene Items
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Glasses & Eyeglass Case
- Extra Contacts, Solution & Case
- Dry Eye/Allergy Eye Drops
- Scissors, Nail Clippers & Tweezers (pack in checked luggage)
- Make-up & Mirror
- Face Wash/Towelettes
- Shaving Kit & Extra Razor(s)
- Moisturizer & Lip Balm with SPF
- Travel Towel(s)
*Consult your health center or physician for help in planning your trip’s medication needs.
- Travel Health Information
- First Aid Kit (Bandages, Gauze, Adhesives, etc)
- Personal Prescriptions (and copies of scripts)
- Pain & Fever Relievers/Thermometer
- Children’s Strength Pain Relievers
- Cold Medicines
- Diarrhea/Laxative Medicines
- Allergy Medicines
- Hydrocortisone Cream (for allergic rashes)
- Antibacterial Ointment
- Throat Lozenges
- Sunscreen/Lip Balm
- Sunburn Relief
- Insect Repellent/Mosquito Net/ Sting Reliever
- Motion Sickness Pills/Bands
- Hand Sanitizer/Towellets
- Medicines & Vaccinations specific to the region/activity (ex: Malaria, Altitude Sickness Pills)
- Oral Rehydration Salts
- Energy Bars & Blocks
- Post Office to hold mail
- Stop newspaper
- Pre-pay bills
- Empty refrigerator
- Unplug appliances
- Turn off heater/air conditioner
- Turn down water heater
- Turn off washing machine taps
- Lock all doors and windows
- Set up timed light system
- Store valuables in a safe place
- Leave house key and trip itinerary with a neighbor
- Leave flight and hotel itineraries with a relative
- Reconfirm/check-in online with airline
*If gone for more than 30 days check with homeowner’s insurance for specific directives
Luggage & Packs
When traveling to remote locations, a lightweight main bag with versatile carry options for flexibility is a top priority. Because your conditions and modes of travel may be unpredictable, stick with a backpack; typically around 65L. It’s best to pack light but also be prepared with gear for all kinds of weather scenarios.
Travel Pack – It’s important to find a bag that fits you well, is large enough for all you need, but small enough to keep you nimble. Try various silhouettes, from an alpinist-style to a traditional travel pack to determine what carry you prefer. A zip-away suspension is essential to keeps the shoulder straps and waist belt from getting damaged when taking multiple forms of transportation. Many have a zip-off modular waist pack or daypack too for convenience.
A Gear or Duffel Bag – A great choice for flexibility on the road if you’re not carrying your bag over long distances. Choose one with tuck-away backpack straps to give you multiple carry options.
A Convertible Wheeled Backpack - Great for those times when you may need to wheel it rather than carrying it on your back.
The key to keeping your sanity when traveling off the map is organization. When carrying a soft-sided bag or backpack, packing aids are key.
Pack-It™ Cubes – a variety of sizes and colors help you organize gear and clothing for different activities and weather. Maximize packing space by rolling t-shirts, undergarments and shorts; these also work great for organizing accessories and daily snacks.
Pack-It™ Sacs – multiple sizes of sacs are great for toiletries, cords, extra batteries, a first aid kit, and headlamp. Keep all the little things together.
Pack-It™ Compression Sacs – compress a bulky jacket or store dirty laundry. These sacs compresses up to 80 percent of clothing’s original size.
Tip: Put together a Pack-It™ Cube for rain gear and one for an ultra sunny day to help keep you organized on the road.
Since a pharmacy may not be en-route, you’ll need to really think through the essentials needed to say comfortable and well.
Ear Plugs – Never a bad idea...
Eyeshade – Since a dark room and comfortable bed may not be an option, make sure your eyes can have a dark and comfy place to rest.
Inflatable Pillow – Because you never know how long that bus ride is, really.
Packable Daypack - Collapse and stuff it into your luggage; it’ll serve as an indispensable carry-all for short day excursions and a great bag for shopping at local markets.
Camera, Memory Card & Solar Charger
Sleeping bag & Sleep Sac
Music Player & Headphones
First Aid Kit
Your day bag should be sized right, accommodate your daily travel needs, and be organized and durable. Many travel packs come with a modular waistpack or backpack.
Backpack – Perfect for hands-free convenience and organization
Shoulder Bag – A small cross-body bag is great for the essentials.
Waistpack – Everything you need right at your fingertips