Following is a suggested list of common travel necessities, as well as reminders for those often forgettable travel items. We recommend that you print this list so you won’t forget a thing.

Helpful hint: Check with your airline regarding what you can carry on the plane as new rules and regulations change. Also, check the weather forecast for your destination, as well as local customs for clothing guidelines. For your convenience, several seasonal and vacation specific items are recommended on this list. Remember, travel experts advise to pack light.

Don’t forget to pack your travel insurance policy!

General tips:

  • Pack heavy items, such as shoes and toiletry kits, before the more delicate ones. Place them along the suitcase s spine to balance weight at the bottom.
  • To reduce wrinkling, turn jackets inside out and fold them in half with tissue paper or dry-cleaning bags. Layering plastic bags or tissue between clothes also helps prevent wrinkles. 
  • Hang clothing in the bathroom while showering to steam out wrinkles.
  • Line the bottom of your suitcase with your trousers and let the legs hang over the outside edge of the suitcase. Then pack the rest of your travel gear with the lighter materials on top. Wrap trouser legs over the pile; they will keep their crease.
  • Stuff socks and rolled-up belts into shoes to save space.
  • Take along plastic bags for laundry or wet swimsuits.
  • Bring an empty, soft bag for souvenirs.


  • Belt
  • Hat
  • Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Suit & Tie
  • Dress/Skirt
  • Pants
  • T-shirts
  • Shoes/Sandals
  • Socks
  • Swim Suit
  • Underwear

Cold weather

  • Gloves
  • Sweater
  • Winter Hat
  • Winter Jacket
  • Silk or other long underpants, t-shirts or camisoles

Carrying Money and Important Documents

  • Fanny Pack
  • Purse
  • Money Belt
  • Wallet
  • Security pouch for valuable documents

Health & Hygiene

  • Antacid/Laxatives
  • Aspirin/Pain Relievers
  • Dental Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine Hygiene
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hair Brush/Comb
  • Insect Repellent
  • Lip Balm
  • Moisturizer
  • Sun Screen
  • Vitamins
  • Motion Sickness Tablets
  • Water Purifying Tablets
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Allergy Pills (anti-histamines)
  • Nail Clippers (pack in suitcase, not in carry-on baggage)
  • Shaving Equipment (disposable razors ok to carry-on)
  • Hairspray and any other styling products


  • Backpack
  • Batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Compass
  • Flashlight
  • Handkerchief
  • Maps
  • Passport Pictures
  • Photo Equipment
  • Plastic Bags
  • Raincoat
  • Sewing Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Wall Socket Adapter
  • Watch
  • Portable CD/Cassette Player
  • Bungee Cords/Rubber Bands
  • Extra Glasses/Contact Lenses
  • Swiss Army Knife (pack in suitcase, not in carry-on baggage)