This is my personal packing list travelling the world. Since I just travel with a carry-on luggage (e.g. hajk: 45 + 10 litres) all my liquids are in a waterproof 100 ml plastic bottle. I wash my clothes around once a week so I do not have to take too much clothes with me.
You need to add more items if you go skiing, fishing, camping, on a business trip (e.g. suit) or if travelling with children. You can use this list as basic.
Important documents and necessities
- Passport, Personal ID, (visa), student ID card and driver’s license if you have one
- Credit and ATM card
- Transportation tickets (if not on an app)
- international vaccination card
- Money belt/pouch instead of a wallet
- cash: Bring some cash with you. If you arrive by plane and you need to take a bus you will probably need it since they do not take credit cards (e.g. Barcelona, Bristol). Also some food stores do not take credit cards (e.g. Albert Heijn in the Netherland and Belgium). But do not bring too much with you.
- Login access to online banking
- Toothbrush, self-made toothpaste (Do it yourself (DIY), dental floss, tongue cleaner
- Organic coconut oil: Body and face cream, waterproof eye and makeup remover, lip balm and against split ends
- self-made deodorant (Do it yourself (DIY) or a crystal rock deodorant (natural mineral salts; lasts up to a year)
- organic soap (e.g. flaxseed, curd soap, olive oil: Aleppo or Native American soap) for hair, body, face and shaving. Try which one works best for you. Wet your hair. Stroke the soap over your hair. Rub the soap, sluice, finito!
- Safety razor (wet shave): This razor you can keep forever. You only need to buy razor blades (cheap). E.g. Mühle R89 Double Edge. Check amazon.
- Hairbrush or comb, 2 hair ties
- Ultra-thin microfiber quick-drying bath towel
- Contact lenses, solution and case
- Nail clippers, nail file, tweezers and foot file (or pumice stone)
- Cosmetics: mascara and eyeliner
- some cotton stick in a small plastic bag
- some toilet paper (instead of tissues)
- Menstrual cup (e.g. Me Luna Size L)
Clothing and accessories
- 1 pair of comfortable nice sneakers and 1 pair of flip-flops or sandals (beach, shower)
- 1 warm sweaters (instead of a jacket)
- 1 dark bra, 7 pairs of underwear, 5 pairs of short socks
- 1 long T-shirt for sleeping
- 1 pair of light trousers, 1 long leggings, 1 ¾ leggings, 2 shorts
- 4 short sleeve shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
- 1 nice dress
- 1 sports bra, 1 sports-shirt, 1 shorts
- 1 swimsuit or swim trunks, 1 lightweight beach towel
- 1 ultralight raincoat or 1 folding umbrella
- 1 plastic bag for the dirty clothes
- for cooler climates: gloves, scarf
- (1 silk sleeping bag)
- a rope ( to dry your clothes)
- smartphone and charger: GPS, music, alarm clock, watch, maps (app: Google Maps), guidebook (app: TripAdvisor), language guides (app: Duolingo)
- 1 headphone
- Camera, memory card and charger
- international adapter, two way adapter
Medications and health
- Ear plugs
- Pain relievers: Tiger balm, Roedler oil
- toothaches: lightly chew a clove and keep it in your mouth for 5 mins. It will numb your gum.
- Cold medicine: vitamin C (Linus Pauling), inhale essential oils (e.g. eucalyptus, rosemary, thyme), tea (e.g. sage)
- Motion sickness: ginger, Cocculus (homeopathy)
- diarrhea remedies: charcoal tablet
- bruise: Arnica (homeopathy)
- 3 medical strips, antibacterial ointment, thermometer
- 1 pair of sunglasses plus case, sunscreen and sunburn relief
- Supplements: Vitamin B12, Omega-3 capsules
- in general: Medicines and vaccinations specific to the region/activity
- spices: cinnamon and Tandoori Masala (Barbecue Spice Blend)
On the journey
- Inflatable neck cushion for bus travels by night
- a bag for liquids/gels
- a good luggage lock
- 1 small spoon
- hermetical box (for food)
- 1 water bottle: BPA-free (stainless steel would be best but heavy. Aluminium is bad for the environment)
If you need other things along the way, they can be borrowed or purchased locally, often for much less than you would pay at home.
Items I rarely take with me
- jewellery: I lost some and it can get stolen
- sewing kit: ask locals in case you really need it
- high heels: Some fancy clubs won’t let you in if you do not wear them (e.g. New York City). But most places accept normal shoes.
- mosquito net: Most places where mosquitoes are a problem will have a mosquito net in the room. Or they have them for sale; often at cheaper prices than back home.
- running shoes: Since I do walk a lot I do not feel the need to go for a run.
- Ear plugs: rarely use them. Could still use my headphone
- E-reader and charger. Borrow a book from somebody, the library or use a wandering library