Here is a complete checklist of things to remember when you go on a trip, to adapt according to the country you are traveling to and the climate. It is very useful to be sure not to forget anything before your departure. Please note that this post contains affiliate links and any purchase made through such links will award me a small commission (at absolutely no extra cost for you). These funds help me keep this blog up and running. Learn more about it Here.
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Do Not Forget To Bring
- Passport with Visa if necessary. Also remember to always have a photocopy of your passport with you. I also advise you to take a photo of your passport with your smartphone, it can always be used!
- Plane tickets (otherwise you won’t get far!).
- Travel insurance (certificate). Save up to 50% on your insurance thanks to our comparison
- Make sure you have done all the necessary vaccines
- All your reservations: hotels, trains, excursions, etc… I always carry with me the printed version + PDF/screenshots on my phone and my tablet. You never know, and it’s handy to access them quickly! I also always have with me a text file summarizing my route, with the addresses in the language of the country I am visiting. It is also not bad to have a photo of the front of the hotel (retrieved from the reservation site) on your phone, this can save you a lot of hassle! Portfolio with:
- Credit card
- Student card (many tourist sites offer student discounts)
- International driving license
- Boat license
- Dive card
- Travel guide: My favorite is GetYourGuide.com. I used GetYourGuide in South Korea, Thailand and Bali.
- Language of the country you plan to visit if you do not master the language.
- Applications that you might find useful: map (I recommend maps.me, available on Android and IOS) languages , etc.
- Take all your luggage when you leave, otherwise, you will look really smart once at the airport x)
- Long-sleeve T-shirts and thermal Tshirt
- Shirt if you plan to go to the evening or the restaurant in classy places
- Everyday pants / Jeans
- Jogging pants
- Under thermal clothing: I know, it’s not the class, but what we are good in!
- Shorts (if the weather is good, but beware of sunburn!)
- Socks and underwear
- Shoes (hiking shoes/sneakers, something comfortable, for my travels, I bring 2 pairs ideally). Try to go everywhere to avoid having to bring 10 pairs. I like traveling with these 2 in 1 hiking and swimming shoes by Bridawn.
- Cap, hat, bob, Storm Trooper helmet. Not to be taken lightly, especially if you are going aloft
- Gloves, hat, scarf if you are going to a cold country!
- Relax jacket
- Coat: Try to have at least one waterproof jacket or coat or you may quickly regret it!
- A travel water filter, very useful if you are going on treks or in countries where tap water is not drinkable. Here is the one I use, it is very light and does not take up space. My favorite is the LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle with 2-Stage Integrated Filter Straw for Hiking, Backpacking, and Travel.
- Tablets to decontaminate water (if you do not have the bottle) type MicroPur or Aquatabs
- Some medicines: Doliprane or equivalent, anti-diarrhea, medicine against motion sickness and lozenges against sore throat.
- Sleeping pills if necessary
- Hand sanitizer (small bottle, you will not always be able to wash them before eating)
- anti blistering dressings and dressings
- Antivenom if you go to a remote place
- Sunscreen with a high protection index
- Powerful mosquito repellent
- I have a young active Child so I always have a First Aid Kit for any accidents that may occur.
- Soap, Shampoo, cotton swabs, toothpick, razor, pair of scissors, nail clippers and all the trimmings
- Toilet paper roll (to buy on the spot!). Biodegradable is better!
- Tissue packs
- Towel: On the advice of another traveler, I now prefer those in microfibers, which are light and dry quickly.
- Tweezers: Useful even for the guys, it is very practical to remove a sea urchin thorn if we do not use the beach sandals for chick which I spoke above.
- Universal adapter for an outlet: this has always saved me when traveling because I never remember to research what outlets are in different countries.
- Mini multi-plug to avoid having to recharge your batteries one by one
- A portable battery, also called portable charger or power bank, essential to recharge your phone or camera if you are far from civilization! I put you a link to the best one.
- Waterproof Headphones or earphones with noise reduction Active noise. Perfect for the plane!
- Mini Bluetooth speaker perfect for watching a movie at the hotel. Less than 20 euros!
- Camera and equipment that goes with Sun visor, which also serves to protect the lens from blows, therefore useful, even indoors! Charger, memory cards, additional batteries, lens pen (the best tool for cleaning a lens). Tripod and ND filters if you want to make long exposures. See my guide to buying photo equipment.
- Flashlight or headlamp. There are now very powerful LED lamps that you can buy for a bite of bread. I will put you in touch with the ones I use. This is, in my opinion, one of the most important things to bring when traveling!
- Rechargeable batteries for lamp and charger
- Watch: cheap preferably
- Laptop not too heavy
- GoPro or similar action cam and accessories.
- Portable drone like the Mavic Pro, because the videos made with the drone, it’s class!
Other / Practice
- Sleeping mask: Choose quality so that it is comfortable.
- Site noise-canceling headphones (in addition to earplugs for the airplane, if you do not have active noise-canceling headphones and you are a real noise psychopath)
- Umbrella, it can be very practical, not only for you, but for example to be able to take photos without (too) soaking your device ! it takes a bit of technique with an SLR, but it does!
- Notebook and pen to take notes on your adventures. If you want to create a blog, I gave you a complete tutorial: How to create a blog?
- Tactile gloves allowing the use of the Smartphone without removing them
- A book, or even better, a Kindle (I was reluctant to e-readers, but since I have one, I find it super practical when traveling!)
- Quality Swiss Army Knife (Victorinox, there is only that of truth!) To imperatively put in your checked baggage
- Medium size backpack. I use this one specifically because it’s anti-theft, can hold my laptop, it’s waterproof and I can charge a device.
- Belt with a pocket for stashing money
- TSA Code lock for your suitcase
- Plastic bags to put your dirty laundry / Shoes etc.
- Anti-pollution mask: for big cities, and besides you will look badass
These are some of the travel essential I take to have a memorable trip. I often moderate my items based on the nature of the trip.