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Travel : Guide - This is the ultimate backpack or luggage checklist

Hello travellers!!

"Dear, have you taken the sweater like I told you too!?" and the response was "Huh!! ohh no..". This happens so many times that we forget something to pack before going on a trip. Whether its a business trip or a leisure one we all scratch our heads for filling that tiny bag that needs to carry all the things that make us feel comfy and safe in a foreign land. It so happens that we forget the thing that at the time of packing felt unimportant but meant a ton while on the trip.

In this post I am going to summarize few of the ultimate things that are must have on any of the trip. Follow this list and you will find one less thing to worry about while you are traveling. Mostly, what we pack depends upon the intention of the trip, duration of the trip and the itinerary. Sometime we don't even get time to plan the trip it just so happens that we need to travel immediately and we might not get time to shop for the trip. Don't worry now, because this list comprises of items that you can shop well before your trip and keep in handy for such random trips too.

The traveling bags are a whole different story as they make it very hard to carry, requires charges at times and need to be looked after. This makes our choice of the type of bags vary per trip but irrespectively the list of essential things remains the same. At times it might be the case that we feel the space in the bags is not enough forcing us to remove some items that we see are of lesser needs. Although removing such items might not affect us that much during the trip but in case we remove some essential item it might make us go through our decision again during the trip where we cant change it. I think we all should have a checklist of items that we should always go through before going on a trip irrespective of the trip to be made.

Not stretching it further lets see what are these essential items that a traveller should always have in his/her checklist.

1. Documents

A traveller should always carry the documents that are needed for the trip.

These documents include
  • Passport (for international tour or business trip)
  • Printout + Soft copy of atleast 2 Photo Identification cards
  • Any other mandatory form/document for international or domestic flights/cruise
  • 2 Photographs. If traveling with family/friends be sure to have their photos either in phone/camera or have atleast 1 hard copy.
  • Receipts for items you carry (if required)
  • Printout + Soft copy of Ticket
  • Printout/Soft copy of Itinerary
  • Printout/Soft copy of the destination map
  • Printout of Hotel Booking Confirmation
  • Senior Citizenship/Special Concession Card
  • Differently Enabled ID card
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Drivers License
  • Vehicle Documents (PUC, Insurance Papers, NOC, Permits, etc.)
  • Travel Insurance Document
  • Medicine Prescriptions/Bills with all the relevant details
  • Emergency Contact Details
  • Local Contact Details
  • Hotel Contact Details
  • Cash in Local Currency

2. Clothing and Accessories

Clothing requirements vary based on the no. of days we are going for a trip and purpose of the trip. But below are the items that you would want to have in your checklist so you will not forget anything:

  • 2 Shirts (Longsleeves, T-shirts)
  • 2 Pants
  • 3 Pairs of inners
  • Season wear E.g  Sweater, Muffler, Raincoat
  • 1 Nightdress
  • 2 Handkerchief
  • 1 Scarf or Bandana
  • 3 Pair of Socks (If shoes are taken)
  • 2 Traditional cloths E.g. Sarees, Burka, Kimono etc.
  • 3 Baby cloths
  • Baby Diapers
  • 1 Towel
  • 2 Napkin (1 Large & 1 Small Size)
  • Cap
  • Belt
  • Sweamsuit
  • Tie

3. Travel Accessories

  • Wallet / Purse / Sling Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Watch
  • Sunglasses
  • Shoes
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Blanket
  • Travel Pillows
  • Travel Mattress/Tent
  • Hiking/Swimming/Sports Gear
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Moisturizing Cream/Sunscreen or Body Lotion / Lip Balm
  • Sanitary Pads
  • Comb / Hair brush
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Talcom Powder
  • Deodorant/Perfume
  • Small Makup Kit
  • Shaving Kit
  • Soap / Paper soaps
  • Facewash / Wet Face Wipes
  • Eye Mask
  • Ear Buds
  • Small Travel Medical Kit
  • Baby Accessories (Milk bottle, Stroller)
  • Elderly Accessories (Walking Aid, Hearing Aid, Watching Aid)
  • Contact Lenses
  • Differently Enabled Accessories
  • 2 Small Plastic Carrybags

4. Electronics and Accessories

  • Mobile Phone / Tablet
  • Mobile Phone Charger
  • Camera and Camera Bag
  • Camera Lens and Extra battery
  • Laptop, Mouse, Adapter
  • Universal Charger
  • Powebank
  • Protective cases for Phones, Camera or other accessories
  • Mobile Applications E.g. Maps, Local apps, Restaurant Apps, Guide Apps, etc.
  • Headphones / Travel Speakers
  • Medical Equipment along with Prescription/Bills

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