24 Oct The Ultimate Travel Checklist!
If your trip often and always forget something at the last minute, all you need is a travel checklist.
I decided to write this because we were heading towards the airport on our Malaysia trip. Hubby asks whether everything is taken, I nod a big yes, we lock the door and proceed to the taxi waiting outside. We keep going and suddenly I remember I have forgotten my camera after 15 minutes. Luckily, we had enough time. I rushed back and took it. We reached the airport on time.
Never forget anything again with our ultimate travel checklist. It doesn’t matter whether you are a first-time traveler or a globetrotter. It’s always helpful to have a list of items you want to carry.
A few tips :
Always buy a light weighted, spacious yet versatile bag with warranty I prefer a compact size backpack or a rolling trolley. Organize your stuff. It’s better to roll the clothes than folding them depending on your trip. Do not carry unwanted items.
Make sure you carry only cabin luggage plus a handbag. It is better to avoid checked-in luggage, especially during international travel. It reduces costs, waiting time and hassles. It also guarantees that airlines won’t lose your bag.
Don’t carry liquids greater than 100ml.
If you are carrying a power bank, make sure it is not a part of the checked-in luggage. Avoid carrying sharp objects.
Install required travel apps that will help with language, directions, taxi, travel services, and money conversion. I suggest you to use Google Maps, Grab and Klook.
Consider travel security. Don’t carry valuables. Take care of your belongings. Lock your luggage.
Travel Toiletries Kit –
A mini perfume
Facial Tissues/Wet Wipes/Blotting Sheets
Tooth Brush, Tooth Paste, Body Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner and Shower Cap
(most hotels provide these upon check-in)
Hair Oil and Face Wash
Detergent sachets if required
Female Hygiene Products
Hair Clips/Ties & Bobby Pins.
Avoid carrying scissors, nail clippers, shaving razors and tweezers.
Basic Clothing as per your style
Minimal Jewelry as per your style
A pair of flip flops/sliders
Swimsuit/shorts + tank top
Camera + Charger
Mobile + Charger
I usually avoid carrying too many gadgets like laptops, iPads, iPods, kindle, and speakers. I think mobile alone serves the purpose.
Sheet Mask/Face Mask
Personal Hygiene stuff if any
Carry only basics of beauty/makeup as per your choice.
Mini First aid kit (bandages, gauze, adhesives, etc.)
Pain and fever relievers
Cold medicines and throat lozenges
Hydrocortisone cream/antibacterial ointment
Motion sickness pills
Prescription Medicines and region-specific vaccinations if any
A notepad + pen
Wallet, travel cards, currency
Documents – Hotel/Flight bookings, Insurance, Balance Confirmation, etc.
ID Proof/Passport & Visa
Sneakers if you are trekking
- Prepare your home before flying
- Inform the post office/courier to hold your mail or ask your neighbour/security to collect it on your behalf.
- Stop newspaper/milk delivery
- Set up an email autoresponder
- Arrange for pet/plants care if any
- Pre-pay your bills
- Apply for leave and get it approved if you are working.
- Empty refrigerator
- Unplug all appliances
- Turn off water heater/air conditioner/gas stove and washing machines
- Lock all doors and windows
- Store valuables in a safe lockers
- Leave duplicate house key and trip details with a trusted party
- Check-in online with the airline before you book Uber/Ola/taxi, auto, train, or shuttle to the airport