In this post we’re sharing our international travel packing list that’s designed for International travel, but it’s one that you can just as easily adapt for domestic trips as well.
- What to pack for international travel – packing checklist
- Recommended travel gear – tips and further posts
- Packing tips from seasoned travellers
International Travel Packing Checklist
- Passport and Visa
- Travel Insurance Documents
- Tickets/Boarding Pass
- Cash and Credit Cards
- Emergency contacts
- Mobile Phone/Camera/Tablet/Laptop & Chargers
- Adaptors/Power Board/
- First Aid Kit (and any prescription medication)
- Antiseptic wet wipes
- Toothbrush and Toiletries
- Pen and palm sized notepad
- If you’re not driving to the airport, don’t forget your house keys.
- Light waterproof mac or poncho
- The best sun protection hat you can find
- Sun tan lotion
- A crossbody bag
- Noise cancelling headphones
- Small Microfibre Towel
- Sarong (which can always double up as a towel)
- Ziplock Bags (for things like your phone charger, tablets, hand luggage liquids, house keys, mobile phone in bad weather)
- For 2 weeks: 4 Tops, 4 bottoms, 1 sweatshirt, 1 cardigan, 1 jacket, 2 dresses, underwear.
Lifestyle Fifty readers love travel. We know that. So do we! An international travel packing list is something that I like to keep as a printout with our passports, so that I don’t have to re-invent the packing wheel each time I get out and dust off my suitcase.
Of course packing lists change with the type of holiday you’re embarking on, and the season, but the essentials remain the same. The international travel packing list we’ve given you above reminds you of the must-have basics for trips abroad.
Print the checklist out and keep it somewhere handy so that you don’t have to remember everything yourself every single time.
I asked friends and travel bloggers for their ideas and suggestions too, and they’ve helped me compile, what I hope you’ll find is, a useful and comprehensive international packing list for your future travels.
If you have any helpful additions or tips, please let us know in the comments 🙂
Travel gear posts and Packing Tips
- Make sure you travel with a crossbody bag. Here are some of the best Crossbody Bags we could find.
- For the best travel clothes – take a look at this post: The Best Travel Clothes recommended by top travel bloggers.
- If you’re going on a cruise then have a look at our complete Cruise Packing List and this post, Cruise Clothes – 7 Tips.
- You’ll also need the Best Travel Shoes to keep your feet happy and comfy.
- Do buy a lightweight suitcase – here are our picks of the Best suitcases you can buy.
- Buy an identifiable luggage tag for your suitcase or individualise your suitcase with bright ribbons, shoelaces, or stickers so that it’s not the same as everyone else’s black suitcase on the luggage carousel.
- If you’re packing make-up then pop a small piece between your compact pressed powder and the lid to prevent face powder and eye shadows cracking.
- Make sure you have an HPM World Travel Pack .You know you’re in the company of a seasoned traveller when they own the HPM World Travel Pack. Whether it’s London, San Tropez or even Albuquerque, there’s an adapter to suit all your charging needs. The World Travel pack also comes equipped with 2 USB ports so you can charge your phone and other devices without the need to carry its dedicated power adapter saving space and valuable weight.
When you’re packed …
Packing Tips from Seasoned Travellers
Read on for some insider tips about what to pack and how to pack by seasoned travellers.
Pick a base colour and layer. In the summer take some 3/4 length pants in a base colour such as black, then add a colourful tunic top. If it gets cooler add a t-shirt shirt underneath, and a cardigan over the top, followed by a jacket. If it’s cooler then take long pants and a long sleeved t-shirt and layer with a cardigan then add a jacket.
This worked for me for 3 years all temperatures (including a winter in Austria)
You only need 3 pairs of knickers and bras as they can be hand washed and dry overnight.Michele Legge from Legging It
I regularly travel with under 10kg in a backpack and carry on to the plane. I’ve travelled for a week in Madeira last May, and still had a new outfit every day plus a posh frock. Make sure you have packing cubes and make a list. Solid shampoo and toothtabs are your friends too – so you can carry on your toiletries. Simples. Coral from Travelling Coral
Yep pack your bags! Halve everything you pack, and maybe halve again😆Travel light! Annette
My only packing obsession are packing cubes – Amanda Kendle from Not a Ballerina
Me too. Packing cubes changed my life. And I always travel w Lavender essential oil to help me sleep. Jane Pelusey
I only take dresses … for 14 days I take 10 dresses , rolled up. A petticoat for bed … and a couple of pairs of knickers to hand wash.Elizabeth
This is all we own and we Pack it all in a Carry On … We’ve been traveling for 7yrs now – Jane and Duncan Dempster Smith below, from To Travel Too
Don’t forget a powerboard says Carly Findlay
I always take an Aussie power board with USB outlets … that way you only need one adapter and there are no fights for who uses the charger !! Jenny Shenton from Healthy Skin and Beauty
I’d also suggest a World Travel Adapter This International Travel Adapter – and Smart Plug Socket Converter is for Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa, America – World Travel Adapter with USB, Type-C Wall Outlet Charger – Plug and Lock, Safety Surge Protection.
Or the Targus World Travel Adapter with Dual USB Charging Ports for Laptop, Phone, Tablet, or Other Mobile Device .
- Includes 2 USB Ports and 1 standard AC Plug-in
- Compatible with countries in Africa, Asia, the caribbean, central America, Europe, the middle east, and North America
- Takes up minimal space with compact design
- Works with most Electronics, designed for worldwide Voltage compatibility (110 vac-250 VAC)
- Includes 4 integrated charging plugs
Only ever take carry on. Packing cubes are the best thing ever. Pack separates, making sure that every top matches every bottom. I can fit 48 outfits including different shoes and accessories)in one carry on. Start with shoes and choose items that go with your shoes rather than vice versa. You will have far more to wear and will pack less – Jo Karnaghan from Frugal First ClassTravel
Always travel with a sarong. It’s a towel, a picnic rug, a dress, a rug, a head covering, a sunshade, it’s everything !! Fiona Lowe Author
I had so many dramas travelling for 3 months and only being allowed 1 suitcase. The hardest thing was to accommodate an 8 week cruise within the three months for which I needed a different wardrobe. I texted a girlfriend and she suggested that I take 4 dresses suitable for evening wear. One for Mondays and Wednesdays, one for Tuesdays and Thursdays and one for Friday and Sundays, and then something special for Saturdays. She then said apply the same rule for day wear.Jane
Don’t take anything / buy it all there from a Vinnies or such like and then give it back when you head home:)))) – Kim from Peppermint Lane Lodge
I’ve travelled with a 50 litre backpack bag for the past 2 years. Oh, and roll everything. Amazing how many little nooks and crannies you can fill when you roll your clothes.Susan
I roll my clothes – it reduces creases. I take different sized zip lock bags to keep things separate – such as dirty washing (just in case you don’t get to wash before moving on) and things like chargers, power adaptors, shower gels and other liquids. Ziplocks are great for airports, but also great for possible leaks (I know … I know … single use plastics are a no no – but I use mine until they fall apart so I don’t feel toooo guilty). I pack a large scarf that can be used as a wrap as well as other uses like a sarong.I find it more versatile than a sarong. Then I wear my chunkiest shoes and heaviest jacket/jumper on the plane. My hubby has HUGE shoes … so I limit him to one pair – Shamara from The Joy of Less
I’m another fan of packing cells. I bought a pack six years ago in Aldi and they’re still going strong. Dan and I pack all our stuff into one of the big packing cells, one medium one for each of the girls and we use one of the small ones for chargers/techie stuff, and one to hold all out swimming gear. It works well as when you get to your destination, you just have to pull out a bag each. Have taught the girls how to pack too… they’re getting very good at it! No towels either, just four sarongs. They’re amazingly versatile and take up very little room.Linda McCormick – Verdemode
If you have boomer-aged readers: Traveling carry on-only is great as long as you are able to lift the bag into the overhead on your own. However it is not worth injuring a shoulder or back and ruining a trip. Sometimes, checked luggage is a good idea, no matter how lightweight we have packed. Donna Leftwich Hull from My Itchy Travel Feet.
“A good old rucksack…. everything that does not for in is not needed!”Ariane
If you take heavy walking boots then wear them on the plane if you feel comfy in them. If not pack them, but stuff them full of small flexible items or breakables. Jan Robinson from Budget Travel Talk
A lot of our clothing is dark in colours. That way when we have to wash I don’t have to worry about separating colours. The few light coloured things I have can be hand washed. Melissa from All Around Oz
I love using travel cubes within my suitcase so that I can sort clothing into types. Eg: Underwear, t shirts, jeans, etc. It keeps everything neat and orderly in your case and makes it easier to find what you want to wear. Kathy from 50 Shades of Age
I only travel with a hand luggage bag 10 kgs and a small square bag which sits on top of the hand luggage. It’s easy for getting in and out of busses trains and other transport and I can take plenty of clothes – but only one warm flexible jacket.Avril
I always take a big melaware cup – because who wants a small cup of tea! Jo Parfitt writer, publisher, mentor, speaker, teacher.
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