Packing for a holiday can be stressful, even if the trip is exciting, so we’ve put together a helpful list of essentials to help get you started.
Documents & essentials
Travel/health insurance documents
Tickets - either printed or electronic
A list of important contacts and numbers - hotels, tours, and emergency contacts
A list of medications and a prescription/letter from your doctor
Personal ID/Student ID card
Cash converted into the local currency
Credit/bank cards - let your bank know that you’ll be travelling and for how long so they don’t stop you from being able to make a payment
Drivers license - if travelling overseas you may need an international drivers license.
If you’re travelling overseas then you will also need to make sure you the following:
Passport - usually you’ll need six months of validity for airlines to let you travel
Visas - some countries require you to apply for a Visa before being able to enter their country. This could take a few weeks/months.
For some of your documents, you may also want to make sure you have photocopies available and leave a copy with someone who stays behind, just in case anything gets lost along the way or in case of an emergency.
If you’re bringing carry-on, then it’s always a good idea to make sure you have some spare items with you just in case your checked luggage is lost. You should also include anything else that you will want before getting to your destination.
Spare set of clothes
Mobile phone and chargers - you’ll need to arrange international roaming or an international sim card before leaving to make sure you can use your device.
Light jacket - in case it gets cold while travelling or transiting
Laptop, iPad, or E-reader and charger(s)
Headphones - you can grab noise-cancelling headphones if you're sensitive to sound
Camera, memory card, and chargers
Electrical converters and adapters
Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask, and earplugs
Books or magazines
Chapstick and hand lotion
Water bottle - this can be filled up once you have gone through security
Travel guides, maps, language guides, etc. - if you think you’ll need this as soon as you land it’s best to put these in your carry on to make sure you have them ready
It can be tricky to know what to bring with you when it comes to clothing, but you’ll need the essentials to start. You’ll also need to dress for the season and any activities that you’ll be doing.
Underwear - socks, stockings, bras and undershirts
Bottoms - pants, jeans, shorts or skirts
Shirts - casual or dress
Jumpers or sweatshirts
Formalwear - if appropriate
Coats, jackets, rainwear
Hats, gloves, scarves
Swimwear - including any coverups
Shoes - depending on your plans, you may also need to include hiking shoes, walking shoes or dress shoes.
Sandals or thongs/flip-flops
Dental supplies - toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
Hairstyling tools - hairbrush, comb, other tools
Skincare products - moisturiser, cleanser or other supplies
- Medications - it may be better to keep these in your carry-on to make sure you have them on hand
First aid kit - including disinfectant, bandaids, bandages, pain relievers
Feminine hygiene products
Spare batteries for any mobility aids - to check the exact requirements for air travel and batteries visit the Civil Aviation Safety website.
Travel journal and pen - so that you can record your trip
Food or snacks - this may be good if you only eat certain types of food or if you need to eat regularly
What do you always make sure you have with you when travelling? Tell us in the comments below.