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Master Packing List

The following master packing list will help you remember which items you want to take along on your next trip. Make a copy to review as you begin packing.



  • Air and other tickets, confirmation documents, Eurailpass, etc.
  • Briefcase and business-related documents or goods
  • Business cards
  • Camera and camera bag
  • Camera batteries (including spare, regardless of camera type)
  • Camera film and/or memory card (extra film and/or spare memory card)
  • Camera flash attachment with batteries
  • Cell phone
  • Drivers license (or international license if required)
  • Emergency contact information
  • Eyeglass case
  • Eyeglasses (and spare pair) or contact lenses, plus your prescription
  • Foreign currency
  • Gear for rechargeable batteries
  • Health insurance card and/or Medicare card
  • International certificate of vaccination (if needed at destination)
  • Laptop computer
  • Luggage ID tags
  • Money belt and passport carrier
  • Passport and visas
  • Pens
  • Photocopies of passport pages, visas, plastic cards, drivers license, medical cards (with the phone numbers to call in case of problems)
  • Plastic (debit cards, credit cards, bank card, telephone card)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Proof of insurance (if driving your own car)
  • Registration material (for conferences)
  • Road maps or GPS system for self-drive trip
  • Student ID
  • Telephone numbers (business associates, friends, etc.) needed at the destination
  • Travel alarm and watch
  • Travelers checks
  • Travel journal
  • Voltage adapter and plug adapters
  • Wallet and cash


  • Address book, for postcards
  • Antidiarrheal meds/antibiotics
  • Aspirin and other pain killers
  • Books, playing cards or other entertainment items
  • Combination lock or locks (for luggage as needed, meeting TSA requirements)
  • Decongestants or other aids in case of a cold, including tissues
  • Earplugs
  • Eyeshades (for sleeping while flying)
  • Food for the flight
  • Foreign language dictionary
  • Foreign phrase book or handheld electronic device for phrases
  • Gifts (for business associates, for hosts, for children)
  • Guide books or other literature on destination
  • Inflatable pillow (for long flights)
  • iPod
  • Notebooks
  • Portable printer and scanner
  • Sleeping pills
  • Stapler and staples
  • Time adjustment aids such as Melatonin or herbal teas
  • Tourist maps
  • Tums or other digestive aids
  • Vitamins

Personal Items

  • Body lotion
  • Contact lens case and lotions
  • Curling iron
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Detergent, soap
  • Electric or manual razor, with blades for manual
  • Face creams
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hand and face soap with container
  • Hand cleansers and antibacterial towelettes
  • Hairbrush and comb
  • Hair curlers
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair spray and mousse
  • Hand lotion
  • Insect repellent
  • Laundry soap
  • Lint remover
  • Makeup
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Shaving cream and after shave
  • Skin cleanser
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Suntan lotion
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

Clothes and Accessories

  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Belt or suspenders
  • Blouses
  • Coat
  • Dresses
  • Dress suit or tuxedo
  • Evening bag
  • Footwear (boots, heels, men’s dress shoes, sandals, sneakers, thongs, walking shoes)
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Hat (for winter, rain, sun, style, as needed)
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Jewelry
  • Nightgown or pajamas
  • Scarves
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Shirts
  • Slips
  • Slacks
  • Socks
  • Sweater
  • Ties
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Waterproof poncho or other heavy-duty rainwear
  • Women’s hose or tights
  • Zip-off pants

Activity Gear

  • Beachrobe
  • Binoculars
  • Camping gear (see below)
  • Golf balls and tees
  • Golf clubs
  • Golf shoes
  • Hiking boots
  • Running clothes and shoes
  • Ski boots
  • Ski clothes
  • Skis
  • Swimsuit
  • Tennis balls
  • Tennis racket


  • Blanket
  • Compass
  • Fanny pack
  • Flashlight with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Flat rubber drain plug
  • Hangers (esp. for skirts)
  • Nylon cord/clothes line
  • Nylon duffel (folded) or other spare foldable bag
  • Plastic bags (for laundry, wet swimsuits, etc)
  • Portable fan (handheld, battery-operated)
  • Rip-stop repair tape
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Scrub brush
  • Sealable plastic bags
  • Sewing kit with safety pins
  • Small backpack/daypack
  • Small towel and washcloth
  • Snack foods (dried fruits, nuts, crackers)
  • Stationery, envelopes, and stamps
  • Toilet paper
  • Travel iron or steamer
  • Travel reading light
  • Umbrella
  • Water bottle

For Children

  • Baby bottles, brushes and accessories
  • Diapers and diaper wipes
  • Formula
  • Night light
  • Nightwear
  • Personal medications, children’s aspirin, etc.
  • Seasonal clothing including outerwear
  • Shoes
  • Small personal suitcase
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toys and books

For Pets

  • Carrying case
  • Collar or harness
  • Health certificate (proof of current vaccinations)
  • ID tags
  • Pet food and dishes
  • Pet toys

Camping Equipment

  • Blister kit
  • Cook kit
  • Cup
  • Ground cloth
  • First Aid booklet
  • Fork and spoon
  • Knife-sharpening stone
  • Matches
  • Pocket knife with tools
  • Sheet bag for hostels
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Small First Aid kit
  • Snake bite kit
  • Stove and fuel
  • Tent
  • Water purification tablets
  • Water filter
  • As well as compass, flashlight, hiking boots, insect repellent, toilet paper and water bottle, previously listed