So you might have read my post Plane and Simple: Packing Made Easy with my top packing tips and some essential travel items, useful for both long haul and shorter trips.
Sometimes packing and the pre-travel can be one of the funnest parts of travelling! However, this week as I find myself once again hauling my barely dusty case out of the wardrobe to embark on the packing process precisely two days before I fly to the Seychelles (hard life) and wondering as per usual why I hadn’t been more organised and wishing I’d started putting together some things a bit earlier, I’m finding that this is not the case.
Granted a beach holiday like this one is not the hardest trip to pack for, especially compared to my last few trips to India and Cuba which were backpacking trips so required a lot of planning for different scenarios, but it still takes a lot of time.
Anyway, I thought I would potentially save you the same stress and share my full packing list with you. I realise this isn’t the most exciting read, but you can never underestimate the efficiency of a list. I find it somewhat therapeutic to gradually tick my way through till I reach the bottom. I hope you find it just as useful!
It’s always a good idea to have photocopies/spare print outs of the most important documents or a copy saved on your phone/tablet.
– Driving license
– Flight tickets
– Accommodation vouchers/confirmation
– Travel insurance documents
– Vaccination paperwork/booklet
– Passport size photos (for visas)
– Local currency (it’s a good idea to split this between a couple of places/bags just incase)
– Bank card (that’s been registered to use abroad)
These are probably the most expensive items you’re travelling with so make sure they’re all insured and also that you have back-ups of everything stored somewhere at home.
– Camera (& a big enough memory card)
– Headphones (essential for long journeys)
Make sure you give yourself enough time, as it does take a bit of planning to write lists and go out and buy what you need.
– Toothbrush & toothpaste
– Make up remover / face wipes
– Face moisturiser
– Body moisturiser and/or aftersun
– Shampoo & conditioner
– Body wash & sponge
– Cotton buds/pads
– Toilet roll (especially if you’re backpacking or visiting a third world country as this can become essential)
– Travel detergent wash
– Sanitary items
– Bag for wet or dirty clothes
Not the most exciting, but 100% essential.
– Mini first aid kit (including plasters, mini bandages, antiseptic cream/wipes etc)
– Any medication that you take
– Mosquito plug and/or spray
– Travel tissues (you can never have enough of these)
– Antibacterial hand gel or wipes (I normally take 2 or 3 of these as they’re only small and if you’re anything like me, you can’t underestimate how much you’ll use them)
– Paracetamol/Ibuprofen/Buscopan/Immodium or anything particular that you use
– Echinacea or berocca (to keep up the immune system whilst you’re away)
– Anti histamines
This is where it gets a bit more fun…
– Travel hair dryer
– Hairbrush & hair ties
– Heat protection hair spray/serum/sun hair oil
– Make up (including waterproof mascara for the pool/beach)
– Nail varnish & remover
– Nail scissors & file
– Mini travel mirror
Remember that if you’re backpacking, you’ll be carrying what you bring! Pack as light as you can and your future self will thank you…
– Flight socks
– Clothes (a good variety depending on where you’re going and what season it is)
– Waterproof jacket
– Flip-flops & a pair of trainers
– Sunglasses / hats
– Thin beach towel and/or travel towel (definitely worth investing in one of these if you haven’t already)
– Appropriate day bag, evening bag and/or beach bag
This is more personal items or things you can’t live without when you’re away, but here are mine.
– Guidebook (Lonely Planet is my ultimate fave)
– Books or Kindle
– Travel journal & pens (to document the trip – one of my favourite things to do, and it’s so easy to forget day to day thoughts and activities once you’re home)
– Umbrella (hopefully not needed but always better to be safe than sorry – guess that’s my English self showing through)
Good luck and happy packing!