STEP 3: PACK YOUR TOILETRY BAG

If you’re carrying on, keep your toiletry bag light and TSA-compliant. The TSA’s 3-1-1 rule makes it easy to remember: liquids, gels, aerosols, creams, and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container, and they must be stored in one quart-sized, clear plastic, zip-top bag. To make this as easy as possible for you, we have a toiletry set that includes four 3-ounce silicone bottles in a quart-sized clear pouch that’s wipeable and has a water resistant zipper. Still need more help?  Read the TSA rules regarding what you can pack in a carry-on bag.

 

Here’s a complete packing list of travel essentials for your toiletry case:

THE TOILETRY BAG BASICS

●      Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash

●      Hair brush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins

●      Deodorant

●      Shampoo and conditioner (Dr. Bronners is a good option all-in-one option for hair care, face wash, laundry and more.)

●      Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF

●      Make up packed in a wipeable wristlet

●      Face wash and/or makeup remover wipes and Q-tips

●      Night time moisturizer/lotion

●      Lip balm with SPF and lipstick or lip gloss

●      Personal hygiene items

●      Feminine hygiene products

●      Extra contacts, solution, and contact case

●      Glasses and prescription sunglasses

●      Prescription medication with the label/script so that you can refill if needed and not be questioned by TSA.

 

TOILETRY BAG EXTRAS

●      Cologne/perfume

●      Personal mini mirror

●      Hair products like hairspray, hair gel, and beard oil

●      Clothesline and detergent

●      Shaving kit and extra razors

●      Sewing kit/clothing care kit, stain remover

●      Facial tissues and/or toilet paper

●      Travel Towel

●      Nail clippers and tweezers (optionally, scissors, which must be in checked luggage)

 

TRAVEL HEALTH

As soon as you decide to travel internationally, check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website for comprehensive information on travel vaccines, medicines, and local travel advice. Whether you decide to get vaccinated or not is your decision, but many vaccinations require administration two months before travel begins. So get informed! And if an emergency does happen, here’s everything you should know about travel clinics and handling medical emergencies abroad.

Although you can buy pre-made travel health kits online, it’s just as easy to use small, water-resistant packing sacs as the container for your kit, then construct one from your medicine cabinet at home, only securing those items you may not already have on hand.

 

●      First aid kit (bandages, gauze, adhesives, etc.)

●      Personal prescriptions (copies of scripts)

●      Pain and fever relievers (also children’s strength if you are traveling with kids)

●      Thermometer

●      Cold medicines and throat lozenges

●      Diarrhea/laxative medicines

●      Oral rehydration salts

●      Allergy medicines

●      Hydrocortisone cream/antibacterial ointment

●      Multivitamins

●      Sunburn relief

●      Insect repellent/mosquito net/sting reliever

●      Motion sickness pills or bands

●      Altitude sickness pills (if you are planning to hike in higher altitudes)

●      Eye drops

●      Moleskin

●      Medicines and vaccinations specific to the region/activity

 

ADDITIONAL HEALTH ITEMS

●      Hand sanitizer or wet wipes

●      Prescriptions in original packaging (you’ll want to make sure you have these in your carry-on bag just in case something were to happen to your checked luggage)

●      Sleeping medicines

●      Glasses and glasses case (email yourself a copy of your prescription, just in case)

Travel Tip : Your under-the-seat bag can hold a lot! Some travelers can even pack an entire trip in a small bag—at the very least learn how to put your under-the-seat bag to good use when packing for international travel.

 

STEP 4: PREPARE YOUR PERSONAL ITEM CARRY-ON BAG

The next thing you’ll want to do is prepare a packing list especially for your personal item carry-on bag with anything that you’ll want with you on the flight. It’s always a good idea to make sure you have an outfit (or two) and a few essential toiletries in your personal item just in case your luggage is lost.

If you’ll be traveling around to multiple destinations, make sure this small bag has items to keep you cozy on any train, boat or bus rides. It’s always nice to have a bag that’s easy to access so you don’t have to get into your luggage each time you need your eye mask. But remember, you’ll be carrying all of this, so keep it light.

We recommend you consider using a small daypack, shoulder bag , or waist pack as your personal carry-on item. Here are some good things to include in your carry-on bag packing list:

 

TECHNOLOGY

●      Mobile device and charger

●      Laptop, iPad, or E-reader and charger(s)

●      Headphones (consider noise-reducing headphones if you’re sensitive to sound)

●      Camera and GoPro/video camera, memory card, and chargers

●      Electrical converters and adapters

 

TRAVEL COMFORT, ENTERTAINMENT, AND INFORMATION

●      Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask, and ear plugs

●      Travel journal and pen (it’s awful when you forget your pen!)

●      Books and magazines

●      Deck of cards and travel games

●      Chapstick and lotion (t’s dry up there)

●      Water bottle (you’ll need to fill it up once you get through TSA)

●      Guide books, travel guides, maps, language guides, etc. (if you will need any of these upon arrival at your destination, put it in your carry-on)

 

STEP 5: COLLECT IMPORTANT TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, CASH, AND CREDIT CARDS

Start by collecting all of your important documents in a travel document organizer. (This travel organizer holds a passport, ID, credit cards, coins, documents, a boarding pass, and a pen!) By bringing all your important information together, this will help ensure you have everything you need to get from one place to the next.

 

Not sure what you need? Here’s your international travel checklist, document-wise:

●      Passport/visa(s) (not sure if you need a travel visa? Check here.)

●      Personal ID/Student ID card (if you’re a student, some companies, like Sta Travel, offer discount cards to ensure you get good deals while on the road)

●      Frequent flyer card(s) and other loyalty program card numbers (ex: hotel chains and AAA)

●      Cash and credit card(s) (call your credit card companies before you travel to inform them of your travel,otherwise they might turn them off to prevent perceived fraud. Also consider how travel hacking can save you money on the road!)

●      Health insurance cards/document(s)

●      Travel insurance information

●      Reservations and itineraries (print them and save them electronically for easy access)

●      Hotel and/or tour contact information

●      Transportation tickets (plane, train, bus, car, etc.)

●      Emergency contacts and important addresses

●      Copies of all these things in case you lose your wallet

●      Guide books and maps

Travel Tip : As soon as you book a trip, it’s a good idea to double-check that your passports and IDs aren’t expired, and that they will not expire while you are traveling internationally. If your traveling as a family, here’s exactly how to get a passport for your kids . You’ll also want to inform your bank if you’re traveling abroad so they don’t assume fraudulent activity and freeze your credit card. Also consider emailing yourself a copy of your passport, driver’s license, medical cards and itinerary, so if anything happens to them you’ll be able to access them online.

 

STEP 6: CONSIDER TRAVEL SECURITY

In most large cities, travelers should always be on the lookout for pickpockets. The easiest way to keep your belongings safe is to keep them hidden and close to you. One way to do this is to stash your valuables underneath your clothing. Another way is by locking your bags closed and using reflective accents to help folks see you at nighttime.

 

Consider this list of safety travel essentials:

●      Money belt or hidden pocket

●      Neck wallet

●      Undercover Bra Stash for credit cards and cash only

●      Leg wallet

●      Incognito All Terrain Money Belt which looks like a real belt!

●      Luggage Travel Lock

●      Reflective clothing and luggage accessories

●      Bring a headlamp or mini flashlight, better to be safe than unprepared

 

Wearing a money belt or neck wallet lets you keep your valuables close to your body and away from prying hands. Review all the different styles here to choose what works best for you and the type of travel you’ll be doing. You may also want to choose an option with RFID protection. RFID protection keeps all passports with an RFID chip (issued after 2006) and credit cards/debit cards safe while travelling. How? It’s simple. Identity theft can occur when someone is able to “read” through your purse or pocket via the microchip, which has personal information stored on it. By using an RFID blocking technology, your personal information is protected.

Travel Tip: Learn more about RFID safety from Scott Shelter, freelance journalist and frequent traveler.

 

STEP 7: PREPARE YOUR HOME

If you’re going on an extended trip, it’s essential to get your home in order before you go. Here are some simple tasks to think through before you head to the airport. (And yes, this travel checklist also includes thinking through home care.)

 

●      Have the post office hold your mail

●      Stop newspaper delivery

●      Set up an email autoresponder (unless you plan to be connected)

●      Arrange for the care of pets, lawn, and plants

●      Pre-pay your bills

●      Prearrange school absences for children and get any home study assignments required

●      Empty refrigerator of this that will expire

●      Unplug appliances

●      Turn off heater/air conditioner

●      Turn down water heater

●      Turn off washing machine taps

●      Lock all doors and windows

●      Set up timed light system

●      Store valuables in a safe place

●      Leave house key and trip itinerary with a trusted friend

●      Leave flight and hotel itineraries with a relative

●      Reconfirm/check-in online with airline before you Uber, train, or shuttle to the airport

Travel Tip : If you will be gone for more than 30 days, it’s a good idea to check with your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance for specific instructions.

 

Wherever you are headed, you’re going to have a great time! Just make sure you think through your list of activities beforehand so that you’re able to bring everything you need and pick the right luggage. And pack light if you can using this ultimate packing checklist. It always helps with mobility. And remember, you’re a traveler: Respect the people and places you go to visit.Respect their customs, tip accordingly, try and learn their language, and truly immerse yourself in the culture. Travel changes us to be better than we were by opening our eyes and giving us newfound respect.

 

Best of luck! Travel well. And DOWNLOAD TRAVEL PACKING CHECKLIST.

 

GET MORE PACKING ADVICE!

Want to learn more about how to pack for a specific type of trip? We’ve got more packing advice from travel experts:

 

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What to Pack for Europe

What to Pack for Croatia

What to Pack for France

What to Pack for Greenland

What to Pack for Ireland

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What to Pack for London

What to Pack for Southeast Asia

What to Pack for Cambodia

What to Pack for Central America

What to Pack for Belize

What to Pack for El Salvador

Packing Lists for South America

What to Packing for an Antarctic Cruise

What to Pack for the Amazon

What to Pack for Argentina

What to Pack for Ecuador

What to Pack for Colombia

What to Pack for Patagonia

What to Pack for Peru ( What to Pack for the Inca Trail )

What to Pack for Uruguay

Packing Lists for North America

What to Packing for Canada 

What to Pack for Cuba 
           
 What to Pack for Mexico City

What to Pack for NYC

What to Pack for U.S. National Parks

What to Pack for Washington, D.C.

What to Pack for Australia

What to Pack for India

What to Pack for Morocco

What to Pack for New Zealand

What to Pack for South Africa

 

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What to Pack for a Kayaking Trip

What to Pack for a Mountain Biking Trip

What to Pack on a Long Car Ride

Essential Road Trip Packing List (and for Family Road Trips)

Packing for a Girls’ Getaway Weekend

What to Pack for a Weekend Sailing Trip

How to Pack for a Caribbean Cruise (And a Family Cruise)

 

More Travel Checklists:

How to Pack for a Round the World Trip

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How to Pack the Ultimate Gym Bag

How to Pack for College

What to Pack for Rainy Season Travel

 

The Eagle Creek Travel System

Main Travel Bag (rolling luggage, travel backpack, or duffel bag)

Packing Organizers (packing folders, packing cubes, packing sacs, etc.)

Comfort and Security Items (travel pillow, money belt, travel lock)

Day Bag and Travel Wallet (backpack, shoulder bag, or tote and a travel organizer)

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