The Ultimate Travel Packing List for 2023

Every time you decide to take a trip, whether a short or a long one, a trip abroad or within the country, only one question comes to the top of your mind; what should I pack?

For me, trying to figure out what to pack, considering the complexities of each trip, often makes me anxious.

This ultimate rare-to-find packing list answers your questions and gives you a definite guide on filling your suitcase with the right items.

Many travelers (while preparing for a trip) have had to pack wrong or incomplete items, resulting in horrifc situations such as heading to the Caribbean without a swimsuit or discovering they left the country without their wallet or with no currency notes. 

It would be best if you tried to prevent such mishaps in your journey. And you can start doing that by using the comprehensive packing guide on this page.

What Does The Ultimate Packing List Look Like? 


The weather conditions of your travel destination and the length of your trip are things to consider when packing clothing items for your trip. If you’re tripping to a destination with a temperate climate, it would be normal to have on simple wear, casuals, and one formal dress if you are attending a black-tie party. On the other hand, destinations with harsh weather conditions require that you pack some thick clothing items, like coats, jackets, socks, earmuffs, etc. 

If you’re packing minimally, you want to focus on packing layering clothes with neutral colors. This doesn’t mean clothes with fun colors and patterns don’t make sense; we’re just saying that neutral-colored clothing is more versatile; they can be mixed and matched and worn multiple times.

You may also want to invest in clothing with double duty and multiple use like multi-use wraps, crushable hats, casual sneakers, ultraviolet rays protection clothing, merino wool layers, wrinkle-resistant shirts, quick-drying activewear and undergarments, and other self-cooling and heating fabrics like compressible jackets, bug-repellent clothing, etc. See the complete checklist below. 

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Bras
  • Sleepwear
  • T-shirts
  • Dress Shirts
  • Casual Shirts
  • Jeans
  • Pants
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatshirts
  • Suits
  • Swimsuits
  • Cover-ups
  • Coats
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Scarves
  • Laundry Kit
  • Umbrella
  • Leisure Shoes
  • Hiking Boots
  • Sneakers
  • Snow Boots
  • Dress Shoes
  • Sandals
  • Belts
  • Ties
  • Jewelry
  • Purses
  • Collapsible Tote

Papers, Money, and Documents

Travel documents like flight tickets, hotel bookings, etc., are vital. You want to keep copies of crucial documents and files separately in case your Passport is lost on the way or save them in electronic format using cloud storage facilities such as Dropbox, Apple, or Google Drive and always have them as a backup with you on your trip. 

Instead of an ID card, you should have your Passport handy on international flights (this is very important). ID cards are most times insufficient, so your Passport is very vital. The emphasis here is on your Passport and visa. Ensure that your Passport is up to date, has at least six months of validity, and has enough blank pages for any stamps. Remember to apply for your visas early, and visit the hospital for booster vaccine shots where necessary. 

You should also figure out the best way to travel with your money or select the best travel credit card.

  • Tickets for airlines, boats, trains, buses, etc. 
  • Copies of Passport, tickets, etc
  • cash
  • Boarding pass
  • Health insurance card
  • Credit card
  • List of medications, letter prescriber
  • Driver’s license (international/national) 
  • Travel guide
  • Travel diary
  • Passport, 
  • Vaccination card/allergy pass (if necessary)
  • Map
  • Rental car documents
  • Identity card
  • Driver’s license (international/national) 
  • Travel guide
  • Travel diary
  • Passport, 
  • Visa (if required)
  • Passport Cover
  • Student ID (international/national)
  • Diving certificate/sailing license
  • Tickets for Skip-the-Line Experiences 
  • Directions
  • Cover (waterproof) for travel documents
  • Travel Insurance
  • Student card
  • Address list for postcards
  • International health insurance (proof)
  • Vehicle license (if necessary)
  • Hotel/Hostel Records


Forgetting any toiletry, whether a vital medication or your favorite lipstick, can be inconvenient or severe. For toiletries, you want to pack essentials like medication, contacts, and other items you may not be able to replace during your travels. (Have them in your carry-on bag, not your checked suitcase).

You should pack some travel first-aid kit, including bandages, travel-sized hand sanitizer, tweezers, first-aid ointment, insect repellent, and sunscreen. 

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper 
  • Dental Floss
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair Brush
  • Styling Tools
  • Facial Cleanser
  • Face Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturizer
  • Contact Lenses
  • Contact Solution
  • Shaving Supplies
  • Makeup
  • Makeup Remover
  • Period Products
  • Birth Control/Medication
  • Nail File
  • Nail Clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Bandages
  • First-Aid Ointment
  • Insect Repellent
  • Pain Relievers
  • Vitamins
  • Nasal spray
  • Eye drops
  • Antibiotic
  • Pavement
  • Clinical thermometer 
  • Disinfectant spray 
  • Tablets for heartburn
  • Medicine for nausea and vomiting
  • Sore throat spray
  • hydrocortisone ointment.
  • Antispasmodic for abdominal pain
  • Mosquito repellent for clothing
  • Plasters
  • Blister Plasters
  • Painkillers (headache)
  • Tick ​​card
  • Diarrhea tablets
  • Fever tablets
  • Anti-herpes stick
  • personal medication


Perhaps you’re away from your checked bag or other items; always ensure that your Passport, keys, essential medication, phone, glasses, and a copy of your itinerary are on the plane.

You may also want to have some other items handy with you on the plane, like, earbuds for your flight entertainment, comfort items like a pillow or blanket, snacks, gum, an empty water bottle to fill up, and dresses to change into (just in case your luggage gets lost or delayed).

If you’re packing multiple bags or just a carry-on, the below list helps you with the structure of packing from camera to your Passport. 

  • Books or E-Books
  • Headphones or earbuds
  • Travel Blanket
  • Travel Pillow
  • Eye Mask
  • Earplugs
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Change of Clothes
  • Snacks
  • Empty Water Bottle
  • In-Flight Medications
  • Valuables
  • Camera
  • Passport/Visa/ID
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Gum
  • Cash
  • Credit/ATM cards
  • Insurance Cards
  • Itinerary
  • Maps/Directions
  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • House Keys
  • Face Masks


Significantly, the pandemic has impacted our way of traveling and, even though the pandemic has slowed down, one can never be too cautious by extension, the items we prioritize in our luggage. 

You should ensure to familiarize yourself with the COVID-19 travel practices at your destination, like wearing a face mask and having a few extra in your carry-on.

It has become a good idea and a must to sanitize wipes and hand sanitizers in your carry-on and on hand at the airport. You can use these to wipe down frequently touched surfaces on the plane or in your hotel room. 

Finally, double-check and see if your negative Covid-19 test results or vaccine passport is handy. Many destinations and airlines require these proof elements for entry. For extra insurance, take along a laminated copy of your vaccine card. See the below list for more. 

  • Hand disinfection
  • Covid-19 Test Results
  • Sanitizers
  • Sanitizing wipes 
  • Proof of vaccination/recovery (if necessary)
  • Vaccination card cover
  • FFP2 mask (put extras in your carry-on)
  • Rapid Tests


Do not forget your credit card, bank contacts, emergency contacts, and a list of medications you may want to take. 

Technology items like your phone, camera, laptop, tablet, sturdy camera bag, backup batteries, memory cards, lens cleaner, electronic adapters, and converter can help spice up your vacation experience. You could take pictures with your camera, have snapshots of the most beautiful place you were at, and record a live video to share with friends through your tablet or smartphone.

In addition, you must pack smartphone accessories like a backup charger, phone stand, and tripod for photos, as well as a waterproof case, in case you choose to engage in water sports. Packing things like a decoy wallet, duct tape, an electronic tracker, or a whistle can make your vacation or trip more fun and secure. See the list below. 

  • Cell Phone and charger
  • Laptop
  • Tablet
  • Film/Memory Card
  • Whistle 
  • Camera
  • Electronic tracker
  • Duct tape
  • List of Medications
  • Banking Contacts/Information
  • Electronic Chargers
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Copy of Passport
  • Plug Adapter
  • Camera charger
  • Laptop, iPad or Tablet, E-reader, chargers
  • Travel adapter and converter
  • Travel iron
  • Flashlight
  • Headphones
  • Foreign currency
  • Emergency money
  • Credit card, debit card
  • Decoy wallet
  • Extra wallet
  • Money belt


Now you have the ultimate packing list to help you pack and fill your suitcase or carry-on with essential items so that you don’t have to head to Champagne Beach forgetting your swimming goggles or leave behind your Passport in the country. 

This packing list will serve as a guide for any type of trip or vacation. You’d want to embark on. It lists essential items as well as non-essential items vital for all kinds of trips.

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