Organisation and Productivity

Everything You Need To Pack for Your Trip or Holiday

When I first started going on trips away as a teenager, I made a list of things I would need to pack. I have kept and used the same packing list ever since. Every time I have needed to bring a different item with me, I have added it to the list, which has got progressively longer over the years. It means I have a list of everything I could possibly need to remember to bring, although of course, I won’t need to bring every item on every trip.

I have this list written out by hand on squared paper, and I tick items off as I pack them (using a new column for each trip), or put a dash if I don’t need to bring them. Having a re-usable list makes it so much easier when packing. It saves me writing out a new list each time, and it’s reassuring to know that I won’t forget any important items!

I have written my packing list out in a more logical order here. In my handwritten version, it is in the order in which I thought of / added the items to the list, which is not the most logical! I’ve also generalised a few items which are very specific to me. Also, some items are obviously more suited to warm weather, and some to the cold. I hope my list will be helpful and inspire you to make your own!

My Packing List

Tops
Jumpers
Hoodie
Jeans/trousers
Leggings
Shorts
Skirts
Dress
Coat
Mackintosh/raincoat
Scarf
Hat
Gloves
Socks
Shoes
Trainers
Walking boots
Walking boot socks
Wellies
Flip-flops
Pants
Bras
Tights
Pyjamas
Slippers
Dressing gown
Clothes for going out/special occasion
Small handbag
Rucksack
Jewellery
Watch
Sunglasses
Sunhat
Swimsuit
Jogging/gym clothes
Hairbrush
Hair ties/hair accessories
Comb
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Floss
Make-up
Make-up remover
Cotton wool
Eyelash curlers
Sanitary products
Disposal bags
Deodorant
Body spray
Perfume
Hair products
Hairspray
Shampoo
Conditioner
Shower gel
Moisturiser/body lotion
Dry shampoo
Razor
Towel
Flannel
Tissues
Lip balm
Lip scrub
Face scrub
Medications
Cough sweets
Lemsip
Vitamins
Rescue remedies
Plasters
Hand cream
Nail clippers
Suncream
Tweezers
Hand warmers (salt heaters)
Mosquito repellant
After-bite cream
Aloe Vera gel
Hand gel or wipes
Hairdryer
Hair straighteners
Heat defence spray
Hair curlers
Mirror
Purse
Railcard
Oyster card
ID
Driving license
Passport
Foreign currency
Ticket(s)
European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
Travel insurance documents
Hotel reservation
Keys
Phone
Phone charger
Camera
Camera charger
Portable charger
Batteries
Headphones / earbuds
Diary
Business cards
Umbrella
Pen
Pencil
Stamps
Envelopes
Addresses for postcards
Notebook
Laptop
Tablet
Tablet charger
Pedometer/step counter
Sat nav
Map
Guide book
Language dictionary
Itinerary
Emergency contact numbers
Plug adapter
Torch
Alarm clock
Earplugs
Safety pin
Fold-up shopping bag(s)
Musical instrument
Sheet music
Music stand
Present/card
Water
Flask/water bottle
Food/snacks
Teabags
Chewing gum
Mints
Sweets (for plane?)
Book
Puzzle book
MP3 player
DVDs
Pack of cards
Games/toys
Soft toy(s)
Sleeping bag
Pillow
Travel pillow
Blanket
Plastic bag
Luggage tag

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