Example packing list

This example packing list is designed to be a general guide and is not intended for a particular country. Obviously, this list would be altered depending on your destination, time of year you’re traveling in, importance of comfort, amount of money you will have and length of time you will be away. As well, you will need to take more than one of some items (such as socks and underwear). Again, this will depend on how important cleanliness and appearance are to you. Almost everything is optional! Remember that in our modern world, you can buy almost anything anywhere. Leave something at home if you are in doubt about taking it.

Each traveler will have their own priorities and will thus develop their own packing list, but this is a start and offers some considerations. Linked items will lead to pages with more information on that subject.

Basic travel gear / Things to take on every trip

  • Backpack
  • Daypack
  • Clothes:
    • Shirts (3)
    • Pants (2 pairs)
    • Sweater/jersey
    • Rain/wind jacket
    • Swimming gear
    • Underwear & socks (4 pairs)
    • Money belt
    • Shoes / sandals
    • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, lip balm, bar of soap, deodorant, razor)
  • Towel
  • Condoms
  • Vitamin pills
  • Water bottle
  • Compass
  • Swiss army knife
  • Umbrella / poncho
  • Flashlight
  • Notebook / travel journal & pen
  • Passport
  • Health insurance card
  • Important papers (driver’s license, vaccinations booklet, copies of passport & insurance)
  • Wallet + chain
  • Money, bank cards, traveller’s cheques, credit card
  • Small medical kit
  • Medication: Ibuprofen/aspirin, Imodium, Pepto Bismol
  • Duct tape
  • Ziploc bags
  • Earplugs
  • Small alarm clock
  • Lighter / matches
  • Guidebook
  • Reading book

Other stuff / Depending on you, your trip, your destination, and how much room you’ve got left in your backpack

  • Sleeping bag
  • Mattress
  • Tent
  • Stove, pans, mug, eating utensils
  • Music (MP3 player)
  • Mosquito net
  • Medication: anti-malarial medication, own medication
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Map
  • ISIC card
  • Hostelling International card
  • Small sewing kit
  • A deck of cards
  • Hammock
  • Bandana
  • Sarong
  • Toiletries (shampoo, shower geld, shaving cream, skin cream, hair gel, nail clipper, makeup, feminine hygiene products)
  • Glasses / contact lenses & lens fluid
  • Rechargeable batteries + charger
  • Mobile phone
  • Electricity adapter
  • … add other items yourself …

Packing list resources

  • The Universal Packing List
    This online packing list generator comes in handy for preparing any kind of trip.

  • Backpacking gear
    Walkabout Travel Gear provides travellers with a wide range of backpacking gear, of which all items have been personally selected and field tested, both for quality and usefulness.

  • Discussion and more information in the Backpacking Gear Forum!