15 Essential International Travel Packing Checklist

International Travel Packing Checklist

Whether you are an avid globetrotter or a first-time international tourist, a reliable step-by-step travel checklist is a valuable tool. We have made a 15 essential international travel checklist for you that you can come in handy for any type of international trip!


Step 1: Choose the Right Suitcase

Before deciding what to pack, you need to choose the right travel bag. A perfect travel bag needs to be versatile, meaning it should pack everything that you need and should be lightweight as well. The most important thing that you need to be aware of while suitcase shopping is, that you need to buy a suitcase with a good warranty period.

Step 2: Organize your Travel Documents and Insurance

You will need a current passport. Be aware that there are many countries with rules that you need a valid passport for the next 6 months from the date of your arrival. So not only do you need a non-expired passport, but also a passport that will be valid for the next six months from your travelling dates.

Apart from your actual passport, you should also keep an accessible passport photocopy in your hand. If there is a case of passport theft, this photocopy can help you out in situations. You can keep a physical photocopy as well as a digital one, as a double backup plan.

Another important travel document that you need is an International Driver’s permit. To rent a car in other countries, you need an international driver’s permit.

If you have purchased travel insurance, keep that handy as well. Be sure that you have all the information on the insurance policy accessible online as well.

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Step 3: Credit Cards or Debit Cards with no International Transaction fees

When we travel internationally, we tend to eat outside the hotel or buy souvenirs for ourselves or even small gifts for our friends and family. All these purchases can add any transaction fees to your card. That’s why you have to make sure that you have either an international credit card or debit card that doesn’t charge fees.

Step 4: Get a Universal Adapter and Power Banks

We have always heard ‘do not forget universal adapter’. But now, these universal adapters have evolved with time. These days you get universal adapters with a variety of slots that make your electronic mess very manageable, and they have built-in USB slots as well for your smartphone and tablet.

Step 5: Buy USB Car Charger and travelling Wifi Adapter

Having your Hotspot will reduce many stresses on your trip. You won’t have to worry about the data usage costs and international roaming fees, and you can be connected with your friends and family.

Also, if you are renting a car or travelling the whole day in you’re paid for a taxi; you can run out of your charging pretty soon. So make sure that you have a car charger in your bag.

Step 6: Travel Health Bag

Getting your prescriptions in a foreign country can be a very anxious process for you. Pack a travel health bag with all of your essential prescriptions. Make sure that if you have any regular prescriptions pack one week’s extra dosage as well.

Step 7: Pack Jet lag Tablets

Travelling to international destinations means that your sleep schedule will be disturbed, and it might end up making you sleepy throughout the day. So make sure that you pack jet-lag tablets in your travel health bag.

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Step 8: Extra Contact lenses and Prescription Glasses

If you lose your glasses on the road, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the whole trip. So make sure that you pack an extra pair of glasses and an additional supply of contacts. And pack it in a suitcase or bag that won’t be easy to lose.

Step 9: Pack a Toiletry Bag

If you are traveling internationally, be sure that you pack a toiletry bag for yourself. Sometimes we use a personal favourite brand that suits the best for our skin type or hair type. So make sure that you pack all of these essentials.

Some essentials that you should include in your toiletry bag are a toothbrush, hair comb, sunscreen, face and body lotion, lip balm, and personal hygiene items.

Step 10: Prepare a checklist for clothing essentials

Make a list of clothing according to your travel destinations and occasions. When you make a list of clothing essentials, do not overpack. Rather than overpacking, just pack smart. Include clothing that will be needed on your daily excursions, and include a fewer pairs of footwear that can be paired up with almost any clothing item. Include clothing items that can be used in a multi-way style, like a dress that changes into a skirt.

Step 11: Organize all of your Travel Essentials

A travel essential while packing for an international trip is ‘organizing travel pouches.’  These are zippered packing cubes that help you pack different types of outfits in different zipper bags. These pouches help in packing by saving much space, and whenever you have to unpack it won’t create a lot of mess as well. These pouches are known for reducing clothing volume by 80%.

Step 12: Download a Language App on your phone

We often travel to different countries, to admire the beauty and have a laid-back vacation. Some of these countries do not speak or understand English very well. So, as a preparatory measure makes sure that you have a translator app on your smartphone that can access all the time.

Step 13: A Packable Backpack

When we go out of our hotel to travel around the destination, we might end up needing a lot of items. And if your carry-on bag gets full pretty quickly, you can also include a packable backpack in it.

You can use this backpack for your last-minute shopping or anything else, and you do not have to weigh down while exploring.

Step 14: Organize your Carry-on Bag

A carry-on bag is an essential bag when you board a flight. This bag will include all the important items that you need such as your ID, passport, wallet, medications, valuables, camera, phone, laptop, chargers, cash, cards, glasses, and a copy of your itinerary.

Step 15: Get a Travel Wallet

A travel wallet is a great way of organizing all of your documents, cash, and cards. Travel Wallets can carry multiple currencies of different shapes and sizes and holds your passport and boarding pass as well.

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