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Packing list for long overseas travel

My packing list

Let me be honest with you. I get stressed out with packing, especially on a long overseas travel. I often take more things than what is required as I pack at the last moment of my travel. I decided to write down a packing list that will help me and other travelers with the list of things to take. I have divided the post into three sections – one contains things that will go into my suitcase, second are the things that will be packed into my backpack and third is my first aid kit.

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One of the most important and critical things I have learned while traveling is that it is important to pack and travel light. It is difficult usually and takes a little bit of planning and practice. In order to help facilitate the planning, read the post top 20 tips on how to pack light.

What’s in my suitcase?

Item #Item DescriptionSummerWinter
Clothing
1Shirts/T-shirtsYesYes
2Pants/Jeans/ShortsYesYes
3SweatersNoYes
4Jackets/CoatsYes, but carry a light jacketYes
5DressYesYes
6Underwear – I usually carry a pair extra than what is requiredYesYes
7Pajamas/Night clothesYesYes
8SocksYesYes
9SlippersYesYes
10Casual shoesYesNo
11Sneakers/BootsYesYes
12Dress shoeYesYes
13Hat/CapYesYes
14Scarves & GlovesNoYes
15SwimwearYesYes
16BeltsYesYes
17ThermalsNoYes
18Fleece tops & pantsNoYes
19TowelYesYes
Item #Item DescriptionSummerWinter
Electronics
1Chargers for Cell phone, Camera, tablet, laptop.
Note: Batteries are not allowed in the suitcase.
YesYes
2Power board (so you can plug multiple devices and use just one plug point)YesYes
3Travel IronYesYes
Item #Item DescriptionSummerWinter
Medical/Health
1VitaminsYesYes
2Personal MedicationYesYes
3Insect RepellentYesYes
4VoliniYesYes
5ParacetemolYesYes
6PanadolYesYes
7BrufienYesYes
8Band aidsYesYes
Item #Item DescriptionSummerWinter
Miscellaneous
1Poncho/umbrellaYesYes
2Food – Ready to eat or snacks – DO NOT TAKE RAW FOODYesYes
3Travel lock & keyYesYes
Item #Item DescriptionSummerWinter
Toiletries
1Toothbrush, Tongue cleaner, Tooth pasteYesYes
2Dental flossYesYes
3Ear budsYesYes
4SunscreenYesYes
5MoisturiserYesYes
6Tweezer & ScissorsYesYes
7CombYesYes
8Shampoo & ConditionerYesYes
9TissuesYesYes
10SoapYesYes
11PerfumeYesYes
12TamponsYesYes
13RazorYesYes
14MirrorYesYes
15DeodorantYesYes
16Safety pinsYesYes
Item #Item DescriptionSummerWinter
Laundry
1DetergentYesYes
2Laundry bagYesYes
What’s in my suitcase?

What’s in my backpack?

Backpacks are very essential for all the travelers. Knowing the right things to pack in a backpack is very important. I have learned what and how to pack my backpack over the years of my travel. In this post, I have tried to list down all the things that I carry in my backpack.

Item #Item DescriptionSummerWinter
Clothing
1T-shirt (1)YesYes
2Undergarment (1 pair)YesYes
3Pant (1)YesYes
4ScarfYes – as flight travels get cold and scarf can be used as a blanketYes
5Ear rings/chains – Do not carry expensive jewelleryYesYes
Item #Item DescriptionSummerWinter
Money
1Credit CardYesYes
2Debit CardYesYes
3Photocopy of Credit Card and Debit Card (Store these information on your email as well)YesYes
4Airline Cards – Qantas & VelocityYesYes
5Cash – Forex (Do not carry too much cash)YesYes
Item #Item DescriptionSummerWinter
Electronics
1Cell phoneYesYes
2Camera and accessoriesYesYes
3TripodYesYes
4Laptop and accessoriesYesYes
5Tablet and accessoriesYesYes
6Travel adapterYesYes
7Selfie StickYesYes
Item #Item DescriptionSummerWinter
Medical/Health
1PrescriptionYesYes
2Prescribed medicinesYesYes
3ParacetemolYesYes
Item #Item DescriptionSummerWinter
Miscellaneous
1SunglassesYesYes
2WatchYesYes
3House KeysYesYes
4JournalYesYes
5A book or twoYesYes
6Ear plugsYesYes
7Neck pillowYesYes
8YHA Card (in case you are staying at a hostel)YesYes
9Water bottle (light)YesYes
10Chocolates/Snacks (always make sure you have some snacks in your backpack for travel journey)YesYes
11PenYesYes
Item #Item DescriptionSummerWinter
Toiletries
1Lip balmYesYes
Item #Item DescriptionSummerWinter
Documentation
1Drivers LicenceYesYes
2PassportYesYes
3Copy of your visa (if in case it is provided electronically)YesYes
4Flight TicketsYesYes
5AccommodationYesYes
6Travel InsuranceYesYes
7Travel JournalYesYes
8Any photography settingsYesYes
9Tour detailsYesYes
10MapYesYes
11Emergency NumbersYesYes
Packing list – What’s in my backpack?

Also attached is the downloadable file: packing-list-long-overseas-travel

My first aid kit

Having a first aid kit with some basic medicines is a must for every travel. The first aid kit is the collection of the basic medicines and equipment to administer anyone at the first stage before getting the medical help. This post aims at the things that I carry in my first aid kit.

Note: Ensure you check the expiry date before using any of the medicines. And ensure you don’t carry the scissors and tweezers with the first aid kit if you wish to take the kit as a carry on baggage.

I maintain a small pouch and carry it with me all the time, even during small hikes and travels. My first aid kit contains the below things:

  • Waterproof band aids.
  • Bandages with either a sticky tape or butterfly clips.
  • Block out for treating the sun burn.
  • Aeroguard insect repellent.
  • Panadols (pain killers).
  • Anti-nausea tablets.
  • Tablets for loose motions.
  • Tablets for constipation.
  • Antiseptic cream/wipes (Dettol wipes).
  • Wet wipes.
  • Headache tablets.
  • Scissors & tweezers.
  • Medicines for cough and sore throat.
  • Eye drops.

Closing Notes

It is very important to pack right and pack only what is required as it can be very stressful if you are traveling with a heavy suitcase or a backpack, especially during solo travels. Is there anything that I have missed or is there something that you think is not required that is specified in the list? Let me know, would love to hear your thoughts.

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