Whether you’re a certified traveller or somebody who just got bitten by the travel bug, this travel packing essentials checklist is for you. We’ll list down all the things you need in this travelling checklist to keep your adventure fun, safe, and worry-free.

Let’s start with your clothes!

Clothes To Pack When Travelling

Clothes are the most important thing to remember on your travels. You want to be both comfortable and stylish (for those inevitable Instagram pics!). So, here’s a quick list of the stuff you need to pack. Feel free to customise this travelling checklist based on your destination. You don’t want to end up bringing sweaters and coats in the tropics!

  • 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
  • Umbrella
  • Laundry Kit
  • Laundry Bag
  • Leisure Shoes
  • Hiking Boots
  • Sneakers
  • Snow Boots
  • Dress Shoes
  • Sandals
  • Belts
  • Ties
  • Jewellery
  • Purses
  • Collapsible Totes
  • Money Belt

When it comes to clothing, pack smart. Pick clothing that can be worn on your day to day adventures and then dress up slightly with a different pair of shoes or bottoms.

Toiletries To Pack When Travelling

The next group of items in your travel packing essentials checklist are your toiletries. You can buy some of these at your destination to save on luggage weight. Remember that any liquid, aerosols, pastes, creams, and gels that are over 100 ml (3.4 ounces) should be put in your checked-in luggage. Airport authorities are very strict about this rule.

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • 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
  • Feminine-Hygiene Products
  • Birth Control
  • Nail File
  • Nail Clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Bandages
  • First-Aid Ointment
  • Insect Repellent
  • Medications
  • Pain Relievers
  • Vitamins

Other Essential Items

  • Cell Phone
  • Laptop/Tablet
  • Electronics Chargers
  • Travel Adapter
  • Film/Memory Card
  • List of Medications
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Credit Card/Bank Contacts
  • Copy of Passport

What To Put In Your Carry-On Bag When Travelling

Your carry-on bag is the bag that you’ll carry with you on the plane. So, ideally, pack only the things you need while on the flight. It’s also a good precaution to pack at least two pairs of clothes in your carry-on bag just in case your luggage gets lost (yes, this does happen!).

You’ll be carrying this bag with you on the plane, bus, train, or boat so keep it light and handy. Here’s a quick rundown of the things you can put in your carry-on bag.

  • Books or E-Books
  • Video/MP3 Player
  • Headphones
  • Travel Blanket
  • Travel Pillow
  • Eye Mask
  • Earplugs
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm
  • Change of Clothes
  • Snacks
  • Gum
  • Empty Water Bottle
  • In-Flight Medication
  • Valuables
  • Camera
  • Passport/Visa/ID
  • Paper/Pen
  • Cash
  • Credit/ATM cards
  • Insurance Cards
  • Itinerary
  • Maps/Directions
  • Guidebook
  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • House Keys

Keeping Yourself Safe From Malaria

Most people in the UK visit the tropical countries because of their pristine beaches and the sun. But there are also hidden dangers lurking in paradise - malaria. This mosquito-borne disease can be fatal. Malaria is commonly found in Africa, South Asia, parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania. Check out this blog post if you want to learn more about the causes of malaria.

“Malaria is an almost completely preventable but potentially fatal disease and it remains an important issue for UK travellers. With the summer holidays fast approaching, it is a timely reminder to all travellers going to countries where malaria is present to seek pre-travel advice about the appropriate measures to take to protect themselves, including preventive medicines. If you have any symptoms (usually flu-like or a fever), either while you are away or for up to a year after you return home, you must seek urgent medical help; malaria may cause severe complications and can be fatal.” - Public Health England

If you intend to travel to places where malaria is present, it’s important to take certain precautions to keep yourself safe. There are several methods available to keep yourself safe from this potentially fatal disease. Here are two:

Use mosquito repellants

Malaria is transmitted through the bites of the female Anopheles mosquito. Mosquito repellants can help keep these insects away for a short time. Make sure you use one that contains at least 50% DEET. Apply mosquito repellants on exposed skin and under thin clothing.

Take anti-malaria tablets

Express Pharmacy stocks malaria tablets that effectively take any worries away from your travels. These tablets are not 100% effective so its best to take them together with mosquito bite prevention measures. Most antimalarial tablets need to be taken for four weeks after you return with the exception of Malarone which needs to only be taken for one week.