Packing List

This year I’ve been traveling at least once every month, so I’ve done a lot of packing. I don’t even take my carry on suitcase back to the cellar storage anymore because I use it once or twice a month. So I try to optimize packing as much as I can, so I spend as little time doing it and still not forget something important.


What I have done is to collect a list of everything I have ever needed on a trip in a Word document and I keep adding if I notice that I’ve needed something I’ve never needed before. Every time before a trip, I save it under a new name and first remove all the items I won’t need on that trip.

My list looks like this:

Before trip

  • Print flight confirmations 1
  • Print hotel confirmations 1
  • Print directions to the hotel 1
  • Download offline maps
  • Withdraw money
  • Download books/movies to iPad
  • Get a guidebook 2
  • Plan the trip 3


  1. I prefer to have some things printed in case the phone gets broken or stolen. Or that I don’t have to deal with expensive phone in the middle of the night somewhere.
  2. I don’t like to buy guidebooks anymore. I used to always get a guidebook and then store them in my bookshelf. About two years ago, I got this minimalism awakening and realized that the books were taking a lot of space and guidebooks get outdated really quickly, so you can rarely use them again. So I stopped buying them for the most part. Instead I usually borrow them from the library, I have bought some as ebooks and if I buy an actual paperback, I make sure that I get rid of it after the trip (I usually give it to a friend or a coworker if somebody is traveling there or just use some Facebook recycling group).
  3. This is a very important part. More on this later. 😀

Do before the trip

  • Charge mobile phone
  • Charge camera
  • Charge iPad
  • Do the dishes
  • Take out the trash


  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Make-up remover
  • Face wash
  • Facial toner
  • Day cream
  • Night cream
  • Eye cream
  • Highlighter
  • Lash curler
  • Mascara
  • Eye liner
  • Eye liner pencil sharpener
  • Tweezers
  • Lip balm
  • Lipstick
  • Facial powder
  • Eye shadow
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Dry shampoo
  • Hairspray
  • Hair oil
  • Hair powder
  • Hairbrush
  • Shower gel
  • Loofah
  • Shaving gel
  • Shaving razor
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton pads
  • Tampons
  • Hand cream
  • Foot cream
  • Body lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Nail scissors
  • Hand sanitizer


  • Nightgown
  • Woolen socks
  • Panties
  • Bras
  • Socks
  • Pantyhose
  • Shoes
  • Loungewear
  • Skirts
  • Pants
  • Shirts
  • Sweater
  • Coat
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Swimming suit
  • Flip flops
  • Bathrobe


The amount of clothing depends of course on the duration of the trip and whether I plan to do laundry during the trip.


  • Camera
  • Camera charger
  • Camera adapter for iPad
  • Mobile phone
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Mobile phone headphones
  • Laptop
  • Laptop charger
  • Laptop headphones
  • iPad
  • iPad charger
  • iPod
  • iPod headphones
  • Power bank


  • Baggage lock
  • Passport
  • Printed tickets
  • Printer hotel confirmations
  • Money
  • Insurance
  • Book
  • Guidebook
  • Presents 4
  • Medicine
  • Towels
  • Tissues
  • Pen
  • Hair bands
  • Jewelry
  • Perfume
  • Sun glasses
  • Gum
  • Canvas tote
  • Watch
  • Umbrella
  • Neck pillow
  • Cross-body clutch
  • Adaptor


4. If I go visit friends, I of course bring presents. 🙂

I have found it better to have just one long list instead of several lists for different types of trips. This is also a bit of old-school list instead of a packing app or something like that, but it is simple and it works for me.


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