It’s happened to everyone. You book a trip, pack your belongings and are about to head to the airport. You’ve packed everything you can think of, but have a feeling that you’re forgetting something important. If you’re in that position, this guide is for you. This is the ultimate packing guide for every adventurer.

 

Decent Luggage

While traveling, your luggage is going to be bounced around, tossed around and even scuffed up. Make sure you have a great suitcase or duffel that can withstand a bit of mistreatment. In addition to that, you’ll want a day bag for running around. For this, consider a decent backpack. You can find one for a great price at nearly any department store. Don’t forget some locks, as well!

Decent Luggage

 

Proper Clothing

Yes, you can get by wearing shorts in the rain, but it won’t be very much fun. Research where you’re going and understand the climate there. Being prepared will save a lot of time and hardship later. It’s nearly always a good idea to have some light clothing, as well as heavier clothing, so you can switch it up as needed. Even in warm places, sometimes the evenings may be chilly. A rain jacket and scarf can both have lots of uses, so consider them when packing your clothing.

Proper Clothing

 

Travel Documents

This varies based on where you’re going, but some examples include travel insurance, photo identification and your passport. The last thing you want is to show up at a border and realize you don’t have your passport. That definitely won’t contribute to a fun and exciting journey. Bring what you need and keep it somewhere you can find it easily. You may also need extra passport photos, so bring a few along, just in case.

Travel Documents

 

Money and Cards

Some places you journey may take all the same cards as your home, others will not. It’s a good idea to bring at least two cards from different companies, such as a Visa and MasterCard. In addition to that, have some cash hidden away for emergencies and areas that may not offer card support. It’s better to be safe in those types of situations.

Money and Cards

 

Food and Water

Don’t be the tourist who contributes to trash problems wherever you are going. Bringing a water bottle is politer and cheaper, as well. You can fill it up almost anywhere and keep it with you on treks. In addition to that, pack some snacks for when you need them. Dry goods like nuts, energy bars, dried fruit and candy will go a long way toward sating your hunger when you’re far from your next meal.

Food and Water

 

Toiletries and More

If you are planning to stay in hostels or similar accommodations, you want to bring a towel for showering. Toiletries are also important so toss in travel sized soap and shampoo, at the very least. Other items that you may make use of include an eye mask, earplugs, sandals, adapters for electronics and a laptop.

Toiletries and More

 

First Aid Kit

Everyone is going to have a few staples that they want to include in a first aid kit. You know your body better than anyone else does. But a few suggestions include bandages, ibuprofen, antibacterial ointment, tweezers, aloe vera gel and Tiger Balm. If you aren’t familiar with Tiger Balm, it’s worth learning more about. It can help with headaches, nausea and vertigo but also works great on mosquito bites.

First Aid Kit

 

Creative Outlets

Some folks like to bring a book to read for moments when travel is slow. Others like to carry a journal around to write a few words in each day about their experiences. Still other people prefer to capture memories via camera. If you like cards, bring a deck. If you like games, bring your tablet. However you unwind and enjoy yourself, be sure you have something related. You’ll be happy to have memories and something to do during slow moments.

Creative Outlets

 

Everything Else

Some things don’t fit into any of the above categories but can still be useful. Paper maps are still useful in many places. Chapstick may make your entire day if your lips get dried out. A travel tray can hold many of your essential items, in case you need them quickly. A flashlight can be great if you’re up late somewhere others are sleeping. Travel pillows, sunblock, headphones and gum are some other items that you may appreciate having in a strange place. Just think through what you use on a regular basis and decide if it’s worth bringing along.

Everything Else