With the travelling I've done here and there, I've picked up (and invented) a few tricks along the way. As a reminder for myself, as well as a way to help others not make the same mistakes I've made, you'll find below a handy travel checklist.

Travel Checklist

Travel Basics :
  • 1 Back Pack
  • Your Passport - make sure it is updated (within 6 months from the return date -- some airports won't let you fly out if it is less than 6 mths)
  • Immunitization Records (shots you've recently had & what you are immune to)
  • Your airplace ticket and itinerary!
  • Phone numbers and address of where you are going when you arrive
  • Travellers Checques
  • Small Bills from the country(ies) you will visit before you fly out
  • Camera & Film (in a plastic bag - set aside) & 1 Extra Camera Battery (!!)
  • Country & City Maps + Guide Books
  • Sunglasses
  • Some munchies (b/c you never know when you can get stuck even at the airport or get hungry when you arrive in town before you can buy anything)
  • 1 Bottle of water (again, b/c you never know when you'll need it)
  • A Photocopy of your credit cards, passport, travelers checques records, air itenerary, and location of where you are staying - place this in a hidden pocket of your travel bag. (make sure that your family or someone you know gets a copy of all this too)
Clothing :
  • 1 Pair of Pyjamas (match expected night weather)
  • 1 Towel and/or Sarong
  • 1 Bathing Suit
  • 1 Jacket -- Fleece is very handy here and can double as a sweater saving you space (still important for hot climate though as nights might get cold)
  • Undergarments (7 underwear, 2 bras, 2-3 pairs of socks)
  • 2 pairs of shorts, not too short though as locals will not be impressed (for hot climate)
  • 2 pairs of pants (for cold climate, otherwise 1 pair for hot climate)
  • 2 short sleeve shirts - Note: You won't be allowed to visit some places (ie. Buddhist Temples) if your shirt does not have sleeves.
  • 2 long sleeve shirts / sweaters (for a cold climate, 1 pair for hot)
  • 1 Skirt
  • 1 Pair of Hiking Shoes
  • 1 Pair of nice but comfy Sandals (for evening partying!)
  • 1 Large Comfortable Day Purse (big enough to hold your travel guide, camera, etc.)
  • A hat or headband

Hygiene :
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Shampoo, Conditioner & Liquid Soap (Easier to store when travelling)
  • Hair Brush or Comb
  • Hair Gel & Hair Ties
  • Eye Glasses / Contact Lenses & Solution
  • Minimum Make-up Needs (for those party nights)
  • Nail Clippers
  • Shaving Kit
  • Antipersperant / Deodorant

Medical Kit :
  • Purel (to keep your hands clean when you don't have access to clean water)
  • A Kleenex pack
  • Sunscreen / Lotion
  • Band aids
  • Advil / Tylenol for the inevitable headaches
  • Immodium (for travel diarrhea -- should be used only for long bus ride)
  • Sleeping pills (for long flights -- 1 Benadryl 50mg will do the trick for up to 6hrs!)
  • Cold Pills (Sudafed)

Nice Extras :
  • 1 Safety Belt
  • Language Dictionary (for the country/ies you will visit)
  • 1-2 Books for Reading on the Plane
  • Cheap looking Travel Wallet with drivers license, bank card and credit cards (Check to make sure you can use your bank or credit cards in the country you are visiting)
  • Compass (very handy!)
  • 2 loads-worth of washing detergent in a double wrapped ziploc bag
  • 1 Sleeping Bag if intending to sleep in a tent (no need for a pillow, you can just use a big sweater)
  • 3 Pens + Travel Diary
  • Alarm clock
  • Extra Small Locks (don't forget the keys)
  • A flashlight (Headlamps are the best once you get over how silly you look!!)
  • Bug Spray and mosquito net (where needed)
  • Compact umbrella
  • Compact extra duffel bag (for bringing souvenirs back)
  • 1 Can opener, 1 set of a fork, knife, spoon and a collapsible cup
  • Sewing Kit
  • Picturebook of your city / country / family (for interacting with the locals)
  • Extra set of passport pictures (esp. if you are travelling to many countries and may need to get a visa)
  • CD Player + Extra Batteries + Fav. CDs
  • Diving mask & gear for snorkeling / diving opportunities (of course, you can always rent these at exhorbant prices when you get there!)