Toiletries and personal care

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Floss
  • Tongue cleaner
  • Soap or shower gel
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Hair styling products
  • Hair styling tools
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tissues
  • Shaving kit (products and gear)
  • Body lotion
  • Sunscreen
    - UVA/UVB for full protection
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • After-sun aid (aloe gel)
  • Skincare products
  • Hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes
  • Bath towel
  • Nail clipper
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail file and other manicure tools
  • Tampons
  • Pantyliners
  • Makeup
  • Makeup bag
  • Makeup remover towelettes
  • Makeup tools (tweezer, eyelash curler)
  • Perfume
  • Perfume atomizer

Personal items

  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Contact lenses
    + case +solution
  • Watch
  • Keys
  • Wallet

Documents and money

  • Visa
  • Passport
  • Photo ID (driver's license)
  • International driver's license
  • Currency
  • Cash or travelers cheques
  • Credit cards
  • Medical insurance card
  • Travel insurance
  • Maps and guides
  • Copies of itinerary and reservations
  • Tickets
  • Membership cards (auto club, frequent flyer)
  • Business cards
  • Copies of important documents
  • Emergency phone numbers

Luggage and security

  • Luggage
  • Luggage name tags
  • Luggage locks
  • Travel safe
  • Neck wallet or money belt or waist bag

Gadgets

  • Cell phone
  • Sport gadgets
  • Laptop
  • Photo camera
  • Video camera
  • MP3 player
  • Headphones
  • E-book reader
  • Battery chargers
  • Extra batteries
  • Power adapter and/or converter
  • Travel alarm clock

Clothing

  • Briefs or boxer shorts
  • Undershirts
  • Hosiery
  • Panties
  • Bras
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • PJs
  • Bathrobe
  • Shower cap
  • Loungewear
  • Activewear
  • Headwear (hat, baseball cap, bandana)
  • Formalwear
  • Shoes
  • Outerwear
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Swim trunks
  • Swimsuit
  • Cover-ups (sarong or pareo)
  • Flip-flops
  • Hat
  • Personal selection of clothes
    - sunscreen clothing
  • Accessories and jewelry

Food and drink

  • Snack
  • Chewing gum or mints
  • Bottled water

Medicine

  • Small first aid kit
    - pain reliever, antacid, allergy medicine, antibiotic ointment, band-aids
  • Prescription medications
  • Birth control
  • Vitamins or supplements
  • Motion sickness pills

Extras

  • Garbage bags for dirty clothes
  • Lint roller
  • Pre-paid phone card
  • Binoculars
  • Sewing kit
  • Safety pin
  • Umbrella
  • Phrase book
  • Sturdy notebook and pen
  • Addresses to write postcards
  • Book or magazine
  • Earplugs
  • Travel pillow

Beach

  • Beach towel
  • Goggles
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Board games
  • Playing cards
  • Waterproof disposable camera

To do

  • Charge all batteries
  • Put mail on hold or arrange for mail pick-up
  • Make arrangements for drop-off and pick-up
  • Make photocopies of travel docs and itineraries
  • Get cash from ATM
  • Buy or recharge phone card (or SkypeOut balance)
  • Turn on international roaming
  • Call credit card company to notify them about your travel plans
  • Check for medical coverage at destination or purchase travel insurance
  • Check for required vaccinations
  • Make arrangements for pets to be fed
  • Water plants or arrange for plants to be watered while you are away
  • Upload music to MP3 player
  • Pay bills
  • Set TiVo or VCR to record programs
  • Clear answering machine
  • Set up auto email response
  • Adjust AC to save energy
  • Turn off appliances and electronic devices
  • Clean out perishables from fridge
  • Take out garbage
  • Check all carry-on luggage for sharp objects, place liquids in ziplocks