Travel Checklist

Travelling is really great fun. To help you to enjoy the trip, travel light. It is very hard to do! From experience, it is a must to increase your enjoyment of trip. There are many reasons such as

* Ease of carrying luggage to and from hotels, train stations, airports, bus;
* Easily fit in a boot of a car, taxi, luggage compartment;
* Helps to reduce security checks;
* Avoidance of excess baggage charges by airlines Increased mobility and flexibility
* Decreases stress as it is less hassle to pack
* More room for your treasures you collect during the trip

It more prudent is to pack less and take a little bit more money in case you need more, you can easily purchase additional clothes.

This checklist is a maximum amount of stuff you should ever need on an extended trip not a three-four day. It is compiled for the worst case scenario. Don’t forget you have clothes on when you are travelling. It will be rare for you to need all the items specified on the check list. With careful selection, you should be able to fit all this in one regulation sized carry-on bag.

One important thing, don’t forget label your luggage and make sure it is lockable. When packing your main luggage or your carry-on luggage make sure that it is neatly packed. The reason behind this is that when you go through airport screening, the more messed up your bag and difficult to see in the machine, the higher the chance to have a more detailed inspection of your belongings.

Consideration needs to be taken when travelling with children. They have different needs to adults. We have included a couple of additional items to allow everyone to enjoy the trip.

Finally, don’t pack anything fragile unless it is a purpose built container. It will be smashed otherwise.

Take this 2-Page Packing Check list as it will be useful when repacking to avoiding leaving anything behind.

Travel Bag


* Dressy jacket
* 2–4 shirts/T-shirts/blouses/tops ( 1 should be a smart casual/dressy) 2 pairs trousers/skirts ( 1 should be a smart casual dressy)
* 2 pairs of shorts/Skirts
* 1 Sleeping clothes Swimsuit
* 2 Dark cardigan/ sweater/ jumper
* Rainwear, poncho (avoid umbrella as it is too large)
* Parka, coat, or equivalent
* 3+ pairs socks
* 3+ pairs undergarments
* Long T-shirt or sarong [cover-up] necktie, scarf, hair band, bandanna
* Gloves / mittens (winter in the north of Vietnam can be very chilly) Sun hat / knitted cap, hat clip
* Belt
* Laundry bag
* Beach towel


* 1 pair smart casual/ dressy shoes
* 1 pair walking shoes/boots
* flip-flops or sandals

First Aid – Medication

* Analgesic of choice
* Diarrhoea treatment of choice
* Infection treatment of choice
* Malaria tablets
* Tweezers
* Basic First Aid Kit - bandages, moleskin (other first aid?)
* menstrual, contraceptive, and/or prophylactic supplies
* Necessary medications

Stay Healthy Products

* Vitamins,
* (collapsible) plastic water bottle & cup
* Sun Block out/ Sun Screen (preferable with moisturiser),
* Insect repellent


* Toothbrush, Tooth cleaner/paste, Dental floss Razor blades
* Shaving oil/cream
* After shave Perfume Moisturiser Comb and/or hairbrush
* Shampoo & Conditioner Bar soap & container
* Deodorant
* Nail clippers
* Make up
* Antibacterial wipes
* Lip balm
* Hair bands

Add-on Specialty Items:

* Camera (lenses, flash, tripod, extra cards & batteries, charger, laptop connection table)
* Camera film
* Additional memory card for Camera, Additional battery for Camera
* Mobile (Cellular) telephone charger
* Laptop computer (flash drive, Power cord/adapters, network cables,)
* Overseas power converter plugs and/or power converter (check with destination power)
* Safe Sex

Miscellaneous Items

* Sun glasses, retainer, case
* Lens cleaning cloth/supplies,
* Maps, guidebooks,
* Phrase books, Luggage lock(s) (cable?)
* Flashlight plus extra batteries
* Multipurpose tool, scissors (never carry them in Day Pack)
* Hostel sheet bag (sleeping bag, bivouac sack, blanket)
* Sewing Repair kit (safety pins, rubber bands, cord sewing kit, including large needle
* Sealable plastic bags

Travel Documentation

* Photocopy of Passport
* Photocopy of Tickets
* Medical Papers
* Insurance Document
* Address Book
* Visa documentation
* Copy of International drivers licence
* Copy of Visa Card, Credit Cards, Cash Card etc
* Copy of prescription (spare glasses?)
* Copy of membership cards, business/calling cards, telephone access numbers
* Copy of Medical card

Note: All paperwork should be kept in a waterproof plastic bag within the luggage

What Not to pack

* Anything fragile unless in very strong and reliable packaging
* Food Drinks or Alcohol
* Expensive or sentimental Jewellery


* Drivers Licence and or ID
* One Cash Card or Credit Card
* Small amount of cash
* Accommodation details

Carry-on Luggage

(Back pack or the like)

* Passport
* Visas
* Travel Tickets
* Copy of Tour tickets
* Copy of accommodation details
* Photos
* Vaccination certificates
* Reading Glasses
* Sunglasses
* Inflatable travel pillow
* Cell Phone (Mobile phone)
* Toothbrush very Small toothpaste
* Laptop
* Watch (to be worn)
* Whistle (for personal security)
* Lightweight digital camera
* Notebook & Pen Diary (to remember your trip)
* Toilet paper-small roll and place in plastic bag
* Earplugs (eye mask) [to ease sleep]
* Reading material (something you don’t mind leaving behind)

Note: All paperwork should be kept in a waterproof plastic bag within the Travel Day pack

Security Pouch

Note: the security pouch is to be worn under clothes. Suggest should be cotton to avoid sweating against skin and place all paperwork in a sealable plastic bag.

* Charge & ATM cards Cash (no coins)
* International Drivers licence
* Second passport (if dual citizenship)
* Charge & ATM cards, cash, 2 personal cheques
* Traveller’s cheques
* Membership cards
* Calling cards
* Medical Card, Copy of Passport, Copy of travel tickets
* Tour tickets

Travelling with Kids

* Headphones with MP3 Player or the like
* Light snacks. (if unused you may need to dispose before leaving the aircraft)
* Favourite sleeping toy
* Medicines for unexpected health emergencies like dizziness, stomach aches, headaches, and other travel sickness.
* Portable DVD player and children’s movies.
* Make sure have multiple headsets
* Activity books
* Toys with not many small parts
* Nintendo or the like