TIP: When Traveling: Things to Bring


Since this is my first time to travel outside the country, I wanna make sure that I have everything that I need. Traveling in a foreign country is something that you have to be prepared of, since you don’t know anyone and you do not have any idea who you can ask for help in case an emergency occurs. So it helps to be prepared! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

So below are the list of things that you’ll be needing when traveling, of course the other things still depends on the country you’ll be visiting and depending on the weather and purpose of your visit.

credit to the owner

credit to the owner


  • Address list and list of important contacts or numbers
  • Backpack, suitcase, sports bag (something to pack everything in)
  • Paper or Notebook
  • Passport (check validity!)
  • Pencils, Pens
  • Tickets and itinerary (airline, train, bus, accommodation bookings etc.)
  • Visa (if the country requires a visa)
  • Travel InsuranceΒ (and why you need it!)


  • ATM Card (Maestro or Cirrus logos on the back are most widely accepted)
  • Calculator or currency converter
  • Cash in the local currency of your arrival destination
  • Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard are most widely accepted)
  • Money belt (You can’t be too safe in some places)


  • Bra (sports and regular)
  • Dress shirts
  • Dresses
  • Jacket
  • Jeans
  • Jumper, sweater or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Pants or trousers
  • Pajamas/Sleepwear (Member’s tip)
  • Sandals, shower shoes, thongs
  • Sarong or Lava lava
  • Shoes
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • T-shirts, singlets
  • Underwear

Clothes Accessories

  • A good hat
  • Bandana
  • Belt
  • Cotton handkerchief or tissues
  • Eye-mask
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Jewelry
  • Knitted (woolen) hat
  • Raincoat or poncho
  • Safety pins
  • Scarf
  • Sewing kit
  • Sunglasses


  • Anti-bacterial cream
  • Comb or brush
  • Contact lens equipment or glasses
  • Cotton buds
  • Deodorant
  • Earplugs
  • Hair products (gel, spray etc.)
  • Lip balm
  • Make-up
  • Moisturizer (face and body)
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen and after sun cream
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste

First Aid Kit

  • Band aids
  • Blister packs
  • Compression bandages
  • Diarrhea tablets
  • Gazes
  • Insect and/or mosquito repellent
  • Motion sickness tablets
  • Paracetamol, Tylenol etc
  • Small scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Vitamin pills
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Yellow Fever certificate or International Certificate of Vaccination

Other Items

  • Backpack rain cover
  • Batteries
  • Books/Ebooks with a reader
  • Bottled water
  • Camera, film and batteries – Spare flash cards or memory for digital
  • Carbohydrate snacks
  • Combo or key locks
  • Compass
  • Diary or organiser
  • Duct tape – Fixes everything! (Member’s tip)
  • Eating utensils
  • Electrical adapter and plug converter
  • Flashlight or torch – Don’t forget the batteries
  • Guidebooks, or print outs from ourΒ online travel guide
  • iPod, MP3 player, Discman etc. – Including music and batteries
  • Laptop – Especially for the business travellers
  • Laundry detergent
  • Maps (incl. small map of the world to show where you are from) (Member’s tip)
  • Mini camera tripod – Big is better if you have the space!
  • Mobile phone orΒ SIM card
  • Mosquito net
  • Passport photos
  • Phone cardΒ – Both for local and international calls
  • Photocopies of important documents in case they are stolen (Member’s tip)
  • Phrase books or dictionaries
  • Pillow or pillowcase to stuff with clothes
  • Plastic bags
  • Power cords and chargers for all your electrical items – Save some money on batteries
  • Resume and work references – Don’t forget these if you are planning to work while traveling
  • Swiss Army knife or Leatherman tool – Don’t keep in your carry on as it will be removed
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels, beach and otherwise – the quick drying versions are very handy!
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Universal sink plug – Squash ball can double as one
  • Umbrella
  • Watch
  • Wet wipes/Baby wipes – Handy for cleaning hands or washing yourself in absence of a shower
  • Ziplock bags – The freezer ones are usually the best

P.S: The list above is credited to owner and contributors


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