The Ultimate Travel Checklist

Preparing for the trip of a lifetime? It’s always helpful to prepare a checklist – as comprehensive as possible – to make sure you don’t miss out anything that could ruin your holiday.


This 3-step travel packing list that Watts E Shop has prepared for you can serve as a tool to tell you what to pack making sure you've thought of everything before you go on your trip.


Step 1: Pick Your Luggage


You want a luggage that is light, versatile and sizeable enough to carry all your essentials. When you get a luggage, ensure also that it comes with a reasonable warranty – you wouldn’t want a piece of luggage that has faulty wheels or zippers. Good brands will build in warranties as a promised durability for your luggage. What types of luggage are available?

  • Rolling Luggage – if you’re travelling to a place with proper roads and sidewalks, rolling luggage would be ideal. Get the 4-wheeler ones if you’re expecting to pack heavier items and needing to walk long distances.
  • Duffel Bag – if you’re travelling light then a proper duffel bag is ideal. Just pack them, sling them over your shoulder and you’re ready to go.
  • Backpacks – having a backpacks maximizes your mobility and provides you with hands-free convenience
  • Carry-On – For ultimate convenience, travel with a carry on luggage. You save time at the airport, save on check-in fees, guarantee the airlines won’t lose your bag, the list of benefits goes on

If you’re looking for a range of luggage to choose from, be sure to check us out on:

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Step 2: Organize Your Stuff


Think of the activities you will be doing on your trip and prepare your packing based on those. Organising them properly in your luggage will also mean you know exactly where everything and maximizing the limited space you have.


Start with this clothing packing list:


The Basics


  • Lightweight clothing that can be layered
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Sweaters or fleece jacket
  • T-shirts and tank tops (be respectful of the culture you are visiting)
  • Pants and/or shorts
  • Belt
  • Socks
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Rain jacket, windbreaker or umbrella
  • Pajamas/sleepwear
  • Underwear
  • Sunglasses and glasses case
  • Dresses and/or skirts
  • Jewelry – organize in a mini cube or circlet
  • Hat or sun visor
  • Scarf or bandana
  • Swimsuit or swim trunks – consider a wet/dry organizer
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Travel speakers
  • Travel pillow, eye mask and ear plugs
  • Electric converters and adapters
  • Travel apps that will help with language, directions, and money conversion


The Toiletry Bag Basics


  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
  • Hair brush or comb, hair ties, barrettes/bobby pins
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sunscreen and face lotion with SPF
  • Make up packed in a wipeable wristlet
  • Face wash and/or makeup remover wipes and q-tips
  • Night time Moisturizer/Lotion
  • Lip balm with SPF and lipstick or lip gloss
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Extra contacts, solution, and contact case
  • Glasses and prescription sunglasses
  • Prescription medication with the label/script so that you can refill if needed and not be questioned by TSA.
  • Cologne/perfume
  • Personal mini mirror
  • Hair products like hairspray, hair gel and beard oil
  • Clothesline and detergent
  • Shaving kit and extra razors
  • Sewing kit/clothing care kit, stain remover
  • Facial tissues and/or toilet paper
  • Travel Towel
  • Scissors, nail clippers, and tweezers (must be in checked luggage)
  • Hair care products like these ones here:

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Travel Health


  • First aid kit (bandages, gauze, adhesives, etc.)
  • Personal prescriptions (copies of scripts)
  • Pain and fever relievers
  • Thermometer
  • Cold medicines and throat lozenges
  • Diarrhea/laxative medicines
  • Allergy medicines
  • Hydrocortisone cream/antibacterial ointment
  • Multivitamins
  • Sunburn relief
  • Insect repellent/mosquito net/sting reliever
  • Motion sickness pills or bands
  • Altitude sickness pills (if you are planning to hike in higher altitudes)
  • Eye drops
  • Medicines and vaccinations specific to the region/activity
  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
  • Prescriptions in original packaging
  • Sleeping medicines
  • Glasses and glasses case
  • Condoms (Practice safe sex wherever you are!) Check out our range of condoms here:

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  • Mobile devices and their chargers
  • Laptop, iPad, or E-reader and charger(s)
  • Headphones (consider noise-reducing headphones if you're sensitive to sound)
  • Camera and Go Pro/video camera, memory card, and chargers
  • Electrical converters and adapters


Travel Comfort, Entertainment, and Information


  • Travel pillow, blanket, eye mask, and ear plugs
  • Travel journal and pen
  • Books and magazines
  • Deck of cards and travel games
  • Water bottle
  • Guide books, travel guides, maps, language guides, etc.


Important Travel Documents, Cash, and Credit Cards


  • Passport/visa(s)
  • Personal ID/Student ID card
  • Frequent flyer card(s) and other loyalty program card numbers
  • Cash and credit card(s) – Call your credit card companies before you travel to inform them of your travel
  • Health insurance cards/document(s)
  • Travel insurance information
  • Reservations and itineraries – print them and save them electronically for easy access
  • Hotel and/or tour contact information
  • Transportation tickets (plane, train, bus, car, etc.)
  • Emergency contacts and important addresses
  • Copies of all these things in case you lose your wallet
  • Guide books and maps


Travel Security


  • Money belt or hidden pocket
  • Neck wallet
  • Undercover Bra Stash for credit cards and cash only
  • Leg wallet
  • Incognito All Terrain Money Belt
  • Luggage Travel Lock
  • Reflective clothing and luggage accessories
  • Bring a headlamp or mini flashlight, better to be safe than unprepared


Step 3: Prepare Your Home


Lastly, get your home in order before you leave for your trip. Do up a checklist of things to settle before you go.


  • Have someone hold your mail for you
  • Stop newspaper delivery
  • Set up an email autoresponder (unless you plan to be connected)
  • Arrange for care of pets, lawn, and plants
  • Pre-pay your bills
  • Empty refrigerator of things that will expire
  • Unplug appliances
  • Turn off heater/air conditioner/water heater
  • Turn off washing machine taps
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Set up timed light system
  • Store valuables in a safe place
  • Leave house key and trip itinerary with a trusted friend
  • Leave flight and hotel itineraries with a relative
  • Reconfirm/check-in online with airline before you Uber, train, or shuttle to the airport


Wherever you’re going, make sure you have a great time!

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